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Anderson March/April 2018


Mentoring Camps making a big difference

Jeuel Esmacher: Anderson’s own

“Code Girl”

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Letter from the Editor

Hallelujah, spring is here! I remember when I used to love the colder weather and getting all bundled up and cozy in cute sweaters and boots. Thanks, no thanks. Times have changed, and I much prefer warmer…dare I say even “hot” weather compared to any type of cold weather at all. And what an awful winter we had! The cold and flu season was terrible! There were times it seemed you couldn’t even leave the house for fear of germs jumping right on you. I mean, if you are around someone with a cold, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll catch a cold, right? Well, what else are you catching from the people around you? Do the people you surround yourself with bring you positive or negative energy? Are they lifting you up or bringing you down? Do they add to your life or take away from it? Can you “catch” a bad attitude? Entrepreneur and motivational speaker Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” This might be a combination of work colleagues, friends and family members, but if this statement is true, then we should take a good, hard look at who we spend our time with. In this issue of Anderson Magazine there are several articles that feature some remarkable people that I would be happy to surround myself with every day. If they helped to make up my “average,” then I think I’d be well on the upper end of average! Our cover story on Don Peppers and the organization he founded with his wife Sheila is a true inspiration. They really understand that young people are the future of our community and are there to guide them through a variety of options offered in the Proverbs Mentoring Program. And Jeuel Esmacher, one of the women featured in the book “Code Girls,” is one of the most delightful people I have ever met. Her personality is truly effervescent, and I could listen to her tell stories for hours. I had the pleasure of listening to her present a program to my Rotary Club and I knew right then that we had to share her story with our readers. Then, take notes from the women who share their habits on what helps them to be successful. We talked to four outstanding women in Anderson County who wake up every day ready to do amazing things. From philanthropy to education to business and athletics, they’ve got a few secrets to success that may work for you, too! To round out this issue, enjoy some warm weather features like how to get your yard ready to enjoy this spring, a great Key Lime dessert recipe and even a spring cleaning checklist. And for those who may have received an engagement ring at Christmas or Valentine’s, we’ve got a fantastic wedding guide to help you with planning the big day! Yes, friends, spring has sprung, and I couldn’t be happier about it! Now, go make sure your five people are bringing up your average!



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better service for lower cost Effective communication between patients and physicians plays a critical role in providing quality care. Clear communication builds rapport and understanding among patients, doctors, nurses and others involved in providing care. However, about 26 million Americans admit that they speak English less than “very well,” and in Anderson, we have our fair share of residents who fit that description. By providing interpreters for them, we assure that we understand them and they understand us. Solid interpretation provided by a qualified medical interpreter is the only way we can give them our very best, and it’s the only way to make sure we provide safe medical care to this growing segment of the population we serve. Family members and friends are not permitted to serve as interpreters, and neither are members of our staff who happen to be fluent in another language. Interpreters must be medically qualified to do the job, and it’s a big job. Our Language Services department was involved in 15,000 patient encounters last year. They provided services for Spanish speakers most, followed in order by Russian, American Sign Language, Korean and Chinese. It’s remarkable to consider how many misunderstandings could have taken place during those 15,000 encounters if we did not provide qualified interpreters. Each encounter would have presented multiple chances for an error. Even without our legal obligation to provide a meaningful way to communicate, providing interpreters is simply the right thing to do, and it’s good medicine. Unfortunately, it’s also expensive. Traditionally, we have provided face-to-face interpreters from our own staff when possible and by telephone when necessary. When our own interpreters were not available, either in person or by telephone, we provided contract interpretation services by telephone. It was costly, and because the interpreter was so often participating by telephone, simply not as effective as we wanted it to be. The additional information provided by visual cues is lost when the interpreter can’t see the patient or the health care provider. The Language Services department at AnMed Health is working with technology to make interpreting services more reliable and more affordable. Video Remote Interpreters will be placed in 15 locations in our system. These devices include an iPad mounted to a rolling stand that allows the interpreter to

be in the room virtually. It enables eye contact among all parties and gives each person involved a chance to see facial expressions and have a more genuine interaction in real time. The locations are highest-need areas as determined using data-tracking software. The units have been beta tested for the last few months, combining the benefits of in-person and telephone interpretation. It’s quick, provides access to hundreds of languages and gives interpreters and patients the additional advantage of seeing the verbal cues that we all use when talking. The interpreter on the other side of the monitor will be our own folks first, backed up by contract interpreters when our folks are not available or when the language needed is not one we provide. A similar strategy at Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte cut their cost of providing interpretation services almost in half. At the same time, the number of people served increased. I’m excited to know that at AnMed Health we are meeting those needs and doing so with innovative solutions. n

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Mentoring Camps making a big difference By Caroline Anneaux

Anderson County needs more people like Don and Shelia Peppers. This power couple provides kids in the Pendleton area alternatives to running the streets and getting themselves into trouble. Camp Proverbs and Camp Essence are summer camps for Pendleton area students and the Proverbs Mentoring Organization is a year-round program for these same children. “I am a graduate of Pendleton High school and went to college in Atlanta in 1996,” said Don Peppers. “After returning to the area and meeting kids in the classroom and on the football field as a coach, I realized

there was a serious need for keeping them busy and out of trouble.” Don Peppers decided it was his Christian mission to create a summer camp called Camp Proverbs. The first camp hosted ten boys from Pendleton. A guest speaker that year said that this would be the first ten of thousands, and he could not have been more correct. Each year they have more and more children who get involved with the camp and other programs. “This is going to be our 14th year hosting Camp Proverbs,” said Don. “I will have 35 boys attending this 6

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all over the state. This gives the children an opportunity they may not have otherwise. “Other travel ball teams in the area are normally too expensive for these kids we coach,” said Don. “We give them the chance to play ball, learn to work as a team and travel to places outside of Anderson County.” Through the Proverbs Mentoring Organization, this amazing couple also helps the high school kids find job training and fill out college applications. They visit college campuses with the students and get them involved in community service, sometimes for help clearing records or to pad resumes for college applications. Camp may only last two weeks, but Don and Shelia Peppers are available to help these boys and girls the other 50 weeks of the year as well. “We do whatever it takes to keep these boys and girls on the straight and narrow,” said Don. “I remember chasing Brendan Hall all over Pendleton and Anderson at his mother’s request–trying to get him involved in our camp and programs. I am so proud of that boy. He ended up going to the Governor’s School [for the Arts] and then to Julliard. Now he is the star of the show The Mayor on NBC.” Another man Don is proud of is Derrick Blanding. Blanding was in the third year group of boys who attended Camp Proverbs, and after camp he told Peppers he was coming back the next year. He worked with Don Peppers all through high school and college. Now he owns Courage Enrichment in Pendleton and helps serve kids through after school programs and summer camps. Two more programs will be added to the 2018-2019 school year for the Proverbs Mentoring Organization. The AB Honor Roll program will be for African American boys and will focus on getting their test scores up. They will receive tutoring and will be celebrated for who they are and what they are accomplishing. The Extra Mile program will provide meaningful and interactive

“We do whatever it takes to keep these boys and girls on the straight and narrow.” summer, and my wife will have an additional 12 girls at Camp Essence. We created a camp for girls who live in the Pendleton area when we realized that they needed a camp too.” The camp is held every summer for two weeks and only costs $50 per child. The children meet daily in locations around Pendleton and even get to go on a three-day overnight trip to Camp Long in Aiken to get a full-fledged camp experience. “We have never even written a grant for Camp Proverbs,” said Don. “Schools, churches and the community all work together to make sure every child who wants to attend gets to. All of the glory goes to God. He knows what we need, and he provides.” Don spoke highly of one of his head high school counselors who started as one of his football players and now attends camp as a mentor. A 17-year-old junior at Pendleton High School, John Ammons had nothing except praise for Don Peppers, too. “As a 7th grader stepping on a bus where I was the only white boy, I was nervous,” said Ammons. “But that busload of boys welcomed me and made me feel like I belonged. It was the beginning of some friendships that I know will last a lifetime. These boys were not underprivileged and troubled like I assumed kids from a ‘mentor’ camp program would be. Everyone needs mentors in their lives and Camp Proverbs and Coach Peppers help provide that to kids. I am blessed and honored to have such a special man as a mentor in my life.” The Peppers also mentor children throughout the year. They volunteer as coaches with Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) travel basketball teams for boys and girls. The teams, CP Kings (boys) and CP Queens (girls), are made up of all different age groups, and they play teams


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learning experiences for five children next school year. Funds and mentoring will be provided to the children in whatever extracurricular area they choose, such as computer coding, playing the violin or competing on a local swim team. If you have a child in middle or high school who might be interested in camp or the mentoring program, please contact Don at 209-5632. The camps for boys and girls will be held June 11-22. The cost is $50 per child or free if the child is on Medicaid. n

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10 Tips for Planning the

By Caroline Anneaux

Perfect Wedding

Congratulations! You are engaged! Saying “yes� was the easy part. Now you have to plan the wedding and, depending on what type of wedding you want to have, it can take months or more than a year for everything to come together to make your day super special. Here are 10 tips to help get you started planning for the BIG DAY!


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find a wedding coordinator

Find a wedding coordinator and set the budget. A wedding coordinator can be your number one tool in making sure your special day goes exactly as planned and helping you stick to your budget. They know the tricks of the trade and have vendors they know and trust to get the job done right. Katie Beth Johnson and Jacqueline Ashley, owners of Foster’s Main Events, ensure that you do not have to worry about the details on your special day. They will take care of the bridal party, vendors and all of the coordinating so you get to relax and enjoy every minute of your wedding day.

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set your date & pick a venue Set your date and pick your venue. Narrow it down to a few possible wedding dates and then visit venues. Have an approximate number of guests in mind when you start your search. Popular venues such as the Bleckley Station and Evergreen Plantation have the ability to host hundreds of guests, and they easily book a year in advance, so you may need to be flexible on your dates. If you are planning a smaller wedding, the Belton Center for the Arts is very reasonably priced and in a beautiful location in the heart of downtown Belton. Don’t forget you need venues for engagement parties, wedding showers and bridal luncheons. Pick dates and choose venues quickly in order to have events exactly where you want them. This is also the time to secure the officiant if you are getting married at a location other than a church.

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attend a wedding fair

Once the venue is secured, your next step may be to attend a bridal fair to get some ideas for themes and vendors. The most popular months for bridal fairs are in January and February, but you can find some great ideas in Atlanta at the Queen for a Day bridal fair on June 24th or the Summer Carolina Bridal Show in Columbia on July 22nd.There is even an Ethnic Bridal Expo in Columbia on April 15th if you are a couple looking for vendors who specialize in ethnic weddings. Bridal fairs showcase all kinds of local vendors looking to help wow your guests throughout your engagement, providing items such as personalized party favors, photo booths, wedding party t-shirts and more.

find a caterer

Whether your wedding coordinator helps you or you find one through a bridal fair or recommendation, your caterer is the next vendor you need to secure. The best catering companies book as quickly as the best venues. One suggestion is Friends Farm and Catering in Townville, owned by Katie Tillman and Val Lowe. These ladies can handle anything from intimate gatherings to events for 2,000. Farm fresh ingredients and thousands of events under their belt help guarantee the food at your wedding will be spectacular!

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photographers, bartenders, florists, invitations & more Now it is time to start choosing the other vendors for your wedding. You will most likely want to pick a florist, a bartender, a photographer and possibly a videographer. And if you need a DJ, Adam and Laura Lindsley, who own Sound Bytes of Anderson, are ready to help you pick out the perfect music for your rehearsal party or reception. You will also need a stationery shop for personalized announcements and invitations for all of your events. If you want to wow your friends and family, be sure to check out what Lauren James, owner of the The Olive Shoe, can design for you!

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theme, colors & decor

Your theme is an important one. You may have picked your venue based on a theme you had in mind, but now you need to decide on colors and wedding decor. Nothing is set in stone at this point, but it is a good time to start shopping for items you may need like table decorations, party favors, signs and more. If you are lucky, you may find some items (gently used once for another wedding) for sale on community yard sale pages or through a friend or family member willing to pass some on or let you borrow them.


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the wedding dress

Everyone knows that the wedding dress needs to be a perfect fit. All eyes are on the bride for the walk down the aisle and afterwards during the reception. Luckily for you, there are several options in Anderson for choosing the wedding dress, bridal party wear and outfits for any events you have during your engagement period. The Castle on North Main Street is ready for you to stop by and let one of their experienced bridal team members help dress you for your special day.

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Rings for him & her

Before your first bridal or couple shower, decide on two or three places to register for your gifts. It is also time to select wedding rings and any other jewelry you may need for gifts or accessories. This is a great time for you to shop as a couple and make decisions about items you want for your home. Choosing the rings you will wear during your marriage is important too, and there are so many options beyond the simple, yet classic, gold band. Visit a local jeweler such as Diamonds-in-Gold Direct or Phil Jewelers, where they will help you find the perfect rings for both of you.


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showers & rehearsal parties

Do not forget these final events before the wedding. Last-minute bridal showers, a bridal luncheon and the rehearsal party need to be planned. The groom’s family usually handles the rehearsal party, and most couples enjoy having a fun party with close friends and family the evening before the wedding. Palmetto’s Catering and Event Center in Pendleton also owns and operates The Pig Rig. It is a 14-foot, custom-made smoking and grilling trailer used to set up and cook onsite at your chosen location. Whole hog, grilled oysters, smoked chicken and sweet and smoky beef brisket are just some of the delicious menu items they offer.

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Have fun planning the wedding and enjoying your engagement period. Make lists, use online services to help keep you organized and let the experts do their thing. The more organized you are and the more you rely on others to help, plan and execute everything, the more likely you will enjoy the wedding of your dreams. n

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Successful Women habits of

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ighly successful women will tell you, there’s no secret to making it. It takes diligence, perseverance and focus. recently published a sampling of “The Habits of Highly Successful Women.”

According to the list, writing down your goals is a way to keep on track for reaching them. Both singer/songwriter Dolly Parton and Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles write down their goals. In fact, studies show that you are 33 percent more likely to complete your goals if you write them down and share them with a friend.

“I believe there is a power greater than me and that my faith will get me through my day and through my life.”




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“It’s important to go into meetings over-prepared. You can’t afford to not know what you’re talking about.”


Burdette Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, said she writes her schedule and to-do lists by hand, rather than keeping a digital calendar, in a decidedly un-tech spiral notebook. Once every item on a page is checked off, she tears the page out and starts on a new one. The habit keeps her focused and motivated, she said. Another piece of advice is to take time to rest and clear your mind. Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, makes sure she gets eight hours of sleep a night to avoid overwork, while Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings said that she begins her day with 10 to 15 minutes of meditation first thing in the morning. While some of the highest profile women in the world all have different pieces of advice to give, so do our local highly successful women. Juana Slade, director of diversity and language services at AnMed Health, said she has two habits that keep her focused. The first is belief in a part of the scripture from Lamentations 3:23 which reads, “Great is thy faithfulness.”

“I believe there is a power greater than me and that my faith will get me through my day and through my life,” she said. Slade also said that she begins and ends every week with a to-do list. The list, she said, helps her to see what she has to do at the beginning of the week, and to see what she has accomplished at the end of the week. “For me, it’s less about the modality of the list, and more about holding myself personally and professionally accountable,” she said. Carol Burdette, the chief executive officer of the United Way of Anderson County and former mayor of Pendleton, said that she works hard to be a giver, instead of a taker, and as a leader who has chosen to serve, she’s always prepared to go the extra mile and to help others reach their goals. Taking risks is an important key in development, she said. And lastly, she said she never goes into a meeting unprepared. “It’s important to go into meetings over-prepared,” she said. “You can’t afford to not know what you’re talking about.” 21

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“One, be true to yourself (authenticity). Two, believe in yourself (confidence).”

#4 Andy Bodell


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Beverly McAdams, vice president of diversity and inclusion at Anderson University, said success comes from within us. “As I thought about what has helped me over the years… these four stand out in my mind: One, be true to yourself (authenticity). Two, believe in yourself (confidence). Three, take care of yourself (preservation). And four, learn and grow from your mistakes (responsibility),” she said. “In my opinion, these are even more important in today’s climate.” Kristina Mears, a local runner with several state awards for triathlons and two Ironman competitions under her belt, said her success is due to positivity and persistence. As both a client executive at CDW Healthcare and as an endurance runner, she said surrounding herself with the right kind of people has made a huge difference in her success. “The most important habit for me is to surround myself with successful and positive people,” she said. “When I first started triathlon and cycle racing, I joined

a group of successful triathletes to train with and they have become great friends and mentors. These friends are positive and sincerely want others to improve.” Additionally, she said, she finds motivation in overcoming obstacles. “My second habit is perseverance,” she said. “In work, athletic training and home, always try your hardest and push and never give up. I try to be a motivator to all with this habit.” Lastly, she said, it’s important to listen to what your body is telling you, and to be mindful of when your body needs to relax and relieve some stress. It’s estimated that 95 percent of us have habits that affect our life in one way or another. Bad habits, like smoking or drinking too much, can have just as profound an impact on us as good habits. But by adopting some of the habits of these women at the top of their games professionally, we may be able to better ourselves and find our way to success as well. n


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“The most important habit for me is to surround myself with successful and positive people.� #4 Andy Bodell



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Outdoor Entertaining Starts with a Great Yard By Lynn Donegan

The transition from winter to spring evokes exciting prospects of vacations, graduations, pool parties, and backyard BBQs. After a chilly, dark winter, most of us are looking forward to warm weather, extended daylight hours, and spending time outside in the sun. But before you begin planning for outdoor entertaining, there is one important aspect to consider: your yard. Survey your outdoor space and consider the following tips to prepare your yard for the spring and summer seasons.

Planning Your Yard

According to Collins Landscape Management in Anderson, getting your yard ready takes some foresight. “The first thing to do is to develop a plan and set a budget,” said Gary Collins, owner of the company. “We can help with a master plan that can be implemented all at once or done in phases over a few years. Have a master plan. Don’t just add ‘improvements,’” he suggests. Observe your yard’s various features. Identify details such as the areas that receive the most sun and shade and areas that are particularly dry or damp. This information can help the landscaper (or yourself)


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in the selection of plants and the planting location. Also, because the type of soil in your yard affects plant growth, consider having your soil tested so that you can make necessary changes to the soil, if needed. Other considerations in planning your yard’s design include the size of your yard, the number of people you plan on hosting at social gatherings, and how much time you are willing to spend on maintaining your yard throughout the spring and summer season. “The most important thing that should be emphasized in the landscape is the home itself,” said Collins. “The purpose of landscape is supposed to make the home look beautiful. It should be welcoming to the family and inviting to friends. Other focal points would be any specimen tree or plant of distinction, or any natural feature such as a water garden or water feature.”

Choosing What to Plant

“When choosing trees or shrubs in the landscape, always consider the mature size, as well as the sun exposure required by the plant,” said Collins. “You don’t want to install a plant or tree that looks good for only a couple of years, then needs to be cut down or removed because it’s so overpowering.” When it comes to planting perennials and annuals, you can get quite creative with different colors and textures. Experiment mixing annuals with different perennials, including ornamental grasses and ferns. But, there should be a method to the madness.

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“If your yard is small, keep the plant selections dwarf and the different varieties to a minimum,” said Collins. “Too many different types of plants will make the small landscape look cluttered. Keeping it simple also makes it more pleasurable to maintain. “With a larger yard, one of the main things to remember is to use variation in size and texture of plants. You don’t want to use plants that all get relatively the same size. If you did, the landscape would look too horizontal and monotonous.”

perhaps the assistance of a good landscape service, your yard can become a pleasure instead of a chore. “The last and most important thing as a designer to consider,” said Collins, “is to make each renovation accentuate the home, look inviting, and seem as though it was a part of the original master plan. This will allow the home to live up to its full potential.” n

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A deck or patio can create additional living space, albeit outdoors. If building new, these areas should be incorporated into your overall landscape design. “When planning a patio, first determine the total use of that area,” said Collins. “Is it going to be for seating only, or dining, or outdoor living with a fireplace or fire ring, or possibly a kitchen? By choosing the right surface (brick or stone or pavers) and design, we can make the new space look like it was a part of the original design of the home.” With proper planning, effort and


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Spring means babies at Split Creek Farm! Cause sometimes watching 700 baby goat videos on YouTube just doesn’t do it for you. Am I right? Come out to Split Creek Farm, on April 28 starting at 10 a.m. to visit the farm, learn about the different breeds of goats, see the milking room, and meet the animals up close and personal like. Admission is $7 per adult, children 3 – 12 $4, and children under 2 are free! For more information, call or email – 864-2873921, or EPA 608 Certified Technicians

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Spring is in the air! And this year, you’ll get two chances to get great plants! The South Carolina Botanical Garden, at Clemson University, will once again bring you the opportunity to gather up some great plants for your home and garden. On April 13, from 2 to 6 p.m., the Friends of the South Carolina Botanical Garden will get first dibs on all the wonderful plants available at the Garden. On April 14, the sale will open to the public starting at 9 a.m. And then, on April 28, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., the Garden will host a Second Chance sale, just in case you couldn’t make it to the first one. (Hint, hint – if you want to get your first crack at the plants, you can buy a membership at the door – shhhhhh… don’t tell ‘em I told you). For more information, contact the Garden at 864-6563405

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~Spring Cleaning Checklist~ There’s just something about spring that makes us want to get organized and clean! But, the task of tackling it all at once can be overwhelming. Use this handy checklist to approach rooms one day, or even one week, at a time making the task of spring cleaning seem a little more manageable.


r Clean refrigerator, inside and out r Clean counters of all dishes, clutter and appliances r Wipe off counters and degrease r Wipe down cabinet fronts and degrease r Wipe down oven front and clean out drawer r Clean inside of oven r Clean and degrease stovetop & burners r Empty cabinets and wipe clean r Wipe down all appliances & tabletops r Organize junk drawer r Clean microwave inside & out r Sweep and mop floor (pref with steam mop)



r Remove everything from sink countertop r Spray mirrors with window cleaner and wipe down r Spray down sink and counters and wipe clean r Polish soap dispenser, toothbrush holder, etc. r All linens to laundry, including shower curtains r Spray & wipe down toilet and clean bowl and base r Spray down shower and tub and scrub r Sanitize all bath toys r Wipe down baseboards and behind toilet r Sweep and steam mop floor r Clean windows & ledges

r Wash & dry clothes r Clear out clutter off all surfaces r Run washer & dryer on sanitation cycles r Wipe off tops, fronts & sides of washer/dryer r Move machines & clear out behind (dust & etc) r Clean out dryer lint trap r Unclog sink & wipe down r Wipe down walls & baseboards r Clean out cabinets & wipe down r Organize linens & storage r Fold clothes, put away r Sweep & mop floor



r Back out cars to driveway r Move all vehicles/tools out (bikes, strollers, etc) r Remove all tools from shelves, wipe shelves r Organize tools on pegboard/hooks r Check storage boxes and label appropriately r Get rid of anything unused for over a year ‌or move to long-term storage r Properly expose of expired chemicals/paints/etc. r Make room for bikes/strollers/lawn mower r Fix cracks on floor/driveway r Sweep garage floor, corners r Hose down garage door front

r Pick up all clothes & put away or in laundry r Sort out clutter from all tabletops r Strip bed and replace with clean linens r Clean underneath bed/organize underbed storage r Clean out closet floor and vacuum or sweep; dust r Organize shoes and closet storage r Pack up winter clothes, sort spring/summer wear r Wipe down upper shelves of dust, organize r Polish all wood surfaces r Wash windows, sills & blinds; launder curtains r Wipe down ceiling fans, dust baseboards r Vacuum or sweep floor, mop


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events & news around Anderson County St. Phatty’s Day at the Golden Grove Farm and Brewery

Meals on Wheels annual Mardi Gras in The Electric City

March 17 – St. Phatty’s Day at the Golden Grove Farm and Brewery – Ah Faith and Begorra, it’s almost St. Patty’s Day and they’ll be some celebrating at Golden Grove Brewery, don’t ya know? Golden Grove, up in Piedmont, just off I-85, is one of the area’s newest breweries, started by a Clemson grad and some friends. They’ve got amazing craft beers on tap, some good eats from the nearby food truck, and some awesome music in store for you during their All Night party on March 17. The fun starts at 7 p.m. and goes through til 10 p.m. Saturday. Camping spots are available too. Look them up on Facebook -

March 2 – It’s Mardi Gras time! Laissez les bon temps rouler! That’s Cajun for Let the good time roll, y’all! And at Meals on Wheels annual Mardi Gras in The Electric City event, that’s exactly what you should do. Located at the Anderson Civic Center, it’s like a trip to Jackson Square in New Orleans – with a dance band, food samples from local restaurants, a silent auction and street vendors, just like the Big Easy! Tickets are $40 per person, or $375 for a table of 8. Call Meals on Wheels at 864-225-6800 for more information.

Bassmaster comes to Lake Hartwell

Bassmaster comes to Lake Hartwell – twice! The Bassmaster’s will be coming to Green Pond Landing again this year – for both the adult competition and the high school competition. March 16 – 18, the Bassmaster Classic will return to Green Pond Landing, where world class fishermen will try to reel in the big one! Last time they were here, in 2015, local boy Casey Ashley of Duncan, won the tournament with a weighin of 50 pounds! Later, on April 14, the Mossy Oak Bassmaster High School Eastern Open will see how well high school students can do making sure the big ones don’t get away. Winners at the high school level may qualify for scholarships at some colleges.

Neighborhood Watch Program

Learn how to start your own Neighborhood Watch Program. On March 9, at 5:30, Anderson County Sheriff’s Captain Darrell Hill will speak on how to start your own Neighborhood Watch. Hosted by the Anderson County Museum, the event will be an opportunity to help you make your neighborhood safer. For more information, contact the Museum at 864-260-4737.

Anderson County Library annual How To Fair

Ever wanted to know how to do something, but never had the time to learn? Well, the library may just have your answer. On April 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Anderson County Library holds its annual How To Fair where you can learn any number of fun things to do. Last year’s event featured making your own beer, beekeeping, writing your own blog and many others. The event is held at the Main Branch of the library in downtown Anderson, and is free to the public. Food trucks will be on hand for some great eats, as well. For more information, visit the library’s web site at


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March & April Events March 3 Anderson Main Library is celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Gambrell Teen Center with refreshments as well as unveiling the latest addition to the Teen Center – a Nintendo Switch. Play with electronic circuits, hear about great new reads, learn about our digital resources, and help kick off Teen Tech Week (March 4-11). 1-3pm. March 3 Anderson Mall hosts KidX: Seussfest, celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday with crafts, stories and games. Event is free, but you must pre-register at 1-3pm. March 8 Powdersville Library and Anderson Main Library offer Bards and Blarney: Songs of Irish Poets. 4pm – Powdersville Library and 7pm – Anderson Main Library. Experience a mystical combination of history and lore through traditional Celtic music. All ages are welcome. Event is sponsored by the Friends of the Anderson County Library. March 8 Clean Start Soup Lunch 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Soup or chili, cornbread, dessert and tea. Tickets: $7. Delivery available for 10 or more orders. Pre-order tickets or place delivery order by calling 716-0766 or buy tickets at the door. Clean Start is located at 219 Townsend Street in Anderson. March 9,10,11, 16,17,18 Clemson Little Theatre presents “Anne of Green Gables.” a CAYT production. Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 3:00 pm. Call 864.646.8100 for reservations. Location: 214 S. Mechanic St, Pendleton. March 14 The Anderson Cinderella Project will be accepting donations of gently used dresses, shoes, and accessories from 10 am-2 pm at the Anderson County Library, as well as additional locations in Anderson until March 22. The purpose of the Cinderella Project is to provide free prom dresses and accessories to economically disadvantaged young women. For info: www.cinderellaprojectsc. com. March 14 Pie Day Bake Off at Carolina Bauernhaus. 6 p.m. 3.14 is Pi day, so they are hosting Pie Day. Great prizes and the winning pie will get to brew a beer inspired by the pie and dedicated to its baker. For info: March 15 City of Anderson Fire Department’s child seat checks. 11 am-2 pm, 111 Simpson Road, Anderson. FREE. March 15 The Kitchen Emporium hosts a beer dinner with Chef Andrew Wood and beer pairing with Brandon Grace. 6:30 pm. March 16 Anderson Mall. The Easter Bunny arrives for photo opps.

March 17 First Flight’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Race - Race the Rainbow 1 MILE and 5K. 1 Mile FUN RUN to begin at 8am and 5K at 8:30. Registration on Finisher medals for everyone. DJ Sam Bigby Dance Party. All proceeds go to support Operation Active Kids. March 17 Miss Westside Pageant held at Calhoun Academy of the Arts. Theme is “United We Shine” as a patriotic tribute to our country. Underclassmen contestants will compete in Casual Wear and Evening Wear and Seniors will compete in Interview, Talent and Evening Wear. Tickets available at the door $5. Doors open at 6pm and pageant begins at 7pm. March 18 Anderson Mall welcomes Sensitive Easter Bunny from 9:30-11:30 am. Children with special needs and/or sensory sensitivity are invited to visit. Register on Eventbrite March 20 Anderson County Museum’s Director’s Tea and Coffee at 10 a.m. will feature Kathryn Smith and Kelly Durham, co-authors of the new historical mystery novel “Shirley Temple is Missing.” This is the first in a series featuring FDR’s private secretary Missy LeHand as an amateur detective. She works with the FBI to solve the kidnapping of America’s favorite movie star, snatched off the luxury Coast Daylight train in 1935. Free admission, books will be available for purchase and signatures. March 22 Anderson Arts Center Juried Art Show submissions begin through March 24. March 24 Anderson Arts Center Member’s Preview Party. 5:30 p.m. A much anticipated event to view and/ or purchase over 600 pieces of artwork, with food and entertainment. An admission fee of $10 per person will be collected. March 25 m.ART.ket at the Anderson Arts Center. 1-4 pm. A casual Sunday afternoon preview and sale of all submitted works for area collectors, designers and the general public. The m.ART.ket is held for the community and visitors to view and/or purchase all works prior to the jurying process. April 6 Clemson Little Theater’s 6th Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction Fundraiser from 6:30-8:30 pm. All proceeds benefit the Roof Repair Fund. Tickets are $25 each. Reservations are encouraged by calling 864-646-8100. April 13 Anderson Arts Center Juried Show Opening and Awards reception. 6:30-8:30. Awards at 7 pm. April 14 Anderson Main Library How To Fair from 10 am-2 pm. The 4th annual How-To Fair is a day devoted to learning new hobbies and skills. Join community members, local businesses, and


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non-profits for demonstrations of various hobbies, crafts, and D-I-Y projects. Free and open to all ages; no registration required. Info: email April 13 Art Gallery on Pendleton Square features co-op member and mixed media artist Steve Garner. Enjoy wine, soft drinks and light refreshments as Steve speaks to us about what inspires him. 6-8 pm. Free event. 150 Exchange Street, Pendleton. Phone 864-221-0129. Info at April 19 City of Anderson Fire Department’s child seat checks. 11 am-2 pm, 111 Simpson Road, Anderson. FREE. April 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 Clemson Little Theater performs Driving Miss Daisy. Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm, Sundays at 3 pm. Adult tickets are $15, College Students and Youth 18 and under are $7. Call 864646-8100 for reservations. April 21 Anderson Area YMCA Tiny Tot Triathlon and Healthy Kids Day. 9 am-noon. April 21 Touch a Truck hosted by the Junior League of Anderson County at the Civic Center balloon launch pad. See Thomas the Train, a firetruck, police and SWAT cars, a helicopter, trolley car and more. Tickets $5 (under 2 free), available at the door and via eventbrite. Info can be found at, the Junior League of Anderson Facebook page or on eventbrite. Info: juniorleagueofandersoncounty@ April 26 Anderson Pregnancy Care will host a fundraiser at the Bleckley Station. For more information visit May 10 New Foundations Home for Children Golf Tournament. 1 p.m. at Cobbs Glen. New Foundations Home for Children. Email Kris Greenway at for more info.

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Prepare for Spring Weather Springtime weather can be very unpredictable. Temperatures swing and sunny days are often followed by a full week of rain. Thunderstorms are also very prominent in spring and can bring lightning, tornados and even flooding. Because spring weather is so unpredictable, you may be unprepared for severe weather. Here are a few tips to help you plan ahead: To prepare for a thunderstorm, you should do the following: • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm. • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage. • Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile (not a convertible). Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside. • Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains. • Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives.

• Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity. • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches. • Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls. • Take shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas. • If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.

Know the Terms

After the storm passes remember to:

Familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify a thunderstorms hazard: Severe Thunderstorm Watch - Tells you when and where severe thunderstorms are likely to occur. Watch the sky and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television for information. Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Issued when severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property to those in the path of the storm.

During Thunderstorms and Lightning

If thunderstorms and lightning are occurring in your area, you should: • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials. • Avoid contact with corded phones and devices including those plugged into electric outlets for recharging. Cordless and wireless phones not connected to wall outlets are OK to use. • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.

• Never drive through a flooded roadway. Turn around, don’t drown! • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorms. • Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or to local radio and television stations for updated information or instructions, as access to roads or some parts of the community may be blocked. • Help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or those with access or functional needs. • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately. • Watch your animals closely. Keep them under your direct control. These tips have been brought to you by the Ready Set Prep AmeriCorps Program. This AmeriCorps program is funded through the partnerships of the United Way of Anderson County, The United Way Association of South Carolina and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For additional information on Disaster Preparedness please visit n 33

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Key Lime Trifle

Ingredients: 1-16 oz frozen pound cake 3 limes 1 cup milk 8 oz sour cream 16 oz Cool Whip 2 boxes powdered lime Jell-O (3 oz each) Directions: – In a large mixing bowl, whisk together milk and sour cream. – Add to that mixture the two boxes of Jell-O and whisk to combine. – Fold 8 oz of Cool Whip into the lime mixture reserving the other 8 oz for trifle assembly. – Put the lime mixture into the fridge to set. – Take the frozen pound cake and with a serrated knife cut off all of the dark edges. – Cut the frozen pound cake into 1-inch cubes. It’s easier to cut the pound cake when it is still frozen. – Slice two fresh limes for garnish. Assembly: The presentation is important, so try to assemble your layers evenly. Start each layer at the edge of the trifle bowl and work your way into the middle. – Place 1/3 of the pound cake into the bottom of the trifle bowl. Push the pieces out to the sides. – Next add 1/2 of the lime mixture. – Add another 1/3 of pound cake pieces. – Top that with 4 oz of Cool Whip. – Add the remaining pound cake pieces. – Add the remaining half of your lime mixture. – Fill a piping bag (or a ziploc bag with one end cut off) with the remaining 4 oz of Cool Whip and decorate the outside edge of the top of the trifle. – Garnish with sliced fresh limes and the zest of the third lime.


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Anderson Campus Makes College Possible for Husband and Wife


wo decades ago, Adam Simmons took what he intended to be a onesemester hiatus from his Industrial Mechanics classes at Tri-County Technical College. At age 22, he was balancing college with working full time and decided to take a break from his studies, fully intending to complete his degree. It didn’t happen – his education got put on the back burner with a focus on his job in manufacturing and his family – wife, Jennifer, and their two children. Yet every year he vowed to go back and finish the degree. One year turned into 20. “I thought about finishing every year since I quit, but it never happened,” said Adam, now 42, who works as a Bib Standard Facilitator at Michelin’s Sandy Springs plant. But in 2016, during an in-house training class, Kenn Seay, MSTC trainer/instructor, urged him to return and complete his degree. “Every time I gave a reason – life, kids, time – he had an answer I couldn’t counter. It was then I realized I didn’t have a good answer for not going back,” said Adam. Adam learned about Tri-County’s Manufacturing Management and Leadership program and enrolled part time in online classes. He plans to graduate this spring with an associate degree. “I had another class with Kenn months later, and he asked again if I was in college. This time I said yes, and I have a 4.0 GPA,” said Adam.

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Around the same time, his wife, Jennifer, who worked for DSS as a Case Worker until she became a full-time stay-at-home mom to their son and daughter, began to contemplate pursuing her dream of working in environmental research. At age 37, it would be her first time as a college student. She says it was important for her and Adam to be an example for their daughter, Peyton, 13, and son, Pierce, 10, who are straight-A students and in the gifted and talented program at school. She also wanted to make her father proud. “We have always preached the importance of education to our children. One day they asked me where I went to college. When I said I didn’t, they asked why I can’t go now. Like Adam, I realized there was no reason I couldn’t go back to school,” said Jennifer. The fact that Tri-County’s Anderson Campus is just 10 miles away from their home in Starr made it possible.

“We want to be an example for our kids.”

Adam Simmons

They expected financial hurdles and asked themselves how they could afford it. But they received Pell grants and Lottery Tuition Assistance. What isn’t covered for Adam is paid through tuition reimbursement at Michelin. In 2015 Jennifer entered the University Transfer program during the fall semester at the Anderson Campus. But there were unforeseen challenges – both personal and academic. The day Jennifer registered for classes, Adam’s brother died unexpectedly at age 30. Jennifer’s father passed away that November of complications from pneumonia and heart issues, and her mother was diagnosed the following September with a 10-centimeter mass on her liver which later turned out to be benign. “It was beyond stressful. It was overwhelming. I wanted to quit,” she said. “I knew if I quit, I would have to give an explanation to our kids and everything I said would be ineffective.” A good support system at home and at the Anderson Campus guided Jennifer through the tough days. Both managed to continue their community involvement. She coaches softball, and he is Vice President of the Starr Athletic Association Board. “We are both stubborn. Nothing is going to whip us. We don’t give in easily,” said Adam. “We want to be an example for our kids.” “We have fought hard for this and have struggled,” said Jennifer, adding that instructors have been a source of inspiration. This semester Jennifer takes two classes at Anderson and is an intern for Renewable Water Resources (ReWA) in Greenville. She will earn an associate in Science degree in May and will apply to Clemson (where she wants to study Environmental Science). They say they still battle bouts of guilt, expecting too much of themselves and thinking about not spending all of their free time with kids and family. The sacrifice is paying off, says Adam. “My supervisor said in a performance review, it’s unbelievable how I have progressed as a manager. I will continue to grow because of what I am learning in the Manufacturing Management and Leadership classes,” he said. Both are eager to march at the 2018 graduation ceremony. “I’ve waited 20 years for this,” said Adam. “We’ve earned it,” said Jennifer.


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Jeuel Esmacher: By Kathryn Smith

Jeuel Esmacher didn’t put on a uniform during World War II, but she definitely contributed to the Allied victory. She worked in military intelligence in Washington, D.C. analyzing intercepted Japanese messages. Mrs. Esmacher of Anderson is one of the women featured in Liza Mundy’s new book Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II. According to Mundy, the navy and army recruited more than 10,000 college-educated women as code breakers. South Carolina’s Winthrop College sent dozens of its graduates who had been taking special classes in cryptanalysis. Jeuel was one of them. She was born in 1924 and grew up in the farming community of Starr, completed high school there, and followed her older sister to Winthrop to major in music. After the war began, the military took over a dorm for Army Air Force cadets who were training in Rock Hill. “Of course, all the Winthrop students thought that was wonderful,” Jeuel said. “Here are all these men came marching in. We got so excited none of us could sleep that night.” Also, the army began offering classes in cryptography in order to scout talent. “I loved it, so I took every class I could before I graduated,” she said. At age 19, she took a job as band director at a high school in King’s Mountain, N.C. But halfway through the school year, she got a message from Washington saying, “We could use you.” She did not hesitate to accept. “This country was very, very patriotic,” she said. “Everybody wanted to do something for the war effort.” Housing was so short in Washington that Jeuel bunked with her college roommate, who was already sharing an apartment with two other cryptanalysts. That made four girls in one bedroom – with one bed! “They were on one shift and we were on another. Two jumped out of the bed and two others jumped in,” she said. At Arlington Hall, the top-secret intelligence campus, messages came in through ticker tape machines, then were run through a machine that printed them in English letters. “We’d get messages from all over the Pacific, very garbled. And you didn’t have any idea what it said because it was in code. And then we would

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“Code Girl”

Jeuel Esmacher in the 1940s


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have what we called a slide, which had a few sequential letters translated into English words. For example, the letters WXYZ could mean ‘ship.’ We’d slide them along until we would find what we called a ‘hit,’ where maybe two or three of those known words were in a row. We’d just get a few words here and a word there separated by garbled letters and we had to figure out what was in between all that.” Jeuel remembers vividly the day she detected a message about a Japanese ship laden with goods that was leaving a certain harbor on a certain date. “I got real excited and put it in the hands of the big fellas and it worked out that about two or three weeks later that the ship had been sunk,” she said. “At that time I was so patriotic. I was thrilled. But you know, that was many, many years ago. Since then, I’ve had lots of time to think back on it. While it was wonderful to think I had saved some American lives, it has been sobering to think that I also drowned a lot of Japanese soldiers.” Their work was top secret. “When outsiders asked, ‘Where do you work?’ we could say we worked over at Arlington Hall. If they asked, ‘What do you do there?’ I’d say, ‘Oh, I’m the one who empties all the trash cans.’” On the evening of August 15, 1945, Arlington Hall was sealed. “We knew the war was over but we couldn’t leave the post until President Truman announced it,” she said. Finally, they opened the gates and everybody went to Washington. Jeuel was walking around with some girlfriends when they ran into four service men from Arlington Hall, including Harry Esmacher. They joined the celebration. Her memories of the night are vivid. It was solid people, she recalled, holding onto each other’s arms and singing, coming down Pennsylvania Avenue. They’d start out with the service songs, the marines, then the army and navy. The street cars would stop, people would disconnect the wires so they couldn’t go, then they would climb up on the roof and keep singing. That was the first evening Jeuel spent with her husband-to-be. She said it was love at first sight. “That was it,” she said. “He knew it and I knew it.” They were married in May 1946 and stay married until Harry’s death almost 63 years later. Jeuel still likes puzzles, completing the daily cryptogram in the newspaper. Since the release of Code Girls, she has found unexpected fame at age 93, telling her story to a standing-roomonly crowd at the Anderson County Museum and speaking to book clubs, service clubs and other organizations. Of the war years, Jeuel said, “I grew a lot. I found my own courage. You had to have it or you wouldn’t be there.” n

Jeuel Esmacher today

Read more about Jeuel Esmacher in Code Girls.


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Anderson County Museum’s Gala: The BEST Party in Town Benefiting a new permanent military exhibit “Andersonians in War” opening in late 2020

By: Beverly Childs, Executive Director Anderson County Museum & Dustin Norris, Curator Anderson County Museum The Anderson County Museum’s Winter Night Gala has long been known as the “best party in town.” This signature fundraiser is hosted annually by the ACM Friends Board. In 2018 the event has a new name, new date, new look and a new venue! Now known as “Labtech Diagnostics’ THE GALA,” guests will enjoy an evening at the historic Evergreen Plantation in Starr, SC. Overlooking the rural landscape of southern Anderson County, Evergreen is a family owned farm (circa 1823) with all the southern charm one would expect to find in a 190 year old plantation. The perfect place to host the history museum’s fundraiser on Friday, April 27th. Attendees will be treated to a “Southern” evening as they view the beautiful landscape surrounding Evergreen. An old-fashioned carriage pulled by two beautiful black Percheron horses and mint juleps will be a part of our southern GALA evening. Attendees will dance to the Catalina’s…America’s premier Beach Band! Sullivan’s Metropolitan Grill will cater the food and a full bar and beverage service will be provided. Contact Beverly Childs at or 864-964-6556 for more information on sponsorships and tickets. Proceeds from “Labtech Diagnostics’ THE GALA” will benefit the new military exhibit “Andersonians in War.” Designed by Chapman Design in Anderson, this exhibit will offer snapshots of military history through the experiences of Anderson County veterans. Covering a broad timeframe and each major American conflict, this exhibit will focus on real people from Anderson, whose lives offer unique glimpses into these familiar histories. Beginning with the Indian Wars and the American Revolution, we will see how our nation and state were forged out of the heat of battle. Andrew Pickens and Robert Anderson both grew into leadership roles while developing a lifelong friendship. Together, they helped secure the victory of the colonies and negotiated the boundaries of South Carolina with the Cherokee Nation. In this beginning is found the namesake of Andersonville, Anderson, and Anderson County. The treaties negotiated by Pickens and Anderson carved out a place for our city’s history to unfold. The life of Governor James L. Orr offers a prime glimpse into how a raging Civil War tested our county and its people. In July of 1861, Orr entered the camp at Sandy Springs where his regiment, the Orr’s Rifles awaited orders. He reportedly told his men there: “Well boys, you are headed for hell, but if you are determined to go, I’ll go

with you.” The devotion of these men and the cunning of their leaders have been remembered for generations since and will not be forgotten in “Andersonians in War.” Stories like these are known to many Anderson residents. But a prime objective in this new project will be to highlight untold stories of lesser known warriors in addition to the familiar ones. We look to the likes of Sergeant William Funk, who served in Iraq in the late 2000s. He kept a piece of home with him at all times by playing music with the Baghdad Bad Boys, a bluegrass band made up entirely of soldiers. Another example is that of Army Master Sergeant Robert Latham, a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. The bravery and heart shown by these soldiers and their families will inspire and inform all aspects of our new exhibit. They are the reason we are here, and we want “Andersonians in War” to reflect our honest appreciation. We have already met many veterans and families who have contributed and are still actively looking for more. If you can help in any way we encourage you to contact Curator Dustin Norris rdnorris@andersoncountysc. org or 864.964.6557. This help could come in the form of artifacts, donations, photos, books, or simply information. You never know what holes your stories could fill. Our aim is to make this exhibit as complete and representative as possible. n 40

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Hidden History in Anderson Anderson’s All American Girls By Liz Carey

Anderson County is no stranger to home-grown sports figures and war heroes. But few know that Anderson County was also home to two women who served as both. In the 1940s, during World War II, men shipped off to Europe and Asia to battle the Axis powers. More than 500 baseball players went into the military during the war, including superstar players like Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, PeeWee Reese and Ted Williams. By 1943, with a lack of men to form teams, baseball executives started eyeing women players as a way to keep baseball in the public eye. And so, the AllAmerican Girls Professional Baseball League was born. The league was founded by Bob Wrigley, chewing gum magnate and owner of the Chicago Cubs. Although it was known by many different names, the league put women from all over Canada and North America into modified baseball uniforms and set them to work playing baseball for soldiers and the folks at home. In Anderson, Viola Thompson Griffin and her sister Fredda would soon be part of the league. Viola played softball for the Anderson Girls’ High School team before moving on to some of the Greenville textile leagues’ teams. Her playing caught the attention of a scout, who recommended she try out for the expanding girls baseball league. In 1944, Viola headed to LaSalle-Peru, Illinois for tryouts. It was her first time out of the state; her first time on a train; her first time away from home for so long. After 10 days of tryouts, Viola made the cut and was assigned to the Milwaukee Chicks as a left-handed pitcher. Her salary was $65 per week, about the equivalent of $902 today. On the baseball diamond, the girls were expected to play like men, but look like girls. “We played in little short skirts, and always had strawberries on our legs because we didn’t have enough protection when sliding,” Viola told Ernie Trubiano, author of South

Carolina Sports Legends. “We were girls, and they wanted us to look like girls. They didn’t want short hair; they wanted long hair to project femininity. We looked like girls, but played like men.” The girls were not only expected to look like ladies on the field, they were expected to dress and act like ladies outside of the game as well. In addition to baseball training, they attended charm school to learn manners, how to dress and use make-up and how to act in public. During this same time, Viola’s sister Fredda had married and gone on to enter, and win, the Mrs. America pageant. In 1947, with the war over, the league did its spring training in Havana, Cuba. It was then that Fredda was brought on board to teach at the league’s charm school and to run a fashion show. Fredda was a beauty and was used in many publicity photos. Later, Fredda was signed on to the South Bend Blue Sox to be a utility pitcher for her sister, but never played a game. Viola eventually left the league and went to Chicago to play on a girls’ professional softball league, but after 42

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a few years of that decided in 1949, at the age of 28, to return home to Anderson. She came home, married her boyfriend, Claude Griffin, and the two started their family in Belton. Viola said she just moved on. “I forgot all about baseball,” she told Wisconsin historian Robert Carter. “That was just a dead subject. It was never mentioned and my children knew nothing about it.” Nothing, that is, until in 1988, when the National Baseball Hall of Fame decided to honor the women of the league for their work in keeping the game alive. After that, the movie A League of Their Own came out and in 1993 Griffin received the Order of the Palmetto from Governor Carroll Campbell, Jr., and was honored by the General Assembly for her pioneering role in women’s baseball, as well as for her work as an advisor on the film. In 1997, she was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. Viola remembers her time with the league as patriotic. As a pitcher and pioneer in women’s sports, she said she and the other women, “saw (our) role as patriotic. Before each game, we would line up in a ‘V for Victory’ formation. We played a lot of exhibition games for the soldier boys, and the sailors.” While she didn’t talk much about her experience, in her interview with Robert Carter, Viola said, “I’m glad I was part of it. I appreciate being part of it. I feel lucky that I was part of it. I think about going into all these different cities and meeting all these different type people and getting to travel places I probably would never have been able to do.” Viola Griffin died on Dec. 31, 2017. Her sister Fredda, died in Atlanta in 1980. Both women are remembered as members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. n

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...a job or some service they provide outside of their “day job” -that helps them make a little extra cash on the side. By Liz Carey

Some call it the side hustle. Others the side gig. It used to be called a part-time job. But regardless of the name, the side hustle is a growing reality in many Americans’ everyday lives. According to a study by Bankrate, more than 44 million Americans have a side gig–a job or some service they provide outside of their “day job”–that helps them make a little extra cash on the side. But we’re not talking lemonade stand money here. Eighty-six percent of the people who say they make money through a side gig earn at least $500 a month. And those between the ages of 50 and 62 with side hustles report making as much as $1,000 a month. Locally, people with side hustles say their gigs help them fund the things they love, while giving them an outlet to do something they love to do but can’t make a full-time career from. For Russell Truesdale, life as a banker is fulfilling, but when he’s home alone, he looks for something that will keep him occupied. Currently, Truesdale works two side gigs – driving for Uber and running a small PC repair business. Truesdale also makes handmade knives and is looking into a possible third side gig. For him, the side hustle was originally about money, but now it’s about new experiences. “When I started, I needed the funds,” he said. “I also wanted to get involved with something to keep me busy outside of normal working hours. Yes, I have my daughter, but when I don’t, I like to keep busy. I’m always looking for ways to interact with people and learn new skills.” Because the side gigs are done whenever he wants to do them, he’s able to manage work, family, leisure time


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Mary Long tutors a student.

and the side work. The work, he said, keeps him busy and keeps him from “rotting away on the couch playing video games.” He estimates that he probably invests a few hours a month into the side jobs, mostly when he needs money, or is incredibly bored, or when someone contacts him for help on their computer. “I figured I love driving and working on computers. What better way to make extra money than by doing something you love?” he said. For Mary Long, her side hustle is tutoring. A teacher at New Covenant School during the day, Long spends as much as 16 hours a week tutoring children with dyslexia. She started tutoring in 2014 when the parent of a child she was working with offered to pay for part of her training to teach dyslexic students. Before long, she said, word began to spread and now she tutors up to eight children a week. For her, though, the side hustle is more about her passion for teaching than it is for the money. “It’s 100 percent about the students,” she said. “In Anderson, I’m one of the few who have the training, and there are kids who really need the extra help.” While the money is an added bonus (she’ll use some

of it to help her youngest child when he starts college soon), the stress of working so much can be hard. To combat it, she uses delivered meal kits for dinner three nights a week to cut down on time spent shopping and sets aside Friday nights and Saturdays as days she doesn’t work. Balancing it all can be hard, though. “I’ll think, okay, I’ll give up teaching and just tutor, but then, I think, I’d miss the teaching,” she said. “So I think, I’ll just give up tutoring, but then I worry about the kids. They need the help and I don’t want to leave them. I think about it a lot, but I just can’t quit either one.” Still, she said, the work has its rewards. “I graduated a little girl out of my program this summer,” she said. “Her mom wrote me a long letter, and cried in appreciation. It’s been tough, but when you get appreciation like that, it’s definitely worth it.” For Tommy Walls, working as a fitness instructor at the YMCA is more than just a job. It’s a way to stay connected to his daughter. Walls is the owner of F & S Survey, Engineers and Planners. On any given night, however, you can find him teaching aerobics or cycling classes at the Y. 45

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Walls said he’s been doing the classes for at least 15 years. Prior to that, he would work out with his middle daughter, Wendie. An active athlete all his life, Walls tore his rotator cuff in 2000. It was Wendie who nursed him back to health, getting him up and active by running. Eventually she took him to one of her aerobics classes. “She said, ‘Just stand behind me and do what I do,’ so I did,” he said. “After doing it for a while, I really liked it, so I decided to become a certified instructor.” When Wendie died of cancer some years later, the classes were his way of coping with the loss. “Every time I get in there, it reminds me of the time we spent together,” he said. “That was mine and her time. We just went to the Y together. It was time I could never have gotten any other way.” Now he uses the classes to keep young and to keep active. The members of his classes have become like family, and he looks forward to seeing them and spending time with them every week. At 66, he has no intention of giving up his work or his side gig anytime soon. While the money is spent on running shoes “or whatever,” it’s the being out and active that makes his side hustle so important to him. “I’ve got too much to do to quit now,” he said. “When you go through something like losing someone close to you, you learn to appreciate every day. You get a new outlook on life. I’ve been out running in the pouring rain, and appreciated every rain drop. There’s nothing better.” n

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Uptown Expands to Lakeside

If you live out west–West Anderson, that is–you know dining options are extremely limited. Locals in that area can rejoice: that is about to change. Sarah and Shane Dowler are known to many as the owners of the Uptown Lounge. The Dowlers took over Uptown just about ten years ago, and with some gradual adjustments and tweaks, without changing the core of Uptown, they made it their own. Since their ownership began, Uptown has continued to grow in popularity among locals and visitors, and is now it is about to grow in a new way. After having a little taste of the lake life last year with a food truck they set up at Big Water Marina and the great response and support from lake goers for their lakeside dining option, the Dowlers decided to expand to a permanent lakeside location. Uptown is opening a second location, The Local Pub and Eatery, or The Local as it will be known, at 1500 Providence Church Road, just off Hwy. 187 in Stone Creek Cove. Why “The Local”? I spoke to the Dowlers at their new location to find out more. Amid an entire remodel of the former home of Friends at the Cove and The Grill Man, we sat in what will be the expanded bar area to talk about the name and share more about their new venture. “The Local,” Shane said, “is a term used in Ireland when referring to the favorite local hangout where people go to meet for drinks or dinner or just catch up with friends. We want this to feel like everyone’s favorite local place to meet.” “Also, we want to tie in the fact that we use locally sourced food wheever possible,” Sarah added. “Just like at Uptown, we will make everything we possibly can, fresh. Like our hand-breaded chicken fingers, handbattered fish, hand-formed hamburgers, fresh cut fries. We make what we can by scratch using local ingredients when possible,” she said. For those who love Uptown, I asked what parts of Uptown will be incorporated into The Local and what, besides being lake side, will make The Local unique. The Dowlers said almost immediately that their famous burgers will of course be offered at the new location in addition to some other menu favorites. One thing that will not be brought to the new location is the smoking option. There will be no smoking inside The Local; however, they do have plenty of outdoor space and seating options available for smokers.

By Lisa Marie Carter What’s different? Well, they will be offering fresh handmade pizzas on the menu as well as their tacos that were such a huge hit at their lakeside food truck last summer. While they are still working on the final draft of their new menu, there will be some finer dining/upscale food options at The Local. Tucker Ashley is the manager. The Executive Chef is Justin Jacques. Jacques was born and raised in Charleston and has been in the restaurant industry since age 16. He’s known for his ability to bring forth a wide variety of styles, including gastropub food with a focus on traditional Southern fare with a heavy influence of French, with a whole lot of imagination and a flair for thinking outside the box. The Local will also offer a private room for events as well as catering services. Tonya Freeman will is the catering manager. Many readers may not be aware that right next to The Local is Stone Creek Cove’s community pool to which anyone can purchase a membership, and now to make it even more enticing for those hot summer days, The Local will offer service to the pool. You won’t even have to get off the lounge chair. Along with the changes to the menu, great lake views, catering and special event options and poolside service at The Local, the Dowlers are working on many other unique possibilities, one being a very cool opportunity for boaters. Though they swore us to secrecy, let’s just say boaters will delight in this option in the works. The Dowlers hope The Local will quickly become everybody’s favorite lake side place to grab a bite or meet for drinks. Whether you are getting off work and still in your business attire or getting off the boat and in your sundress and flip flops, you can come as you are (though shoes and shirts or coverups are required) and you’ll fit right in. At the time this article was written, the plan is to open in March and have the grand opening sometime in mid- to late March. Check out their Facebook page “The Local” for the latest up-to-date information. The Local is located at 1500 Providence Church Rd., Anderson SC 29626. Phone: 864-844-9244; Email: n 48

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Amen. Football is Here. By John Boone


pstate Dragons owner and head coach Kent Merideth is an arena football evangelist. “It’s a beautiful day for football!” the man in the black cowboy hat bellows to his players across the practice field of Anderson’s new arena football team, part of the 13-team American Arena League (AAL). Technically, the Dragons will begin their second season when they kick off a 10-game regular season at 7 p.m. March 31 against the Austin (TX) Wild at the Anderson Sports and Entertainment Center (Civic Center of Anderson), but it will be the first time the locals will get to see their team, as all six of the games played last season were on the road. The evangelist now has a sanctuary. “We are going to do something that has never been done in South Carolina,” Merideth says, his enthusiasm infectious as he scans the field of athletes ranging in age from their 20s to their 40s, with an even wider expanse of life experiences. “We are going to win an arena football championship.” Merideth knows that won’t be easy, both on the field and off. Arena football has popped up in the Upstate before, normally beginning with a nice splash before flattening out to a ripple and then disappearing within a few seasons or even less. For reasons too numerous to chronicle here, the many fledgling leagues, an alphabet soup of creatively fitting “Indoor” or “Arena” in some form or fashion, Merideth has seen it all, involved in the sport as a player and then coach since 2000. So what will be the key this time as an owner?


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Left to Right: Coach David Phillips, Coach Anthony Galloway, Head Coach & Co-owner Kent Merideth, Coach Nicholas Sideman, Coach Doug Collins “First, I knew I needed a partner, someone who shared the same heart, drive and desire,” Merideth said. He turned to a friend he had worked with during his time with the Greenville Force arena team, Mary Ann Hamby-Rivest. “We didn’t want to just jump into a league. We wanted to build a solid foundation in order to sustain ourselves.” The “soft” entry, if you will, was the purpose of the first-year travel team, introducing the Anderson area to the Dragons through heavy community involvement, a family emphasis, and a focus on social media marketing –in particular the team’s YouTube channel, which live streams all of its games and contains numerous features on the team and its players, including an HBO Hard Knocks-style documentary of the Dragons’ season. “My biggest thing is being out in the community,” says Hamby-Rivest, who, along with being co-owner of the team also serves as its general manager. “Doing community service and giving back–I’ve done that all my life and have been blessed to be able to incorporate this team into it.” The Dragons have served at nursing homes and churches, for Meals on Wheels, Relay for Life, and various other community organizations and events, and have even fed and honored first responders in an event they did on their own. “We want to be part of the community,” Merideth says, “and we want the community to be proud that we are their team.”

“We strive to be the perfect role model for our children and the children in our community,” HambyRivest adds. “We want to provide affordable family entertainment to Anderson and the Upstate where families can enjoy a night out together. There are too many families who don’t involve their children or go out as a family anymore. This team will give them the opportunity to spend time together at a professional football game at the same price they would spend on a movie ticket.” And there are many storylines to follow at a Dragons game. Both kicker and elder statesman, 41-year-old Austyn Piel knows he’ll have his four kids watching him. “My goal is to show them that no matter how old you are, if you have a passion for it, go for it!” Piel, once recruited by Notre Dame in the Lou Holtz era before deciding to play soccer instead, is looking forward to using his life experience to help some of the younger players. Linebacker Bobby Kinnebrew, 27, who played semipro ball for the Electric City Chargers, is holding out hope that he can still accomplish his dream of playing professional football full-time. “I’m at the age now where I need to provide for my family, and I hope I get a shot somewhere.” Wyatt Rogers, a 21-year-old wide receiver who previously played on the other side of the ball at Dorman High School in Spartanburg County and Union College in Kentucky, sees no reason why he shouldn’t try to 51

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Austyn Piel (center) signs his contract as two of his children watch. reach the top levels of professional football. “Canada (CFL), NFL camp, I feel I’m just entering my prime; if I can stay strong and healthy and show out this season, maybe someone will see me and give me a chance.” And running back Davon Gardner, who at 30 looks like he could run through walls, would do just that to win. “I just love to play, love to be competitive, and as long as I can do that, I want to win as many games and championships as possible.” They, and the rest of the 30-man roster, have bought in to what Merideth is preaching. “I believe we can sell out our arena for every game,” Merideth says of his 3,000seat sanctuary. “I believe we will win championships. And I believe we’re going to be here, not for one or two or five years, but 10, 15, 20 or more.” Amen. n

Left to Right: Luke Ruff, media; Head Coach & Co-owner Kent Merideth; General Manager & Co-owner Mary Ann Hamby-Rivest; and Victoria Rivest, dance team director.


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Foothills Alliance invites you to become a volunteer advocate. Volunteer advocates offer comfort and nonjudgmental support to survivors of all forms of sexual violence. They act as the compassionate rock in another person’s storm. Volunteer advocates answer crisis calls and respond to victims at the Emergency Room. Once there, they may also offer education and support to family members and significant others. Foothills Alliance provides all advocates with thorough training, so that they are equipped to meet the needs of victims. Serving as a volunteer advocate fulfills a great need in our community. If you meet the following requirements, and want to make a difference, contact Stacie Mahaffey at

Volunteer Advocate Requirements: • Must be 18 years old or older • Non-judgmental and supportive personality • Strong listening and communication skills • Commitment to serve for one year • Reliable transportation • Reliable phone or cell phone • Within a 45-minute drive to AnMed Hospital or Oconee Medical Center • Completion of a volunteer application and interview • Completion of 6 night volunteer training and emergency room tour • Be able to be on call 3 days a month (you are able to choose the days you want to be on call) • Attend at least 4 of the 12 monthly volunteer meetings • Turn in all paperwork to the Direct Services Coordinator in a timely manner • To respect and maintain the confidentiality of all client communications and records

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Many hair stylists will tell you that salons and barbershops are the spaces in which intimate conversations take place. Perhaps it is the relaxing sensation of a comb in the hair, or the gentle laughter that floats through the room. Whatever the reason, people open up when they sit in a stylist’s chair. This April, Foothills Alliance is partnering with salons and barbershops to bring the conversational momentum of the #MeToo Movement into those spaces. Foothills will host its first Shop Talk Saturday on 4/14/18 at Crayton Designs. Participants will have the chance to receive a styling, and engage in meaningful discussions about sexual assault. Participants will leave with a look they love and simple, but powerful, preventative practices. If you are interested in hosting a Shop Talk Saturday you may contact Ashley Jordan at Ashley.jordan@foothillsalliance. org. To stay updated about these events, contact Foothills Alliance at 864-231-7273, or follow Foothills Alliance on Facebook and Twitter at @FoothillsAlly.


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The Debutante Club of Anderson W

Still Relevant Today

hile the world we live in continues to advance in areas of innovation, technology, business and more, it sometimes seems some of the basic social graces have gone by the wayside. We can hope children (and adults) are still practicing the phrases “please” and “thank you.” But we often hear less “yes ma’ams” or “no sirs” than once was the norm. With the convenience of smart phones, there are even less personal interactions. Some reports say that the youth of today find it difficult to have face-to-face conversations compared to the ease of communication they have found with technology. While modernization and advancements are often for the better, civility and proper etiquette need emphasis as well. That’s one continued goal of The Debutante Club of Anderson.

Founded in 1978 by 23 charter member couples, the Debutante Club’s purpose was to present members’ daughters to society. Today, there is still an active Debutante Club in Anderson. With the constantly evolving role of women in today’s society, it is The Club’s goal to help young women be prepared to meet every challenge with poise and confidence. Debutante Club members participate in events and classes that ensure they are prepared for a variety of social situations, and the skills can be translated into multiple aspects of life, including the “working world” where proper introductions, the ability to join and participate in conversations and a proper thank-you note can be invaluable. This year, 14 young ladies were presented at the Anderson Debutante Ball, which was held on Saturday, Dec. 30 at The Bleckley Station. n

Haley Glenn Kowalski • Anna Grayson Meredith • Lauren Abigail McGregor Bailey Marie Davidson • Kaitlyn Elizabeth Jones • Caroline Moon Christopher • Molly Mattison Epps Kinley Elizabeth Powell • Mary Courtney Kubu • Madysen Dee Junkins Megan Carmichael Wooles • Elizabeth Dale Brannon • Mary Katherine Powell • Laura Elizabeth Quarterman


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Withstanding the Test of Time In 1951, “I Love Lucy” premiered on CBS. Tony Bennett was a popular crooner on the radio, and “A Streetcar Named Desire” was on the big screen. Dennis the Menace appeared in newspapers across the US for the first time, “The Catcher in the Rye” was released and The Peoples Bank was founded in Iva, South Carolina. Times have certainly changed since then, but The Peoples Bank has remained a consistent, locally owned banking partner for the Anderson County community. Local residents have called The Peoples Bank their financial home since the 1950s and continue to maintain that relationship today. What began as a one-story building on Broad Street in downtown Iva has grown to six full-service offices providing complete financial services to Anderson County and surrounding areas. From the first car loan as a young adult to the first home purchase as a family and the business loan which helped them expand, individuals have built long-term relationships with The Peoples Bank helping to streamline financial management. As a bank that’s been locally owned since its beginning, we know the business climate of our community and are in tune with the financial challenges and resources needed for success. A commercial loan could help start a new venture, while our commercial line of credit may be just what you need to seize a great opportunity that has come up. Perhaps you’re ready to expand your business or even invest in local real estate development. Our commercial mortgages can finance your way to success. You’ll find that each of our business loan options offer: • Competitively low interest rates • Local business experience • Local Anderson, SC, decision-making • Professional, personal service When you’re a business owner, your bank is a significant “partner” in your business and that relationship should be honest, attentive and supportive. If consistency, longevity and trusting relationships are important to you, visit The Peoples Bank today.


March/April 2018


As a child, I think we have more “aha moments” than we typically do as adults. Think about it…when we finally figured out how to tie our shoes, when we realized the switch would turn a light off and on and even when we finally would understand a math concept (that never happened very often for me personally). But, we had moments to say, “Aha! I got it!” As adults, I don’t feel like we have those quite as often. However, I have had a couple recently that are worthy of sharing. Lots of people love Snap Chat. My kids especially love it. I knew that it was another way to communicate, and was almost like a replacement for texting with someone. But it always included photos. Maybe I didn’t really get the concept because I absolutely hate selfies and it seemed people just sent selfies back and forth, but I have never been able to get on board with Snap Chat. Recently, I made a visit to the eye doctor’s office, Clemson Eye. My dear friend is married to one of the doctors/ owners of the practice, so when I was in the parking lot, I took a photo of the sign and texted it to her. And THERE was my aha moment. That exact moment is what Snap Chat was intended for! I didn’t need to send a text with words. I just wanted to send a photo. I felt like I had had an epiphany. The other, and perhaps most life-changing aha moment I’ve had recently, came about this fall as boot season rolled around. I have pretty small feet and have never found socks to fit well. They are always too big, and the heel of the sock always goes up the back of my foot. Then, the seam never settles in the right place on my toes. If I can feel the seam, it drives me bananas. Like, take-my-sock-and-shoes-off-andon-three-and-four-times-to-get-it-just-right bananas. During boot season, I was wearing long socks with my boots. As usual, one sock was bothering my toes, so I was going to adjust. But, when I began to take my shoes and socks off, I realized that the other sock was on inside out… and it was NOT bothering me at all. AHA!! I have lived 45 years with socks annoying me and it never occurred to me to just wear them inside out so the seams aren’t on my toes?!? This was the most simple, yet impactful aha moment I can remember in recent years! I certainly hope there aren’t any new trends with exposed socks with logos or words or things like that for adults, or I’ll just be in a pickle. For me, this inside out thing is revolutionary, and there’s no going back. Apparently, you can teach an old dog new tricks, so I’m keeping my eyes open for more aha moments coming my way… Artwork by Jeanie Campbell


March/April 2018

the 12 th annual

Dancing for our Heroes presents

A night at the


A rotary club of greater anderson production



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Friday, April 20 premier at 6:30 pm

Civic Center of Anderson



March/April 2018

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