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Anderson November/December 2018

Makers’ Markets & Pop-Up Shops: a Platform for Connection

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November/December 2018 Publisher/Editor April Cameron

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Marketing Sales Jennifer Merritt Graphic Design Jennifer Walker Contributing Writers Caroline Anneaux April Cameron Haley Schvaneveldt Catherine Stathakis

Been to the CAFE Latley?



Makers’ Markets and Pop Up Shops

Featured Photographer Van Sullivan Photography


Anderson Magazine is published six times a year. Advertising Inquiries: 706.436.4979 ON THE COVER: Meg Bloomer,

an Ambassador and stylist for Noonday Collection, a jewelry and accessory business that partners with artisans in vulnerable communities to create dignified jobs.


Brighter Christmas Fund

New Airport Terminal at Anderson Regional

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Letter from the Editor

Here’s to the holidays... Can you believe the holiday season is upon us? I really do enjoy the holidays and all the things that come with it. I love the way we prioritize family time. I relish the traditions we uphold and the new memories we make. And, I love the look on the faces of family and friends when they open that perfect gift they’ve been given. Gift giving is really a pleasure for me. However, (and oh yes, there is a BIG however) I typically do not like to shop during the holiday season. There, I said it. I absolutely, 100% do not prefer shopping during this season. (I learned to use the phrase “do not prefer” at a wine tasting. Rather than saying, “I don’t like that,” we were taught to say, “I don’t prefer that.” I suppose that is so a winemaker’s feelings don’t get hurt if you don’t care for their wine. Taste is subjective, after all.) There is a caveat, though! Holiday markets, craft festivals, pop-up shops…those are my jam! The one-ofa-kinds, individualized, non-replicated items you can find from individual craftspeople and artisans are the gifts that make my heart sing! If you are seeking special gifts this season, dive into our cover story featuring some local markets and mark your calendar for the ultimate where and when gift guide. And, if you got stuck…I mean, if you have the pleasure…of cooking the Thanksgiving meal this year, check out the story on the CAFE, or the Clemson Area Food Exchange. The CAFE connects farmers with customers who are seeking fresh, local products, but offers an option besides a standard farmers market. Serve your holiday guests a farm-to-table meal this season with help from the CAFE. While you’re in the holiday spirit, now is the perfect time to share your blessings with others. The Foothills Community Foundation’s Brighter Christmas Fund helps provide a happier holiday to hundreds in Anderson County each year. Read about their partnerships with some of the businesses in Anderson, but also learn how you can get involved and make a donation that will share the joy of the holiday season.

Finally, as we enter into the season of Thanksgiving, I would like to say thank you to all of those who continue to support Anderson Magazine. We certainly appreciate those who advertise with us as well as our readers who often say, “I saw that in Anderson Magazine!” There are many times that people tell me even though they have lived in this area for years, they learned about something new in our county from the magazine…and that is a wonderful compliment to receive! So thank you for helping us continue to spread the good news about Anderson County! Wishing you a happy, healthy and thankful-filled holiday season!



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AnMed Health

Three New Year’s resolutions that promote good health

As the clock ticks down toward 2019, many of us are finalizing our New Year’s resolutions, of which none carries as much weight (pun intended) as the old standby: getting fit and healthy. “We typically make resolutions around our most challenging habits, such as losing weight, changing our diet, exercising more or stopping smoking,” says Dr. Jill Spencer of AnMed Health Lakeside Family Medicine. “Some patients don’t realize that their physician can be one of their strongest allies in working toward their health goals.” Quitting Smoking. For example, a doctor can be a valuable resource when it comes to quitting smoking. According to Dr. Spencer, there are several medications (both over the counter and available by prescription) that can help lessen the discomfort as well as the urge to smoke. Dr. Spencer recommends talking to your doctor about prescription medications that do not contain nicotine (such as bupropion or varenicline) that can be used as part of a support program to help you stop smoking.

months,” says Dr. Spencer. “Annual Wellness Visits help your healthcare provider identify any health risks you may have, and allows us to work with you to develop a course of action to address your particular health care needs. It’s a great tie in to those New Year’s resolutions.” During the visit, your health care provider will work with you to: • Complete a comprehensive review of your medical and family health history • Check your height, weight and blood pressure • Review your current medicines • Schedule recommended shots and screenings • Advise you on personal medical issues and treatment options

Strength Training. Dr. Spencer also recommends strength training to her patients. “Whether you’re 100 lbs. overweight or just need to lose the last 15, strength training is one of the most effective ways to burn fat and build muscle,” says Dr. Spencer. Strength training has been shown to stop and even reverse age-related sarcopenia, the reduction of skeletal muscle that occurs as we get older, which helps us stay independent and live longer. “Strength training increases bone density, builds a stronger heart, reduces your resting blood pressure, improves blood flow, halts muscle loss, helps control blood sugar, improves cholesterol levels, and improves your balance and coordination,” says Dr. Spencer.

To talk to your doctor about your health goals or to schedule your Annual Wellness Visit, contact your primary care provider. If you need a primary care provider please call AnMed Health WellnessConnect at 864‐512‐3748 or visit n

Medicare Annual Wellness Visits. If you are Medicare eligible, another way to reach your New Year’s goals to becoming healthier is with an Annual Wellness Visit. Medicare pays 100% of the cost for this visit with no out-of-pocket expense to you. Dr. Spencer, recommends wellness visits to all her Medicare patients. “Medicare patients are allowed a comprehensive Annual Wellness Visit every 12

Dr. Jill Spencer AnMed Health Lakeside Family Medicine 4120 Highway 24 Anderson, SC 29626 864.224.4003


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Been to the CAFE Lately? By Caroline Anneaux The “new” trend of ordering groceries, paying for them and then driving to the store for a quick pick-up has been a way of life for many years for some locals. Twenty-five years ago, families got together and ordered organic groceries from local farmers, using a telephone, pen and paper. People met in parking lots to pick up boxes, wrote checks and placed orders on sheets of paper on a clipboard or had to call a designated person in charge of keeping up with the paperwork. Now, internet and online ordering has made this process so much easier and faster. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Elian Tyson, co-founder of Clemson Area Food Exchange (CAFE),, last month to talk about how things had changed since I met her 20 years ago when we both used local food co-ops in the Clemson area. “Before the internet, locals had to be very creative to find healthy, local food items for their families,” said Tyson. “You could join a food co-op and volunteer to help offset the cost of your groceries or order in bulk with other families and get a ‘surprise’ box once every two weeks for a set price.” Of course, back then, healthy, local items were very limited (usually sold only in very small, locally owned stores) and those surprise boxes could be full of items your family did not eat. As nice as it was to get locally grown vegetables and fruits, not everyone wanted several pounds of rhubarb, radishes, collards, etc.


In March 2011, Tyson and her co-founder and friend, Lance Howard, started a small farmer’s market in downtown Clemson on McCollum Street in front of what was then McClure’s Bookshop. After only four months, they knew they had enough customers, local businesses and growers to support something bigger. Tyson and Howard, decided that they should combine their talents - hers is marketing and his is finding the growers - and created CAFE for the tri-county area. “Once we were able to connect the growers with customers, CAFE was off and running almost immediately,” said Tyson. “We found local businesses willing to open their doors as drop-off locations once a week and volunteers who could get the customers’ orders there.” In order to get started, a customer goes online and places an order. The program CAFE uses is very userfriendly, and customers buy only what they need for the week. Customers may place two orders before CAFE requires a $20 fee that helps offset educational lectures, farm tours and even a yearly Christmas party CAFE hosts for its customers, volunteers and suppliers. Ordering takes place every weekend (hours are listed on the website) and deliveries are made every Tuesday. Farmers and vendors take all of their goods to the Arts Center of Clemson on Butler Street on Tuesday mornings. Customer orders are packaged by volunteers and then delivered to Pickens, Easley, Anderson and Seneca. Clemson residents pick their orders up at the November/December 2018

Arts Center later in the day. Delivery to a customer’s home/office is available for an additional fee. Carol Schmidt lives in Anderson and volunteers at the Arts Center on Tuesdays. “Before moving to Anderson two years ago, I lived in Michigan but visited quite often,” said Schmidt. “Sometimes I stayed for a month, so I ordered through CAFE before I was even a resident of Anderson County. I have always been a very active member of farmers’ markets and food exchanges. I researched multiple programs in the area before deciding on CAFE.” Schmidt also sells organic feeder insects through CAFE. The business she co-owns with her son and daughterin law, The Neighborhood Bug Dealer, ensures the insects their customers buy to feed their pets are pesticide-free. They also sell organic worms for composting and fishing. All of the farmers and vendors are listed on the website. Customers pick and choose anything they want for the week. No order is too small or large and they are not required to order weekly if they do not want to. This is not typical for other local food co-ops. “We work with over 50 different local farms,” said Tyson “On any given Tuesday, 20 to 25 growers show up with vegetables, meats, eggs, flowers, milk, fruit and

more. Our growers bring in products that are non-sprayed and organic. We have a list of all of the farms we work with, and customers are encouraged to contact them and ask any questions they may have. Our customers love having the option of ordering whatever they may need on any given week and skipping a week here or there when they want to.” If you want to feed your family organic, healthy meals and help support local farms and businesses in the area, check out the CAFE website to see all that they have to offer. n


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Makers’ Markets & Pop-Up Shops:

a Platform for Connection By Haley Schvaneveldt

It is no secret that there are countless benefits to buying handmade and local products. As Meg Bloomer, a seller of handcrafted products, said, “The piece you buy may be one-of-a-kind rather than one of 200 on a shelf, and you’re supporting a person rather than a large corporation.” However, in many cases, small businesses don’t have a brick-and-mortar storefront, and without such a physical presence in a community, it can be difficult to build a customer base. Web platforms, such as Etsy, have made it possible for crafters to maintain a virtual storefront. Online customers enjoy the convenience of shopping without leaving their couch but miss out on aspects of the in-person shopping experience, such as the ability to sample or try on an item on the spot. Perhaps most importantly they miss out on a personal connection with the small business owner.

You can make a

huge impact

in people’s families by just one

time a year focusing on buying something handmade and local. They know they are supporting someone, but do not personally know the person they are supporting. As a result, they may not experience a seller’s passion for what they do, or fully understand the difference that their purchase makes in a crafter’s life. These kinds of relationships create return customers for small businesses. As a solution to this problem, pop-up shops and makers’ markets are rapidly growing in popularity. A pop-up shop gives a maker a temporary storefront, allowing them set to up shop within the walls of another business. Bloomer has recently formed this kind of partnership with Blake and Brady Boutique, Gallery 313 and other local businesses. Upon noticing that they draw a similar crowd, two businesses form a symbiotic relationship, creating an event that draws customers into the brick-and-mortar store, and allows for the pop-up shop owner to interact directly with customers.


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Bloomer actually finds the intimacy of a pop-up shop format to be the best fit for the mission of the company she represents, Noonday Collections. The jewelry, bags and scarves that Bloomer sells are handmade, but Bloomer herself is not the artist. “I serve as the middle man between our artisans and the customer,” she said. “All of our artisans are in struggling countries and communities that don’t have the job opportunities that we have in America.” Pop-up shops support Noonday Collections’ emphasis on connection and the sharing of stories. Bloomer said, “It’s really easy for that to get lost when shopping online or browsing through a store. If a customer is looking at a necklace, and I happen to know the lady who designed that necklace, I can share her story and how it has helped her family by providing a job.” Makers’ markets serve a similar purpose but are larger gatherings of crafters and small business owners. These markets take place throughout the year but are especially popular as Christmas shopping opportunities during the holiday season. The Holly Jolly Holiday Fair is one of the largest. Held at the Anderson Civic Center, the event is expecting more than 200 vendors and 10 to 15,000 shoppers this year. This market includes not only crafters, but also entertainment such as an orchestra, a cooking demonstration by a champion of the Food Network show “Chopped” and a fashion show featuring local vendors’ clothing and accessories. Other markets opt for a more limited and local scope. For example, the Holiday Market, put on by the Anderson County Farmers Market, emphasizes supporting Anderson’s own artists by limiting vendors to those within fifty miles of Anderson County. Some makers’ markets go beyond supporting small businesses and local crafters by using their event to help other worthy causes. Bloomer recently set up a booth at a fundraising event for AIM, a nonprofit organization that provides aid for struggling individuals and families in Anderson County. Likewise, the Mistletoe Market, which meets at the Anderson County Museum, seeks to fulfil the museum’s mission of highlighting the history of South Carolina and Anderson County. As market coordinator Catherine Luplow put it, “artists and crafters are an important part of our history and culture.” What unites these events is connection. “Here, shoppers connect with shop owners, creators connect with customers,” reads the Holly Jolly Holiday Fair website. Through these connections, the fair’s coordinator Kim Kelley said, “You can make a huge impact in people’s families by just one time a year focusing on buying something handmade and local. If just one time a year you can make that change, it will start a whole revolution.” By creating a platform for connection, makers’ markets and pop-up shops are a catalyst for that revolution. n

Holly Jolly Holiday Fair

Anderson Civic Center, November 16-18, (See website for times), $5-$10 tickets,

Mistletoe Market

Anderson County Museum, November 9, 4-8 p.m. and November 10, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Holiday Market

Anderson County Farmers Market, Saturdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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November & December Events Nov. 1-Dec. 1 Belton Train Depot Portraits: An Historic Lens Exhibit. The exhibit features portraits from earliest oil miniatures to daguerreotypes to modern photography examples. Vintage and antique camera equipment is also on display. Interactive activities including a photo booth with historic clothing and accessories to wear, a selfie wall, and a mix and match facial collage make the exhibit fun for all ages.

Nov. 16-Jan. 6 Carolina Wren Park Holiday Ice opens at 5 p.m. in downtown Anderson. Check out their Facebook page for daily hours.

Nov. 9 Anderson Arts Center, 7 p.m. 36th Annual Arts Auction Enjoy a night where art and fashion collide at the annual arts auction inspired by the 2017 Met Gala. Silent and live auction, fashion show, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, music and after party. Tickets at

Nov. 16 & Nov. 18 II Powerful, 7:30 p.m. / 3 p.m. The Rainey Fine Arts Center at Anderson University. The Anderson Symphony Orchestra, Anderson University Music Department, and members of the GAMAC Chamber Orchestra will join forces to bring two opportunities to experience Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Rachmanioff ’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Adults-$15. Students/Kids$7. This concert is presented by the SC School of the Arts at Anderson University and the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium (GAMAC). Visit for more info.

Nov. 11 Downtown Anderson Anderson Veteran’s Parade. 3 p.m. Nov. 16 Santa’s Arrival Anderson Mall, 5:30 p.m. Join Anderson Mall to welcome Santa Claus! Meet at the Main Street entrance between Chico’s Off the Rack and Murasaki at 5:30 pm and help ring in the holiday season! We will have a special craft and treat for the children in attendance.

Nov. 16-Nov.17 T. Ed Garrison Arena IPRS Rodeo at the Garrison area in Pendleton. Starts at 10:30 Friday morning. Call 864-9187633 for more information.

Nov. 22-Dec. 25 Anderson Christmas Lights Anderson Recycling Center It’s the 25th Annual Anderson Christmas Lights. The 2.5 mile drive thru of millions of Christmas lights and decorations. Visit Santa’s Village, listen to live music, roast s’mores, drink hot chocolate and visit with Santa Claus. Cost of admission is $10 per car. For more info, visit

Dec. 4 The Polar Express, 8 p.m. Carolina Wren Park View The Polar Express on the BIG screen in Carolina Wren Park. This is a FREE evening of family fun! Coolers are welcome - NO alcohol or glass containers. A concession stand is also open. For more info, look up Carolina Wren Park and Pavilion on Facebook. Dec. 8 Christmas Magic, 7:30 p.m. Boulevard Baptist Church Anderson’s own GAMAC Chorale, Chamber Orchestra, and Children’s Chorus celebrate the magic of the season with beloved Christmas classics and new favorites to discover. With such beautiful music, nothing could be finer than the holiday season in Anderson, South Carolina! For more info, visit Dec. 13 State of the Economy, 11:30 a.m. Tucker’s Restaurant Hear from Joseph Von Nessen at the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the Economy presentation. Lunch meeting at Tucker’s Restaurant. For more info, visit www.

Remember to send all your pictures and events to April!

We Need YOUR Help This Holiday Season! During the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, AIM will be distributing holiday meal packages to area families in need. Our greatest need is turkeys and hams.

Nov. 8 Historic Photograph Preservation Workshop - 7pm

306 City Square, Belton



Nov 17

4th Annual Turkey Shoot

Dec 1

Christmas in Belton

Portraits: An Historic Lens

exhibit will be open through Dec 15. Contact the museum for more information about any of our events. • 100 N. Main St. • Belton, SC • 864-338-7400


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Donations can be dropped off at the AIM Food Pantry located at 1206 S. Murray Avenue in Anderson, Monday - Thursday from 8-4 and Friday from 8-2. Funds for food are also appreciated. 864.226.2273

Help Children in Anderson County

with the Brighter Christmas Fund

How can you help 200 Anderson County foster children and 250 needy families have a brighter Christmas this year? Donate to Foothills Community Foundation’s 44th Annual Brighter Christmas Fund. Brighter Christmas Fund has raised over $1.3 million since 1975. The goal is to raise funds from the Anderson community to help Anderson County families in need to provide gifts for their children. Foothills Community Foundation has partnered with the Brighter Christmas Fund since 2006 and averages more than $74,000 raised each year. Brighter Christmas Fund represents a voluntary partnership between Foothills Community Foundation and several local businesses. Last year, Liberty Highway Walmart joined the South Carolina Department of Social Services, SunTrust Bank and Foothills Community Foundation to make last year’s Brighter Christmas Fund a success. “Walmart’s vision statement is service to our community. It is our goal to give back to the community and this is a great opportunity to help families save money, so they can live better and have a brighter Christmas,” said Eric Butler, Liberty Highway Walmart store manager. Dean Woods, president of Foothills Community Foundation, added “Our partnership with Liberty Highway Walmart has been a blessing to the families served by the Brighter Christmas Fund this year. Each family was able to purchase more clothes, toys, food and items needed due to their shopping experience at Liberty Highway Walmart. I want to thank Eric Butler and his team for all their help.” “The Foundation is grateful for all of our Brighter Christmas Fund donors, but we do rely heavily on major gifts each year from the Confederates Motorcycle Club’s Anderson Toy Parade on Sunday after Thanksgiving and Stone Creek Cove’s Brighter Christmas Fund Golf Tournament and Auction in early December,” explained Foundation President Dean Woods.

The generosity of the Anderson Toy Parade at Christmas is legendary. Year after year, no matter the state of the economy, they generously give. Robert “Little Man” Fagg organizes the Anderson Toy Parade and has had a key role in it for the last 34 years. Woods noted that the Confederates Motorcycle Club has donated approximately $12,000 to the Brighter Christmas Fund each year. Averaging $10,000 in donation per year, the Stone Creek Cove Home Owners Association and Golf Club play a key role in the Brighter Christmas Fund. They host an annual Stone Creek Cove Annual Brighter Christmas Fund Golf Tournament and Auction where golfers have fun playing and bidding on items donated for the fundraising auction. “They always step up,” commented BCF board member Susan Campbell. “They really represent the generous spirit in our community that we admire and appreciate this time of year,” she added. These two major gifts account for one-third of the Brighter Christmas Fund raised each year. Gifts from individuals, church groups, civic organizations and businesses provide the remaining funds. Your help is greatly needed this year. To make a donation toward the Brighter Christmas Fund for 2018, visit foothillsfoundation. org or deliver a check to Brighter Christmas Fund, SunTrust Bank, 907 N. Main St., Anderson SC 29621 using the accompanying form.

Brighter Christmas Fund My Name _____________________________________________________ Mailing Address ________________________________________________ City/State/Zip Code _____________________________________________ Email: ________________________________________________________ Amount of Gift: $ _______________________________________________ Checks payable to Brighter Christmas Fund*

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The Legacy of Anderson is an Independent Senior Living Community

When you enter The Legacy, one of the first things you may notice are the big smiles and warm greetings from Brandon and Lee. They both volunteer at The Legacy several days during the week. Brandon has been a volunteer with us for several years. At the beginning of this year, Lee Thomas started working as his caregiver. Brandon goes to therapy for his cerebral palsy, then comes and assists staff members and residents. He was born and raised in Williamston, S.C. He graduated from Palmetto High School and is a huge Clemson fan. Brandon’s family is the most important thing to him. He says, “Family is everything. You have them even when you have nothing.” Since Lee started working with Brandon, he has become family. Brandon says that Lee is “one of a kind.” Many people confuse the two as brothers. They both radiate positive energy and try to see the best in everything. Lee never hesitates to step in and help the staff at The Legacy. His work ethic is impeccable. He attributes that to his upbringing and says he owes it all to his parents. Lee and his girlfriend, Jatalya, have a beautiful 9 month old daughter named Anye’ Lei. In his free time, he enjoys extreme sports such as motocross and wakeboarding. Lee also loves Mustangs and dreams of owning a GT350 one day. He says that he appreciates life even more because of the struggles he sees Brandon face daily.

Lee Thomas & Brandon Stone

“Working with Brandon is easy, he cares for me as much as I care for him.”

Stop by The Legacy and say “hi” to Brandon and Lee. We promise you will walk away smiling.

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BLOCK Downtown Anderson is emerging as a hot market and regional destination for new businesses, residents, and tourists. The past few years have been nothing short of electrifying for downtown development. Here are a few shocking facts: • Five new retail establishments have opened and 145 jobs have been created in downtown Anderson this summer. • Eighty-eight new businesses opened within the city limits in 2017. • Six hundred-plus entrepreneurs have been trained in the past 12 months through entrepreneurial programming made available to the business community. • In downtown Anderson, 175 events were coordinated and promoted by the City of Anderson. These “shocking” facts are recent accomplishments that can be categorized under the main focus areas of the city’s Economic Development Division: 1) Economic Development and Redevelopment; 2) Entrepreneurial Programming; and 3) Events & Marketing. With the national economy on the upswing, city staff has resolved to harness this momentum and embark on a unique planning approach for downtown Anderson. The approach will produce a phased master plan and strategic branding strategy, with guidance given from the creative community. The City of Anderson has chosen Arnett Muldrow and Associates of Greenville to work with administration to lead the process. “This is designed to be a marketbased master plan with a high level of community input


and a focus on strategic implementation,” according to economic development director Kimberly Spears. Titled Shock this Block in homage to the city’s legendary moniker The Electric City, the plan will create a unified, site-specific development plan for downtown Anderson. Shock this Block plans include a vision for downtown Anderson as a regional hub and as a preferred destination for shopping, dining and commerce with ample choices for urban residential lodging. In short, the goal is to develop a roadmap to shape Anderson’s downtown business and residential core for increased economic development activity. In September, Economic Development Division staff, along with Arnett Muldrow and Associates, facilitated a public forum to gather community input through live polling and breakout group-think sessions. More than 120 people attended for the first phase of planning where they shared their ideas and thoughts about the future of our thriving community. Using colored markers and large print out maps of downtown, enthusiastic participants helped prioritize the “blocks” they felt were most important to address with this plan. For those who were unable to attend the first public forum meeting, there will be a make-up session on November 5th, 3-5 p.m. in the Economic Development Offices located at 102 N. Murray Ave. For more information email or call 864-231-2601. n November/December 2018

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New Airport Terminal at Anderson Regional Airport

Anderson County leaders ushered in a new era at Anderson Regional Airport with a September 26, 2018 groundbreaking ceremony for the airport’s new terminal. The celebration coincided with a ribboncutting ceremony for the grand reopening of the airport’s main runway, which has been closed since June for a major pavement rehabilitation project. “This day marks a very special day in the history of Anderson County, and we would not be celebrating these milestones without the support of a lot of people,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn during the ceremony. “Our partners at the S.C. Aeronautics Commission, S.C. Department of Commerce, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Federal Aviation Administration have all made great contributions, but I would be remiss if I did not give special recognition to S.C. House Ways and Means Chairman Brian White.” Dunn continued, “These projects simply would not have been possible without Chairman White’s advice and support. Brian’s work with his father, Earl, taught him that aviation can have a tremendous positive impact on the community, and we are lucky that we are able to benefit from Earl’s vision and Brian’s leadership.” “This is a monumental time for our airport and for our community,” said Tom Allen, chairman of the Anderson County Council’s Ad Hoc Airport Committee. “Anderson Regional Airport receives almost 14,000 visitors each year and generates $13 million annually in local economic activity. We provide services to several local industries and help to make their presence in our community feasible. These are worthwhile long-term investments we are making.” “I am so very proud of what we have accomplished here at Anderson Regional,” said Airport Advisory Board Chair Don Acevedo. “We are thankful to be working with a County Council that recognizes the


value that these investments will generate for years to come.” Known to aviators by its FAA designation KAND, Anderson Regional Airport has served the community for over 75 years. While still providing service for general aviation users, KAND has evolved over the years into a critical component of Anderson County’s Economic Development program. “The Anderson Regional Airport, in many ways, is the most important Main Street in our community—it’s usually the first part of our community that a corporate decision-maker will see,” said local aviator Hugh Oldham. “The ability for the airport to provide a positive first impression, meet the ongoing needs of corporate travelers, and handle cargo and other traffic generated by local industry are critical components of Anderson County’s economic development strategy.” The rehabilitation of the airport’s main runway to its current dimensions (length 6,003 feet; width, 150 feet) was deemed crucial to the county’s efforts to provide service for current and future businesses and industries. Rehabilitation of the runway to a 100-foot width was possible and would have represented cost savings; however, a narrowed runway would be unfavorable to many types of commonly-used commercial aircraft, such as the Boeing 727, DC-9, Gulfstream V and 550, and the Bombardier Global Express. These types of aircraft are commonly seen at KAND and are used for corporate travel, passenger charters, and freight. Thanks to the county’s investment in the runway rehabilitation project, we can expect to see over 200 operations of these types of aircraft per year at KAND and over the next twenty years, according to the FAA Terminal Area Forecast for Anderson Regional Airport. The new airport terminal is under construction adjacent to the existing terminal. Constructed in 1970, the existing terminal has served the community November/December 2018

admirably through many changes in leadership and technology over the years, but it is severely lacking in functional use and modern amenities. The need for comprehensive system upgrades, lack of flexibility for growth, lack of Americans with Disability Act accessibility, and overall condition of the facility’s exterior and interior make renovations unfeasible. The new terminal will be fully ADA-compliant, enhance overall functionality for general aviation users and provide special focus on the needs of corporate traffic. It will offer amenities such as improved parking for up to 80 vehicles; covered access with adequate clearances; wireless access; laptop work areas; separate flight planning and quiet rooms for pilots; conference room facilities for up to 40 persons; and a catering/food prep area. Construction is scheduled to be completed by late summer of 2019, after which time the existing terminal will be demolished. In addition to its newly-rehabilitated runway and new terminal, KAND boasts a Category I precision instrument approach system, is certified for FAA Part 139 operations (including an Index “A” ARFF station), and a full-service FAA Part 145 aircraft repair station that offers an array of maintenance and avionics services. n


(Data and analysis provided by the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission)

• Operations related to or supported by Anderson Regional Airport create 107 total jobs in our community. • These jobs introduce more than $3.8 million annually in direct and indirect payroll. • Direct and indirect spending related to airport operations, related capital investment and general aviation visitor activity total more than $9.1 million each year. • In all, Anderson Regional Airport generates $12,967,110 in annual economic activity. • Just under 14,000 visitors arrive at Anderson Regional Airport each year. • The airport and airport activities support annual state and local tax revenues estimated at $554,380.

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Decades of Dedication to Serving Students

Glenn Hellenga, left, and Butch Merritt, circa 1970s

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lenn Hellenga joined Tri-County Technical College November 10, 1973, as a counselor in the Comprehensive Manpower Training Program. Butch Merritt, two years his junior, was hired three years later, March 15, 1976, as a counselor dedicated to the technical and industrial programs. What began as first jobs straight out of college became lifelong careers for both who remain committed to the College’s philosophy of serving students. For years, Merritt and Hellenga were mainstays in the College’s Counseling Center. Throughout the years, they have been highly respected by students and are known for going beyond the call of duty to ensure student success. They served as recruiters, advisors for the Student Government Association, student activities directors, and continue to provide academic, admissions, and career counseling. They often run into graduates out in their communities, or those who are back on campus with their children who are enrolling at Tri-County. “They stop me and ask, ‘Are you still here?’ I always say, Yes, and I am proud of it,” said Hellenga.


He says their next comment is often, “Tri-County made a difference in my life. I didn’t realize how much until I went to work.” Graduates go on to ask about other faculty and staff who served as mentors for them and pushed them to succeed. “You don’t realize how much influence you have until they tell you personally,” said Hellenga. “It’s a real honor to serve students – it’s the little things that make the difference,” said Merritt. After serving as a Counselor for five years, Hellenga established the College’s Career Center in 1978 and became its first Director. He later became Director of the Workforce Investment Act and Special Projects and now leads the Career Services office. Merritt joined the College in 1976 as a Career Counselor where he worked until 1994 when he assumed the position of Director of Job Placement and Cooperative Education. Today he is an Enrollment Counselor at the Anderson Campus. Each has been honored with the College’s Presidential Medallion for Staff Excellence. Tri-County is physically a different structure than it was in the 1970’s when they began, but its mission November/December 2018

hasn’t changed. “Our basic foundation is not buildings – it’s the individuals who provide services. Our mission is the same – preparing people for jobs,” said Merritt. “We help folks to reach their career and personal goals, many of whom are the first in their family to graduate from college. That is powerful,” he added. “It’s rewarding work that has resulted in long-lasting connections with graduates, their parents, and even their grandparents,” said Hellenga. “We’ve seen generations of families at the College. I’ve talked with students whose grandparents I knew when they were students here.” “They are entrusting us as a College to help their kids like we helped them. It’s pretty heartwarming,” said Merritt.

“We’ve seen generations of families at the College. I’ve talked with students whose grandparents I knew when they were students here.”

~ Glenn Hellenga Though not technical college graduates themselves, both identify with students of all demographics who come to Tri-County Technical College at different stages of their lives. Some are traditional, others very non-traditional. Among the student population are working moms, displaced workers, those embarking on second careers, and recent high school graduates. Many go the university transfer route while others enroll in the technical programs to prepare to work in today’s advanced manufacturing facilities. A large number return to college to obtain new skills to stay competitive or advance in their careers. Merritt is the first in his family to graduate from college and earned a degree from Erskine College. “My parents wanted me to go to college and have a better way of life. Tri-County gives folks opportunities that enable them to live the American dream. That’s a big deal,” he said. Hellenga earned an associate in Arts at Young Harris College and transferred to the University of Georgia where he received a B.A. in Psychology followed by an M.Ed. in Student Personnel and Higher Education. “But it was at Young Harris – population 450 at the time - when I decided I wanted to work in a college environment like that,” he said. He found it at Tri-County 45 years ago when he interviewed with former Dean of Students Al Norris for a counseling position. When he and Merritt talk about mentors, at the top of their list is Al Norris. “In the early days, most of what I learned was through non-verbal communication – by observing a professional like Al Norris and how he treated individuals. He was fair and positive. I learned more from him than any book I’ve ever read,” said Merritt “It gives me a real sense of gratification and to know that I may have helped someone in a small way. It’s a great feeling to see students come in totally undecided about career choices and then to provide them with information and alternatives for them to make their own decisions. It’s especially gratifying to watch them receive their associate degrees and get good jobs. That’s what it’s all about,” said Merritt. Collectively, the two have 87 years of working in student services at the College. When asked if retirement is looming in the near future, Merritt says, “When I figure out how to walk away from my purpose in life, I will leave. I’m not there yet.” Neither is Hellenga, who says, “The passion and desire to make a difference are still here. The College continues to adapt to the needs of the community, and I want to be a part of it.”


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Anderson County Hospitality Tax

A proposed hospitality tax for unincorporated areas of Anderson County is on the ballot November 6. It’s a 2% fee on prepared food and beverages to help fund tourist-related infrastructure and capital projects in our community. This hospitality tax is extremely important, and deserves your public support. This revenue will improve public recreation spaces, lake access and tourism throughout the county. It would increase entertainment options for all ages. And it will allow more people with special needs and disabilities to enjoy our sports and activity venues. Last year, nine cities and towns in Anderson County raised $3.6 million through their existing hospitality taxes on food and beverages. That money is only spent inside the towns that raise it. With the proposed fee, the rest of the county could have raised nearly $3 million to be spent outside those city limits. Some towns are reaping benefits and making improvements, while everyone else is left behind. Forward-thinking leaders in Anderson County know this hospitality tax is vital for our future. “This is about improving our quality of life,” said Pam Christopher, President/CEO of the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. “Improving our public facilities will benefit everyone, and can spur economic and business development.” While a significant portion of proceeds from the tax would be paid by visitors to Anderson County, 100% of the funds raised would stay within the county. So, what would be taxed? Simply put, it applies to food and beverage sales that are prepared or modified for immediate consumption. That includes salads and sandwiches made to order, fountain drinks, coffee and ice cream prepared on site. It also covers vegetable, meat, cheese and fruit trays. It applies to food prepared or cooked on site by an employee or contractor, and on any served beverage such as beer, wine and liquor. It would not apply to vending machine items or prepackaged foods, like bags of chips. It’s only a 2% fee, so a dinner bill for $50 would become a bill for $51. That’s a tiny price for all the good that revenue could do. Hospitality dollars raised by unincorporated Anderson County would remain separate from the General Fund that pays county bills. Leaders would rely on an independent study to determine exactly where to spend this new revenue. Likely examples include cultural and arts centers, historic site operation and sports or recreational facilities. These dollars could be used to improve lake access to Broadway Lake and Lake Hartwell as well as strengthen and grow our current tourist venues, which is vital for tourism. We could certainly improve roads and bridges leading to these facilities. They could fund advertising that brings more tourists to our county. And they could expand water and sewer services for tourist destinations, which is a must for smart growth. Think of all the improvements this new revenue could bring to Anderson County. We need it for growth and expansion—and we need it to stay competitive. We must look ahead, so we don’t get left behind. Your “yes” vote on November 6 is a vote for Anderson County’s tomorrow. Find out more at n 23

November/December 2018

The Bas Foundation

Honoring Richard Baskin, retired TL Hanna Director of Bands By Catherine C. Stathakis When Richard C. Baskin arrived at T.L. Hanna High School in 1981, he already had four years of teaching band under his belt. And he was only 24 years old. He had enjoyed his experiences in South Georgia and Abbeville County schools, but was ready to make a band program of his own. He was excited about teaching at a slightly larger school and determined to make the students the best they could be. This past summer, after 37 years at the helm of Hanna’s band programs, Baskin officially retired. He did it reluctantly, but says because of health issues, “It was time. I would stay here forever if I could, but it’s time to put the bullhorn down.” In 1981, T.L. Hanna only had grades 10 through 12. Baskin was only seven to eight years older than his students. He provided the energy and youthfulness that the students needed for motivation. He was not only their band director and teacher, but in many cases, their friend as well. He knew how to communicate with the band members. Because of the minor age difference, students found it difficult to address him as “Mr. Baskin.” Some students dropped the “Mr.” and just started calling him “Baskin.” That got shortened even more to “Bas” and that name has stuck throughout his 37-year career at Hanna. Former students took to Facebook to share their memories of Bas and thank him for his years of dedication. Here are just a couple of those tributes: “One of the things I loved about Bas was his method of discipline. He caught me making a prank call on the band office phone. He didn’t say a word. Just walked over, grabbed the phone and yanked the whole thing off the wall. I knew I just better shut up and never do it again.” Art Klugh IV, Class of ’88 “It was a pleasure and an honor to be in your first class when you arrived. Some of my fondest and most memorable moments include that group of people and that time in high school. You were more than just a ‘band director’; you were a guide, a teacher, a mentor and a friend. We are all better for having known you and having you in our lives.” Amy Mize Ables, Class of ’83 Baskin has influenced and encouraged many of his students to continue their music education after high school. George McIntyre, Class of ’82, went on to study at the University of South Carolina and then the University of Southern California, focusing on guitar. The year 1981 was the first year that an amplifier was brought on the field just for George to play his electric guitar during halftime shows and competitions. McIntyre continued his career after college, playing in


studios for movie soundtracks and music demos. Alston Pettigrew, Class of 2007 and son of band alumni Teresa (Payne) and Robert Pettigrew, continued his music education at Anderson University, (Bachelor of Music Education), Arkansas State University (Masters) and Liberty University in Virginia. (Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership). He has now been the Westside High School Band Director director for two years. He often still collaborates with Baskin and Shon Brown, who has been Baskin’s assistant for 15 years and is currently the interim band director at Hanna. Shon Brown is a graduate of Westside High School. When word got out that Baskin had retired, former band alumni as well as band parents of current students, wanted to honor him in some way. Baskin didn’t want a retirement party or any type of party to celebrate him. He was more interested in a concept suggested to create a foundation in his honor. Honoring his wishes, The Bas Foundation was established. Any funds donated or collected will go toward scholarships for District 5 students who wish to continue their music education after high school as well as supporting current and future music projects at both Hanna and Westside schools. The foundation held its first fundraiser on September 21 prior to the Hanna/Westside football game. Barbecue plates were sold for $10 per plate, and provided by Big Daddy’s BBQ. According to Teresa Payne Pettigrew, fundraiser chair, around $1,300 was raised that November/December 2018

night. Attendance was hard to verify because many alumni simply came to say goodbye and good luck to Baskin but was estimated to be around 250 people, including alumni as well as current students and band parents. Mrs. Pettigrew said she would like to thank the Westside Band, WHS Avid Club, and Southwood Beta Club as well as TLH Band alumni who were a tremendous help as volunteers for the fundraiser. The foundation is in the process of becoming a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Anyone can donate to the foundation by mailing a check to TL Hanna Bands Inc., PO Box 1125, Anderson, SC 29622. n

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Driving around looking at Christmas lights is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. From Thanksgiving weekend until early January, there are plenty of opportunities to pack the car with your friends and family and spend an evening gazing at twinkling lights. Don’t forget to enjoy special holiday treats and drinks, and be sure to look for Santa Claus along the way! Of course, the first place on your list should be Anderson Christmas Lights, held at the Anderson Sports and Entertainment Center. This will be the 25th year this amazing light event has entertained visitors and raised awareness and funds for local charities. Tune into 89.5 FM on your stereo as you drive through 2.4 miles of light displays. Then, park and enjoy shopping, roasting s’mores, live entertainment and a visit with Santa Claus. Plan to spend an entire evening here, and do not be surprised if you find yourself visiting more than once during the holidays! Small towns and cities may not have events as large as the Anderson Christmas Lights, but they love to put up holiday lights on the lamp posts along the main

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