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Departments Celebrating 20 Years Creating the Current Columbia 20 moments that changed Columbia By Jessica Berger


Celebrating 20 Years

With Dawndy Mercer Plank


Carolina Community An Inspiration to Us All

SC Business Hall of Fame inducts 2010 laureates By Vicki Patterson Cannon

Pet Guide 26 Extreme Doggie Makeovers A day of beauty for three rescue dogs






By Sam Morton

All in the Family Traveling with your pet on vacation By Grace Anne Belangia

Furry Family Members

The crazy lengths Columbians go to for their pets By Janey Goude


Columbians Love Their Pets


Pet Resource Guide


Independent Schools In Praise of Good Teachers


Celebrating Midlands-area independent school teachers By Deena C. Bouknight

Home Style A Personal Journey Interior designer Joan Goodwin’s house of dreams By Margaret Gregory


The Flavor of Sunshine

Delicious lemon recipes for summer By Susan Fuller Slack, C.C.P.


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Advertising Sections Getting Down to Business Mother’s Day Gift Guide Your Home Q & A

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In Every Issue From the Editor City Scoop Spread the Word New to the Neighborhood? Good Eats Picture This Just Married Out & About


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FROM THE EDITOR Our associate editor, Robyn Culbertson, and her husband Chip share their home with Rudy, Binky, Sam, Abby, Ginger and Dwayne. That’s three dogs, two cats and one bird. Here in our office we kindly refer to their house as “the zoo.” Robyn and Chip find themselves surrounded – or smothered – in their king-sized bed with dogs and cats every night. In order for everyone to fit in one bed, each member of the family has to be positioned just right. For instance, the three dogs (Sam, Binky and Rudy, who range in size from 45 pounds to a little over 100) all have their designated spots in the bed, and the cats, Abby and Ginger, curl up where there happens to be a little extra room. Needless to say, everyone is cozy and warm. One problem that Robyn has encountered is that certain pajamas get twisted up with the sheets and animals, so she has to wear just the right pair so as not to disturb anyone when she moves to untangle herself. Another problem is that she finds herself waking up constantly during the night to the sounds made by the menagerie, from snoring and panting to licking and scratching. She recently invested in a sleep machine and ear plugs to drown out the various noises that envelop her room while everyone – except Robyn – snoozes peacefully. The cats are quiet sleepers but often wake in the middle of the night and knock objects to the ground or cry to be let in or out of the room. Once Abby was walking along the headboard of the bed and accidentally lost her footing. Robyn was startled awake when Abby landed right on her head! Robyn feels a little guilty that Dwayne can’t join them in the bed, but since she’s pretty sure the other animals might find her to be a tasty snack, Dwayne has to sleep by herself in her cage. The bird is a relatively new addition to the family, so Robyn worries about her feeling accepted. Plus, according to Robyn, Dwayne sought her family out, so she must have needed the extra love. Chip was in their backyard one day when he looked up and spotted the cockatiel resting on a power line. So what did Chip do? What any other good animalloving person would do, of course! He whistled to the bird and held his finger up. The bird flew right down, landed on his outstretched finger and immediately became part of the family. And did I mention that Dwayne is a girl? To give Robyn a little credit, they found this out after they had already named the bird a more masculine name, but according to Robyn, a name is nothing more than a name, and the Culbertson family does not discriminate on the basis of gender, age or species. Robyn’s daily animal adventures provide much entertainment to our entire staff. She continues to keep us laughing with stories of Sam’s escapes from the backyard, Rudy’s protective temperament, Binky’s intelligence, the cats’ persnickety attitudes and Dwayne’s new tricks. After having to round up, feed and manage her chaotic household each morning, she manages to arrive at work and appear to be totally sane. Amazing! With much guidance and insight from Robyn, we are happy to introduce our premier Pet Guide in this issue. We had so much fun putting this section together and learning about Columbians and their pets. We especially enjoyed working with Project Pet, Groomingdale’s and Pupcakes to give three rescue dogs a much-needed makeover. Bob, our cover model, was once a scruffy mess, and now he proudly helps us celebrate our 20th anniversary in his birthday attire. We hope you enjoy the issue.

COLUMBIA M E T R O P O L I T A N Publisher

Henry Clay e d i to r

Emily Tinch a s s o c i at e e d i to r

Robyn Culbertson a s s i s ta n t e d i to r

Lindsay Niedringhaus E d i to r i a l A rt D i r e c to r

Dennis Craighead Design AD V ERTISIN G s a l e s

Shawn Coward Denise Luka a d v e rt i s i n g A rt D i r e c to r

Robyn Culbertson O f f i c e / p r o d u c t i o n / c i r c u l at i o n manager

Lindsay Niedringhaus contributing writers

Jessica Berger, Grace Anne Belangia, Deena Bouknight, Vicki Cannon, Janey Goude, Margaret Gregory, Sam Morton, Susan Slack P h o to g r a p h y

Jeff Amberg, Robert Clark, Jennifer Covington, Bob Lancaster INTERNS

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Emily S. Tinch Editor

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Robyn Culbertson with the more cooperative members of her furry family.

About the cover: Special thanks to Project Pet, Pupcakes and Groomingdale’s for assisting in our extreme pet makeover and helping Bob find a happy home. Photography by Jeff Amberg

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Five Points Fountain

photography by Alt Lee, Inc.

photography by Alt Lee, Inc.

The State House

20 Moments that By Jessica Berger

Photography courtesy of Columbia Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau


ot that long ago, Pluto was still a planet and the word “Google” had never been used as a verb, but life has inevitably changed over the last two decades. The past 20 years have seen the demise of cassette tapes, the move from beepers to smart phones, the introduction of the computer age and the explosion of the Internet. In other words, times have changed. The Columbia area also has experienced a few changes in the past 20 years, the most recognizable of which has been growth. Join Columbia Metropolitan as we complete the celebration of our 20th year by taking a look at 20 changes that have helped to shape Columbia into the area that we know and love today. 1. Irmo took on a new look (as well as a lot more traffic) with the development of Columbiana Centre in 1990. The popularity of the mall attracted numerous businesses to the area in subsequent years. 2. Carolina tailgating hit the big time with the invention of

The Colonial Center

photography by Ron E. Wright

photography by Ron E. Wright

West Columbia Riverwalk

the Cockaboose in 1990. 3. Main Street lost a few more of its staple department stores to the suburbs when Belk left in 1990, followed by Macy’s in 1992. 4. Riverbanks Zoo, one of Columbia’s biggest draws, attracted flower-lovers with the addition of its Botanical Garden in the summer of 1995. 5. In 1995, Richland County repealed its traditional Sunday blue laws restricting retail commerce. 6. A 1997 census report determined Lexington to be the fastest growing town in South Carolina. The town’s population grew 53 percent from 1990 to 1996. 7. The Congaree Vista was a little greener and a lot more inviting after the Gervais Street beautification project was completed in 1997. 8. The Columbia Museum of Art brought a breath of fresh air to Main Street when it moved to its current location in 1998. 9. Columbia made national news in 2000 when the ongoing

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Eddie at EdVenture Children’s Museum

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Botanical Garden overview

initiative to build a research campus in hopes of continuing the university’s growth. 16. The Confederate Printing Plant made the Vista livable when it was transformed into a Publix in 2004. 17. Five Points gained a $35 million facelift through the streetscape improvement project, which also caused some turnover in the village from 2004 to 2007. 18. In 2004, the city’s long-discussed Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center opened with the hopes of bringing events, conferences and meetings to the area. The missing link to the city’s goal was later filled with the opening of the nearby Hilton hotel in 2007. 19. The Village at Sandhill gave Northeast Columbians a new place to eat, shop and live when it opened in 2005. 20. Columbians began to breathe easier when smoking was banned in the area’s restaurants and bars. Richland County’s ban went into effect in October 2008 and Lexington County’s in January 2010.

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

photography by Brian Gassel / TVS

battle over the Confederate flag’s location resulted in its removal from the top of the S.C. State House to the grounds below. 10. Columbia fans rejoiced when professional hockey came to Columbia. The Inferno began firing up the Midlands in 2001. 11. The Carolina Center, later renamed The Colonial Life Arena then The Colonial Center, began its legacy of drawing big name acts to Columbia when it opened in 2002. 12. Cayce and West Columbia welcomed walkers, bikers and nature-lovers to the newly-built two-mile extension of the Three Rivers Greenway in 2002. The riverwalk project had been in discussion for several decades. 13. Lake Murray residents and enthusiasts were left high and dry when the lake was significantly lowered from 2002 to 2004 while the Lake Murray Dam was reinforced. 14. EdVenture Children’s Museum delighted children and parents alike when it became an addition to Columbia’s museum scene in 2003. 15. In 2003, the University of South Carolina began its

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“My City. My Magazine for 20 years.” 10 C o l u m b i a M e t r o p o l i t a n


awndy Mercer Plank has a loyal following of fans, evidenced by her multiple wins as “Best Local TV Personality” in Columbia Metropolitan’s Best of Columbia contest. Columbians have become accustomed to spending their days with Dawndy, who began her WIS-TV career as an anchor for the Sunrise show in 1992 and was later promoted to co-anchor for WIS News at 5 and 7 p.m. In addition to her duties as an anchor, Dawndy is the health and medical reporter for WIS, educating Columbians on everything from the latest medical advances to quick and easy ways to stay physically active. As a marathon runner and fitness buff, reporting on these issues just seems natural to Dawndy, and the public has recognized this. In 2002, the South Carolina Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness awarded her with its Media Fitness Award, and in December 2001, Dawndy was honored with the opportunity to run as a torchbearer for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Whether she has been our wake up call in the morning, our way to wind down in the evening or our reminder to leave that last doughnut in the box, Dawndy gives Columbia Metropolitan magazine another reason to celebrate being around for 20 years.

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Oliver North Headlines Blue Star Mothers’ Patriots Ball By Sam Morton


ennifer Epting was raised in a patriotic family and taught to love her flag and her country, but that love took on new meaning when her son, Petty Officer 3rd Class Stuart Epting, shipped off with the U.S. Navy for an overseas deployment. It was then that Jennifer joined the Blue Star Mothers, an organization for parents whose children serve abroad in the military. On Saturday, May 22, the Midlands Chapter of Blue Star Mothers presents its annual Palmetto Patriots’ Ball at the Medallion Center in Columbia. The event’s keynote speaker is former decorated Marine Oliver North. An Annapolis graduate, Oliver is the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel. He is a 12-time NY Times bestselling author, a member of the National Rifle Association of America board of directors and founder of the Freedom Alliance, which provides college scholarships for the children of service members killed in action. Jennifer says one of the goals of this year’s ball

is to raise enough funds to help replace vans that transport veterans to appointments at the VA Medical Centers. Any remaining funds will go to help shelter about 300 homeless female veterans in the state and to start a fund to build a Fisher House – a home away from home for families of wounded warriors receiving medical care at major military and Veterans Affairs medical centers – in Columbia and Charleston. The Blue Star Mothers hope to build on last year’s event, which included the reading of a S.C. House resolution that was introduced by Rep. James Smith, a recent war veteran. The Palmetto Patriots’ Ball included an MIA/POW tribute, an all-service color guard and music by the U.S. Army band. “We really turn this into a celebration of South Carolina and our country,” says Jennifer. The semi-formal event is open to the public. Tickets are $60. Oliver North will meet with VIP sponsors during a special reception prior to the ball’s festivities. Visit to purchase tickets and get further details.

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Earlwood Celebrates Centennial by Helen Clay


istoric Earlewood, one of Columbia’s largest and oldest neighborhoods, is kicking off its centennial celebration May 1 with the Earlewood Reunion from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Earlewood Park. The event will include “Dancing through the Decades” in the amphitheater, traditional relay games, a historical scavenger hunt, Maypole dance and much more family fun. “This event will include the openings of two new features at Earlewood Park,” says Fred Monk, president of the Earlewood Community Citizens Organization. “These are the mile-long walking path and the NOMA Dog Park.” The path, constructed with environmentally friendly slag to allow for water absorption, is designed for walkers and runners. “We’ll also be collecting history, so we urge those who have lived in Earlewood to share their stories via our Web site or in person at the reunion,” says Fred. “We invite the general public to come and experience Earlewood, just minutes from downtown Columbia.” Earlewood Park, between River Drive and North Main Street, is an urban forest that covers 66 acres and is one of the largest and most natural parks in Columbia. The park includes an amphitheatre, baseball fields, tennis courts and one of the Southeast’s best disc golf courses. The Earlewood neighborhood, established in 1910, includes more than 1,000 homes that reflect the architectural styles of the past 150 years – farmhouses, two-story Victorians, Craftsman bungalows, brick Shandon-style and new homes. The first log cabin in central South Carolina was built in Earlewood; it is now located at Sesquicentennial State Park. For more information, visit

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We Need You!

Best of Philanthropy Awards: Honoring Our Community Champions


entral Carolina Community Foundation and Columbia Metropolitan magazine are partnering to present the first annual “Best of Philanthropy Awards: Honoring Our Community Champions.” The purpose of these awards is to honor ordinary people in our community who are making significant contributions through their lives’ work. Every day people in our community make HONORING OUR COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS a difference. We want to celebrate these people who make giving back a priority for themselves, their families or their businesses. We need your help to learn about the people in our community whose actions often go unnoticed except by those who are directly affected by their generosity. Nominations will be accepted from the public in four categories. The entrant who

receives the most nominations in any of the four categories will receive the Reader’s Choice award.


The nominations will be reviewed by a panel of judges that includes staff from Columbia Metropolitan magazine, staff and board members from Central Carolina Community Foundation and other

members of our community. Once the Community Champions are selected, they will be profiled in Columbia Metropolitan magazine and honored at Central Carolina Community Foundation’s Annual Celebration in September. Each winner will have a $500 donation made in his or her name to the nonprofit organization of choice in the Foundation’s 11-county service area in the Midlands. The categories include honors for a local business owner, student/ student group, family and other group/ individual. The official nomination form and guidelines can be found online at The deadline for nominations is June 4. For questions, contact Tonia Cochran at (803) 254-5601 ext. 329 or

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An Inspiration to Us All

SC Business Hall of Fame Inducts 2010 Laureates By Vicki Patterson Cannon / Photography courtesy of Junior Achievement

ew business leaders stand tall enough to meet the requirements of the coveted South Carolina Business Hall of Fame membership. Since its creation in 1985 by Junior Achievement and The State newspaper, the Hall of Fame has honored only 87 of the thousands of top business leaders from around our state. Early on, these champions of free enterprise committed themselves as role models for our young people, inspiring them to become tomorrow’s community and business leaders. Each has made enduring and outstanding contributions that demonstrate business excellence, courageous thinking, grounded leadership and community service. Their contributions are engraved on our state, forever leading the way for future generations. On May 27, three business giants will be inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame during the 26th annual Hall of Fame banquet at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Meet the new laureates: Harris E. DeLoach, Jr., Silas (Slick) C. McMeekin and M. Edward Sellers.

Harris E. DeLoach, Jr.

Harris E. DeLoach, Jr.

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Concern for individuals, fairness, openness, friendliness, integrity and trustworthiness. That’s how Harris DeLoach runs his company and his life. It came easily to him. “I had loving parents,” says Harris. “They taught me early that those who are successful in life have compassion for others, value education, employ a good work ethic and give back to the community.” Influences outside his Columbia home also contributed to his success. “My school teachers further emphasized what my parents taught. Playing sports taught me teamwork, and earning my Eagle rank in Boy Scouts was a great way to solidify all those values,” he says. Harris earned his juris doctor degree from the University of South Carolina in 1969, enjoyed a brief military stint and

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practiced law in Hartsville for 16 years. “In 1986, the chairman of Sonoco Products approached me about joining his management team as vice president of administration and general counsel. Moving from practicing law to a manufacturing environment was a big change for me and my family. I was happy practicing law and had a successful law practice, but the change intrigued me. My wife, Louise, and I made the decision together. I don’t know that I’ve ever made a career decision without consulting her,” tells Harris. Over the years, Harris moved into higher leadership positions within the company and joined Sonoco’s board of directors in 1998. After being named president and CEO in July of 2000, he was elected chairman of the board in 2005. Harris realizes the value of hiring and retaining good employees: “It starts and ends with people; people are your greatest asset. People build businesses. I try to get the best talent for each position. I do all I can to hire well, pay well and offer incentives for better performance. For my management team, we agree on a strategy and goals; then I let them run with it,” he says. Harris also attributes Sonoco’s success to its willingness to change. “Our company started out making paper cones for the textile industry; we don’t make those any more. About 10 years ago, we began to focus on producing consumer packaging. Today 58 percent of our sales are in consumer packaging and services, and 42 percent are in industrial products. We will continue to focus on growing the consumer side of our business,” he explains. Harris has served on numerous boards and received a plethora of awards for his service to Hartsville and to South Carolina. “I make time to work in my community. Whatever successes I’ve had have been a result of others’ hard work. It makes me most happy to see others succeed,” he says.

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M. Edward Sellers

M. Edward Sellers

A native of Kentucky, M. Edward Sellers is 100 percent committed to South Carolina … well, almost. “I am a dyed-in-the-wool Kentucky basketball fan. I’m easily distracted during basketball season,” he says. A graduate of Vanderbilt University and Harvard Business School, Ed began his business career at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, moved to the Boston Consulting Group and later joined the BlueCross and BlueShield Association. His most recent stop is with BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. “At almost every step along the way, a friend, mentor or boss would say, ‘Hey, it’s time for you to move on and reach for something better.’ Looking back on my path, I see that I had a lot of help.”

He continues, “My last push was from Joe Sullivan, who was president of BCBS of South Carolina. He called and offered me a position. He said, ‘If you do a good job during the next five years, I’ll retire and you can take over.’ I became CEO of BCBS of South Carolina in 1992,” explains Ed. He is now chairman and chief executive officer of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and the Companion group of companies. Ed promotes corporate philanthropy and volunteer oppor t unities for all employees. “We support those organizations that our employees support. If our employees invest in them, we do, too. I regularly receive e-mails from employees who thank me for supporting their causes,” Ed says. “We have been on a heck of a run for the past 20 years. We haven’t had a single turnover in management except

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retirement. The result is that we’ve been able to serve a role in the growth of South Carolina that we take very seriously. It’s our intentional strategy to give back corporately – to boost quality of life for the whole state,” Ed says. Additionally, BCBS is leading the way by supporting the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, the only state-wide program to help all growth in South Carolina. Ed chairs the nonprofit

council of leaders in business, academia and government, whose mission is to drive a long-term economic development strategy for South Carolina. The strategy is intended to boost industry, improve the education system and elevate economic well-being for all. When Ed joined the company, it had approximately 2,600 employees and revenues were around $310 million. Today, the employees number 11,000 and

annual revenues are $3.9 billion. “Now, we serve nearly a million South Carolinians. We have offices throughout South Carolina, as well as in California, Ohio, Virginia and Texas. We have earned honors as a top employer for the state,” Ed proudly says. Ed Sellers has not only created a better BCBS, but he has guided the company to become a positive impact for all South Carolinians.

Silas (Slick) C. McMeekin

To the public, he was known as “Mr. S.C.” – a man who felt a genuine fondness for all people, worked tirelessly to bring industry to South Carolina, was longtime chief executive of South Carolina’s largest power company and loved Fairfield County and Lake Murray probably more than anyone else. To his friends and family he was known as “Slick,” a nickname he earned as a young boy growing up in Fairfield County. Playing outside in the rural South in the early 1900s usually included having a few barnyard animals around. “The neighboring children noticed that young Silas always pronounced ‘chicken’ as ‘slicken’ and began calling him ‘Slick,’ a name he would carry with him until his death in 1974,” explains his son Cal. After graduating from what was then Clemson College, Silas returned to the Midlands and began working for South Carolina Electric and Gas, predecessor of SCANA. In 1944, he became president and in 1966 was elected board chairman. Through his leadership, SCE&G was the first South Carolina company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. McMeekin Station, the steam power plant at Lake Murray, is named in his honor. He also has been credited with bringing natural gas and nuclear power to South Carolina. Cal recalls his father’s unique gift for persuasiveness. “Dad served as deacon and elder at First Presbyterian Church. Once there was a great discussion about whether the church should be air-conditioned. A group of ladies

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thought the money should go towards missions. Silas took the floor and informed the group that there would be no money for missions if they didn’t install an air conditioning system. The church was soon air-conditioned,” Cal says. Silas was instrumental in bringing industry to South Carolina. He strongly supported free enterprise, helping to bring Carolina Eastman, Allied Chemical and General Electric to the Midlands. “In fact, he had SCE&G purchase the land where Carolina Eastman was to locate its facility,” says Cal. “This was a business move to keep speculators from buying up the land and increasing the price per acre for Carolina Eastman. “Dad loved Lake Murray. He was never too busy to take me and my friends for a boat ride or to entertain friends at his old farm house on the lake. Once, he and my mother took a trip to the Philippine Islands. In fact, they circumnavigated the entire world. When they returned, I asked my dad what he most enjoyed. ‘Flying over Lake Murray!’ he responded.” Slick McMeekin, with his gift for hospitality, sense of humor and strong will, pioneered our modern-day power generation system and helped further an industry base that will forever benefit South Carolina.

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Doug Caviness

Tony Perricelli

Michael Slapnick

Chris Arthurs

Robert Carter

Braden Stoneburner

Ric Barnett

Mike Thomas

George McClay

Terry Jones

Beth Warnock

Chip Huggins

Alison Hamada

Crystal Johnson

Jenna Powers-Dingus

Beebe James

Jennifer Risinger

Ben Tribble

Andrew Jones

Chloe Jaco

Don Boan

Ben Crooks

Kim Abbott

Patrick Cunningham

Brad Grooms

Laurie Grooms

Trey Cantey

Diane Sumpter

Kathleen McDaniel

Robin Bowers

John Lay

Paul Wollner

Doug Caviness has rejoined Forest Lake Travel as a cruise and corporate incentive specialist. Justin Wallace, Associate AIA, of Studio 2LR has passed the LEED exam and is now a Green Associate with the US Green Building Council. Christina Goodwin has been elected to sit on the US Green Building Council SC Chapter Operation Committee. Justin Wallace, Asociate AIA, Tripp Riley, AIA and Asheley Scott, AIA, LEED AP have been named board members of the Greater Columbia section of the American Institute of Architects. Gretchen Lambert, AIA has been elected president of the Congaree Vista Guild board of directors. R. Jason Caskey has been named Columbia office managing shareholder of Elliott Davis. L. Foster Girard, Ashley V. Myers and S. Ross Shealy have been named associate attorneys with Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd. Samuel C. Waters has been elected chairman of the board of Rogers Townsend & Thomas. Franklin H. Turner, III and Amy Landers May have been named shareholders of the firm. 20 C o l u m b i a M e t r o p o l i t a n

Tony Perricelli, CPA has been named partner, tax and advisory services with Scott McElveen. Michael Slapnik, CPA has been named partner, assurance and advisory services. Chris Arthurs has joined the firm as staff accountant. Franklin J. Smith, Jr. of Richardson Plowden has been named Construction Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America. Robert Carter and Braden Stonebur ner have joined the transaction services group at Grubb & Ellis | Wilson Kibler. Ric Barnett has joined American Security as emergency management coordinator. Adrianne Newber of Holder Properties has been promoted to property manager of the Main & Gervais office building. Mike Thomas of Coldwell Banker United, RealtorsÂŽ has been named Realtor of the Year by the Kershaw County Board of Realtors. George McClay has been named Rookie of the Year, Terry Jones has received the Greatest Number of Transactions Award, and Beth Warnock has received the Appreciation Award. Chip Huggins has received the Business Advocate Award

from the SC Chamber of Commerce. Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services has opened a new office in Columbia. Alison Hamada, MD and Crystal Johnson, MD have joined the staff at Providence Hospitals. Mungo Homes has received Regal Awards from the Greater Columbia Home Builders Association for two new product designs and for sales excellence by two community sales agents. The company also has received the 2010 Builder of Integrity Award by Quality Builders Warranty Corporation. Del Wooten of Kirkland, Thomas, Watson & Dyches has become a Certified Public Accountant. K. Eve McCoy, David Cote, Bob Mason and Tammy Mitten have been named executives on the Senior Resources board of directors. Carmen Preston and Reggie Corley have been named members of the board. David Cote has been awarded the Leonard L. Price Fundraising Award, Frances Hagan and Alice Besier have been named Webster Award winners for their volunteer work, and Bryan Hatchell has received the Season of Service Award.

Deborah Keough has been named senior vice president and financial advisor for First Citizens Securities. Stephanie Stuckey has been named president of Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina. Jenna Powers-Dingus has been named public relations coordinator for Palmetto Health Foundation. Beebe James has received the C. Warren Derrick, MD/Helen G. Lynch Champion of Children Award from Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. Dr. Jennifer M. Risinger, Dr. William C. Gerard and Dr. Scott Petit have been named medical staff officers for Palmetto Health Richland. Dr. Ben Tribble, Dr. Thomas Giudice and Dr. Jimmy Foye, Jr. have been named medical staff officers for Palmetto Health Baptist. Dory Zimmerman, Mel Mumford and Pat Halliday of The Relocation Team have joined Keller Williams Realty. Andrew K. Jones of Abacus Planning Group has earned the Certified Financial Planner credential. Sam Morton has been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Newberry Medal. MA Y / J UNE 2009

Taylor Miller of the Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau has been promoted to sales manager. Lake Carolina has been named Community of the Year for the 9th time by the Sales & Marketing Council of Greater Columbia at the Regal Awards Gala. Saluda River Club has received the Best in American Living Award for Community Design by Professional Builder. Sharon Bryant of First Citizens Bank has been promoted to regional executive vice president. Columbia Conference Center has been selected as a ConventionSouth readers’ choice award winner for the 6th straight year. JHS Capital Advisors has launched a brokerage and wealth management firm in Columbia. Chloe Schuler Jaco, AICP, LEED AP, Don Boan, CPA and Ben Crooks have been named principals in the firm of Carter Goble Lee. Kim Abbot has been named athletic director of Columbia International University. Bill Tindall of Allstate has received the Agency Hands in the Community Award. Patrick Cunningham has received the Chairman’s Inner Circle Conference award. Brad Grooms, Laurie Grooms and Trey Cantey have received the Chairman’s Conference award. Carol Douis has been named broker-in-charge and executive vice president of sales and marketing at Inspired Communities. April Snyder, Katherine Littlejohn, Jamison Browder, Erin Valentie and Robert Woolford have received Annual Mini Grant Awards for Teachers from the Columbia chapter of The Links. Ben Brantley of CB Richard Ellis has been presented with the President’s Excellence Program Award from the Central Carolina Realtors® Association. Turner Padget Graham & Laney have been named a leading litigation firm in South Carolina in the 2010 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. C. Mark Bokesch, CPA, CFE of Burkett Burkett & Burkett has earned Certified Valuation Analyst designation. J. Scott Blackmon, Jr. has joined the G. N. Wallace State Farm Insurance Agency. Matthew Roberts has received the 2010 In All Things Charity Award from Healthy Learners. Dr. Brian Cannon has received the 2010 Dee Dee Chewning Healing Award. Lee Dunston, Judy Gatson, Dr. Ennis James, Dru James, James Hart, Anne Hart, Leighton Lord and Marie McGehee have been named 2009 Healthy Learners Ambassadors. Diane E. Sumpter has been appointed to serve on the Midlands Technical College Commission. Kathleen McDaniel of Callison Tighe & Robinson has joined the Richland County Planning Commission. Robin W. Bowers has been named executive director for the SC Christian Chamber of Commerce. John T. Lay of Ellis Lawhorne has been invited to join the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys. Rev. Paul A. Wollner has been named senior pastor for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

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Byron Lawson Builders


hen Byron Lawson left as a partner in a construction company with his father and started his own business, it was out of a desire to focus on the remodeling and restoration side of the building industry. “I love the challenges that remodeling an older home brings,” Byron says. “I think the best part is working with the homeowner and seeing their satisfaction as what’s been in their head becomes reality. Taking someone’s home

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and transforming it into the vision they have for it is great.” The renovations and additions done by Byron Lawson Builders feature the highest quality craftsmanship and attention to detail, such as custom-built cabinetry and intricate tile work. “Growing up in the Forest Acres area of Columbia gave me an appreciation for the city’s history. I enjoy seeing an older home remodeled to add character to the interior as

well as the exterior, or restored to its former glory.” Byron Lawson Builders stays connected and on top of the latest building advances as a member of the Greater Columbia Home Builders Association, as well as the National Association of Home Builders. As a licensed residential home builder and general contractor, you can trust Byron’s depth of knowledge and years of experience remodeling homes in the Greater Columbia area.


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O’Connor Design Firm


onnie O’Connor of O’Connor Design Firm says, “My husband, Joe, and I have been blessed to serve so many wonderful clients over the past 30 years. Many of these relationships were formed during our years in the apparel business. The Lord has given us a love for people, and it is our joy to help them find and achieve the looks they want and to meet their goals.” Bonnie attended Winthrop University and has a degree in Fashion and Art from The Art Institute in Atlanta and London, England.

“Eventually the Lord led me into the field of interior design,” she says. “I worked with very gifted local designers before Joe and I were led to open our own business.” In 2000 they began O’Connor Design Firm. Recently, they purchased a building in West Columbia to vignette their inventory and named it Metanoia, which is a Greek word meaning “to turn your life around.” “For us it represents the new beginning God brings us when we give him control of our lives,” Bonnie says. Joe now specializes in golf club and


retail space planning, which takes him to golf resorts and specialty shops all over the United States. Bonnie continues to serve new clients, helping them to achieve the look they want in their homes or offices. “The most exciting part of this business is the interaction it allows me with so many wonderful people and the opportunity it gives me to use my gifts serving others,” Bonnie says. “Our mission is serving our clients, and we consider it to be a joy and privilege.”

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Bryan’s Lawn Maintenance & Landscape

Mike Ward, Bryan Starnes


ryan Starnes, founder and president of Bryan’s Lawn Maintenance and Landscape, Inc., can design, install and maintain a fantastic landscape for any home or business. What began in 1987 with a push mower hauled around in the back of a Ford Mustang has evolved into a company employing nine full-time landscape professionals, five customized trucks, 10 high production lawn mowers, two heavy duty landscape tractors, two Dingo Digging systems and more than 80 specialized power tools. Using computer aided design and digital imaging, Bryan’s can create realistic 3D views of a plan before work even begins.

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Bryan has cultivated a customer base that trusts and uses his company over and over. “We have clients who have been with us for over 10 years,” he says. “I’ve actually followed some customers from home to home, two and three times, to create new landscapes for them.” Bryan and his team can take a project from design to installation to maintenance, and they provide a full range of landscape and hardscape options. “No matter what your project, it only takes one phone call to us to get it designed, installed and maintained,” Bryan says. Mike Ward, Bryan’s vice president of operations, has been with the company for 17

years. He says that creativity is the key to both his own enjoyment of the job and customers’ satisfaction with the work. “We have clients who really let us use our imaginations and come up with some really cool ideas,” Mike says. Bryan credits Mike and his other employees with the company’s success. “These guys go the extra mile and take great pride in doing something that will really impress a customer. We absolutely want to cater to people. That’s how you earn not just their business but also their trust.” Visit the company’s Web site at for more information, or call (803) 345-6150.


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The Lake Murray Boat Club


an you imagine a better way to spend a sunny summer day than out on Lake Murray? The Lake Murray Boat Club allows you to experience the beauty and fun of Columbia’s largest lake without the burden of buying a boat. Jon Dukes and Jeff Austin, the owner and manager of the club, ensure that membership is not only more affordable than owning a boat but also much easier. “It is 10 minutes from when we arrive until we are out on the water,” says Stephanie Fournel, an active member along with her husband Daniel and their two sons. “Not once have we called and been unable to have a boat. Even if we call only a couple hours in advance, everything is ready for us when we arrive. They even provide the expensive equipment that our boys love like wakeboards, kneeboards and tubes and have it all packed in the boat when we pull up. Each

and every time, it is a hassle-free day.” Members pay less to enjoy the savvy new boats of the club with its complimentary services than if they were to buy a boat and be responsible for its upkeep. “I am an ownership kind of guy, but it didn’t take me long to see that it is much more cost-efficient to join this club,” Daniel says. “Plus, we don’t have to worry about maintaining, cleaning, storing or transporting a boat when we want to spend a day on the lake.” Daniel did his research before joining and found that the Lake Murray Boat Club is one of the few clubs in the country that strives to keeps its fleet as new as possible. Whereas most clubs might keep nine-year-old boats, the Lake Murray Boat Club trades out boats that are just a few years old for new ones. “We get excited about using the brand new boats,” Daniel says. “Even before the weather got nice

this year, we went with our boys just to check out the cool new boats and cruise around the lake.” And the staff? “They are happy to see us, happy to send us off, and happy to see us come back, even though it means they are about to wash down a boat. It is clear that they are doing what they really love. They are very respectful and helpful, and our boys love chatting with them,” says Daniel. Stephanie smiles, reflecting on the impact their membership has had on their young family. “It has exceeded all of our expectations. Since moving here five years ago, this past summer was the most memorable we have had.” To learn more about becoming a member of the Lake Murray Boat Club, contact Jeff Austin at (803) 407-2828, or visit their Web site,

Daniel and Stephanie Fournel enjoy one of The Boat Club’s brand new boats on a sunny day at Lake Murray with their sons.


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By Sam Morton Photography by Jeff Amberg Outfits and accessories provided by Pupcakes Pet Boutique

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onventional wisdom tells us that rescue dogs make the best pets. They are generally mixed breeds and, therefore, don’t carry the genetic or temperament issues oftentimes associated with pure breeds. To demonstrate that any breed can transform into a show dog, Columbia Metropolitan teamed with Project Pet, Groomingdales pet groomers and Pupcakes to turn three rescued dogs into the picks of the litter. Project Pet, a nonprofit animal rescue organization formed in 1999, works with shelters in Richland and Lexington Counties to save cats and dogs scheduled for euthanasia by rescuing them and then putting them up for adoption. “Project Pet is an animal welfare organization formed to proactively address companion pet overpopulation in South Carolina through education, legislation, spay/ neuter programs and responsible adoptions,” says Natasha Achberger, development associate with Project Pet. “We have veterinarians on staff who check over all of our animals before they are up for adoption. We also work with other local veterinarians to perform spay/neuter surgeries and other medical treatments needed for our rescues. Medical treatments and surgeries are paid for by general donations received from our supporters. They are one of the many expenses we accrue when preparing our animals for adoption.” For Columbia Metropolitan’s doggy makeover, a poodle/bichon mix, terrier mix and Shih Tzu – all rescued by Project Pet – had a day of beauty at Groomingdales. According to Groomingdales owner Bill Reynolds, appearance can’t always be a top priority for rescue dogs. Says Bill, “After a dog’s coat has been neglected and once molting starts to occur, it is important for the dog’s health to remove the mats which often are so tight and close to the skin they can only be removed by shaving.” Matting is very uncomfortable and often painful, as the mats pull on tender skin and can also harbor bacteria, fungus and even parasites. “We often find severe skin problems under the mats. It is very important to have your longer-coated dog groomed often,” explains Bill. The Groomingdale’s grooming experience includes a bath, nail clipping, ear cleaning and a hair cut if needed. “Oh – plus lots of hugs and kisses! Everyone gets a bandana or bows. A few lucky dogs even get their nails painted,” he says. Many thanks to Project Pet, Pupcakes and Groomingdale’s for their generous support of our Extreme Makeover. Thanks to all of their hard work, all three dogs were quickly adopted and are settling nicely into their new happy homes.

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Bob helps us celebrate our 20th anniversary in a Party t-shirt by Doggie Skins ($21.99), party hat ($5.50) and Birthday Smoocher by Smoochers neckwear ($9). We bet he wishes that cherry pie toy by Ganz ($10.75) was edible.

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Now Lilly is all style in her Amanda Day Dress by Peppermint Santa Monica ($26.99) and Kate Spayed purse toy by ($12).

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Today Ziggy is ready to help cheer the Gamecocks on to SEC Championship victory in this officiallylicensed USC jersey ($24.95).

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All in the Family Vacationing with your pet By Grace Anne Belangia Photography by Robert Clark

(L to R) Zoey and Becca Barnard love to go on road trips.

Like traveling with a toddler, sometimes traveling with pets requires more equipment than initially planned. Making sure that everyone and everything – including your car – arrives at your destination clean, happy and smelling good can be a challenge. Here are some tips to making your next pet-friendly vacation happy for everyone involved.

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Keep Him Happy

 Pack a toiletry kit with the following: an extra collar with i.d. tags, dog brush, tweezers, nail clippers, pet medicine, lint remover, working flashlight for evening walks, sturdy leash, baby wipes for dirty paws, pooper scooper, pooper scooper bags and rug cleaner spray.  Pets are creatures of habit and also enjoy the comforts of home, including what they drink and eat. Do not experiment with new food or water. Bring an extra gallon or two of tap water from home.  Don’t forget an extra can opener and utensils, travel bowls for food and water and a few favorite toys or chew treats.

Keep Him Close By

 Attach to your pet’s collar your name, rabies shot confirmation, the local phone number of where you will be staying and your mobile phone number.  Keep a recent photograph of your pet with a description of breed, size, age, sex, color and visible markings just in case you get separated.  You can also have your animal microchipped, which is quick, painless and relatively inexpensive. The microchip is implanted under the skin and read with a special scanner. If a pet is recovered at a shelter or animal hospital, he or she can be quickly returned to the owner.

Keep Him Healthy

 Many pets get nauseous on car trips. Vet-prescribed medicine can calm their stomachs, and vets can also prescribe sedatives for nervous travelers.  Before leaving on your trip, make certain that all of your pet’s vaccinations are up to date. Obtain current health and rabies certificates to take with you on your trip.  Write down the name and number of the closest vet or animal hospital to your destination.

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Keep Him Comfortable

 Kirby Leipner at Millcreek Pet Food Center recommends an animal crate for traveling. Make sure the carrier is secure while also allowing ample room for the animal to turn around and lie down. Make sure your pet is accustomed to the crate before you begin your trip.  Cover the bottom of the crate with an old towel or sheets – something easy to wash in case it gets soiled.  If your animal is accustomed to lounging on furniture, grab a few extra old sheets to cover furnishings at your destination.

Keep Him Out of Trouble

 Call your destination ahead of time to confirm if pets are allowed. Be sure to ask about any restrictions or fees.  Beaches have special rules about pets. Some have a no-dogs-allowed rule from sunrise to sunset; others have restrictions in the summer time.

Who Knew?

 Never take your pet on an escalator unless it is securely in its crate, as its claws or fur could become caught.  The beds of pickup trucks become too hot for pet paws in the summer. Never put a dog in the back of a pickup truck.  Don’t feed your dog foods that are known canine toxins, such as chocolate, macadamia nuts, grapes or raisins.  Make sure you have a leash on your dog the first second you open the car door. Otherwise you may find yourself chasing your dog through unfamiliar territory.

Pet-friendly destinations

 M a g n o l i a P l a n t a t i o n a n d Gardens  Edisto Beach  S o u t h C a r o l i n a B o t a n i c a l Gardens  Joe Riley Stadium  Barnesly Gardens Resort, Ga.  Biltmore Estates, N.C.  The Dog Bar, N.C.

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Pat Foster takes her toy poodle, Ruthie, everywhere, including Kiwanis Club. Ruthie even has a special bag she rides in with her Kiwanis badge attached.

Furry Family Members The crazy lengths Columbians go to for their pets


hat turns an ordinary house pet into a constant companion? Several Columbia pet owners have furry friends that have burrowed deep into their hearts, and they go to great lengths to return their pets’ love and loyalty. “I hadn’t had any pets in 50 years,” confesses Jack Sloan, “but Denise Wilkinson of Project Pet is very persuasive. She decided we were the perfect adoptive family for Tyson the

Terrible, a pedigree Yorkie. How could we refuse a seven-pound ball of fur?” A few months later, the Sloans welcomed Zoe, another pedigree Yorkie, into their home. Unlike Jack, Chip Albritton has had many pets over the years – dogs, birds, horses, cats – but admits there is something special about his dogs Titan and Sophie. “There is a bond between us; they’ve become such close companions,” he says. Kerri Goldstein’s Weimaraner, Max,

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also holds a special place in her family’s hearts. “It was so quiet around the house after my daughter went off to school,” Kerri recalls. “Since there are no children left at home, I think Max has taken on that role. I would do anything for him.” Lesley Robison’s Scottish Terrier is so dear to her because of how much time they share. Lesley says, “Lily brings so much happiness and love to my life; it seems only fitting to return the love to her in whatever ways I can.”

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There’s No Place Like … Gifts, Gifts, Gifts Friends and family My Master’s Bed

Tyson and Zoe, Jack Sloan’s Yorkies

Max, Kerrie Goldstein’s Weimaraner

Kirby and Pumpkin, Kristina Catoe’s cats

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It’s no surprise these special pets – large and small – enjoy sleeping with their masters. Ruthie, a threepound toy poodle, sleeps right beside Pat Foster. Pat says, “We both sleep in the middle of a king-sized bed. She’s a wonderful bedmate.” Kristina Catoe’s cat, Pumpkin, also shares the master bed. “Pumpkin sleeps with us on the right side of my husband so he can touch my husband’s arm at all times.” But sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. Leslie Stanley’s three dogs have their own dog beds to curl up in when the human bed gets too small. Max the Weimaraner has his own bed, too – until the television goes off. Kerri explains, “He waits a few minutes, then creeps up on the bed and gets right in the middle of us like a little kid would do.”

Tasty Treats From fancy pet snacks to gourmet meals, these owners spare no expense – or effort – to make sure their pets have the best. “I grind a round roast and form it into small meatballs,” says Pat. “Ruthie gets one in the morning and one in the evening. Her teeth are so tiny I have to grate the meatball so she doesn’t choke on it.” Homemade pet food is special, but nothing says love like sharing your own food. “Max gets to taste almost everything I eat,” says Kerri. “Warm chocolate milk is his favorite. He also likes TCBY yogurt.” With animals, as with humans, hydration is as essential as a healthy diet. When Kristina’s second cat, Kirby, isn’t drinking fresh, filtered water from his fountain, he is drinking her husband’s leftover milk. “Kirby gets milk every morning and evening,” says Kristina. “But he’ll only drink milk from the same glass as my husband.”

shower these precocious pets with gifts at Christmastime and on birthdays. Of course, no birthday is complete without a party! Zoe and Tyson the Terrible enjoy sharing their birthday festivities with canine companions at the dog park. Leslie Stanley and her husband, Dennis, throw their dogs a birthday bash complete with party hats, treats and singing. Vickie Edwards’s three pups enjoy grilled chicken and Frosty Paws desserts before a trip to PetSmart to choose their own presents. Vickie explains, “They go down the aisles and sniff the toys, pulling out the ones they like best.”

All Dressed Up … and Everywhere to Go In addition to their beautiful fur coats, these pets know how to put on the dog. “We buy them sweaters in the winter and scarves in the spring and summer,” says Leslie. “We also have hats and sunglasses for them when they’re out in the sun.” At a moment’s notice, Leslie’s coiffed canines are ready to accompany Dennis to his office or to a pet-friendly cooking class with the couple. Lily also has an array of cute outfits, but collars are her pieces de resistance. “Lily has so many collars for different occasions,” Leslie explains, “it is difficult to choose which one to wear!” Though you won’t see Ruthie dressed to the nines, she still knows how to be fashionable. “Ruthie always wears her White Diamonds perfume. And she has several bags for going out on the town, including a special bag just for her Kiwanis meetings,” Pat says. “She’s so quiet and wellbehaved; she goes everywhere with me. She goes to church, and she’s been to weddings and funerals.” While Ruthie quietly pays her

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respects, Chloe gets rowdy on the river. “Chloe is our adventurous dog,” says Vickie. “She’s a daddy’s girl and goes with him on ‘boys only’ camping trips. She’s the only girl allowed.” Wearing her life jacket, Chloe rides with them down the river on boats. “She even has her own sleeping bag but usually ends up sleeping with her dad in his. She comes home with a big smile on her face.”

Spoiled Rotten and Loving It “Titan knows he is spoiled,” quips Chip, “ … I mean special.” Audra Albritton concurs. “Sometimes if Chip is talking to someone, Titan actually gets jealous and starts speaking to him, as if to say, ‘Hey! Pay attention to me!’” Beyond knowing they are spoiled, some owners confess that their pets actually expect special treatment. “Ruthie demands it,” says Pat. “We’ll go for a walk and after about two-thirds of a mile, she stops and looks up at me with sad eyes. She expects me to pick her up and carry her the rest of the way.” Kerri says that Max has “the look” too: “He waits to get covered up with his blanket at bedtime. He sits and looks at you until you do it! He’ll do the same if you are sitting at his end of the couch – he keeps looking at you until you move.” “Kirby howls just to get our attention,” says Kristina. “If I try to talk to him from another room, he’ll continue to howl until I get up from whatever I am doing and cater to his whim.” “They all know how special they are,” says Vickie. “They have it made. We have had so many people tell us that when they come back in their second lives, they want to be one of our dogs.”

The Talk about Town “Many people will tell you that their animals are the most precious things in their lives,” says Vickie. “We hold this truth to the highest degree and don’t know what we’d do without our pups.” But at the same time, she realizes not all people share her enthusiasm: “All of our dogs have health insurance. Some people think that is a little overboard,” Vickie explains, “but we just want to take care of them and not have to worry about what it will cost.” Pat observes that most people respond with one of two extremes: “Either they dote over Ruthie or they roll their eyes at how I treat her.” Friends usually fall into the dote category. Pat says, “They tell me, ‘Ruthie is not like a dog, she’s like a little child.’” “Our friends think we’re nuts,” says Jack. “But this little boy and girl are two of the most important things in my life!”

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Since more than 70 percent of Americans share their homes with pets, it should come as no surprise that many of our advertisers have their own beloved animal companions. Here are some photos of those happy families!

Izzie of O’Connor Design Firm

Cristina Segarra of Flowers Forever with Khloe and Chichi

Amy Perkins of THINK Advertising with Pooh Bear

William Otis of Shandon-Wood Animal Clinic and his wife Kendall with Buddy and Rodger

Angie Banner of Ferguson Enterprises with Chloe

L. Neal Atkinson of Shandon-Wood Animal Clinic and his wife Mamie with Rosie Moon and Izzy

Jarrett Armstrong of Carolina Fountains with Rock

Nori Warren of Four Paws Animal Clinic with Ella

Leigh Sheridan of Columbia Cat Clinic with Squirt

Jill Moylan of Home Advantage Realty with Cane and Sammy

Jack Oliver of Jack Oliver’s Pool Spa and Patio with Jasper

Kristin Kuhlke of Cupcake and Darryl Cobb with Tobi, Maximus and Wriggley

Marie Lipton of Pupcakes Pet Boutique with Prada

Sherry Pilgrim of Carolina Fine Jewelry with Roxy

Sumner Holman of Verve with Lander

Tom Birchmore of Gudmundson and Buyck Jewelers with Biscuit

Tom Hunt of THINK Advertising with Jaeger

Trent Hutchinson of Blue Moon Landscaping with Blue

Wendy Jeffcoat of Dems Fine Jewelers with Lucky

Tracy Wales of Four Paws Animal Clinic with Josie and Fergus

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Pet 0wners’ Resource Guide Animal Clinic Four Paws Animal Clinic Tracy Wales, DVM Nori Warren, DVM Providing exceptional healthcare for pets and helping the people who love them make informed decisions regarding their health. 23 Forest Lake Place, Columbia (803) 790-7297 Shandon-Wood Animal Clinic & Columbia Cat Clinic Providing complete medical, surgical and dental services as well as boarding and grooming. 912 Daly Street, Columbia Shandon Wood (803) 254-9257 Columbia Cat Clinic (803) 254-2600 Boarding-Grooming-Doggie Day Camp Westcott Acres Luxury Pet Resort Specializing in personal attention for your pet! 6005 Wescott Road, Columbia (803) 407-4708 Pet Boutique Pupcakes Pet Boutique “Everything You Need Except The Dog!” Shop Online or Visit our Store! 625 Harden Street, Columbia (803) 461-0236 Pet Supplies Mill Creek Pet Food Center Discount food and supplies and grooming (2 locations) 8606 Two Notch Road, Columbia Pet Food Center (803) 788-8909 Grooming (803) 788-8662 2841 Millwood Avenue, Columbia Pet Food Center (803) 771-7387 Grooming (803) 803-748-9809

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In Praise of Good Teachers Celebrating Midlands-area independent school teachers By Deena C. Bouknight


ractically everyone has a “teacher story.” Comedian Bill Cosby’s teacher story is one from his year in sixth grade – a woman who encouraged him to follow his interest in entertainment. Recognizing his natural storytelling abilities, she told him he either needed to be a lawyer or an actor. He chose the latter. Studies have shown that teachers who exhibit excellence, enthusiasm and integrity in their classrooms have lifelong impacts on their students. This report spotlights just a few of the many area teachers who are making a difference in the lives of their students.

Kim Cox

11th grade English, public speaking and Advanced Placement language and composition Ben Lippen Schools Kim Cox says she really felt the support of students, their parents, other teachers and the staff at Ben Lippen last year when she was battling breast cancer. “They gave me numerous gift cards, which got me through on meals, plus they just encouraged and supported me in every way. I truly learned the importance of community,” she says. “She entered the fight against cancer with faith, strength and determination,” says Brian Modarelli, headmaster. “She left it with discernible grace, strengthened faith and a clear victory over the disease.” Kim has two children of her own, one of whom is an alumni of Ben Lippen, while the other is in seventh grade. Kim did not begin teaching until age 40 and has been at Ben Lippen for five years.

“I have such a passion for learning myself, which must flow into teaching,” she says. “I have a sign in my room by the poet Yates that reads, ‘Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.’ That’s so true! There is nothing better than hearing a student say, ‘I get it! I understand why Beowulf did this or that.’” Kim believes that although her teaching style is perceived by students as a little challenging, she explains, “I want them to see that they can do more than they think they can. I want their As to really mean something.” “She is a marvelous teacher, encourager, mentor and scholar,” adds Brian.

Cara Condra

English, literature and journalism, chairperson of the English department Cardinal Newman School Described as an asset who is positively outstanding by principal Jacqualine Kasprowski, Cara Condra has a long history at Cardinal Newman School. She graduated from the school in 1985

before obtaining her Bachelor of Arts at the College of Charleston and her Master of Arts at the University of South Carolina. A favorite English teacher at Cardinal Newman, Carolyn McLendon, recruited her to begin teaching there in July of 1997. She comes from a long line of teachers: grandmother, aunt and mother. Her own two children will eventually attend Cardinal Newman. “There’s such a sense of being connected here,” she says. “I’m teaching children of alumni, as well as their cousins and siblings. You can get to know everyone by name, and there is a strong feeling of family, community, education and prayer here. You can’t get that in every school environment.” Cara credits her enthusiasm for teaching with being a lifelong learner herself: “I’m always looking at new philosophies … keeping what’s working and getting rid of what’s not.” “She’s innovative and creative,” says Jacqualine. “She’s implemented courses, written programs, resurrected the newspaper … she’s always trying new things.”

Jenny Nelson

Elementary math and science Columbia Jewish Day School Three years ago, Jenny Nelson left a prominent and profitable job in polymer and textile sciences as a maker of chemicals to teach. She likes to say that she used to make a product, but now her products are the kids she teaches. “These kids motivate and inspire me,” she says. “It’s so wonderful to see these students getting excited about math and science.” Jenny has two children of her own, 9 and 7 years old, who also attend Columbia Jewish Day School. Now, instead of producing chemicals for a company, Jenny is making such items as potato batteries, catapults, volcanoes, models of houses and instruments to demonstrate water cycles. “She decided to leave the profitable business world to follow her heart into a career in education, and brought her breadth and depth of math and science knowledge to our third- through fifth-graders,” says assistant principal Kelly Stanton. “Jenny has captivated her students and allowed them to construct their own understandings of science and math concepts.” C o l u m b i a M e t r o p o l i t a n 39

Jenny says she is only able to be an effective teacher because of the support of the administration and other teachers. “We do a lot of interdisciplinary work together. They make it easy for me.”

Jeff Fulton

Sixth grade Bible, history and science, Fifth grade math and language arts Covenant Christian Academy  Jeff Fulton is all about a d v e n t u r e. Fo r eight years he was in the Marine Reserves specializing in nuclear biological chemical warfare defense. He was also a deputy sheriff and a volunteer fireman in North Carolina. Teaching may not be as physically demanding as the activities of former days; however, he says that it is just as much of an adventure. For three years he has been bringing his vast experiences to the fifth and sixth grade classrooms at Covenant Christian Academy. He says God led him to be a teacher after he realized his enjoyment of and gift for it while training Marines.  “I never had really seen myself as a teacher,” he says, “but instructing Marines, and then teaching children in children’s church, I just found myself being led.”  Jeff obtained a master’s degree from Columbia International University, did student teaching at Covenant Christian and then moved into an opening full time.  “The classroom is pretty exciting ... almost like leading Marines,” he says. “Sometimes you have to be stern and strict. And sometimes you have to coddle. I want them to learn trustworthiness and to be the next generation of people with strong character.”  Because Jeff says, “Once a Marine, always a Marine,” he has been able to shed light on the bravery and loyalty that it takes for people to serve in the military. The students even prayed for Marines, whom Fulton knew, while they were overseas. For a while, he kept a wall of photos up at the school that featured the Marines and their families. “I just want students to have a healthy respect for those who are serving this country.”

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Cindy Floyd

First grade Covenant Classical Christian School Fo r 2 3 y e a r s, Cindy Floyd has been impacting the lives of students at Covenant Classical Christian School in Columbia. Her own daughters, now 30 and 28, attended Covenant when it only went through middle school (it now includes high school). She says she has enjoyed so many classrooms of first-graders who have been excited to learn new things and accomplish new tasks. “And, they’ve continued to teach me,” she says. “Plus, it’s rewarding to see what they have become … how they’ve grown and are involved in the community. So often I might have recognized strengths in some of them. Then, to see those strengths or abilities play out in the establishment of their lives is a blessing.” For Cindy, teaching is not just about the curriculum in the classroom. She helps students apply their knowledge and gives them chances to show Christ-like compassion. For example, when students expressed concern over the earthquake victims in Haiti, Cindy organized a cookie bake sale, which raised money for the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund. Cindy says families and the faculty have always supported her during her 23 years at the school. “It’s a small school, which is a plus because we’re really like a close family. It’s been a place where students grow, but where I have also grown as a person.” When the school recently learned that Cindy’s husband was to have heart bypass surgery, parents immediately stepped up to arrange meals for her. One parent wrote: “Mrs. Floyd has been such a blessing to our family in her love for our child and her commitment to teaching at CCCS. She is constantly doing things outside of school for our children and truly emulates the love of Christ. I would love for us to repay a small portion of that love to her and her family during this difficult time.”

Donna Grimsley

Elementary students Glenforest School D o n n a Grimsley has been teaching at Glenforest School for 21 years, since the school’s infancy. Born and raised in Florence, Donna was trained to teach students who struggle with such challenges as ADD, ADHD or overall learning disabilities. Typically, she works with around a half dozen children at a time, providing them with one-on-one interaction and teaching that helps to increase their confidence and to overcome challenges. Donna says that the children who have graced her classroom are her babies. “I’ve been here long enough that some students grow up and come back to see me,” she says. “It’s always so good to see how far they’ve gotten, how they are living their lives and how they are successful.” “When you walk into her room, you immediately recognize how much she cares for her students,” says Barton Calvert at Glenforest. “Their colorful work is displayed everywhere, and everything is labeled with vocabulary. She loves butterflies and watches as the students work with the different stages of butterfly development. Then they release them outside.” “Miracles happen here every day,” says Donna. “That’s what keeps me motivated as a teacher. If we don’t believe in them, they don’t believe in themselves. We have to provide them with a lot of positive reinforcement, but the results are wonderful kids. Plus, we have awesome parents and great teachers. It’s just been an incredible place to be a teacher.”

Jody Lumpkin

Upper school math, varsity boys basketball coach Hammond School Hammond School is a family affair for Jody Lumpkin. He graduated from the

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school in 1996, as did his wife, and their son is now in the 4K class. After Jody received undergraduate and master’s degrees from the College of Charleston, where he also played basketball, he returned to his alma mater to give back. “I appreciate the logic and thinking that is involved in math, although I know it’s not everyone’s favorite subject,” he says. “So, I just want to focus on teaching them how to think rationally and logically … to understand how and why things work.” Jody says he enjoys the small college campus feel of Hammond, as well as the flexibility to teach in a way that he feels motivates and inspires his students. “There is so much support here at Hammond, but it is on an as-needed basis,” he explains. Many of Jody’s students are also on the basketball team. He says he is able to build a rapport with them in the classroom that solidifies their relationships on the basketball court. “I feel that teaching is all about building relationships with students, and I enjoy working with them.” Since joining Hammond to teach six years ago, he has also been made the math department’s chairperson. Says Chris Angel, headmaster, “As a Hammond student, Jody distinguished himself both as a scholar and an athlete, and these traits have served him well as a faculty member and coach. His exuberance in the classroom helps bring the study of mathematics alive for our students, and his enthusiasm and dedication to Hammond and to his students inspires them to achieve at the highest levels.”

Todd Beasley

Fifth grade environmental science Heathwood Hall Episcopal School Todd Beasley is all about conservation – and his passion i s c o n t a g i o u s. Students will show up on Saturday mornings to help him clean up a polluted creek and are eager to implement conservation efforts at home as well as volunteer after school. Todd, who previously was the greenhouse manager at Riverbanks Garden and has been teaching at Heathwood Hall for three years, says about his students, “They take everything I give them and want more. Our

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students are the next generation of environmental stewards and are proving that they have an understanding of what we are doing to our world, and they want to change it. They want to go outside and get their hands dirty while learning.” That kind of hands-on approach has made Todd a favorite at Heathwood Hall. Says Donnie Bain, head of intermediate/ middle school, “Todd is a knowledgeable teacher who is skilled at integrating the curriculum to reconnect students to science and nature. He is the best example of an educator who takes his ideas and passion for the environment and translates them into action. A parent once remarked, ‘Mr. Beasley teaches a college-level class on a fifthgrade level.’ He is the finest.” For his efforts, Todd has been named the 2009 Richland County Conservation Teacher of the Year and 2009 S.C. Association of Conservation Districts Conservation Teacher of the Year. He has also received numerous other grants and awards and has implemented a recycling program, campus control litter patrol and adopted a watershed program that the fifth grade class oversees. Todd says he could not do anything without the support of the faculty and staff at Heathwood Hall. “We’re encouraged to use all of our talents. It’s about ‘we,’ not me, and we’re pushing sustainability,” he says. He adds that he is excited to see how his teaching is impacting students’ lives. “I’m fulfilling my dreams of teaching what I know and what I want to do with the environment to a young generation who will hopefully take with them the lessons being instilled.”

Lara Roach

Fifth and Sixth grade language arts and geography Heritage Christian Academy Lara Roach taught in public school for four years before joining the much smaller community of Heritage Christian Academy. “I was attracted because of the smaller class size and because of the opportunity to talk about Christ, His power and His grace in a way that is an expression of love to the children,” she says. Lara says she also enjoys being “on the same page” with the faculty and parents: “We’re all

investing in the children’s education and focusing on truth and excellence.” She feels that being a part of a private school, where tuition is involved, is motivating to her as a teacher. She says she has a higher expectation of the teaching experience she offers because she wants parents to realize a quality outcome. “Mostly, families know and expect that we will teach a Christian world and life view here so that these children will hopefully learn to be caring, Christian leaders in communities. This is not just a Christian school where scripture is tacked on. There’s a common thread of Christianity going through every aspect of what we do.”

Carolee Watt

Teacher mentor Jubilee Academy “‘Can’t’ is not part of the vocabulary at Jubilee Academy,” says Carolee Watt, who brings almost 50 years of experience to the tasks at hand. Her philosophy is rooted in the Montessori ideas and this has influenced her focus in working with this relatively new school. The foundation of the school is to provide a quality Christian education. Carolee has helped to start schools in the Chicago area and in Bluffton. She moved to Columbia with her husband almost two years ago to be close to one of their three children and her family. “Our daughter knew about Jubilee, and thought I would be helpful here,” says Carolee. “I am an old ‘war horse,’ having done a little of everything from teaching in public school and starting special education programs to heading Montessori schools. I have learned over the years that there is an art to teaching that is based on scientific observation. I am here at Jubilee every day to work with the full-time staff, providing strategies, setting up curriculum, encouraging and hopefully inspiring.” Sandee Hensley, director and founder of Jubilee Academy, says that Carolee has become invaluable. “She volunteers countless hours here pressing us to become excellent in the art of teaching.” Carolee says she is privileged to help make a difference in the lives of these children and their

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families. “The environment provided by Jubilee is very rich in order and offerings. It provides these children with a place where they can prosper in a relaxed but structured learning atmosphere. They want to be here and respond to the efforts made in their behalf.” She adds, “I am here to help the teachers realize that it is not just about pushing education into the child. It is also about drawing out the talents and seeds of promise that each student brings and then working skillfully to bring them into their fullest potential. Developing concentration and a depth of skill is our aim, done in an atmosphere that is respectful and responsive to each individual.

Stacey King

First grade New Heights School Stacey King learned to have a heart for children from her mother. She watched her mother quit her job to stay home and fully dedicate herself to raising her children. Then, when her mother died when Stacey was a teenager, her mother’s heartfelt example enabled her to care for and raise her seven younger siblings. Further, Stacey established a strong work ethic from working on her family’s Ohio dairy farm, Blue Jacket Dairy, where artisanal cheeses are made. After attending a university in Ohio for an undergraduate degree in music and teaching English to speakers of different languages, Stacey moved to Columbia to obtain her master’s in elementary education at Columbia International University. After graduating, she applied to teach at a few schools in Ohio, yet the opening at New Heights felt right. “I recognized that it was not a school where they pray once in a while or speak of God once in a while,” she says. “The people here have a heart for these kids to know the Lord. It’s very authentic, and that appealed to me. Plus, I really feel like this is a school that has a culture of supporting families. The faculty doesn’t overwhelm teachers with too many meetings or additional demands. They want them to focus on their own families.” Although Stacey is just finishing up her

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second year at New Heights, Linda Walsh, administrator, says, “She is an awesome inspiration to her students and co-workers alike. She brings to us a wealth of life-shaping experiences for her relatively young age. Her enthusiasm for education, her variety of classroom instructional skills and her deep spiritual connection make it a privilege for us to have her on staff.”

Dr. Clyde McCants

Senior English and fine arts Richard Winn Academy There is no slowing down for Clyde McCants. At 77 years old, he has brought a lifetime of experiences to Richard Winn Academy, where he has been teaching for three years. His resume is extensive: he graduated from Erskine College in 1954, received a Masters in English from Duke University, taught at colleges and universities, re-entered the academic world and received his Masters of Divinity at Erskine Theological Seminary. He eventually completed a doctor of ministry degree at Columbia Seminary in Georgia. Clyde has spent his life teaching, preaching, playing the piano and writing. Although he “retired” in 1998, he then published four books on opera – one of his great loves – and amassed an extensive collection of 9,300 discs on classical music, plus traveled extensively. He came out of retirement to teach at Richard Winn because, he says simply, “I enjoy it.” He adds, “My teaching areas are also my interest areas, so the class preparation is an exciting adventure in learning for me.” The students, faculty and staff at Richard Winn feel fortunate to have Clyde as a teacher. “He brings years of experience into the lives of our students,” says Krista Bellomy, director of student services. “They are fortunate to have the opportunity to learn under his teaching. Not only does he teach, but he also supports the students in so many ways. He rarely misses a ballgame. Students know he will be there to cheer them on.” Says Clyde, “The most wonderful experience for a teacher is to have even one student who is interested in the subject, who doesn’t mind

saying so, who wants to learn everything about it. It’s that student – or those students – who keep me motivated even on bad days. There are many advantages of a small school, including a warm, friendly relationship with colleagues. I enjoy participating in the activities on the campus: ball games, talent shows, proms and the rest of it. They say it keeps me young, but I’ll have to admit it doesn’t keep my back from hurting after three hours on the basketball bleachers!”

Marie Phillips

Third Grade St. Peter’s Catholic School M a r i e Phillips says that one of the perks of teaching at St. Peter’s Catholic School is that it is located in downtown Columbia. “We don’t just study history, we experience it,” she says about the school’s access to many historical sites. “I try to incorporate everything around us into what we’re learning.” Just this year there have been 17 field trips for the third grade class. Most have taken place downtown - the Columbia Museum of Art, a bus tour of African American historic sites, the Koger Center, the University of South Carolina campus, and, of course, walks to the Capitol. “It’s all right here! And, when we walk somewhere downtown, that also counts as our PE,” says Marie enthusiastically. “When we’ve gone to the Capitol, I’ve had the students run up and down the stairs a few times!” Marie says she loves what she does and calls teaching her “happy place.” Because St. Peter’s is a small school, with class sizes typically around 12 to 14 students, she says she is able to focus in on students’ strengths. Plus, she has the flexibility to try new ideas and methods. “I love being able to be creative and hands on,” she says. “We have diverse learners, and some different nationalities, so we try to bring in as much as possible into the classrooms to help students understand. For example, we made ice cream recently, and that went along with several things we were learning about.”

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Erika Senneseth

Eighth grade algebra, geometry and Spanish Sandhills School “To only be in her 20s, Erika has a brilliant success story,” says Anne Vickers, headmaster of Sandhills School. “She’s a fabulous teacher who can teach the most difficult of concepts.” Anne says that although Erika is originally from Minnesota, she began working at Sandhills while finishing her Masters of Education in divergent learning at Columbia College. “This is an educational environment like none I had been exposed to,” says Erika, who once taught conversational English to 1,700 high school boys in a South Korean school. “Reading is such a challenge for some of these students, yet they’re learning Shakespeare and geometry and Spanish – and they have smiles on their faces when they’re learning it all. These students are so uniquely kind and accepting of one another, as well as of me and the other teachers.” Erika says that even though Sandhills follows the South Carolina State Standards for education, there is room for creativity in daily lesson planning. “Personally and professionally, it’s exciting,” she says. “I love teaching all the different topics and experiencing the students’ enthusiasm. They are learning in an environment where they’re engaged and encouraged and where they experience success instead of failure.”

Sister Maria Lovett

First grade Saint Joseph Catholic School Among Sister Maria Lovett’s many talents as a 38-year v e t e ra n a t S a i n t Joseph Catholic School is master tooth-puller. “Children come from all grade levels to have her wiggle a potential extraction,” says Kemn Dodds, assistant principal. “She gives them a treasure chest to put the tooth into and leave under their pillow for the tooth fairy. At times, she pulls as

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many as six a day!” Tooth-puller is not officially on Sister Maria’s resume. However, she did receive her degree and training in elementary education from Ursuline College in Louisville, Ky., where she joined the Ursuline Sisters. She also specialized in the education of neurologically impaired children. She says she was blessed to return to her hometown of Columbia and settle in to carry out her ministry. Her 38 years at Saint Joseph have enabled her to teach second generations of students, as well as recognize that some of the current faculty and staff were former students of hers. Most rewarding and motivating over the years have been the children themselves. “They inspire me every second of every hour,” Sister Maria says. “Seeing the world through the eyes of children is amazing to me. Playing kickball with them, teaching them to read and introducing them to their faith are my favorites. When they are able to read a whole paragraph with great expression, they glow with pride. Plus, teaching them about Jesus and helping them appreciate all that God has made for us is a humbling experience. We have a saying in first grade: ‘Oh, how great and good God is.’ This reminds them of His many wonderful blessings each day.” Sister Maria is appreciative that the principal and the staff do not view her as a “dinosaur.” “I do keep up with the times. I can use the Smartboard and computer but still have my Titanium chalkboard that I cannot be without. I will continue to teach as long as my mind is sound and my pitching arm allows me to play kickball each day. So far, so good.”

Beth Nance

Middle school math Timmerman School Beth Nance has made learning math so much fun that when students leave Timmerman, they don’t forget her. In fact, Principal Liz Jordan says that rarely is there a week that goes by when some alumni are not back on the campus seeking out a visit with Beth. “She’s just so caring and funny and has so much common sense,” says Liz. “These students have always respected the fact that they know where they stand with her. And we all know that the math teacher is typically not the one that is most revered. Students here though just love her! She’s very much appreciated.” Beth has been teaching a total of 33 years, with 16 of those years spent at Timmerman. Her two grown children attended Timmerman, and now a grandchild attends while Beth’s daughter teaches first grade. “There is such a satisfaction in taking your mind off your own problems and focusing on your students,” says Beth. “When I battled ovarian cancer, they completely kept me going. There isn’t anything I’d rather do than teach.” Beth says she enjoys teaching math in a way that makes it fun to learn. “These kids keep me young.”

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In Their Own Words Ben Lippen School

and All-Region players. Several teams competed for state championships in recent years. Ben Lippen School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and is a member of the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA).

Monticello Road Campus (Pre-K through 12th grade) 7401 Monticello Road St. Andrews Campus (Pre-K through fifth grade) 500 St. Andrews Road (803) 807-4110

Cardinal Newman School

Rising to the Peaks of Christian Scholarship Ben Lippen School is an interdenominational college and “calling” preparatory school of 800 students in grades pre-K through 12. Founded in 1940, Ben Lippen offers challenging academics, a wide variety of co-curricular activities and the spiritual and social training required to graduate Christian scholars who will be prepared for God’s calling on their life in college and beyond. Ben Lippen offers programs comparable to those of larger schools but fosters a community atmosphere where students and families are known by name. Academic excellence begins at the earliest levels. Beginning in preschool, students are challenged to become critical thinkers and problem solvers. In the middle school, students continue to build the foundations crucial to succeeding in the challenging high school curriculum. High school students participate in honors-level classes, and some receive college credit through Advanced Placement and Dual (college) Enrollment courses, with 100 percent of graduates accepted into college. The 73 members of the class of 2009 were awarded more than $4.5 million in renewable scholarships to some of the finest colleges and universities. Perhaps one of the most unique aspects of Ben Lippen is the enriching cross-cultural experience that comes with having students from around the world live on campus and attend classes side-byside with day students. Both receive the benefit of experiencing other ways of life while forming lifelong relationships that transcend cultures. Resident students make up approximately 20 percent of the high school population. Confidence, personal interests and talents are developed through a wide array of co-curricular opportunities in areas such as academics, art, leadership, and service. From the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to the math team, from yearbook to choir, Ben Lippen offers students many opportunities to develop outside of the classroom. Athletics are also a big part of campus life. Student athletes are encouraged to utilize their God-given talents to the fullest while displaying Christian character both on and off the playing field. There are nearly 40 athletic teams at Ben Lippen, with many athletes annually recognized as All-State

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4701 Forest Drive (803) 782-2814

Forming Lives of Excellence in the Catholic Tradition: Spiritual Excellence, Academic Excellence, Athletic Excellence. With a rich 150-year history, Cardinal Newman School continues to make sure every day is a day to witness amazing transformations as we help your children grow into remarkable young adults, great intellectuals and conscientious citizens of the world. Our dedicated faculty members are committed to providing an exceptional academic and spiritually-based curriculum, enhanced by dynamic athletic and arts programs to students in grades 7 through 12. Students will experience the benefits of a Cardinal Newman education long after they’ve exited our halls. Spiritual Excellence Cardinal Newman School allows students to openly express their spirituality through courses in theology and participation in the KAIROS and class retreats. Through a full-time director of campus ministry, the school provides multiple opportunities for students to grow in an atmosphere focused on Christian gospel values. Students learn that God is present in every aspect of life, both inside the classroom and out. In addition, community service and education that emphasizes strong social justice teaching, beliefs and actions are a major part of the core of the school’s theology program. Academic Excellence In 2009, 100 percent of graduates went on to post-secondary education; 88 percent of graduates received merit-based college scholarships; one student was a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. Cardinal Newman’s 2010 graduating class is accomplishing great things, with 25 percent of the class achieving SAT composite scores above 1200 and 5 percent achieving SAT composite scores above 1450. One student is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, and more than 50 percent of the class is graduating with at least six semester hours of college credit.

Athletic Excellence The school is committed to providing a well rounded experience for its students by providing a wide range of extracurricular activities. Cardinal Newman student athletes have won both team and individual state championships in softball and swimming – with the wrestling team winning its second consecutive state championship and the competition cheerleading team winning its fifth consecutive state championship this year. In addition, many student athletes are All-Region and All-State players. This year, one player was named the SCISA State Women’s Basketball Player of the Year by The State newspaper. In addition, two Cardinal Newman female student athletes have committed to play collegiate level softball and soccer. Accreditations and Associations • National Catholic Educational Association • Palmetto Association of Independent Schools • South Carolina Independent Schools Association • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Hammond School

854 Galway Lane (803) 776-0295 The fact that we are the largest independent school in the Columbia area comes as no surprise. We take academics seriously, and our track record proves it. We work hard, and we play hard as well. We pride ourselves on cultivating a lifelong love of learning while encouraging students to search for their unique gifts and talents. Hammond School is proud of its progressive curriculum at all grade levels, always seeking to incorporate the best techniques of a traditional program and those supported by thorough research. The hallmark of Hammond’s curriculum is its global emphasis. To that end, we not only offer expansive community service opportunities, but also engage students in multi-cultural study. We are successful in bringing the world to Hammond and its students to the world. • The average SAT score is 1242. • 20 percent of the class of 2009 were named Palmetto Fellows. • Our 2009 academic scholarship offerings topped $4,000,000, with 88 percent of the class receiving money. • In 2009, Hammond students received more academic scholarship money from Furman University than any other school. • Our football team is the four-time, back-to-back SCISA State Champion. • Our drama department was selected to perform at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. • The Select Ensemble choir is regularly invited to perform at home and abroad.


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Heathwood Hall Episcopal School 3000 South Beltline Boulevard (803) 231-7720

Our Mission A college preparatory school with a strong Episcopal heritage of stewardship, inclusivity and respect for the dignity of every human being, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School walks with students, challenging them to balance the highest standards of scholarship, citizenship and servant leadership. Through the richness of community we learn, grow and worship as we cultivate and celebrate the power of the individual mind, the soundness of body and the value of a joyful and spiritual life. Inspiring Generations One Life at a Time Established in 1951, Heathwood Hall serves a unique role in the Midlands as an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school with a strong Episcopal heritage. Located on a scenic, 133-acre campus that borders the Congaree River, Heathwood Hall is committed to knowing every student and fostering his or her achievement and spiritual growth from nursery school (beginning at age three) through grade 12. The Difference Heathwood Hall continues to earn national recognition for pioneering educational initiatives. With a curriculum that includes international experiences, outdoor and environmental education, related arts, the integration of the latest technology and advanced skills in science, languages and problem solving, Heathwood Hall is leading students beyond personal and geographic boundaries and preparing them for global citizenship. With support from caring teachers who empower, encourage and discover the gifts in each child, our students are taught not what to think, but how to think. Spiritual Foundation Community service and spiritual life, including daily prayer and weekly worship in our Chapel of the Epiphany, challenge young people to act on their faith through service to neighbors and fellow students. Heathwood Hall was the first independent school in the Midlands to require community service for graduation. The Heathwood Hall Honor Code provides the foundation for campus life for all students. Awards and Honors No independent school in the area has had more students and teachers honored with regional, national and international distinctions. Heathwood Hall features the state’s most honored independent school faculty, including an unprecedented seven state Teachers of the Year and two finalists – all during the past nine years. At Heathwood Hall, 100

percent college acceptance and matriculation is an expectation. Since 2001, graduates have received more than $20 million in college scholarships. Members of the class of 2009 earned scholarships from Columbia University, the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance, The University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University and Wake Forest, to name a few.

PEAK: Pursuit of Environmental Adventure and Knowledge One of Heathwood Hall’s most unique programs, the PEAK Outdoor Center consistently offers high-quality experiential adventurebased education, wilderness exploration and leadership development while emphasizing environmental stewardship. The combination of abundant ecological habitats, adventure elements and technical equipment found on or near the Heathwood Hall campus creates an ideal outdoor learning environment. From outdoor education classes to experiences on the school’s Alpine Tower or Odyssey apparatus to canoeing and kayaking on its two-acre pond, Heathwood Hall is committed to promoting an understanding of – and appreciation for – the natural world.

Saint Joseph Catholic School 3700 Devine Street (803) 254-6736

For more than 50 years, we have “lived” our motto: Inspiring minds. Building character. Living faith. Saint Joseph Catholic School offers children of parishioners and our non-Catholic community a challenging curriculum of academic study and spiritual formation in a safe and loving environment (K4 − sixth Grades).

Inspiring Minds Special projects, hands-on activities, public speaking opportunities and field trips are utilized on a regular basis to enhance the learning experience. Weekly music, band and art classes are taught by degreed professionals who are interested in enhancing academic instruction through their media. In addition to state-of-the-art video and voice projection technology, every classroom is equipped with a SMART board ™. Building Character Woven into each school day are chances for our students to grow from leadership and service opportunities. “Adopting” younger students, Peer Mediation, Junior Beta Club and sixth-grade leadership opportunities are just some of the ways in which we work with our students to ensure they are prepared to meet the opportunities and challenges they will face in the future.

Living Faith We provide an atmosphere of tolerance, trust and love which helps facilitate our students’ growth into mature Christians. Our school year is marked with prayerful traditions, community service projects, weekly Masses and an Ecumenical Service.

Sandhills School

1500 Hallbrook Drive (803) 695-1400 Since 1970, Sandhills School has been providing a successful learning environment for students with an average to superior intelligence who have a diagnosed learning difference, such as dyslexia and/or ADHD. Today, Sandhills serves students in the first through 10th grades. Additional grades will be added each year to create a fully accredited high school program for the graduating class of 2012. Sandhills is nationally recognized as one of 10 schools in the nation that is accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) for using the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching students with learning differences. Sandhills is also one of 16 teacher training centers in the nation accredited by the AOGPE. Sandhills serves as an educational resource for the community on language-based learning differences and regularly hosts a speaker series.

St. Peter’s Catholic School

1035 Hampton Street (803) 252-8285 St. Peter’s Catholic School is the longest continuous running Catholic school in the state of South Carolina. A ministry of St. Peter’s Church since 1852, the school serves students in grades K4 through sixth grade. Our education is based on faith, family, diversity, compassion and academic excellence. St. Peter’s has held its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for over 40 years. Our teachers are certified, and many hold master’s degrees. We serve as a lab school for USC’s School of Music. Our standardized test scores are consistently above the national average. The students benefit from the many resources within walking distance, including the Columbia Museum of Art, the Richland County Public Library, the State House, the Supreme Court, historical homes and USC. St. Peter’s has always welcomed students of all faiths and cultural backgrounds. Our faith teaches us to serve others, which is implemented with service projects. We strive to develop students who are academically challenged, confident in their abilities and understand their God-given gifts and responsibilities.


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A Personal Journey Interior designer Joan Goodwin’s house of dreams By Margaret Gregory / Photography by Robert Clark


ith visions of patterns and vibrant colors, Joan Goodwin decided to answer a deep calling from within. Recognizing her dreams, she began her journey into the world of interior design. After completing several decorating projects, Joan decided to take the next big step in her career.

The dark blonde wall in the living room is a great neutral background for all of Joan’s collections.

In 1998, she opened an interior design shop, Verandah Interiors. Joan decorated her first home in the Parade of Homes in 2000 at Lake Carolina. She followed that up with several honors and recognitions, including being named lead designer for City of Dreams, principle designer in the Wren Creek Parade of Homes 2006,

and winner of Best Interior Design for the 2008 Parade of Homes at the Saluda River Club. She is even noted as one of South Carolina’s outstanding interior designers in the February 2010 issues of Architectural Digest and Bon Appétit. While Joan helps her clients create their own personal spaces, she admits

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In her kitchen, Joan revived the cabinetry with a paint and glaze process and new hardware.

it has been more of a challenge to apply the same principles to her own home. “It’s not my dream home,” she says, “but many of my dreams are in this house.” Joan created her home based on her own mantra that “interior design is a personal journey,” and a home should be filled with what makes a person happy. “Design is about using the things that you love,” she says. “It should reflect your personality and the colors you love.” When friends and guests first enter Joan’s house, a sign over the front door greets them, saying, “Enter as strangers. Leave as friends.” Crossing the threshold into the living room, guests immediately realize that they have entered the home of someone who cares a great deal about the statement it makes. “I have decorated and redecorated these rooms so many times,” Joan laughs. “I see so many new things, and I’m always looking because I love decorating!” Some of her favorite pieces include the lamps in her living room and the

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French secretary, the back of its glass display painted blue. “I did that for a splash of color,” Joan notes. A paprikacolored sofa sits on one wall, and side chairs with imprints of cheetahs sit next to it. A zebra-print rug sits under an iron and glass coffee table. The living room walls are painted a dark shade of blonde. A palm chandelier, another of Joan’s favorite pieces, hangs over a glass dining table, and a Bombay chest decorated with buffet lamps and a glass centerpiece highlights the dining room. The walls, painted in Tibetan Orange, result in a vibrant effect. When Joan renovated her kitchen, she opted for an upgrade rather than a complete redesign. “I knew that, should I decide to sell, it would be best not to sink so much money into the effort. I knew I could do what I needed with just some simple steps,” she says. Those steps included reviving the cabinetry with a paint and glaze process and new hardware, along with new granite countertops. Says Joan, “I got the look I wanted without having to

spend a great deal of money.” The granite island and tiled backsplash give the kitchen a cozy effect. Sharing her love of Japanese Koi fish, Joan shows off a collection of glass and ceramic fish in a lighted glass display armoire. Under the glass breakfast table complemented with alternating chair coverings, an Oriental rug offers a soft touch against the tiled floor. Joan’s den is a true retreat, accented with a comfortable sofa in a soft brown shade and pillows of paprika, green and leopard print, complete with a paprika ottoman. The music system sends jazz tunes emanating throughout the house. Joan says that her bedroom is her sanctuary. “It’s a space that’s comforting

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and pleasing to me,” she says with a smile. The deep gold comforter and accent pillows of chocolate and dark orange make for the perfect place to relax and unwind at the end of a busy day. She has even brought her love of the ocean into her bedroom with unique lamps designed from sea coral. It’s hard to ignore one of the most unique design elements in the house. “I thought the house really needed a ‘wow’ factor,” Joan remarks, “and it’s impossible to keep stairs clean. I had tried different types of carpeting, even painting them, but nothing seemed to really work for me.” Instead, Joan opted for a leopardprint carpet to cover the stairs.

“I had used that carpet in a house for the Parade of Homes and thought it would work perfectly for the stairs. It had just the effect I wanted.” Joan’s sense of design originates not only from a learned art, but also from an internal one. “While that perfect piece for someone’s house is always important, I’m always looking for what is interesting,” she says, referring to her belief that interior design is a personal journey. “Timeless pieces that can transition from one style to another are those that demonstrate the owner’s personality.” Joan takes every opportunity she can to learn. “I’m always looking for inspiration. Everyone has a story that can encourage and inspire.”

She also learns from her clients. “I want to make sure that I’m listening to what they want and expect – what is going to personalize it for them. I want to be able to capture their visions and their dreams,” she says. Joan considers her career as a gift. “This thing that I do, in helping make my clients’ dreams about their home come true, is a true blessing. I am fortunate to have found something that I love and be able to make a living doing it.”

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The Flavor of Sunshine

Delicious lemon recipes for summer By Susan Fuller Slack, C.C.P. Photography by Jeff Amberg Lemons have a multitude of culinary uses and offer numerous health benefits. They are packed with vitamin C and help boost antibodies. They may sooth digestive problems, aid in dissolving gallstones and serve as a healthful substitute for salt. Every part of a lemon can be used: the juice, the zest and the pulp. The combination of lemon juice and zest adds a more complex flavor note to foods than the juice alone.

Spanish Lemon Chicken

5 large lemons 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads 1 chicken, 3 1/2 to 4 pounds, cut up, rinsed and patted dry 2 tablespoons honey, divided 1 large onion, quartered, thin sliced 3 cloves garlic, chopped 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 cup coarsely chopped pitted green olives (such as picholine) 2 to 3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts or slivered almonds 1/4 cup cilantro, coarsely chopped, or flat-leaf parsley leaves Spice Blend 1 teaspoon sea salt 2/3 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Prepare spice blend. Remove strips of zest from one lemon. Squeeze 1/2 cup of juice from four lemons and set aside. Thin slice the fifth lemon for garnish. Crush saffron in a small cup with the back of a wooden spoon; add 1 tablespoon hot water.

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Place chicken in a casserole; prick lightly with a fork. Rub spice blend evenly over chicken. Mix lemon zest, juice and saffron with 1 tablespoon honey; pour over chicken. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight, turning occasionally. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove chicken from casserole; add onion and garlic to the dish. Place chicken on top and drizzle with remaining honey and olive oil. Cook 20 minutes, and reduce heat to 350 degrees and scatter in olives. Cook 20 minutes more or until chicken is done and juices run clear. If breast pieces are done after 30 minutes, remove and keep warm. Serve all the chicken from the casserole or transfer it to a platter. Garnish with nuts, cilantro and lemon slices. Serve with rice on the side. Makes 4 servings.

Lemon Pasta with Smoked Salmon

2 plump, juicy lemons 1/2 to 3/4 cups freshly grated parmesan or pecorino romano cheese 8 ounces smoked salmon, torn into strips 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh herbs (parsley, dill, chives or basil), or to taste 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 16-ounce package spaghetti 4 tablespoons olive oil salt and pepper to taste lemon wedges, to serve

From the lemons, grate the zest and squeeze out the juice; reserve. Prepare cheese, smoked salmon, herbs and garlic. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook spaghetti until al dente, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain pasta, reserving one cup of cooking water. In a large, deep skillet, heat olive oil over medium-low heat. Add garlic and stir one minute; do not allow to darken or burn. When garlic is aromatic, add cooked pasta to the skillet and toss well. Reduce heat to low. Mix in reserved lemon zest and juice, salmon, herbs and grated cheese. If pasta seems dry, sprinkle in some of the reserved cooking water. Add additional seasoning, if needed. Serve in deep bowls with lemon wedges.

Spicy Grilled Shrimp and Lemons

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 large clove garlic, finely minced pinch hot ground pepper, or to taste 24 large to jumbo shrimps, preferably wild American shrimp, peeled and cleaned 2 lemons, well-rinsed and dried, each end slightly trimmed

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2 tablespoons sugar 1/4 cup minced fresh dill weed, basil or cilantro seasoning salt, to taste Heat oil in a small skillet until warm, then stir in garlic and hot ground pepper; set aside to steep. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. With a sharp knife, butterfly each shrimp, cutting from the belly side, but don’t cut apart. Stuff some of the herbs between the cut halves of each shrimp. Cut lemons in half; place in a small baking pan, trimmed sides down and pulp sides up. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until sugar is glazed and the pulp softens. While the lemons cook, brush shrimp with spicy garlic oil, and sprinkle with seasoning salt. Grill until done; serve at once with baked lemon halves. Makes 4 servings.

Lemon Crème Dressing

This dressing is nice served over salads of arugula, spinach or mixed baby greens. 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 large garlic clove, minced 1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 rounded tablespoon crème fraîche or sour cream From the lemons, grate the zest and squeeze the juice; put into a small bowl. Add remaining ingredients to bowl, except for olive oil and sour cream. Slowly whisk in oil until well blended; then mix in sour cream. Serve at once or cover and chill until serving time. Whisk again before serving. Makes about 3/4 cup.

Luscious Lemon Curd

Lemon curd is a conserve of eggs, lemon juice, sugar and butter and serves as a great spread or filling. grated zest of 1 lemon 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 1/2 juicy lemons) 3/4 cup granulated sugar, preferably superfine 5 large egg yolks, beaten slightly in small bowl

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pinch sea salt 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter From the lemons, grate the zest and squeeze the juice; reserve. In the top of a double boiler or in a stainless bowl, whisk together sugar, egg yolks and salt. Whisk in lemon juice and zest. Place bowl over a pan of simmering water and cook, stirring constantly with a silicone spatula for 5 minutes or until mixture thickens into a thick sauce. Do not boil. The temperature should be 165 to 170 degrees. Remove mixture from heat and immediately stir in butter one tablespoon at a time. You can strain curd through a mesh strainer into a glass or stainless bowl. Cool to room temperature, stirring several times. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Curd continues thickening as it cools. Use within one week. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

Lemon Cream Frosting

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature 6 cups confectioners’ sugar tiny pinch salt 1 to 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, as needed

With an electric mixer, cream butter and cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add in the confectioners’ sugar; beat 4 to 5 minutes until smooth and creamy, adding salt then lemon juice, as needed.

Lemon Curd Cake

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (reserve lemon for another use) 2 large eggs

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1 cup buttermilk or 1 cup milk and 1 tablespoon lemon juice, blended Luscious Lemon Curd and Lemon Cream Frosting, recipes above Prepare lemon curd in advance. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch round cake pan with 2-inch deep sides or a 9-inch round cake pan. Line with parchment paper; grease and flour. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add 1 egg at a time, beating after each addition. Blend in vanilla and lemon zest. On low speed, beat in half the flour mixture and half the buttermilk. Add remaining flour and buttermilk and beat 1 minute, until smooth. Fill pan; tap on counter to spread batter. Bake 30 minutes or just until golden brown and the center tests done. Cool cake in pan 10 minutes, then turn out onto a round cake board or serving platter. To assemble cake, slice cake in half horizontally. Spread a thin layer of Lemon Cream Frosting on the bottom layer, then top with 1/3 cup Luscious Lemon Curd to 3/4 inch of the edge. Add top layer. To minimize crumbs, apply a light coat of frosting over the cake and chill for an hour. Add a thicker layer of frosting to the sides and another thin layer on top. Spread lemon curd on top of cake to cover, stopping 3/4 inch from the edge. Put frosting in a decorating bag fitted with a large star tube and pipe a large shell design around top edge of cake and a smaller design around the bottom. Chill cake; remove from refrigerator 15 minutes before serving. Makes 12 servings.

Berry-Filled Lemon Meringues

Individual-size dessert meringues are easy to make but don’t stay crisp on humid days. Make them when the weather is dry. 4 large egg whites 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar pinch salt 1/2 cup sugar, preferably superfine 1/4 teaspoon vanilla 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest 1 cup whipped heavy cream, lightly sweetened 2 cups mixed fresh berries (sliced strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries) Luscious Lemon Curd, recipe above, prepared one day in advance Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or foil. In an oil-free mixing bowl, beat egg whites at high

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speed with cream of tartar and salt just until foamy. Sprinkle in sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating well after each addition. When meringue forms stiff, glossy peaks, whisk in vanilla and zest by hand. With a large spoon, shape six nests on the baking sheets, creating a depression in the center of each one. Bake 2 hours until crisp and dry. Turn off oven and allow the nests to continue to dry for one hour. The time may need to be slightly increased for one large meringue. To assemble dessert, put a meringue on each serving plate. Stir lemon curd and spoon some into each nest; top with some fruit. Pass a bowl of whipped cream for topping.

To make Lemon Glaze, sift confectioners’ sugar in a medium bowl; stir in lemon juice, salt and zest. Spoon glaze over each cookie to form a medium-thick coating. (Optional: dip cookies into glaze or brush it on with a pastry brush.) Let cookies set 1/2 hour to dry. Serve at once or store in an air-tight container. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies. Recipe can be doubled.

Variation: Lemon Curd Drops Make dough as directed. Use the end of a wooden spoon to press a slight indentation in each cookie after it is shaped but before chilling. Fill each baked, cooled cookie with a dab of Luscious Lemon Curd. Serve soon after filling for the best texture.

Lemon Drop Cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into pieces 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar grated zest of 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon) 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup cornstarch 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour Lemon Glaze 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, more if needed tiny pinch salt 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter in a large bowl with a wooden spoon or a mixer. Mix in confectioners’ sugar, lemon zest, vanilla extract and salt. Add cornstarch and flour; stir until crumbly mixture comes together to form a soft dough. If dough seems sticky, dust hands with flour. Shape into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown on the bottom edges. (If the cookie dough spreads too much, chill dough balls 30 minutes before baking.) Cool 3 minutes, then carefully remove cookies from pan. Place on a wire rack to cool completely.

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Q: My kitchen is 30 years old. What can I do to upgrade it without totally gutting the room and installing new cabinets? A: The solution is relatively simple. New doors, drawer boxes, drawer fronts and hardware can completely revitalize your old kitchen for a fraction of what new cabinets would cost.

Doug Williams and Steven Fear, Spring Hill Woodworking

Q: What is the most overlooked energy-saving product in HVAC? A: The ductwork system is the most often overlooked, due to the fact that our industry and government place more of an emphasis on high efficiency equipment. During the mid- to late-90s, 2nd Wind performed many air flow tests that revealed duct leakage as high as 44 percent due to the ductwork being second and third generation systems. The ductwork was not properly insulated, sealed or designed for newer, higher efficiency equipment. Now 2nd Wind is providing a ductwork that is safer

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and more efficient. Green Safety Duct is constructed of a stronger, more durable and waterproof outer liner with R-8 insulation that has been scientifically proven to be free of the dangerous carcinogen formaldehyde. The inner liner has been treated with an anti-microbial material to reduce the growth of microbes, mildew and particles. I believe that having a properly installed ductwork system can help greatly reduce the HVAC portion of your energy bill. Neal Causey, 2nd Wind Heating and Air

Q: How important is the landscape in the overall curb appeal of my home? A: Many homeowners are willing to put an abundance of time and money into the insides of their homes, only to leave the surrounding landscapes neglected. Whether you’re building a new house, selling your current one or just wanting to improve the overall aesthetics of your property, a well-designed landscape is crucial. It creates a first impression and sets the tone for your entire home. While an unattractive yard can detract from a nice house, a beautiful landscape can be an easy and affordable way to enhance the look and value of an ordinary house. Fred Gantt, Hay Hill Services, Inc. Q: How much does it cost to build a green home? Are they more expensive? A: The cost to build green depends on the desired level of green, the size of the home and whether or not your builder has already incorporated green building techniques into the building process. Because such homes vary tremendously, talking over your desired level of green with your builder is an important step in determining how much your home may cost. Smaller homes tend to cost


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more per square foot to become green because items like energyefficient windows are not a standard in these homes. Medium to large homes already incorporate many of these features, so the cost difference in building green will be minimal. Using a builder who is familiar with green building and already incorporates green building techniques will cost less than an unfamiliar builder who may charge more for uncertainty and subcontractor errors. A mediumsized, basic green home built by an experienced builder could cost no more than a traditional home. On the other hand, an off-thegrid, self-sustained home could cost a bit more. Stanley O’Brien, Jr., Paradime Construction

Q: Why should I hire an interior designer or decorator? A: So many times, people know what they like when they see it, but they don’t have a clue how to go about achieving that look. Many things must be considered, such as placement, scale, texture, arrangement and color. A certified interior decorator or designer has studied these concepts and can assist you in making the proper choices the first time. Everyone’s time is valuable, and in this economy, no one can afford to waste hardearned money. Hiring a trained professional is money well-spent. Mandy Summers, M. Gallery Interiors

Q: Should I use window treatments in my home? A: Without curtains, sounds reverberate and are amplified in a room. Draperies can actually absorb some of the sound echo and make the room complete. Window treatments can also make the transition from indoor to outdoor very smooth. A well-designed drapery softens the edges of a window’s frame and incorporates it into the overall look of the room. Color is another crucial component of a gorgeous window treatment, and it can set the mood and atmosphere for a room. Whether your taste is formal, elegant, contemporary or casual, window treatments set the tone for a room. Ma r i o n B a k e r, B e a u t i f u l Windows

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Q: What should I consider when purchasing a new recliner? A: During our 35 years in business, we have had the opportunity to look at more than 100 recliner manufacturers. We have discovered that the key aspects of the perfect recliner are: comfort; proper ergonomics and lumbar support; high quality mechanisms (including smooth, quiet and automatic operation); availability in a variety of sizes, colors, fabrics and leathers; articulation headrest for forward vision; and an easy to move freestanding ottoman. Only one manufacturer fits all these criteria: Ekornes Stressless recliners. Made in Norway, endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association, available in three sizes and including all the aforementioned features, Ekornes Stressless recliners stand alone as the very best recliners available.

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New to the neighborhood?

New Home Communities 1. Baneberry Place Price Range of New Homes: $127,990 - $189,840 School District: Lexington 1 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Eric McCord, (803) 356-1544 Directions: Take I-20 West to Exit 51/ Longs Pond Rd. Turn left onto Longs Pond Rd. and continue to community entrance on right.

mid-$130,000s - $200,000 School District: Richland 2 Midlands Realtors, LLC Steve Applewhite, (803) 309-2023 Kendrick Chiles, (803) 730-9553 Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit 27/Blythewood Rd. Turn right onto Blythewood Rd., then left at light onto Boney Rd. Blythecreek is 1.5 miles ahead on the left.

2. Beasley Creek Price Range of New Homes: $150,990 - $260,480 School District: Richland 2 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Deronda Lucas & John Bray, (803) 735-1203 Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit 24/Wilson Blvd. Turn left onto Wilson Blvd, then right onto Turkey Farm Rd. Beasley Creek is ahead on the left.

4. Congaree Downs Price Range of New Homes: $109,990 - $156,490 School District: Lexington 2 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Alicia White & Jeannie Michaels, (803) 755-0406 Directions: Take I-26 East to Exit 113 toward SC-302/Columbia Airport/Cayce. Turn right onto Ramblin Rd. and continue 1 mile to community entrance on left.

3. Blythecreek Price Range of New Homes:

5. Courtside Commons Price Range of New Homes: $104,900 - $119,900 School District: Lexington 1 US Properties – SC, Ltd. Deborah C. Hall, (803) 234-7810 Directions: Take I-26 East to Exit 111/ US Hwy 1 to Lexington. Turn right onto Oak Drive at Barnyard Flea Market. Community is .25 mile on left next to Lexington Tennis Facility. 6. Creek Ridge Price Range of New Homes: $200,000 and up Price Range of Lots: $33,500 - $66,900 School District: Richland 2 Russell & Jeffcoat Realtors Peggy Fowler, (803) 600-5741 Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit 27/Blythewood. Turn right and go to second light. Turn left onto Wilson Blvd. to immediate right on

indicates a natural gas community

Langford. At first light, travel 4.5 miles to left on Grover Wilson, 3.5 miles to right on Bear Creek, .5 mile to right on N.E. Miles to right into Ridge Creek.

Go approximately 1 mile and turn left onto Lexington Ave. Go approximately 2.5 miles and turn right onto Stucks Point Drive. Eagle Pointe will be .25 mile on the left.

7. Dawson’s Park Price Range of New Homes: $99,900 - $147,900 School District: Lexington 1 Midlands Realtors, LLC Donna Reed, (803) 422-4700 Directions: Take Highway 1 away from Lexington. Community is .5 mile from Lexington High School on the right.

9. Eagles Rest at Lake Murray Price Range of New Homes: $204,990 - $265,480 School District: Lexington 5 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Donna Stevens, (803) 407-3708 Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 101A/Ballentine/White Rock/US 176. Merge onto Dutch Fork Rd., then left on Johnson Marina Rd. and left on Richard Franklin Rd. to community entrance on right.

8. Eagle Pointe Price Range of New Homes: $130,000 - $170,000 School District: Lexington 5 Great Southern Homes Bill Guess, (803) 360-0941 Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 91 and turn left toward Chapin.

10. Eagles Rest at Lake Murray Garden Homes Price Range of New Homes: $214,990 - $236,990 School District: Lexington 5 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME

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Vickie Proper, (803) 732-5950 Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 101A/Ballentine/White Rock/US 176. Merge onto Dutch Fork Rd., then left on Johnson Marina Rd. and left on Richard Franklin Rd. to community entrance on right. 11. Eve’s Garden Price Range of New Homes: $250,000 - $364,000 School District: Kershaw County Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS ® Novella Taylor, (803) 730-3738 Directions: Take I-20 East to Exit 98. Turn left toward Camden, then right at Black River Rd. 12. GreenHill Parish Price Range of New Homes: $325,000 - $600,000 Price Range of Lots:

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$35,000 - $80,000 School District: Richland 2 Manning Kirk & Associates Russell & Jeffcoat Realtors Barbara Puffenbarger, (803) 699-0015 Directions: Take I-20 East to Exit 82/Spears Creek Church Rd. Turn left onto Spears Creek Church Rd., and continue 2 miles to GreenHill Parish entrance on right. 13. Haigs Creek Price Range of New Homes: $270,000 - $360,000 Price Range of Lots: $40,000 - $48,000 School District: Kershaw County Russell & Jeffcoat Realtors, Inc. Shelba Wooten Mattox, (803) 600-0527 Directions: Take I-20 East to Exit

87, left onto White Pond Rd., right onto Whiting Way (frontage road) and left into Haigs Creek. Follow the new homes signs to new construction. 14. Indigo Place Price Range of New Homes: $109,900 School District: Lexington 2 Midlands Realtors, LLC Bridget Biviano, (803) 479-8349 Directions: Take I-77 South to Gaston Exit. Go straight across Charleston Highway (Hwy 321) onto Fish Hatchery Rd. Indigo Place is .5 mile ahead on right. 15. Indigo Springs Price Range of New Homes: $150,000 - $230,000 School District: Richland 2 Great Southern Homes

Debi Burke, (803) 546-9000 Directions: Take I-20 East to Exit 80 and turn left onto Clemson Rd. Go approximately four miles and turn right at Summit Parkway. Turn right onto Timber Crest. At stop sign, turn left and then right onto Indigo Springs Drive. 16. Jacob’s Creek Price Range of New Homes: $120,000 - $250,000 School District: Richland 2 Great Southern Homes Robert Perry, (803) 360-9165 Directions: Take I-20 East to Exit 82 and turn left onto Spears Creek Church Rd. Jacob’s Creek is approximately 3 miles ahead on the right.

17. Jasmine Place Price Range of New Homes: $114,000 - $208,300 School District: Richland 1 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Christine Landers & Sharon Thomas, (803) 754-0674 Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit 19/Farrow Rd. Turn left on Farrow Rd. then left on Hardscrabble Rd. Community entrance is ahead on right. 18. Kelsney Ridge Price Range of New Homes: $160,000s - $300,000 School District: Kershaw County ERA Wilder Realty Ken Queen, (803) 600-3361 Directions: Take Two Notch/Hwy 1 north to just over Kershaw County line. Turn right on Steven Campbell

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for 2.1 miles. Continue through the light and you will be on Amick’s Ferry Rd., continuing 5.4 miles. Turn left on Green Meadow Drive then turn left into Night Harbor and take an immediate right to the sales center. 22. Longtown Place Price Range of New Homes: $195,090 - $251,580 School District: Richland 2 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Amanda Little, (803) 732-1515 Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit 22/ Killian Rd. Turn right onto Killian Rd. and take to end. Turn left onto Longtown Rd. and continue to community entrance on the left. 23. Orchard Pointe Price Range of New Homes: $200,000 - $375,000 School District: Lexington 1 Sycamore Development, LLC, (803) 788-8300 Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS® Jean Reed, (803) 358-1158, Directions: Take I-20 to Highway 378 West toward Lexington/Lake Murray Dam. Turn left onto Mineral Springs Rd. Orchard Pointe is 1.2 miles ahead on the right.

Rd. Go approximately 1 mile to Kelsney Ridge on left. 19. Lake Carolina Price Range of New Homes: $140,000s to $2,000,000+ School District: Richland 2 Lake Carolina Properties, (803) 736-5253 Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit 22/Killian Rd. and turn right. Killian Rd. will become Clemson Rd. At the third light, turn left onto Hardscrabble Rd. Continue for 2.5 miles. Turn right into Lake Carolina. Please proceed to the Information Center for your personal tour of Lake Carolina.  20. Lake Frances Price Range of New Homes: $150,000 - $220,000 School District: Lexington 1

Great Southern Homes Beth Gardner, (803) 360-3599 Directions: Take Blossom St. Bridge and continue to follow SC-215/US176/US-21/US-321. Take slight right at Airport Blvd/ SC-302. Go approximately 5.5 miles and turn right onto Ramblin Rd. Lake Frances is on the left. 21. The Landings at Night Harbor Price Range of New Homes: $215,000 - $235,000 Price Range of Lots: $39,000 School District: Lexington 5 ERA Wilder Realty Debbie Erdman, (803) 917-3521 www.landingsatnight Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 91/Columbia Ave., toward Chapin

24. Paradise Cove on Lake Murray Price Range of New Homes: $299,000 - $700,000+ School District: Lexington/ Richland 5 ERA Wilder Realty Todd Beckstrom, (803) 719-2090 www.paradisecovelake Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 91/Chapin. Turn left over interstate and follow Columbia Ave. through Chapin. Go straight at stoplight, Amicks Ferry Rd. and veer to right after one mile. Continue on Amicks Ferry Rd. for approximately 2.1 miles and turn right on Crystal Lake Rd. Follow to end on left. 25. Peach Grove Villas Price Range of New Homes: $199,000 - $275,000 School District: Richland 2 Epcon Columbia Daniel Elmaleh,

(803) 223-9545 Directions: Take I-20 West to Exit 80. Turn left onto Clemson Rd. Go 1.5 miles (towards the Village at Sandhill) and turn right onto Earth Rd. Peach Grove Villas is located on the right just before the entrance to Woodcreek Farms. 26. Rabons Farm Price Range of New Homes: $84,900 - $155,000 School District: Richland 2 Great Southern Homes Jody Styron, (803) 360-1558 Directions: Take Bull St./SC-277 North and go approximately 9 miles. Take the Farrow Rd. exit and turn left. Turn right at Rabon Rd., slight left to stay on Rabon Rd. Turn left at Flora Dr. Turn Right at Rabons Springs Rd. 27. Saddlebrook Price Range of New Homes: $140,000s - $220,000s School District: Kershaw County ERA Wilder Realty Charlie Thomas, (803) 413-9607 Directions: Take Two Notch Rd./ Hwy 1 North. Go through Elgin, approximately 3 miles. Saddlebrook will be on the left. 28. Saluda River Club Price Range of New Homes: $190,000 - $1,000,000+ School District: Lexington 1 Saluda River Club Realty, LLC Bridget Downing, Kathy Seymour & Ted Johnson, (803) 358-3969 Directions: Take I-20 West to Exit 61/Hwy 378. Turn right and take immediate right onto Corley Mill Rd. The entrance to Saluda River Club is located 1.5 miles down Corley Mill Rd. on the right. 29. Stonemont Price Range of New Homes: $203,990 - $265,980 School District: Lexington/ Richland 5 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Darlene Reese, (803) 732-1515 Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 101A/Ballentine/White Rock. Turn right onto Koon Rd. to community entrance on left.

30. Summer Lake Price Range of New Homes: $285,000 - $800,000 School District: Lexington 1 Southern Visions Realty, Inc. Anne Wilkins Brooks, (803) 359-9571 Directions: Take I-20 to Hwy 378. Take Hwy 378 West through Lexington approximately 4 miles. Summer Lake is on the right just past the Piggly Wiggly. 31. Wellesley Price Range of New Homes: $149,990 - $207,300 School District: Lexington 1 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Matt Shealy & Brantley Jones, (803) 957-3290 Directions: Take I-20 West to Exit 61/US 378 toward Lexington. Merge right on US 378 and turn left at first light onto Ginny Ln. Continue to community ahead on right. 32. Westcott Ridge Price Range of New Homes: Patio Homes $180,000 - $250,000; Traditional $300,000 - $500,000 School District: Lexington/ Richland 5 Russell & Jeffcoat Realtors Rhonda Jacobs Walsh, (803) 781-6552 Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 97/Peak. Veer Right on Hwy 176. Westcott Ridge is on the left, across from Waterfall subdivision. 33. Willow Tree Price Range of New Homes: $114,000 - $208,300 School District: Richland 1 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Angelia Jefferson, (803) 783-7183 Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit 9/ Garners Ferry Rd./US 378. Turn right on Garners Ferry Rd., left on Trotter Rd., left on Caughman Rd. and right onto Ulmer Rd. Continue to community entrance ahead on left.

This listing is provided by the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia.

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Restaurant Guide Downtown & the Vista American Bernie’s $ B,L,D 1311 Bluff Rd., 256-2888 Blue Tapas Bar & Cocktail Lounge $ Voted Best Cocktail 721 A Lady St., 251-4447 Finlay’s Restaurant $$ B,L,D 1200 Hampton St. (in the Columbia Marriott), 771-7000 Five Guys Famous Burgers & Fries $ L, D Voted Best French Fries Voted Best Hamburger 931 Senate St., 799-0441 Flying Saucer $ L,D 931 Senate St., 933-999 Gervais & Vine $$ D Voted Best Wine Menu 620-A Gervais St., 799-VINE Hunter-Gatherer Brewery $$ L,D 900 Main St., 748-0540 Liberty Taproom & Grill $$ L,D 828 Gervais St., 461-4677 Mac’s on Main $ L,D 1710 Main St., 929-0037 Ruth’s Chris Steak House $$$ L,D Voted Best Steak 924-A Senate St. (at the Hilton), 212-6666 Asian M. Café $$ L,D 1417 Sumter St., 779-5789 Miyo’s Fine Shanghai & Szechuan Cuisine $$ L,D Voted Best Chinese Restaurant 922 S. Main St., 779-MIYO Coffee/Dessert Immaculate Consumption $ B,L 933 Main St., 799-9053 Nonnah’s $ L,D Voted Best Dessert 930 Gervais St., 779-9599 Deli Cloud Nine Market $ L 916 Gervais St., 256-0043 Cool Beans! Coffee Co. $ B,L,D 1217 College St., 779-4277

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No Name Deli $ L 2042 Marion St., 242-0480 Fine Dining Columbo’s $$ B,L,D, SBR 2100 Bush River Rd. (in the Radisson), 744-2200 Hampton Street Vineyard $$$ L,D 1201 Hampton St., 252-0850 Hennessy’s $$ L,D 1649 Main St., 799-8280 Motor Supply Co. Bistro $$ L,D Voted Best Sunday Brunch 920 Gervais St., 256-6687 P.O.S.H. $$ B,L,D 1400 Main St. (at the Sheraton), 988-1400 Ristorante Divino $$$ D Voted Best Fine Dining Restaurant 803 Gervais St., 799-4550 Italian Mellow Mushroom $ L,D 1009 Gervais St., 933-9201 Villa Tronco $$ L,D Voted Best Italian Restaurant 1213 Blanding St., 256-7677 Natural/Health Garden Bistro $ B,L 923 Gervais St., 933-9085 Nice-N-Natural $ L 1217 College St., 799-3471 Zoe’s $ L Voted Best Bang for the Buck 1320 Main St., 771-0122 Seafood Blue Marlin $-$$ L,D Voted Best Grits Voted Best Seafood Restaurant 1200 Lincoln St., 799-3838 The Oyster Bar $-$$ D 1123 Park St., 799-4484 Southern 300 Senate at the Canal $-$$ L 300 Senate St., 748-8909 Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D Voted Best Family Restaurant 818 Elmwood Ave., 779-6407 Steak Longhorn Steakhouse $-$$ L,D 902-A Gervais St., 254-5100

KEY $ - $10 or less $$ - $11 to $20 $$$ - $21 and up

B - Breakfast L - Lunch D - Dinner SBR - Sunday Brunch

Columbia Metropolitan’s 2010 Best of Columbia contest winners are in red.

Sushi Camon Japanese Restaurant $$$ D 1332 Assembly St., 254-5400 SakiTumi $$ L,D 807 Gervais St., 931-0700 Wings Carolina Wings $ L,D 600 Gervais St., 256-8844 Wild Wing Cafe $ L,D Voted Best Wings 729 Lady St., 252-9464

Voted Best Business Lunch 2400 Devine St., 254-3535 German Julia’s German Stammtisch $$ L,D 4341 Ft. Jackson Blvd., 738-0630 Greek Devine Foods $ L,D 2702 Devine St., 252-0356 Indian India Pavilion $ L,D 2011 Devine St., 252-4355

Five Points & Devine Street

Irish Delaney’s $ L,D 741 Saluda Ave., 779-2345

American Cellar on Greene $-$$ D 2001-D Greene St., 343-3303

Italian Garibaldi’s $$$ D Voted Best Wait Staff 2013 Greene St., 771-8888

Goatfeather’s $-$$ D, SBR 2017 Devine St., 256-3325 Harper’s Restaurant $-$$ L,D 700 Harden St., 252-2222 Mr. Friendly’s $$-$$$ L,D Voted Best Restaurant in Columbia 2001-A Greene St., 254-7828

Mexican El Burrito $ L,D 934 Harden St., 765-2188 Eric’s San Jose $ L,D Voted Best Mexican Restaurant 6118 Garners Ferry Rd., 783-6650

Salty Nut $ L,D 2000-A Greene St., 256-4611

Natural/Health Mediterranean Tea Room $ L,D 2601 Devine St., 799-3118

Top of Carolina $$-$$$, L (Fri only), SBR 902 Barnwell St., 777-7919 or 777-0848

Pizza LaBrasca $ L,D 4365 Jackson Blvd., 782-1098

Yesterday’s $$ L,D 2030 Devine St., 799-0196

Village Idiot $ L,D 2009 Devine St., 252-8646

Asian Baan Sawan $$$ D 2135 Devine St., 252-8992

Za’s Brick Oven Pizza $ L,D Voted Best Pizza 2930 Devine St., 771-7334

Egg Roll Chen $ L,D 715 Crowson Rd., 787-6820 Deli Andy’s Deli $ L,D 2005 Greene St., 799-2639 DiPrato’s $ L,D, SBR 342 Pickens St., 779-0606 The Gourmet Shop $ B,L Voted Best Chicken Salad 724 Saluda Ave., 799-3705 Groucho’s Deli $ L,D Voted Best Sandwich 611 Harden St., 799-5708 Fine Dining Dianne’s on Devine $$$ D

Southern Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D Voted Best Family Restaurant 7938 Garners Ferry Rd., 647-0095 Sushi Saky $-$$ D 4963 Jackson Blvd., 787-5307 Sushi Yoshi $ D 2019 Devine St., 931-0555

Northeast American 5 Guys Famous Burgers & Fries $ L,D Voted Best French Fries Voted Best Hamburger 460-2 Town Center Place, 788-6200

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Solstice Kitchen & Wine Bar $$$ L, D 841-4 Sparkleberry Ln., 788-6966 Village Bistro $$ L,D,SBR 498-1 Town Center Place, 227-2710 Deli Groucho’s Deli $ L,D Voted Best Sandwich • 111 Sparkleberry Ln., 419-6767 • 730 University Village Dr., 754-4509 Tiffany’s Bakery & Eatery $ B,L Voted Best Bakery 8502 E Two Notch Rd., 736-CAKE Fine Dining Arizona’s $$$ L,D 150 Forum Dr., 865-1001 GREEK Zorba’s $ L,D Voted Best Greek Restaurant 2628 Decker Blvd., 736-5200 Italian Travinia Italian Kitchen $$ L,D Voted Best Restaurant in Northeast 101 Sparkleberry Crossing, 419-9313 Mexican Hola Mexico $ L,D 10014 C Two Notch Rd., 865-7758 San Jose $ L,D • 801 Sparkleberry Ln., 419-8861 • 420 McNulty St. #C, 735-9787 • 808 Highway 1S, 438-2133 Seafood Blue Fin $$ L,D,SBR 461-4 Town Center Place, 865-7346 Southern Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D Voted Best Family Restaurant • 7620 Two Notch Rd., 788-3088 • 10170 Two Notch Rd., 419-5662 Mint Julep $-$$ D 120 Sparkleberry Crossing, 419-7200 Steak Longhorn Steakhouse $-$$ L,D 2760 Decker Blvd., 736-7464 Steak Carolina $-$$ L (Sat only), D 5 Lake Carolina Way, Ste 170, 661-6424 Wings Carolina Wings $ L,D 2000-18 Clemson Rd., 419-0022 D’s Restaurant $ L,D 111 Sparkleberry Crossing, 462-1895 Wild Wing Cafe $ L,D Voted Best Wings 480-2 Town Center Place, 865-3365

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Irmo American Five Guys Famous Burgers & Fries $ L,D Voted Best French Fries Voted Best Hamburger 285 Columbia Dr., 407-6443 Sticky Fingers $-$$ L,D 380 Columbiana Dr., 781-7427

GREEK Zorba’s $ L, D Voted Best Greek Restaurant 6169 St. Andrews Rd, 772-4617

SEAFOOD Bonefish Grill $$-$$$ D Voted Best Appetizer 1260 Bower Pkwy., 407-1599

Italian Alodia’s Cucina Italian $-$$ L,D 2736 N. Lake Dr., 781-9814

Catch 22 $$ L,D Voted Best Restaurant in Irmo 1085 D Lake Murray Blvd., 749-4700

Indian Delhi Palace $ L,D 1029 Briargate Cir., 750-0866

Asian Miyo’s at Columbiana Place $$ L,D Voted Best Chinese Restaurant 1220 E-2 Bower Pkwy., 781-7788

MEDITERRANEAN Al-Amir $$ L,D 7001 St. Andrews Rd., 732-0522

Miyabi Kyoto $$ L (Sun only),D Columbiana Centre, Harbison Blvd., 407-0574

Mexican El Chico Restaurant $-$$ L,D 1728 Bush River Rd., 772-0770

Thai Lotus Restaurant $ L,D Voted Best Thai Restaurant 612 St. Andrews Rd., 561-0006 Deli Groucho’s Deli $ L,D Voted Best Sandwich • 800 Lake Murray Blvd., 749-4515 • 2009 Broad River Rd., 750-3188 Fondue The Melting Pot $$$ D 1410 Colonial Life Blvd., 731-8500

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Little Mexico $ L,D 6164 St. Andrews Rd., 798-6045 San Jose $ L,D • 1000 Marina Rd., 749-9484 • 498 Piney Grove Rd., 750-3611 Natural/Health Sun Ming Chinese Restaurant $ L,D 7509 St. Andrews Rd., 732-4488 Pizza Custom Pizza Company $$ L,D 6801-3 St. Andrews Rd., 781-6004

Southern Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D Voted Best Family Restaurant • 7569 St. Andrews Road, 732-1225 • 1824 Broad River Rd., 798-6427 Steak Longhorn Steakhouse $-$$ L,D 171 Harbison Blvd., 732-2482 Sushi Inakaya $-$$ L,D 655-C St. Andrews Rd., 731-2538 Wings Carolina Wings $ L,D 7587 St. Andrews Rd., 781-0084 D’s Restaurant $ L,D 285 Columbiana Dr., 227-0238 Wild Wing Cafe $ L,D Voted Best Wings 1150 Bower Parkway, 749-9464

Wings & Ale $ L,D 125-C Outlet Pointe Blvd., 750-1700

Lexington Barbecue Hudson’s Smokehouse $ L,D Voted Best Barbecue Voted Best Ribs 4952 Sunset Blvd., 356-1070 Deli Cafe 403 $ L 403 N. Lake Dr., 808-2992 Groucho’s Deli $ L,D Voted Best Sandwich 117 1/2 East Main St., 356-8800

San Jose $ L,D 4510 Augusta Rd., 957-5171 Southern Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D Voted Best Family Restaurant 621 West Main St., 951-3555 Wings Buffalo’s Café $ L,D 5464 Sunset Blvd., 808-6001 Carolina Wings $ L,D 105 North Pointe Dr., 356-6244

Cayce & West Columbia

Fine Dining Lexington Arms $$ D 314A West Main St., 359-2700

Coffee/Dessert Café Strudel $ B,L 118 State St., 794-6634

Italian Travinia Italian Kitchen $$ L,D Voted Best Restaurant in Lexington 5074 Sunset Blvd., 957-2422

Deli House Coffee $ B,L,D 116 State St., 791-5663

Mexican Eric’s San Jose $ L,D Voted Best Mexican Restaurant 604 Columbia Ave., 957-9443

Fine Dining Al’s Upstairs $$$ D Voted Best Romantic Dinner 300 Meeting St., 794-7404 Terra $$ D 100 State St., 791-3443

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Greek Grecian Gardens $$ L,D 2312 Sunset Blvd., 794-7552 Nick’s $$ L,D 1082 Sunset Blvd., 794-9240 Southern Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D Voted Best Family Restaurant • 2240 Airport Blvd., 796-7820 • 501 Knox Abbott Dr., 791-0314 • 2234 Sunset Blvd., 794-0923 Wings Carolina Wings $ L,D 2347-C Augusta Rd., 791-0260 D’s Wings $ L,D 920 Axtell Dr., 791-4486

Forest Acres American Five Guys Famous Burgers & Fries $ L,D Voted Best French Fries Voted Best Hamburger 4751 Forest Dr., 787-3178 Tombo Grille $$ D 4517 Forest Dr., 782-9665

Asian Miyo’s on Forest $$ L,D Voted Best Chinese Restaurant 3250 Forest Dr., Suite B, 743-9996 Sakura $-$$ L,D 20 Forest Lake Shopping Center, 738-9330 Sato $$ D 1999 Beltline Blvd., 782-1064 Deli Groucho’s Deli $ L,D Voted Best Sandwich 4717 Forest Dr., 790-0801 Happy Cafe $ L Voted Best Cookie 4525 Forest Dr., 787-8411 Hooligan’s $ L,D 26 Trenholm Plaza, 782-1293 McAlister’s Deli $ L,D 4710-A Forest Dr., 790-5995 Italian Pasta Fresca $$ D 3405 Forest Dr., 787-1838 Rosso $$ D Voted Best New Restaurant 4840 Forest Dr., 787-3949

MEXICAN Casa Linda $ L,D 2009 Beltline Blvd., 738-0420 San Jose $ L,D 4722 Forest Dr., 462-7184 Natural/Health Zoës $ L,D Voted Best Bang for the Buck 4855 Forest Dr., 782-1212 Pizza Village Idiot $ L, D 4515 Forest Dr, 787-5005 Seafood Bonefish Grill $$-$$$ D Voted Best Appetizer 4708 Forest Dr., 787-6200 Southern Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D Voted Best Family Restaurant • 402 Beltline Blvd., 738-0006 • 3147 Forest Dr., 787-8781 Wings D’s Restaurant $ L,D 2005 Beltline Blvd., 787-2595

Rosewood American Rockaway Athletic Club $ L, D 2719 Rosewood Dr., 256-1075 Utopia $ D 406 Howard St., 733-2222 Deli The Deli at Rosewood Market $-$$ L,D,SBR 2803 Rosewood Dr., 256-6410 ITALIan Moe’s Grapevine $$ L,D 4478 Rosewood Dr., 776-8463

Lilfreds of Rembert $$$ D 8425 Camden Hwy., (803) 432-7063

Chapin Fine Dining Mark’s $$-$$$ L,D,SBR 2371 Dutch Fork Rd., 781-2807 Seafood Rusty Anchor $$-$$$ D Voted Best Lakeside Restaurant 1925 Johnson Marina Rd., 749-1555

Pizza Dano’s $ L,D 2800 Rosewood Dr., 254-3266 Pizza Man $ L,D 341 S Woodrow St., 252-6931

REMBERT Fine Dining Boykins at the Mill Pond $$$ D 84 Boykin Mill Rd., (803) 425-8825

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Picture this American Red Cross Red, White & Black Tie Gala (photos by John Wrightenberry Photography)

Maryanne Belser, Charlotte Berry, Rachel Barnett, Jane Suggs, Beth Shwedo, Anne Bristow

Lisa Davis, Tommy Suggs, Carol Hill, Lyn Powers

Tracie Walker, Rachel Barnett, Mary Belser

Linda Rodarte, David Rodarte, Angela O’Neal

Paul Trippe,  Ford Bailey, George Bailey

Helen Laffitte, Tuck Laffitte

Betty Patterson, Keith Postal

Betsy Mashburn, Harry Mashburn, Lorraine Hilton, Avery Hilton 

Jodye Pooser, Bert Pooser

Terry Watson, Robyn Watson, Gregory Parks

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Sarah Monteith, Kenzie Newton, Megan Plott

Carolyn Foster, Bobby Foster

Ed Wilkes, Pam Inabinet Bailey, David Donges, Carolyn Donges, Libby Anne Inabinet, Jeff Inabinet

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Jessica Phillips & Dargan Gore

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Nikki Carlock & Tray Paynter

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Emily Hiltz & Derek Berry

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Elizabeth Smith & Shawn Willis

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Kristin Mixon & Jamie Saleeby

Luke Boatright & Laura Radney

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Alzheimer’s Association, 791-3430 May 14 Forget Me Not Ball, Columbia Marriott Carolina Wildlife Care, 772-3994 May 22 Black Tie & Tails, Meridian Building, 7pm Chapin Community Theatre, 240-8544 May 6 to 22 Southern Hospitality Chapin Woman’s Club, 932-4071 May 1 The Flamingo Fling fundraiser, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 6:30pm City Center Partnership, 779-4005 May 6 2010 Urban Tour, Columbia’s Main Street, 5:30 to 8:30pm Colonial Life Arena, 576-9200 May 1 Carrie Underwood, 7:30pm May 2 Martina McBride, 7:30pm May 15 Gaither Homecoming Tour, 3pm

Columbia Museum of Art, 799-2810 May 4 The Chemistry of Color tour and wine tasting, 6:30 to 8:30pm May 7 Baker & Baker Foundation presents Art of Music: Ron McCurdy, 7pm May 13 Contemporaries Artist of the Year Soireé and Silent Auction, 7pm May 23 Spring Valley High School Chorus, 3pm Columbia Regional Sports Council, 545-0011 May 21 to 23 Southern Charm National elite pro BMX race, Redbank Sport Complex Historic Earlewood, 413-4758 or 319-8003 May 8 Earlewood Centennial Celebration, Earlewood Park, 11am to 6pm EdVenture, 799-3100 May 1 to October 31 Blooming Butterflies Get In The Pink, 929-6650 May 1 Breakfast for Breast Cancer, Applebee’s on Devine, 10am

May 8 Get In The Pink 10K, 5K, Kids Fun Run and Stiletto Sprint Global Day of Prayer, 467-2467 May 23 Global Day of Prayer Columbia, Colonial Life Arena, 3pm Lake Carolina, 461-9586 May 13 Farmers Market Grand Opening, 4:30pm May 13 Town Center Block Party, 5:30 to 9pm May 22 Bark in the Park, Lake Carolina’s dog park,10am May 27 Screen on the Green, 8pm

Town Theatre, 799-2510 May 7 to 29 Annie Get Your Gun

Michael Koska Photography, 865-9497 May 15 Digital Photography Workshop, Hilton Columbia Center, 10am to 4pm

Woodley’s, 788-1487 or 407-0601 May 7, 8, 9 Free Mother’s Day gift with purchase

Newberry Opera House, (803) 276-6264 May 2 Newberry Chamber Players present the Parker String Quartet with Caroline Stoessinger, 3pm May 8 Rick Alviti: That’s the Way it Was, 8pm May 16 Carolina FreeStyle, 3 and 7pm May 22 Tommy Emmanuel guitar workshop, noon to 3pm May 28 Mid-Carolina High School Band May 29 DC Danceworks, 11am and 3pm


Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, 978-1126 May 6, 13, 20, 27 Rhythm and Blooms May 21 Members’ Night Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia, 254-0118 May 22 4th Annual Sporting Clays Tournament, Hermitage Farms, 9 am to noon Sandhill Research and Education Center, 699-3190 May 4, 11, 18, 25 Sandhill Farmers Market, 2:30 to 7pm SC Arts Commission, 734-8620 May 6 2010 South Carolina Arts Gala, Columbia Museum of Art, 7pm SC Autism Society, (864) 241-8669 May 15 Strides for Autism, Finlay Park

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Tommy Emmanuel

Workshop Theatre, 799-4876 May 7 to 22 Forbidden Broadway

Colonial Life Arena, 576-9200 June 6 WWE RAW Live, 5pm Columbia Museum of Art, 799-2810 June 4 & 5 Irish Arts Weekend Eau Claire Community Council, 454-0088 June 5 Ribs and Renaissance - North Columbia Arts and Community Festival, North Main Town Plaza, 11am to 10pm Lake Carolina, 461-9586 June 24 Screen on the Green, 8pm June 26 Tri the Midlands Triathlon, 8am Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, 978-1126 June 18 Members’ Night June 7 Summer Camps begin June 20 Father’s Day Trustus, 254-9732 June 18 to July 17 Hair Sandhill Research and Education Center, 699-3190 June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Sandhill Farmers Market, 2:30 to 7pm Woodley’s, 788-1487 or 407-0601 June 12 Outdoor Rooms

M A Y / J U N E 2010

R. L. Bryan

May/June 2010 Columbia Metropolitan  

May/June 2010 issue

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