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Volume II, Issue 11 - June / July 2013


SPARTANBURG y a d y r e v e

Hub City Co-op:

South Carolina’s First Retail Consumer Food Cooperative

Meet Suzanne Shearin NEVA-MISS JUMPERS

A Glance at Downtown Spartanburg The Iron Yard Spartanburg Downtown’s First Co-Working Space


A Glance at Downtown Spartanburg


Steve Wong reminds us that “Spartanburg has always had a unique culture: Blue bloods to the east; business to the west, blue collars to the south and peaches to the north.” Mr. Wong shares some of the programs, people, and investments in the city’s downtown area that have been instrumental in creating a new “wind” that is blowing and shaping Downtown Spartanburg!

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Publication Acknowledgements: Editor: Joy Mabry Contributing Editor: Steve Wong Art Director: Reid Price, Future’s Graphics, LLC Contributing Designers: Kathy Davis, Kathy Ink! Kim Atchley Contributing Photographers: Beverly Knight Everette Murray Reid Price Steve Wong Cindy York Contributing Writers: Tony Forest Beverly Knight Chief Jim Redd-Tyger River FD Will Rothschild Kim Ryan Sandi Constantio-Thompson Steve Wong Sheriff Chuck Wright Cindy York Sales Staff: Wayne Smith

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication. However, the publisher cannot assume responsibility for errors or omissions. No part of this book may be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission. Copyright ©2013.

The Iron Yard


The Iron Yard will be the first co-worker opportunity in Downtown Spartanburg. This space will accommodate as many as a dozen different businesses at once and will be located in the middle of the Grain District. Co-working provides a shared work setting that is used by several entrepreneurs or service providers. Read more about the positive impact this will have on Spartanburg.

Hub City Co-op


Spartanburg Downtown will be the location of the first cooperative natural foods grocery market in the state of South Carolina. This Earth-friendly, locally based, group-owned grocery store will contribute to downtown Spartanburg’s revitalization advancement by replacing a long-vacant building with a friendly, comfortable grocery shopping experience, café, and community gathering place.

Meet Suzanne Shearin


Suzanne Shearin, believes that learning to ride and caring for horses encourages responsibility and commitment to an activity that is both healthy and enjoyable. Suzanne, a 20 year veteran, who has worked and ridden with many nationally and internationally known top professionals enjoys working with adults and children to develop riding skills at her beautiful facility featuring a full jump course.



Magpie Chatter

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partanburg Downtown! You’ve come a long way, baby! I remember when…. Spartanburg Downtown went from a booming downtown area… to a closedstreet mausoleum…to a place where ladies were afraid for their safety … now currently, a climate of business professionals, lady’s club dining, and family shopping and entertainment. Salute, to the city and county administrators, and to the business owners in the downtown area for all their hard work, vision, and determination in making the downtown area a place for families to live, work, and play. The Downtown area hosts some of the best writers, artists, musicians, and restaurants in the area. Many of these talented artists give their time and talents to various free concerts in downtown Spartanburg during the spring and summer. I have lived in many towns in the Southeast, both large and small, and I have never experienced the wealth of talent and passion that brings a community together for so many different public events. Spartanburg may be small, and yes some would even say backward, however “Downtown Spartanburg” has been very successful in bringing residents back to the “Hub” of the county. In this edition of Spartanburg Everyday, we have ask some of the organizations and businesses who are supporting this growth to share with our readers some of the projects and events that will continue to aid in the “Spartanburg Downtown” progression. In this edition of Spartanburg Everyday, the staff would like to thank all of our brave men and women who serve or have served in any branch of our military for their courage and dedication to our county and our freedom! We have the freedom to celebrate the 4th of July with our friends and family because you care, and have made that sacrifice for everyone else. THANK YOU for your sacrifice and courage! If you would like to show your support for our service men and women, please help the local chapter of Blue Star Mothers in their bi-monthly distribution of supplies to active military personnel. You can find lists of supplies and boxes at designated locations around Spartanburg County. Please see our promotion page on “Operation Love Box” to find the location nearest you!

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COMMUNITY SAFETY Firework Safety…8 The Dangers of Texting and Driving…9

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Don’t Look Now but General Morgan is Watching

By Steve Wong

On any given third Thursday of the month, downtown Spartanburg is busier than usual. That is ArtWalk night when the fabled art community takes to the streets, walking from one gallery to the next in search of creativity and the next pit stop for cheese and wine. It is also the Chamber’s monthly Business After Hours meeting, when the business community meets and greets over heavy hors d’oeuvres and libations. Handshaking, backslapping, and professional networking aplenty are the main attractions. And, if you’re moving up, stepping out, and making a name, you, too, will find a reason to be and be seen in downtown Spartanburg on this night, when there are people—a lot of people— walking about under the lofty gaze of Gen. Daniel Morgan. People. People walking around downtown Spartanburg. This is something we, the people, have wanted for a long time. We’ve talked about it. We’ve written about it. We’ve complained. We’ve planned. We’ve opened and closed stores. We’ve incentivized, capitalized, and agonized. And, now, do we dare say it for fear that we might jinx it, we have it… we think… at least it looks like it… people, happy people, in downtown Spartanburg just walking around, hanging out, drinking expensive coffee, eating good food, and shopping. Shopping? Mmmm… if you want an upscale but second-hand dress, a preppy sports coat, or designer toy. Can you say “Main Street Challenge?” Now that warm weather has returned, there is the weekly Music on Main, also on Thursday. Hundreds of people turn out for a few afterwork hours of live music and beer drinking on the green spot between Main Street and City Hall. Can’t make Thursday? Come back on Friday for Jazz on the Square, which is just what it sounds like and another opportunity to invigorate downtown with music, drink, and happy people. Thank you, City of Spartanburg (especially Mandy Merck and Jane Warner) for fighting the good fight when it comes to making downtown Spartanburg a cool place to be. And, thank you for Spring Fling, International Festival, Dickens of a Christmas, and Red, White and Boom. Party on! Spartanburg’s downtown revitalization is much like the The Little Engine That Could… “I think I can… I think I can… I think I can.” It’s not been easy. There have been fits of stops and starts. Great accomplishments have been made, like the Chapman Cultural Center and

the massive and well-stocked library. And we cringed when national surveys peg us with high crime rates and public dissatisfaction. But if we’ve learned anything in the advancement of our community, it is to roll with the punches. When you work so hard to shine a spotlight on what is good about Spartanburg it can’t help but to occasionally cast an undesirable shadow. Growing pains are part of the process. Thankfully, we have stopped comparing ourselves to that other Upstate city to the west, along I-85. You can’t compare sugar to spice.

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A Glance at Downtown Spartanburg

The City’s movers and shakers have invested heavily and even personally into making Spartanburg “a destination.” No one is more vested in downtown than Kathy Chandler, director of the Spartanburg Downtown Association. She lives, eats and breathes downtown Spartanburg. If you want to know what’s happening, get on Kathy’s email list: She’ll fill your inbox faster than you can “meet me for happy hour.” TED Talks and bookstore poetry readings are now part of our downtown culture, as well as college students, panhandlers, and cyclists. The only thing better than trying to decide between Groucho’s, Monsoon Noodle House and Hub Diggity Dog for lunch is deciding between Cribbs Kitchen, Two Samuels, and the Back Porch for dinner. Spartanburg has always had a unique culture: Blue bloods to the east; business to the west, blue collars to the south, peaches to the north. It all comes together as the Hub City, Sparkle Town, College Town, a little big mill town that is quickly outgrowing the constraints of it traditional and conventional thinking, looking to reinvent itself. At one time, downtown Spartanburg talked about its “renaissance,” a word we don’t hear much anymore. Now we’re busy being a “destination.” Time will tell. We’ll see. In the meantime, take a walk downtown. Stop in for a drink, a slice a Venus Pie pizza, check out the sidewalk art, debate city politics at the corner of Church and Main with Sandford. Whatever is to become of downtown Spartanburg, it will be because we, the people, were simply there. Steve Wong is a writer, living in the peach orchards of Inman, a small town in northern Spartanburg County. He takes full responsibility for his views on life, and this magazine claims no responsibility whatsoever for his odd ideas. Constructive or not criticism can be emailed to



Shopping / Entertainment By Tony Forest

Summer Red Sippers As we hit the hot summer days, we always look to white wines. But did you know that there are some red wines that are suited for summer drinking? They fit this mold because you can actually add some chill to them. The reason we do not drink reds chilled is because they contain tannins. That is the bitterness you taste on the finish. The wines below all have very low to non-existent tannins. These reds should be slightly chilled and not super cold. Remove from the refrigerator after 30 minutes.

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J Lohr Valdique: This red, with the funny grape name, is from the Monterey region of California. Made from a process called Carbonic Maceration, it posses great fruit flavor and just a touch of spice on the finish, with almost zero tannins. I often refer to this wine as “my red wine with training wheels.” Sale price $12.99 Venturini Baldini Reggiano Lambrusco: Many of you may remember Lambrusco from the Riunite days. This is the wine they were trying to emulate. With just a touch of bubbles, the Italians call frizzante, it has just a touch of residual sugar with a clean, crisp finish. $12.99 2012 Domaine Houchart Provence Rose: Although, this is not technically red, it is made from the red grape varieties of Grenache and Syrah. Bone dry with flavors of strawberry and raspberry. It is the perfect summertime sipper. Drink this one refrigerator cold. $15.99 Tony Forest has been in the wine business for over 30 years and is the owner of Carriage House Wines in downtown Spartanburg. /CarriageHouse-Winesand-Wine-Bar Se

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Art Walk

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Chapman Cultural Center The Chapman Cultural Center celebrates performing and visual arts, science and history. It is host to The Spartanburg Little Theatre, Youth Theatre and Ballet Spartanburg. It houses the Spartanburg Art Museum, the Artists’ Guild Gallery, the Spartanburg Regional History Museum and the Spartanburg Science Center. Visit their website at www.

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Community Safety

Firework Safety By Chief Jim Redd-Tyger River FD

In 200BC, the Chinese accidentally discovered the powerful effect of combining fire and explosive materials, and when a bamboo shoot was tossed into an open fire causing a small explosion that both scared and excited them. Interest and intrigue spurred others around the world to continue Chief Jim Redd-Tyger River FD trying to perfect what we call fireworks. Around 600 AD the Chinese invented a gunpowder firework that could be propelled into the sky, then around the 1400’s Italian chemists developed aerial shells with bursts of gold and silver sparks. As you can imagine the popularity grew and by the 1600’s the settlers brought them to the new America. Their popularity skyrocketed in the middle 1800’s when Italian scientists discovered that they could create colored explosions by using metals and other additives, thus leading up to the modern versions of today. Throughout the years fireworks have been used in many ways including warding off evil spirits, announcing military victories, and celebrating special occasions. With a history this rich, it is not hard to believe that nearly 2000 years later, we still look forward to watching the sky come alive at our celebrations, especially Independence Day. It was President John Adams who foresaw this integral part of our tradition as noted in a letter written to his wife on July 3, 1776, the day before the Declaration of Independence was signed. In his letter he wrote “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It


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ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade...bonfires and illuminations (fireworks) from one end of this continent to the other”. How could he have known that fireworks would play such an important role in future celebrations? Evidence supports this statement as many of you reading this article are already thinking about your plans for this Independence Day. As we head into this season of celebration, keep in mind that while fireworks have provided entertainment for audiences for over 2000 years, it was not without a cost. Injury and even death continue to haunt this tradition. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were 9600 firework related injuries and at least 4 deaths reported in 2011. So as you prepare for your celebration here are some ideas to help keep your family, neighbors and emergency services personnel safe. •

Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks- even sparklers (the tip of a sparkler burns at around 2000 degrees)

Never place any part of your body over a fireworks device while igniting

Never carry fireworks in your pocket

Never point a firework at another person or home

Never shoot them out of a metal or glass container

Never re-light or pick up a firework that did not ignite fully-immediately douse it with water

Keep a bucket of water close as well as a water hose

Of course the safest way to enjoy fireworks on this Independence Day is to go to many of the professional shows that are offered in our area. If you keep safety at the forefront of your festivities, everyone will be able to enjoy the celebration of our Nation.

Community Safety


The Dangers Texting and Driving

By Sheriff Chuck Wright

Texting and driving is quickly becoming one of the main reasons for traffic accidents. Inattentive drivers cause many unnecessary accidents. Think about all the things that demand our attention when we are driving, then you add texting into the mix and you have a recipe for disaster. Think about what hapSheriff Chuck Wright pens when you text while driving. First you receive a text message, then you try and read the message, and try to respond back to the message all while trying to drive a car. There are many undocumented injuries and deaths that we feel are caused by texting and driving. There is no text message worth risking your life and the lives of those around you, no matter how brief the text may seem to you. There have been a number of legislators that have proposed laws against texting and driving. I am not sure that putting a law on the books will reduce that many accidents. This issue comes down to a choice that each driver must make. Let’s make the choice to be responsible and choose not to endanger everyone on the road by texting while driving. Each person needs to remember that driving is still a privilege in South Carolina and not a right. So, speak with your loved ones about the dangers of texting and driving. It could possibly be the most important conversation you will ever have with that person.

that we are all in, and ask that you have an educated and candid conversation with your loved ones about the dangers of texting and driving. You also need to set the example by not texting and driving yourself. As you can see I didn’t bore you to tears with statistics, I am simply speaking to you as someone who during their 25 year law enforcement career, has seen almost every type of tragedy imaginable. I know you love your family, and your friends so I am asking you to make a pact with them; sign a contract or pray. But whatever you do, make sure you tell them how dangerous it is to drive a vehicle much less text and drive. When we hurt other people because of our inattentiveness, saying, “I’m sorry” doesn’t seem to be enough. Drive safely and I will be driving on the same road you are with your loved ones. I won’t be texting and driving and I ask that you do the same. This Community Safety Information is Sponsored By: Emory Group LLC

There are no solid numbers for the percentage of accidents that are caused by texting and driving. All the data that you may look up online are scientific guesses at best. But, it has become such a national problem that I am seeing more and more commercials on television about this epidemic. I have been in law enforcement for 25 years and inattentive drivers have been one of the main problems during my career. Driving a vehicle takes your undivided attention. There are so many things that the driver is responsible for. They must maintain their lane, maintain the speed limit, and watch for children playing in yards, watch for animals and other vehicles. When you add texting, speeding, and alcohol to that mix, it adds up to a bad solution. There are more vehicles on the road now than ever before. Paying attention while we drive is more important now than ever before. As a former traffic officer, and now Sheriff, I have had to tell parents that someone they love will not be coming home because of a tragic accident. It is hard to tell them that someone they put all their hopes and dreams into will not be coming home anymore. I would like for you to ponder this dilemma SPARTANBURGEVERYDAY.COM •


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McCarthy said the response has been encouraging so far. Ten locals have already joined the coworking community. Software developers, writers, non-profit consultants, and video editors are among the folks who will soon call the Iron Yard home.

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The Iron Yard A full-time desk is $250 per month and a part-time desk is $100 per month. The location will open in early June. By Will Rothschild

In a former shoe store in the middle of the Grain District on the western edge of downtown, a concept successful elsewhere but new to Spartanburg is turning entrepreneurial dreams into economic development realities. When the Iron Yard – a business incubator based in Greenville – announced earlier this year it would be opening a second location in Spartanburg, much of the local excitement was based on the Iron Yard’s plan to help launch high-tech startups. While that is no doubt central to its ultimate impact on Spartanburg, the Iron Yard’s soon-to-open cowork space – another significant prong of its operations – in the former Gilbert Shoe Store on Daniel Morgan Avenue has received comparably little fanfare.

“There are private conference rooms where coworkers can meet with clients and take conference calls, but for the most part, it’s one big open industrial space without walls,” McCarthy said. “We offer the blank canvas space, but it’s up to the community to bring the magic.” Once a month, coworkers gather for an event called “Zero Day” where each person has the opportunity to pitch an idea, share a challenge, or pose a question and get feedback from the community. “Zero Day is just one way we help facilitate the natural collaboration that occurs when creative driven people are working shoulder to shoulder,” McCarthy said. “I think this energy will be a great addition to the positive momentum that’s already so palpable downtown.”

Coworking has taken off in many cities in recent years. The concept is simple: providing a shared work environment that is used by several entrepreneurs or freelancers. The Iron Yard will be the first co-work opportunity in Downtown Spartanburg, and it promises to provide a major boost to as many as a dozen different businesses at once. “Coworking helps draw the creative entrepreneurs already working in our city out of their living rooms and into a central location downtown,” said Kate McCarthy, Program Manager of The Iron Yard. “It fosters the collaborative environment many miss when they branch out on their own.”

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that all of Spartanburg will love to shop. It will provide a wide range of products to meet the community’s grocery needs, with everything from dog food to paper towels and a merchandise mix tailored to meet the needs and desires of the Spartanburg community. “The Spartanburg community has shown a strong desire for a downtown grocery store that will sell local and regionally grown, fresh and packaged products that also offers convenience to the downtown workforce and residents,” Patty Bock, City of Spartanburg Economic Development Director commented. “It’s all coming together now but everyone must understand that this is a partnership and to see Hub City Co-op open its doors then they must be willing to invest in the project.”

A New Natural Foods Grocery Market Providing Fresh, Local And Sustainable Products, Coming To Downtown Spartanburg

Information Submitted by Hub City Co-Op Edited by Steve Wong

Community members are working together to Launch Hub City Co-op; South Carolina’s First Retail Consumer Food Cooperative Spartanburg is hungry for new food, and with a little luck—after years of planning—a new kind of grocery store will soon give local foodies new options. Grocery cooperatives aren’t new, just new to Spartanburg and South Carolina. When Hub City Co-op opens its doors in downtown Spartanburg, it will be the first of its kind in the state. It will be an Earth-friendly, locally based, group-owned grocery store that anyone can shop at. The store will contribute to downtown Spartanburg’s revitalization by replacing a long-vacant building with a friendly, comfortable grocery shopping experience, café, and community gathering place. As a local economic driver, the Co-op will purchase from local producers to resell in the store, create 30 new jobs and bring fresh foods to an area lacking grocery options. The 5,000 square foot, full-service, year-round grocery market will focus on fresh, local, natural and sustainably sourced products in a place


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A group of Spartanburg citizens wanted to make a change in local food options and formed Hub City Coop in 2010. That group grew and three years of intensive research and planning on how to start a cooperative grocery followed. A diverse all-volunteer team attended national cooperative grocery conferences, made site visits to similar stores, educated Spartanburg about the cooperative philosophy, recruited owners, explored site options, contracted experts for market validation and site location studies and built connections across the community. All of this work laid a solid foundation for the start-up of Hub City Co-op. “It has been exciting to see the support of so many volunteers and community members who want to make the vision of Hub City Co-op a reality,” Hub City Cooperative Board Chair Erin Ouzts said. “and who want to work cooperatively with each other to make the first retail consumer food co-op in the state a model for all others.” Cooperatives have been around since the 19th century. Most people are familiar with electric cooperatives in rural areas. The big electric companies didn’t expand to those areas fast enough, so communities pooled their funds, worked together and formed electric cooperatives to bring electricity to their homes. The electric cooperative example parallels Hub City Cooperative’s start-up: a group of people wanted fresh, local, natural and sustainably sourced food products in Spartanburg - a demand that is currently underserved here. The large number of community members who purchase an ownership (for $150) own the store, rather than the

Over the past few years, Hub City Co-op laid much of the groundwork critical to opening the store. The early years were spent learning the process to open a successful store and determining the feasibility of Spartanburg as a location for a community-owned market. In June of 2012, the Hub City Co-op announced the future store site at 176 North Liberty Street; the corner of North Liberty and East St. John Street, across from the Chapman Cultural Center and the Dean Jr. College of Business and Economics. The location is safe, easily accessible, has plenty of free parking and will revitalize an historic downtown building. In October, the Co-op hired McMillian, Pazdan and Smith Architects (MPS) to lead the store renovations. The Co-op also received a $10,000 matching grant from the Food Co-op Initiative in October. The Co-op received a grant from the local Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) to fund storeplanning activities. With input from Co-op owners, a nationally recognized store planner and MPS developed the interior layout for the Co-op. The layout was revealed at the 2013 Hub City Cooperative Annual Meeting in March. Bill Joslin of MPS commented on the plans: “The building renovation outside and in will maintain the character of the former auto dealership and preserve the collective memory of Spartanburg’s historic downtown. The majority of

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business having only one or two owners. The community shares in ownership and responsibility for the store by serving as board members. Professional management and employees run the store. This makes it a truly community-owned and governed store. Cooperatives also operate with the guidance of Cooperative Values and Principles, which focus on self-reliability, commitment to the community, education and democratic ownership principles.

Photos supplied by Hub City Co-op

the large windows and openings on the four sides of the building will be integrated into the design. Daylight will flood the space for shoppers. Pedestrians will be able to look into the storefront window and see beyond the display of local produce all the way to the café, which will serve fresh-made soups and salads. The design for optimum views and visibility in and out of the building supports the Co-op’s goal of community connectivity.” In April 2013, Hub City Co-op began the last phase of development before construction begins. The Invest and Grow campaign is expected to generate $1 million from the nearly 950 Cooperative Owners. The funds will be used to renovate the site at 176 North Liberty Street, Downtown Spartanburg. Another $1.5 million will be raised from outside lenders and community supporters; a significant portion of that amount is already committed. After the funds are completely committed the store is expected to open as early as 8-10 months following that time. “For many people, the opening can’t come soon enough,” Sharyn Pittman, Hub City Coop Project Manager, said. “It is important to take the time to include so many people in a community-wide business, , but we see the fresh, local and organic veggies at the end of the tunnel.”

Architects, Bill Joslin and Cary Perkins; Store Planner, Nicole Klimek; and Board Chair, Erin Ouzts show off what the Coop will look like

Owners at press conference at the 176 North Liberty Street store site, when architects were announced

Patty Bock, City of Spartanburg Economic Development Director, spoke at press conference announcing the Co-op.



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Home & Garden

Like a Good Neighbor Avoid the Dangers of “Smishing” By Kim Ryan

Chances are you’ve got security software on your PC to protect your emails against “phishing”— fraudulent messages that attempt to get you to reveal sensitive information such as account numbers and passwords. Now there’s a new venue for these types of scams: your smartphone. What Is Smishing? “Smishing” is phishing that’s conducted over short message service (SMS)—or your texts. The Pew Internet and American Life Project found that on average, mobile phone users send and receive approximately 40 text messages a day. That means at some point, you’re likely to encounter smishing. And if your smartphone isn’t secure, your personal information could be vulnerable. Messages You Might Receive Common smishing messages often appear to require immediate attention. They may take a format such as: A message “from your bank,” telling you your account has been shut down and asking you to call a number to reactivate the account. A notification that you’ve been signed up for a service and will be charged unless you take some form of action, such as visiting a bogus website. A confirmation of a purchase that directs you to call a number if the confirmation is inaccurate. If you take the actions as prompted by these messages, you may be sending your personal information right to the scammer. Some programs will spread malware or a virus on your phone or PC. And others may give the scammers the means to eavesdrop on your phone calls. How to Protect Yourself If you get a text that’s unsolicited or from an unidentifiable source, protect yourself with these tips: If the message appears to be from a legitimate source, contact that source’s main phone number—not the number provided in the text—and verify. Legitimate businesses, such as banks, do not send out texts that elicit a response. Delete messages from unknown sources without reading. Do not click on links or download apps from an unverified source. Never provide sensitive information to an unverified texter. Avoid messages that appear to come from the number 5000. This may be an identity that hides a scammer’s real number. The message may have no number at all. Add security software to your mobile phone. Look into setting up a “text alias.” This cell phone feature hides your actual phone number from the smishing sender. Contact your phone provider and alert it to the messages you’ve been receiving. To learn more or to file a complaint, contact the Federal Trade Commission at and visit the FTC’s identity theft website Kim Ryan - State Farm Agent (864) 457-1042 114 E. Rutherford Street Landrum, SC 29356 SPARTANBURGEVERYDAY.COM •


Home & Garden Photography By Reid Price




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Home & Garden

A Family Farm For Over 55 Years!


arm fresh berries and peaches. Juicy melons and tomatoes. Plus the freshest vegetables, grass-fed beef, free-range eggs and raw milk you can find. A family farm since 1955, Belue Farms specializes in locally grown foods including honey, pastured meats, cheeses and breads, chocolate and so much more. So cheers to fresh produce and to the military families who make our country proud. ...................................................

Summer Belue Plate Specials: $2 off your first bag of peaches buy 3 ears of corn; get one ear free 15% off for all military families (with iD) Offers gOOd thrOugh July 31, 2013 while supplies last. CannOt be COmbined with Other Offers.



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Summer Programs for Children



Summer Programs for Children 253 Tucapau Rd Duncan SC 29334

For Information Call: Rhythms Office at 864-316-0714


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Meet Suzanne Shearin...

Summer Programs for Children

Photography By Everette Murray

Welcome to Neva-MissJumpers ERS N N I BEG COME! WEL


NEVA-MISS JUMPERS is a full service BOARDING and LESSON STABLE. It is nestled on 5 acres in the foothills of South Carolina just outside the Spartanburg/Greenville area and convenient to both. At the farm, Suzanne and her staff strive to provide absolute “A” quality care and instruction at AFFORDBLE PRICES. The farm is led by owner Suzanne Shearin, providing 20 years of expertise in the business. Throughout these years she has worked and ridden with many nationally and internationally known top professionals. Today she is still broadening her own riding skills by training and showing with mentors Vick and Pauline Russell. Let her pass her knowledge from these experiences on to you. NEVA-MISS JUMPERS offers LESSONS on horses and ponies suited for the FIRSTTIME RIDER or for the SEASONED VETERAN. Both children and adults are welcome. First-timers are encouraged to check out our riding facilities. NEVA-MISS JUMPERS is a great place to learn about horses and develop riding skills. Suzanne believes in private lessons and emphasizes bringing each rider along the correct way at the pace most appropriate for the individual. At her farm, she encourages responsibility and commitment to an activity that is healthy and enjoyable. If you’re simply looking for BOARDING, this is the place for you. NEVA-MISS JUMPERS provides safe and beautiful stabling, a full jump course, and trustworthy staff. All horses are fed high quality grain / hay. The facility features impeccably kept grounds. Quiet, comfortable, and conveniently located, it’s a great place to be. Whether you’re looking to begin learning about horses or whether you’re already skilled and want to develop even more competence, please check us out. Stop by for a visit. You’ll find NEVA-MISS JUMPERS is the place for you and your horse.

• Horses and Ponies available for sale & lease ALL PRICES!! • Accepting horses for training and commission sales • Lessons / Boarding

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Health & Wellness

Unexpected Benefits from Speech Therapy

By Pat Snyder

A little before Thanksgivng 2012, Lucy Butler, my husband’s speech therapist, suggested that John begin to work on scripts. Scripts are short stories about any topic. Since we were going to spend time with the family during Thanksgiving weekend, she suggested that John tell a story from his own past. She explained that grandparents have the job of passing on the stories from our past to the children and grandchildren. It is also a great way to connect with them and engage them in conversation. One of John’s first symptoms with LBD was social withdrawal in the family. Another early symptom, which had gotten worse, was failure to initiate things. Lucy spoke about how important it is to initiate the story, to begin the conversation with the grandkids. I raised my hands in the air and said, “Yes!” Lucy went on to elaborate about scripting. The script is to be kept very simple and short. Each sentence is to be numbered and typed in a large font. The script begins with “Come over here, Michael, I want to tell you a story.” John’s job is to read them each day in his “strong” voice to exercise his vocal chords, but also to build his confidence in speaking again. He does this along with other exercises for volume building. My job is to remind him to do it, listen and cue him when he does, and help with construction and typing of the scripts. The pattern of over-learning the script makes it easier to actually tell the story when the LBD patient is in the real life setting. John chose to tell the story of when he was a paperboy in Washington, DC. He practiced every day once I had typed out his script. We had decided that he would tell each of the three older grandsons in whatever combination happened as the Thanksgiving weekend unfolded. I assumed that I would need to remind and prompt John,

but as we sat in our son, John David’s, family room, John called Nate over and said, “Come over here, Nate, I want to tell you a story.” I got chills all over my arms and was thrilled to hear those words come out of his mouth loud and clear! As I watched and listened with total delight, John began his story. Three year old Nate was captivated by the story. Liz and John David both asked questions as John made his way through the script and even embellished it along the way. Nate asked questions and made comments, too. A smooth conversation just unfolded into the room and was enjoyed by everyone there. They did not know until we told them later that it was all planned and that much practice had gone into the event. But John had initiated it and carried it beautifully the whole way. What a gift! It felt like a window had been reopened in his brain. The entire weekend, he was more engaged. The grandsons, who each heard the story one at a time, all responded to him with more enthusiasm and warmth. John’s confidence was visible. He still needed rest frequently and still showed signs of LBD, but he was different socially. His facial expressions seemed more animated as well. Lucy had also encouraged John to read nursery rhymes to the boys for practice of the musicality of spoken language. Paige videoed as John read to Jason and Michael one night. When it was over, she said, “Pops, that was just like when you read to me! I am so impressed!” Jason, who had been the most reluctant of the grandsons to attach to John, soon after the nursery rhyme reading said, “I am going to change your name to Poppy. I am not going to call you Pops any more. You are Poppy now.” When I heard those words, my eyes filled with tears. It was his way of saying, “Now you are my grandfather.” The connection at long last had been made in his little four year old heart. Now who would ever dream that such benefits could result from speech therapy? As soon as I said as much to Lucy Butler at John’s next appointment, her response was, “I would!” John and I are both so very grateful to her for her robust practice of speech therapy, which has brought joy and reconnection into our family life again. Pat Snyder is author of Treasures in the Darkness: Extending the Early Stage of Lewy Body Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s Disease and other articles about caregiving. You can find her book at


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If you could create health in your life, would you? What if you could achieve optimal health?

The Wellness Empowerment Program for Life offers an Optimal Health Program which is an entirely new approach to well-being that is based on creating health with the Take Shape For Life program. Three unique components (your Free Health Coach, the Medifast 5 and 1 Plan, and the Habits of Health) create the foundation and long-term support that will guide you along your journey. As you work toward Optimal Health, you’ll learn to make the choices that will help you take charge of your

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What We’re All About

Getting back to his roots, Dr. Birch has returned to his hometown of Spartanburg to open his own Pediatric Dental office. He and his staff have been caring for the needs of children in the area since opening his office in January of 2010. At Spartanburg Pediatirc Dentistry we care about your child. Dr. Birch and his staff are committed to helping your child feel comfortable and relaxed while meeting each individual’s dental needs. Dr. Birch even brings his dogs, Yazzy and Taco, to the office


to cheer the kids on after their dental treatment. Even if it’s just to say hello from afar, it’s a fun twist to a normal dental appointment. Yazzy and Taco can’t wait to see your beautiful smile! Spartanburg Pediatric Dentistry has grown with the community as well as at home. Dr. Birch and his wife, Dr. Amy Birch, were so excited to welcome their little boy, Charlie, this past year. Come and meet our family, we would love to take care of your dental needs!

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Cowards & New Patients Welcome

Looking For A Great Dentist? John F. Dunbar, Jr. DMD PA Amy M. Birch DMD Paul Gibas DMD

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Wishing You Well Flowers and balloons bring smiles to our patients, but at St. Luke’s Hospital, we deliver more . . . Since 1929, St. Luke’s Hospital has been here, caring for our friends and neighbors in the Carolina Foothills. As a small community hospital, we fill a huge need, providing access to life-saving emergency care, outstanding surgical care, and attentive, compassionate acute medical care. St. Luke’s Hospital is proud to offer the latest in diagnostic imaging, outcomes-based rehabilitation, respectful geriatric-psychiatric care, state-of-the-art orthopedic care and so much more. St. Luke’s Hospital remains committed to providing quality care… a safe, comfortable and caring atmosphere… medical services right here in our community. Flowers and balloons are nice, but at St. Luke’s, we deliver far more— exceptional care, close to home.

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