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WHAT TO DO WHEN THE POWER GOES OUT this winter

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inter might be a wonderland to some, but for those who prefer a warm, sandy beach over a ski slope, winter is no walk in the park. It's even worse when a winter storm hits and suddenly everything goes dark. Power outages are impossible to predict. When a power outage occurs, it can last anywhere from a few minutes to several days. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following guidelines for making it through a power outage safe and sound. FOOD In general, if the refrigerator or freezer loses power for two hours or less, then the food inside will be safe to consume. However, it still helps to keep the the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. When the power is out for longer than two hours, different rules apply. If the freezer is half full, food will be safe to consume for 24 hours. If the freezer is full, then the food will be safe for 48 hours. Items in the refrigerator should be stored in a cooler surrounded by ice. Milk, additional dairy products, meat, fish, gravy and anything that can spoil should all be packed in a cooler of ice if the power is out for more than two hours. When cooking, use a food thermometer to check the temperature of food before cooking and eating. Any food with a temperature greater than 40°F should be discarded. WATER The water supply might also be affected during a power outage. It's always a good idea to keep bottled water on hand in the event of a power outage to avoid consuming any contaminated water, which might be a byproduct of water purification systems not fully functioning because of the power outage. Avoid using potentially contaminated water when doing the dishes, brushing your teeth or preparing food. For parents of young children, it helps to have formula on hand that does not require the addition of water. If tap water must be used, bring the water to a rolling boil for at least one minute. That's enough time

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to kill most organisms, including harmful bacteria and parasites.

HYPOTHERMIA PREVENTION While most regions are quick to restore power, especially harsh storms might make it difficult to restore power right away. An extended power outage could cause chronic hypothermia, which occurs from ongoing exposure to cold indoor temperatures (below 60°F). The elderly are especially susceptible to chronic hypothermia during a power outage, but there are steps everyone can take to stay safe. Family members with elderly relatives who live alone should make every effort to contact those relatives and ensure everything is alright. Make sure the elderly or the ill have adequate food, clothing, shelter, and sources of heat. If necessary, insist elderly or ill friends and family stay over until the power comes back on. In poorly heated rooms, be sure there are enough blankets for everyone. And wear layers of clothing as well as a hat, even when indoors. It also helps to stay as active as possible, as physical activity raises body temperature. For more information on safely making it through a power outage, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www. cdc.gov.


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GENERAL MANAGER Gail Mathis

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ARTICLES & RESEARCH Robert J. Baker bbaker@theitem.com Sharron Haley

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LAYOUT & DESIGN Cary Johnson

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PHOTOGRAPHY Robert J. Baker Sharron Haley

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NEW LAWS FOR Golf Carts

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SEASON BACK with a quack!

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MOTHER-DAUGHTER Duo find niche market

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DECORATIONS CHANGE Traditions change

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HUNTING QUAIL REMINDS 28 me of the good ole days

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THAT AULD Lang Syne

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COMMON Insurance questions

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SEPARATE SAUCES Good tastes

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MAKING IT RAIN

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GERMAN INGENUITY in Santee

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LANDMARKSBerkeleyAND County • Clarendo The Santee Cooper lakes cover Berkeley, Calhoun, Clarendon, Orangeburg and Sumter counties, and have provided recreational opportunities to countless lake lovers and our landlocked neighbors since the lakes were built in the 1940s and 50s. Altogether these counties boast Revolutionary War battles sites, grave markers of war heroes, museums dedicated to preserving watershed moments in state and American history, beautiful churches that have sheltered the worship of Jesus Christ for more than two centuries and wildlife reserves, swampland and nationally recognized, pristine forests.

BERKELEY COUNTY

The Cypress Gardens, located on S.C. 52, eight miles east of Moncks Corner, provide a 250-acre park that features more than 80 acres of open swamp covered in bald cypress and water tupelo to make a unique habitat for waterfowl, numerous butterfly species, deer,

opossum, bobcats, raccoons and the occasional snake and alligator. Specific attractions include the gardens’ Butterfly House, with live butterflies, birds, ponds and exhibits detailing the beautiful creatures’ life cycle; the Swamparium, an observation area featuring fish, amphibians and reptiles, including venomous snakes native to the area; and several walking trails made from dikes dating back to the rice fields previously cultivated at the site. The gardens feature a 24,000-gallon freshwater aquarium and flat-bottom boats, which hold up to six people, that meander through a designated path in the swamp. As long as they have a least one adult present, groups can see alligators and other wildlife. Mepkin Abbey, a community of Roman Catholic monks, was built in 1959 on the Cooper River, S.C. 402, north of Charleston, where historic Mepkin Plantation once

stood. Guided tours of the church are provided at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday through Saturday; and 3 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. The abbey is closed to visitors on Mondays. Groups of 10 or more visitors are asked to make reservations by calling (843) 761-8509. The Moncks Corner Train Depot was once the first destination for mail and news from the outside world and also served as a platform for farmers to sell goods. Renovated in 2000, it now serves as the town’s Visitor and Cultural Center, and the facility can rented for special occasions, meetings and seminars. Old Santee Canal Park and Berkeley Museum are located on S.C. 52, near the Tailrace Canal in Moncks Corner. For more information, call (843) 761-9622.

CALHOUN COUNTY

Belleville Plantation and Cemetery

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Moncks Corner Train Depot

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LANDSCAPES on County • Orangeburg County • Sumter County & Williamsburg County dates back to the Revolutionary War when Col. William Thomson and his new bride, Eugenia Russell, bought 400 acres of land on Buckhead Creek. Located on the Congaree River near Fort Motte in St. Matthews off U.S. 601, the site almost became the state capitol after the war, but lost out by a couple of votes. The Calhoun County Museum, located at 303 Butler St., St. Matthews, contains an art gallery, along with agricultural galleries and a research room with archives. For more information, call (803) 874-3964. The Congaree Bluffs Heritage Preserve, located on Turkey Track Lane near Fort Motte and St. Matthews, provides nature walks ranging from easy to strenuous on its 201 acres, which contain steep, undisturbed bluffs bordering the Congaree River. A preserve kept by the Department of Natural Resources, the bluffs contain

Congaree Bluffs Heritage Preserve

Palmetto Pro Birder Course

American beech, oak-hickory and bottomland hardwood forestry along with more than 100 species of other trees, shrubs and woody vines. For video of the bluffs, visit bit.ly/fVe4Ds . For more information, call (803) 8743337. Shady Grove Methodist Church, located on State Road S-9-53 in Cameron, was built in the 1800s on land given to Conrad Holman in 1740 by King George II. Its oldest section was built with hand-hewn log framing set by wooden pegs in the early 1800s. Its white-frame building, along with its bell tower and steeple, were recognized as a historical site in June 1970.

CLARENDON COUNTY

The 282nd Army Band Concert will be held 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at Weldon Auditorium. Admission is free, but attendees need tickets. For more information, call (803) 433-7469 or visit www.weldonauditorium.com.

Fort Watson, located nine miles southwest of Summerton, was originally a substructure for an Indian temple dating back to the late prehistoric period. Because of its strategic location, the mound here was used by the British to build a fort during the American Revolution. On April 15, 1781, Gen. Francis Marion and Lt. Col. Henry Lee circled the fort, and after Maj. Hezekiah Maham constructed a tower to overlook the British stockade, the Americans retook the first post gained back from the British in South Carolina during the war. Lake Marion Artisans, a group of artists from throughout Clarendon County and its surrounding areas, has a gallery open select hours ThursdaySaturday of each week at 108 Main St., Summerton. The Palmetto Pro Birder Course, offered by the South Carolina Wildlife Federation, will commence under

The Calhoun County Museum

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Drew Lanham from Dec. 29-30. For more information, and class location, call (803) 478-2217, or register at www.scwf.org or (803) 256-0670. Santee National Wildlife Refuge, located in North Santee and Summerton, was first opened in 1941. The refuge manages 10 conservation easements and serves as a major wintering area for ducks and geese and a stopover area for neo-tropical migratory birds, raptors, shore birds and wading birds. Endangered and threatened species at the refuge include the American alligator and the wood stork. The Visitor’s Center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., TuesdaySaturday. The refuge trails and grounds are open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Aug. 31. For more information, call (803) 478-2217, or email santee@fws.gov. The Swamp Fox Murals are spread throughout Clarendon County and feature depictions of Gen. Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion and his soldiers fighting the British in Clarendon and surrounding areas. The newest mural, completed in June by Terry Smith, is located at CitiTrends, South Mill Street, Manning. Taw Caw Park, located off Wash Davis Road in Summerton, has an

extensive set of boardwalks around Taw Caw Creek, which empties into Lake Marion. A popular spot for fishing, the area has a playground, picnic shelters, volleyball courts and is free and open to the public during daylight hours. A $5 rental fee is required for the picnic shelter. For more information, call (803) 4733543. Weldon Auditorium, North Brooks Street, Manning, is a state-of-the-art performing arts facility originally built in 1954 and re-opened after years of disrepair in December 2010. For more information and a schedule of events, visit weldonauditorium.org.

ORANGEBURG COUNTY The Alex Salley Archives Building, located on the corner of Middleton and Bull streets in Orangeburg, houses irreplaceable historical records, papers and other items relating to the county’s past. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the first Saturday of each month. For more information, call (803) 535-0022.

The Branchville Railroad Shrine and Museum, 7204 Freedom Road, Branchville, is located at the world’s first and oldest railroad junction,

featuring a line that once operated on the country’s first scheduled passenger train. At one point in the 1800s, Branchville sat on the longest line in the world, the 183 miles stretching from Aiken to Charleston. Call (803) 274-8820 for hours and admission prices. The Elloree Old Town District features buildings that date back to the early 20th century, antique shops, gift boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and the Elloree Heritage and Cultural Museum. Located on Historic Cleveland Street in downtown Elloree, about seven miles from Santee off Exit 98 at Interstate 95, the museum was founded in 1998 as part of the downtown area’s revitalization efforts and boasts a rotating series of exhibits in its 10,000-square-foot facility and specifically focuses on rural life of the past. Opened Oct. 5, 2002, the museum’s Farm Wing is its oldest, continuously run exhibit. For more information, call (803) 897-2225 or visit elloreemuseum.org. I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium, located at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, features a 40-foot planetarium dome, located across the foyer adjacent to the galleries,

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I.P. Stanback Museum

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and has an auditorium capacity of 82 seats and a Minolta IIB Planetarium Projector. Educational programs for schools may be arranged by appointment two to four weeks in advance. Admission to the museum is free, but fees for programs vary. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:40 p.m., MondayFriday. Call (803) 536-7174 for more information, or visit www.draco.scsu. edu.

SUMTER COUNTY

The Church of the Holy Cross, an excellent example of Gothic Revival architecture, is located in Statesburg, off S.C. 261. For more information, call (803) 494-8101. The Cultural Center on Haynsworth Street in Sumter contains both the Sumter Gallery of Art and Patriot Hall. The gallery will feature Colin Quashie and Fahamu Pecou on exhibition through Jan. 4. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:30-5 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is closed Mondays and major holidays. For more information, call (803) 7750543 or visit www.sumtergallery.org. The 11th annual Festival of Trees and 13th annual Circle of Lights are ongoing now through Jan. 4 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center, 129 N. Washington St. in Sumter. The

festival features Christmas trees sponsored and decorated by local businesses and organizations that transform the hospital into a winter wonderland.You can also join Hospice Service of Tuomey and the Tuomey Foundation in honoring friends, family and loved ones by viewing the 20-foot circle of Lights Tree in the hospital lobby. For more information, call (803) 774-9014 or visit www.tuomeyfoundation.org. Poinsett State Park in Manchester State Forest encompasses 1,000 acres of separate trails for hiking, biking and trail riders, and also contains Sumter’s 14-mile portion of the Palmetto Trail, a 425-mile long trail from the mountains to the sea spread across the state. The lake at Poinsett is the perfect setting for a relaxing ride in a paddleboat, which can be rented at the park’s office, while Lake Marion is obviously ideal for kayaking and canoeing. The park office is located at 6660 Poinsett Park Road, Wedgefield. For more information, call (803) 494-8177. The Sumter County Genealogical Society, 219 W. Liberty St., Sumter, is open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, but is closed for all major holidays. Queries begin with a nonrefundable deposit of

$20, which also covers the first hour of research. Copies and mailing charges are extra. Facility volunteers ask that requests be as specific as possible, with all relevant information provided. For more information, call (803) 774-3901, or email Editor Jay Ingersoll at sumtergensoc@aol.com. The Sumter County Museum and Historical and Genealogical Research Center and Backcountry Homestead, located at 122 N. Washington St., Sumter, sits in a southern mansion built in 1916. The museum is popular for its living history demonstrations and its Backcountry festivals, which appear each fall and spring. For more information, call (803) 775-0908 or visit www.sumtercountymuseum.org. The Swan Lake Iris Gardens Fantasy of Lights will be held from dusk to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and dusk to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday through Dec. 31. It is one of the largest free lighted displays in South Carolina. For more information, call (803) 436-2640. Compiled by Robert J. Baker bbaker@theitem.com

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SEASON BACK WITH A

Quack!

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uck season is back! Avid duck hunters need to don their insulated, camouflaged jumpsuits, multiple pairs of socks, water-repellant boots or waders, face masks and gloves and grab their shotgun and shells before loading up with plenty of antifreeze – coffee. Duck season is divided into two segments. The first – from Nov. 17-24 – was just enough time to get the hunters excited. The longer session is from Dec. 8 through Jan. 27. The daily bag limit is six total ducks, with no more than four mallards. Hunters can bag mallards, pintails, fulvous whistling ducks, black-bellied whistling ducks, wood ducks, redheads, canvasbacks, scaups and mottled ducks. “If we stop hunters on the water, they should have only six total ducks per hunter,” said First Sgt. Gene Morris with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.“Now, they are limited on the number of some ducks so they need to be aware of those regulations.”

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According to Morris, most hunters aim for wood ducks that they can hunt from the tree line or bank. Most hunting is done in the mornings, he added. Since ducks are spooked easily, hunters looking to bag ducks on a pond usually set up blinds at the edge of the water near the banks. Hunters on the lake usually hunt out of boats that they’ve camouflaged with netting, reeds and other material. Hunters should have little problem with wood ducks this season – It’s all according to their expertise with the ducks and their abilities with the shotgun. “We have a good many wood ducks in the area,” Morris said.“We should have a good season.” Hunters are free to hunt a half-hour before sunrise until a half-hour before sunset. Hunters unsure of the number of each duck allowed per day can refer to www.dnr.sc/ gov/regs/migratorybird/regulations. Reach Sharron Haley at (803) 435-8511.


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Hello Again Santee Country Story By Ray Winans Special to Lakeside

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nce again, we are looking straight into another holiday season. Last year was a tad bit warmer right now from what I can remember, but I really don’t mind the cooler temps. As I sat here trying to decide what to write about, I started reminiscing about past holidays and what they meant to me. I can remember that it was a family tradition to hunt together through Thanksgiving and into the Christmas season. My family always liked to rabbit hunt, and we would be together every day we had off during the holidays. We always had some great beagles to chase those varmints from one side of the county back to the other. I still remember the first time I went with the older guys with my new used 12-gauge single-barrel mule-kicking shotgun. I was 8 years old – they started us young in my family – when that beagle seemed like he was going to run right over me. I could hear him giving chase with that high-pitched squeal of a bark, which screamed to everyone within hearing distance,“I’m hot on him.” Before I knew it, out popped that rabbit; I had my sights on him, and the next thing I remember is looking straight up at the sky, flat on my back. That ole mule of a gun had kicked the tar out of me. I don’t remember if I had hit my target or not, but I do remember my father looking down at me and saying with a grin from ear to ear,“You might need to hold on a little tighter next time.” We had a really weird way of breaking in our young hunters in my family. Most groups might wipe a little blood on you from your first harvest, or make you keep the rabbit’s foot in your pocket all day, but not my family.You see, being from one of those snowy states, you always had to wear a wool hat to keep your ears warm. My family made sure you brought two hats the first day you ever hunted with them. Let me explain: The minute you harvested your first rabbit, someone would grab your hat from your head, throw it out in front of the group like a clay pigeon. Everyone, after someone hollered “bird,” would commence to aerating your pretty wool hat. That’s when the second hat came in handy. I had seen 10 DECEMBER 2012 • JANUARY 2013 | LAKESIDE

plenty of hats shot in my years. My father was from a family of nine, and I had plenty of younger cousins that had to be broken in. Those were the good ole days, time that build who you are and what your passions in life will be. My father passed at an early age from complications related to a kidney transplant. He was 49, and was always in and out of the hospital from his early 20s onward. The reason I write about this now is that I am approaching that age in which my father left to go on to heaven. I know I will be with him again because it is written. I want to be the father that he was, teaching my son about things that might be a passion later in his life. My father was a great man; he would give anyone the shirt of his back or food from the table. My father knew no strangers. He was the peacemaker of the family, the one that always made sure the family was together. He taught me to hunt and fish and the importance of being happy in life. You see, he didn’t get the chance to live out a long, healthy life full of memories; instead, he lived a short inspiring life that made me who I am today. I hope that there is someone in your life that inspires your passions. Fast forward to now, and I can tell you that we have started a tradition in our family. I have instilled the same desire to hunt into my own son. We will be going to Arkansas to duck hunt for our third year in a row, and it seems that my son has found a passion. We will also be taking one of my son’s buddies and my daughter’s boyfriend. Until we leave for our big trip, we are planning some warm-up trips around the area. I know that the upper end of the lake will gather steel from our barrels. I am also hoping to get to the coast this year where I hear that there are always plenty of ducks. My son will be out with his buddies on opening day trying to show them what he has learned from me. You know, now that I look at it, in my eyes I may not be the father that I had yet, but I’m trying. I love my father and miss him dearly; I hope that when I’m gone my son feels the same. Until next time, happy holidays!


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DECORATIONS CHANGE

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ecking the halls will cost consumers more than $11 billion this season, according to Unity Marketing. The marketing firm reports that 60 percent of the $19 billion Christmas retail market will be spent on decorations alone. While some families tend to decorate with traditional ornaments passed down from generation to generation, the majority of consumers tend to follow the trends for the new season complete with new decorations and ornaments. Consumers this year are predicted to purchase taller, narrower Christmas trees because the slimmer style is more adaptable than the fuller based trees. Consumers will be shying away from artificial in favor of more natural decorations including greenery for wreaths, garlands, swags and floral arrangements. Don’t be afraid to break out the spray paint to gild those magnolia leaves, pomegranates, pine cones and branches in gold, silver or your favorite color to match your table and mantle decorations. Decorating professionals are urging the use of rustic alongside ornate to give off a warmer feel. Simplicity is expected to rule instead of the over the top decorations of past years with single flowers or plants on tables instead of huge floral decorations. The color schemes this season are varying with tangerine tango topping all other colors as the go to color this year. Lime green, a popular favorite for the past several years, is still holding strong; however, the traditional reds, vivid blues and pinks are expected to be quite popular. Three color combinations are also expected to see a lot of use this season including purple and silver, black and gold and white on white. The very chicest designers are using gold, champagne and platinum in their decorations. They are also leaning heavily into frosty patterns and designs. Throughout the Santee Cooper area, shops, boutiques, nurseries and retail stores will have a little bit of everything for consumers. Nativity scenes remain popular as well as nativity ornaments and collectibles. Possible Dreams Santas are highly sought after with its line of professional Santas almost flying off the shelves. Vivid purple and green peacocks will take center stage on trees throughout the area. Combine the peacocks with ornaments, bows and other decorations in the same color combinations to incorporate a theme throughout

the home. Some designers are really thinking outside the box this year using painted gourds and okra as decorations. The gourds give Santa his typical girth while the okra Santas are very thin and tall.You can also find gourds and okra painted as The Grinch, Cat in the Hat and other favorites. One local shop has unique oyster shell ornaments. Some of the shells are painted with Santas while other shells are decorated like angels. To keep those youngsters on their toes, The Elf on the Shelf, A Christmas Tradition as well as the (Girl) Elf on the Shelf, are very popular. Hide them away and let the little elves keep Santa aware of which children are being naughty or nice. The Candy Cottage,“Memories Made Sweet,” has the potential of becoming a true family tradition. Who hasn’t seen those absolutely gorgeous gingerbread houses dripping in icing and decorated with bright colored candies and wanted to make one, only to learn that it’s not as easy as it appears. Well one company has taken the wannabe gingerbread house architects to heart and made it simple. The cottage is made of plastic and snaps together in 60 seconds. Using store bought or homemade icing, your choice, you decorate the cottage in the popular gingerbread design for Christmas. No more struggling to make the gingerbread stand up straight or stick together with the gluey icing. No more misshapen walls or windows. After the holidays, simply wash off the decorations, pack it up and bring it out at Valentine’s Day, Easter, the Fourth of July, Halloween or Thanksgiving. The possibilities are endless. If you’re not so hot on coming up with cool decorating ideas, don’t worry. The cottage comes with ideas and instructions. The packaging touts the cottage as “ready to decorate and NO baking necessary.”That alone puts a smile on the face of those moms and dads who have problems baking the perfect gingerbread panels. The single cottages are 14-inches wide by almost 10-inches tall. The Candy Cottage also comes as a Party Pack with four “fun-filled gingerbread houses.”These houses are six-inches wide by eight-inches tall and perfect for sleepovers, birthday parties or crafters. Have fun decorating and don’t forget to anchor that ladder.

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rail cameras are becoming as popular with gardeners and farmers as they are with hunters, who use them to monitor animal behavior. These remotely operated devices can detect anything moving through orchards or fields in daylight or darkness, good weather or bad. “The nature market is where our cameras were popular in the beginning, especially in Europe and the U.K.,” said Darin Stephens, product manager for Bushnell (Corp.) Trail Cameras.“We’re talking wildlife observers, scientists and backyard naturalists. “But they’re also being purchased now by people who have just been planting things in their patch. They’re seeing some incredible stuff.” That can include surprise wildlife species, such as mountain lions in territory where none were known to exist, or deer eating their fill in suburban vegetable beds. Sometimes, the trail cams also record uninvited guests pilfering melons from gardens or siphoning gasoline from farm fuel tanks. “A friend of mine has his set up to watch coyotes and other predators to safeguard his cattle herd,” said Robert Good, a wildlife watcher from rural New Market,Va.“I use mine primarily to see what’s out there that’s not supposed to be there.” Unlike pocket cameras, motion-sensitive trail cams are remotely operated by infrared sensors and powered by batteries lasting up to a year. The small, weatherproof units come in cases that can be attached to fence posts, utility poles and trees, or mounted a few feet above the ground near trails and ponds. Images can be still, time-lapse or video, and many of the devices include audio. Newer models can transmit real-time images directly into computers. Prices vary from around $100 to more than $400. These optical gatekeepers have come a long way since

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being introduced a few decades ago, said Stephens. “We offered models with 1.3 megapixels (the number of parts in a digital image) when we started out,” he said. “That was good enough for seeing what was getting into your garbage. We have 8-meg cameras now.” That magnitude of enhanced resolution delivers magazine-quality pictures. Their content has become the stuff of photo contests, Web sites, even new business ventures. Jim Schoenike of Mequon, Wis., works in the investment service industry when he isn’t bow hunting or stalking the state’s forests and prairies. His trail-cam-generated wildlife pictures have become so popular that he’s begun imprinting and selling them on calendars, note cards and clothing. “You never really know what’s out there,” Schoenike said.“Looking at the memory card after the camera has been positioned for a while is like opening Christmas presents. I’ve come up with some uncommon pictures of bobcats when I’ve been expecting to see less cautious raccoons.” Capturing candid wildlife images requires more thought than simply stashing a trail cam in the woods, Schoenike said. Some suggestions: - “You need good quality light,” he said.“I have a bias toward pointing my cameras toward the north to avoid getting any glare from the sun.” - Remove grass or tree limbs that might grow large enough to block sightlines or trip the camera if it’s to be left unattended for long periods. - Limit the time you spend around the remote setup to reduce or eliminate your scent.“Human scent spooks a good many animals,” Good said. For more information, visit ohioonline.osu.edu/w-fact/ pdf/0021.pdf, or email Dean Fosdick at deanfosdick@ netscape.net.

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Four common insurance questions By John DuRant john@durantinsurance.com

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s insurance agents, our job is to offer counsel and advice for your insurance needs in the protection of the things you hold dear, whether they are your home, auto, business or life, and health insurance. We are compensated by your, hopefully, purchasing an insurance policy from us. That being said, we answer a lot of questions. Sometimes they are clear cut and sometimes they are not. I’m going to devote this column to four questions we often hear. My home isn’t worth what my policy says. Can I lower the valuation on the insurance policy? No. We’re talking about two different things here. The amount your home would sell for is not necessarily the amount of coverage on your policy.Your home insurance coverage amount is based on the Replacement Cost of your home. Replacement Cost is the amount of money it would take to rebuild your home if it was completely destroyed. What is this thing called CoInsurance? The co-insurance penalty clause states that you have to have at least the co-insurance amount of coverage on your home or business. For example, let’s say your home’s RC value is $100,000 with an 80% coinsurance penalty and you only insure it for $60,000. If you have a $40,000 claim the insurance company would divide the amount of coverage you purchase by the amount you should have purchased ($60,000 / $80,000) and multiplies that by the amount of the claim. This would result in a payment of only $30,000 for your claim. Lowering the amount of coverage on your policy to save money sounds good – until you have a claim.

We get a lot of questions wanting to know if a hypothetical situation would be covered under their liability policy. The short answer is that if you are legally liable and negligence can be proven on your part, then your liability policy would come into play. For example, if a tree on your property falls and damages your neighbor’s house, then you could be considered liable. Negligence could be claimed on your part because you should have known the tree was too close the property line and failed to have it removed. Do I need to purchase extra rental insurance when I rent a car? You normally would have the same coverage you have on your personal vehicle. However, a rental agreement may require you, no matter who’s at fault, to provide replacement for the vehicle and loss of income in the event of an accident.Your policy would provide coverage on an actual cash value basis and may not fully replace your rental vehicle. It also would not include any coverage to the rental company for loss of income due to the damaged vehicle. You have insurance questions and that’s why you have an insurance agent. An agent can be invaluable when you want your questions answered face to face and can act as your advocate in the event of a claim.

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Jade Anderson Thomas Sumter Academy fourth-graders Brandon Burns, left, and Spencer Smith, right, listen as Mary Caflisch, Clemson Extension water resource agent, talks about pollutants that wash into the water. Students were then able to use paint and their teachers’ spray bottles to help them visualize how that works. 18 DECEMBER 2012 • JANUARY 2013 | LAKESIDE


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Clemson extension teaches students about water pollution By Jade Anderson janderson@theitem.com

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ome local fourth-graders recently got a tangible example of water pollution. Mary Caflisch, Clemson Extension water resource agent, recently visited Thomas Sumter Academy’s lower school science lab with a model of a community. Students used paint to represent various pollutants from fertilizer to chemical spills. Caflisch and the lower school science teacher, Sherri Baker, then made “rain” with spray bottles to show how the pollutants end up in the water supply. “Our kids are studying pollution,” Baker said.“I think having someone come in to speak to them helps them understand more that this is an important community issue and that it happens every day.” After the “pollutants” were washed into the water, Caflisch pulled a plug to drain out the dirty water. “In the real world, you can’t pull a plug and get rid of pollution,” she said.“It’s always moving downstream. We used bright colors today, but you can’t see a lot of the pollutants we talked about.”

She reviewed ways to prevent pollutants from reaching the water supply, such as picking up animal waste and washing cars on the grass to avoid the runoff going directly down a storm drain. “It was pretty cool,” said Ethan Lisenby, a fourth-grader. “I liked painting and how in the end, all the water went away. I learned to wash the car on the grass so it doesn’t make the water dirty.” Classmate Gabriel Harris agreed. “I think it was kind of cool,” he said.“I learned about pollution and how it works and about storm drains. My favorite was when it started raining and it all washed into the lake.” Caflisch said the students gave good responses. “Kids come up with the sources of pollution if you give them time to think about it,” she said.“It’s the same with adults. They say,‘I never thought about it going to the water.’ Making that connection is so important.” Reach Jade Anderson at (803) 774-1250.

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NEW LAWS FOR GOLF CARTS By Sharron Haley sharron@theitem-clarendonsun.com

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olf carts aren’t just for the golf courses any longer. More and more golf carts are turning up in neighborhoods where the economical vehicles are being used as transportation around their communities including trips to the grocery story, mall and fast food restaurants. Restrictions do apply and the operator or owner of the golf cart could be cited for improper use of the golf cart and/or not adhering to the current rules and regulations issued by the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles To travel on any county or city street or roadway, a golf cart must be registered with the SCDMV and there are specific limitations regarding length of travel, roads they are allowed to traverse and hours of usage. The golf carts gliding through the neighborhoods today are a far cry from the golf carts used to lug a couple of golfers and their golf bags up and down the hills on golf courses. Golf carts come in a variety of sizes: two-person golf carts are typically the ones you see on the golf courses; four-person golf carts are more of a pleasure vehicle; and

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six-person golf carts are referred to limo carts. The first golf carts were gasoline powered while 90 percent of the golf carts used today are battery powered, according to Paul Shannon with Graham Golf Carts in Manning. Shannon shared the little known fact that all golf carts come from the factory painted either white or green.“Any other color and that cart’s been customized,” he added. While the cost of golf carts are like any other vehicle subject to the dealership you’re talking to, a plain fourseater could cost about $5,400 with used carts going for about $2,495. Trick that four-seater cart out with a custom paint job, leather seats, lights, a stereo, a surround canopy and you could be spending up to $9,500 for the custom cart or $4,995 for a tricked out used golf cart. Don’t count on getting to your destination in a hurry either. Most golf carts travel about 17 mph, Shannon said. Tim Robertson, owner of TR Golf Carts in Manning, said golf carts that use gasoline get about 45 miles to the gallon. Battery powered golf carts can travel about 42 miles on one battery charge. Effective Oct. 1, 2012, golf cart drivers may venture up to four miles from their homes or businesses with the ap-

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propriate permits. Prior to then, golf carts could only travel up to two miles from the address of registration. For a $5 fee, individuals and business owners may obtain a permit decal and registration from the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. At the time the fee is paid, the individual or business owner must present a proof of ownership for the golf cart along with proof of liability insurance. “To get a golf cart street legal will cost about $50 a year for insurance,” said John Mathis, an agent with Jeffords Insurance Agency in Manning. Lance Cpl. Brent Kelly of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said parents who live in neighborhoods with cul-de-sacs need to be aware that cul-de-sacs are roadways and that children under 16 cannot be driving golf carts in those areas. “It’s against the law,” Kelly said.“Those 10, 12 and 14 year olds cannot be driving golf carts on cul-de-sacs or any other roadway. It’s a safety issue.” Kelly said golf carts can be driven on secondary roads with the proper registration and by a licensed driver 16 years old or older. “Roadways with a U.S. or S.C. designation are not secondary roads and golf carts are not permitted to travel on them,” Kelly added.“However golf carts can cross them at intersections.” If a roadway is in question, contact your local law enforcement agency, Kelly urged. The same rules apply for permitted golf carts used inside “gated” communities; however, a political subdivision may on designated streets or roads within its jurisdiction, reduce the area in which a permitted golf cart may be operated from four to no less than two miles. If in doubt about any of the rules and regulations concerning golf carts in your neighborhood or on roadways in your community, call your local law enforcement agency before hitting the road.

THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS REGARDING GOLF CARTS ARE APPLICABLE AT ALL TIMES: 1. Permitted golf carts are only allowed on the roadways during daylight hours. 2. Drivers cannot venture more than four miles from the address on the registration and only on secondary roads or streets where the posted speed limit is 35 mph or less. 3. Permitted golf carts are allowed to cross a highway or street at an intersection where the highway has a posted speed limit of more than 35 mph. 4. Permitted golf carts may be operated along a secondary street or roadway where the posted speed limit is 35 mph or less on an island that is not accessible by a bridge designed for use by automobiles. 5. Permitted golf carts must be operated by a person at least 16 years of age who holds a valid driver’s license. 6. The operator of a permitted golf cart being operated on a highway or roadway must have in his or her possession: a. The registration certification issued by the SCDMV. b. Proof of liability insurance for the golf cart. c. His/her driver’s license.

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n the middle of a recession when businesses are cutting back and downsizing, a mother-daughter duo in Orangeburg discovered a niche, developed it and founded a business that has been growing at the rate of 25 percent a year since 2009. In August 2009, Joanna and Jessica Godwin created JoJoSox, a durable, slip-free, eco-friendly sock that is designed for individuals who wear boots specifically equestrians, fashionistas, cross-fitters and others. Not only are the socks size-specific, performance-based, snug and comfortable, they are manufactured from recycled water and soda bottles and they’re made in the U.S.A. The unique name of the product, JoJoSox, is derived from Joanna’s childhood nickname, JoJo. How did a teacher and her lawyer daughter get into the footwear business? Joanna grew up in Orangeburg County. She graduated 26 DECEMBER 2012 • JANUARY 2013 | LAKESIDE

from Duke University and did graduate work in Florida where she met and married her husband Kenny. The couple lived in Florida and Alabama before moving to Orangeburg where Joanna taught school for years and watched her husband build his business, a hardware distributorship, from scratch to a $1.8 million company. “The recession hit him hard,” she said.“I was helping my husband rebuild his industry when I decided that with his knowledge of business maybe an idea that I had could take off.” Joanna decided to target the equestrian market as it was an area that she was quite familiar with because her family had raised horses since her children were little. “I had been a customer for years,” she said.“There were no boot socks designed for short boots.” A call from mother to daughter ensued, and the famous words “Let’s do it!” started a business that has seen phe-


nomenal results in its first three years in business. Where did the pair get the inspiration and color schemes for the eye-catching socks? “There isn’t a fashion magazine that I don’t own,” Jessica said.“I pull ideas out of everyday life and I depend on trends. I like things that are bright and colorful for the shorter socks and I rely on more traditional colors and designs for the taller socks. Joanna ran the idea past her brother who had built a successful manufacturing business 20 years earlier. “He told me it was worth a shot and that he’d put me in contact with a manufacturer,” Joanna said.“I made the appointment. It went very well. The manufacturer said he’d be happy to work with us.” The first order for socks, $1,000, amounted to 300 pairs in four colors and in sizes 1-9. “We sold out in a month,” Joanna said.“We had more socks manufactured and I hit the road calling on stores and boutiques that catered to the equestrian business.” “They loved the socks,” Joanna added. As the socks were walking out the doors, Joanna said Kenny was attempting to keep her and their daughter grounded.

‘“That type of sales success is not reality,’ he repeated over and over,” Joanna said. The success of the short socks led customers to begin asking for taller socks of the same design and quality, she said. After attending trade shows to showcase their unique socks, the orders for JoJoSox began flooding their offices. As companies are cutting back and downsizing, JoJoSox has expanded to include five representatives across the nation, in Canada and Australia. “Now we’re beginning to launch in the UK and Germany,” Joanna said with a laugh.“We have exceeded our dreams beyond any expectations that we had.” Are the mother-daughter duo content to stay with socks? “I’ve dabbled with a line of sunglasses,” Jessica said. “I’ve done a line of totes that were successful, but we’re very content to stay with what we’re doing right now.” “Staying with the one product will allow the company to expand quicker,” she said.“Definitely, we’re exploring other ideas, but we’re very happy with where we are the success that we’ve seen with the socks.” For information, visit www.jojosox.com.

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Hunting quail reminds of the good ole days By Earle Woodward earlew@theitem.com

You know what I really miss … quail hunting. I’m not young man in my Boy Scout troop named Henry Barnett. talking about the kind of quail hunting done so often Henry’s dad ran a big peach farming operation outside of these days, with pen-raised birds that are planted in the Dalzell, which provided Henry and me with unbelievable fields before the hunt begins; I’m talking about wild birds. opportunities for hunting. I realize that for most hunters, pen raised birds are the During the early season, dove was extremely plentiful only game in town; the wild population has been pretty and by Thanksgiving Day, we pretty much knew where the much decimated, by forces that I don’t fully understand. I coveys of quail were hanging out. know that some of the problem is “clean” farming, where Henry’s dad, Bubba as he was called by his friends, had every ditch bank and fence row is cleared of brush. a couple of pretty darn good bird dogs which Henry and I Farmers have also learned to farm more borrowed on almost every occasion to chase birds out at efficiently, leaving less grain in the the farm. fields for the birds to feed Henry and I would start off during the late morning and on. I’ve heard walk the hedges, fields and ditches that ran throughout that the fire the farm. There was a pretty extensive network of canals ants have running through the northwest part of the property that also taken was grown up and provided shelter and water for the their toll, birds. especially On the northeast corner were ditches with trees on the growing along the banks, and soybeans and corn young between the waterways. The birds loved it! There was birds also a pond, complete with overgrown banks, and of and the course the peach trees, which provided excellent cover. nest. We’d each take a side of the ditch or canal, field Another edge or hedge and work the length of it, carrying on a variable conversation the whole time and watching as Dixie, the may be the bird dog, worked on the downwind side of the cover, increase in gathering the scents in her nostrils. She was an excellent the coyote pointer, never ranged too far and never “busted” a covey population. before we got there. Maybe, Those are the great points about hunting quail:You can probably, it’s a carry on a conversation with your friends and hunting combination partners, and watch some great dog work in the process. of all of the For the uneducated, nothing, and I mean nothing, will above. It doesn’t stop your heart like a covey rise of about 15-20 birds. At mean I don’t’ the approach of the dog, the birds will begin to bunch still miss wild bird together and when the hunter gets too close, usually a hunting. distance measured in feet, not yards, the birds will all When I was a take flight at once, and the resulting roar of beating wings youngster, coming from a point somewhere close to your toes will J. Baker I metBy a Robert make your heart stop. Pure excitement! 28 DECEMBER 2012 • JANUARY 2013 | LAKESIDE

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If you can recover your senses in time, you may get off a couple of shots at the speeding brown rockets. There were days when we’d find four or five coveys, flush them and then spend a little while hunting up the “singles,” always making sure we left enough for seed, and there were days when we walked all day for nothing. That’s the nature of the beast. As we grew, we discovered duck hunting and both Henry and I purchased retrievers, he a Labrador and I a Golden Retriever; by that time, Dixie had long since gone on to Doggie Heaven. Henry and I walked the same ditches and hedges, but we let our retrievers walk ahead of us. Two good things about retrievers, they hunt a lot closer and they go get what you shoot. Neither Henry nor I knew the first thing about retriever field trails and a thing called “Upland Trails,” where retrievers are trained to act a lot like pointers, all we knew was that when the dogs acted “birdie” and we started to hear those faint alarm calls that a quail makes, we’d better get ready. We took an awful lot of birds over the retrievers. By the time we both got out of school, and got married, way back in the ‘80’s, the decline of the Bob White Quail, aka Gentleman Bob, had started. We still had a few good

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That Auld Lang Syne By Sharron Haley sharron@theitem-clarendonsun.com

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne.

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t a New Year’s Eve party in 1929, Guy Lombardo began a tradition that continues today. As the hour struck midnight at New York’s Roosevelt Hotel, Lombardo and his band played what has become the signature song of New Year’s Eve heard around the world, “Auld Lang Syne.” Poet Robert Burns published the song in 1796 after hearing it sung in his homeland of Scotland and deciding to make a few tweaks to the lyrics. Literally “Auld Lang Syne” translates into “old long since,” meaning “times gone by.”The lyrics of the song remember old friends, forgotten times and promises to remember people of the past with fondness – “For auld lang syne, we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet.” Other time honored New Year’s Eve traditions include a kiss a midnight. No kiss at midnight? Beware, you’ll have a loveless year. Popping a cork on champagne not only sets a festive mood for the evening, but it also brings prosperity to those who enjoy a glass of bubbly. The first ball drop was held in 1907 in Times Square. The earliest ball was made of wood and iron. Today’s ball, made of Waterford crystal, weighs more than 1,000 pounds and is about six feet in diameter. What would New Year’s Day be like in the south without the traditional meal of Hoppin’ John? Southerners believe the black-eyed peas cooked with hamhocks represent pennies, while the collard greens represent dollars and a prosperous outlook for the new year. An old saying goes,“Eat peas on New Year’s Day to have plenty of everything the rest of the year.”

Another tradition that dates back to 1886 is the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. The Tournament of Roses Parade that precedes the annual Rose Bowl football game is comprised of floats made completely of living flowers or plants. Designs are made months before the parade as crews work around the clock getting the floats ready for New Year’s Day. The beginning of a new year also means resolutions will be made. Some will be kept; the majority are broken long before the festivities surrounding the new year are gone. Author Laury Allen has predicted the 10 most popular New Year’s resolutions for 2013. 10. Be more positive. 9.Volunteer. 8. Spend more time with family. 7. Travel more. 6. Improve work situation. 5. Further education. 4. Lose weight. 3. Improve health. 2. Improve financial situation. 1. Get fit. “Most importantly, everyone can be more positive and motivate themselves along the way,” Allen said.“It doesn’t matter which of these New Year’s resolutions you choose in 2013 as long as you believe you can do it and have a positive mental attitude.” ~ Information gleaned from www.infoplease.com, www.life123.com and lauryallen.hubpages.com.

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On the Lake...

Top: A neighborhood squirrel found a perfect place to perch for a quick morning snack. Photo taken and submitted by Sandra Holbert. Left: Connie Musa shares a picture she took of her goddaughter, Karly Marie Strickland.

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Top: Robert J. Baker Two men take in some fishing in the early evening hours one August day on Lake Marion. Right: This was not the deer Alex Brammer was looking for, but as he said, “Unfortunately, it (was) the first week of November … so we won’t see how nice he would have been next year.” Below: Twenty-one veterans from various branches of the military attended teh Veteran’s Day service on Nov. 12 at the Clarendon County Courthouse. The service was hosted by the America Legion Posts in Clarendon County.

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THREE SEPARATE SAUCES

three good tastes By Sharron Haley sharron@theitem-clarendonsun.com

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he south wouldn’t be the south without mouthwatering, lip-smacking, fall-off-the-bones barbecue. And like most things southern, variety is the spice of life. And it’s almost like where you were raised determines what your palette’s favorite barbecue taste is. Around the Midlands of South Carolina, it’s a threeway tie. Down around Santee, Summerton, Elloree and Orangeburg, the taste runs more toward the mustard-based barbecue. Around Manning and Williamsburg County, the taste turns more toward vinegar and pepper based barbecue. Around Sumter, Florence, Turbeville, Scranton and Lake City, they lean a little bit more toward tomato-based barbecue. While barbecue restaurants are a favorite in the south, more and more backyard barbecue aficionados are trying their hands at barbecuing, whether it’s a whole or half hog or chicken, even beef. Most barbecue cookers will agree that it’s not the meat that makes the dish; rather, it’s the sauce. Three men from the Midlands who have been barbecuing for more almost 50 years combined have started bottling their own

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sauces. Harold Wilcox, a Tennessee resident who formerly resided in Summerton, bottles Harold’s Hog Wash, while Lamar Kennedy of Manning bottles Taste of Clarendon BBQ. Wilcox said his love for barbecue began when he was a youngster down a dirt road behind his parents’ home in Summerton. Sumter resident Mark Gibson also has Lube Man Mark Meat Lube. “Nowhere have I been able to find a sauce that is as good as what we created down that dirt road,”Wilcox said.“We’d barbecue on weekends and I’d help. It was a mustard-based sauce and we loved it.” When he moved to Tennessee, Wilcox missed the barbecue of home and started mixing up batches for his own backyard barbecues. He tried to recall all the ingredients of those barbecues back home; after a little tweaking here and there, his sauce was tasting really good. Wilcox said the people of Tennessee weren’t familiar with the mustard-based recipe he used, but it didn’t take long for them to develop a taste for it. “My son was at the University of Tennessee,”Wilcox added.“Sometimes all he had in the apartment was crackers and Hog Wash. He shared some with his buddies and a few marketing professors who thought I ought to bottle it.” “If I was using it or giving it away, I could mix it up in my kitchen,” he said.“But to sell it to the public, I had to mix it up in a commercial kitchen.” All the time he was mulling over the commercial kitchen idea, little did he know that a friend of his had a warehouse with a bottling plant in the back.


The name for Wilcox’s sauce was the idea of his daughter, Neathery Wilcox Elliott of Manning. “’You ought to call it Harold’s Hog Wash.’ I loved the name and that’s what we used,” he said. In the spring of 2012, Wilcox received a call from someone who said they were with Southern Living magazine and they needed a few more bottles of sauce because it was a finalist in one of their barbecue contests. “Oh, I thought someone was pulling my leg. I said, ‘Sure I’ll send the sauce and where do I send the bill,’” he laughed.“We Googled Southern Living and there was her name listed as head of the food department. I told my secretary to send the sauce but forget about the bill.” In the June 2012 issue of Southern Living, Harold’s Hog Wash was listed as one of the country’s top 13 barbecue sauces. “That was out of a hundred sauces,” he said.“That’s pretty good.” Being around the sauce all the time, might turn some people away, but not Wilcox. “I eat it like a pig,” he laughed.“I stop in at every barbecue place I see and when I walk in the door I take a bottle of my sauce with me because if I don’t like their sauce, I pull my bottle out and pour on mine.” “A pig is a pig … it’s the sauce that makes the differ-

ence,” he said.“That’s my marketing strategy.” Kennedy of Manning has been marketing Taste of Clarendon BBQ since 2008, won the state’s barbecue championship at the Beach, Boogie and BBQ Festival at Myrtle Beach. Kennedy won the award in 2008, but he’s been stirring up the sauce for more than 20 years. “I’ve always enjoyed being around the guys who barbecue,” he said.“Then I started dabbling with the sauce and it tasted pretty good.” Taste of Clarendon BBQ is exactly what the name implies, Kennedy added. “It’s a blend based on old Clarendon County recipes,” he said.“I’d use different parts of the different recipes until I came up with the taste that I liked.” Kennedy’s sauce is vinegar and pepper-based, a favorite of Clarendon and Williamsburg counties. “I don’t look at it as work,” Kennedy said.“It’s something that I enjoy doing. I love it.” Kennedy said his recipe is written down so each batch is the same. “I do mix in local honey to sweeten it up some,” he added. Gibson started bottling his sauce after promising some buddies at a convention that he’d take them some sauce SANTEELAKESIDE.COM 37


Gibson said he poured a little of this and a little of that and, before he knew it, the sauce was “tastin’ pretty good.” That was the beginning of Lube Man Mark Meat Lube. The name’s a natural for a man who is in the lubrication business for a service commercial fleet of trucks. The first batch was whipped up at home and he hasn’t looked back. To launch commercially, Gibson turned to a bottler out of Hanahan. “So far, people have liked the sauce pretty well,” Gibson added.“It’s a tomato, vinegarbased sauce.” While most people add Lube Man Mark Meat Lube to pork, chicken and beef, Gibson said he’s had people tell him they add it to pimento cheese sandwiches and to salads for a spicy kick. Gibson said he can’t quite believe he’s in the barbecue sauce business. “I can’t believe I’m doing this,” he said with a laugh.“It’s a lot of fun. I enjoy it. It started as a kind of joke and now it’s in the stores. That’s great. That’s what I get for promising people my barbecue sauce.” Gibson’s sauce can be found in local grocers, including IGA and Piggly Wiggly, and specialty shops. It may also be purchased at www.lubemanmark.com. Harold’s Hog Wash can be found at www.haroldshogwash.com. Wilcox is currently negotiating with a restaurant chain to carry the sauce. Taste of Clarendon BBQ is available exclusively at Lamar’s Country Corner, 2006 Greeleyville Highway, Manning.

the next year. Gibson, who had been in the lubrication business for more than 20 years at that time, thought he’d drum up some business for the lube shop; so on the back of a coloring book that was being passed out at the convention he wrote,“See me for a free bottle of barbecue sauce.” The next convention was coming up, and his buddies were looking forward to the barbecue sauce. It was show time. “My wife came home with 500 bottles,” Gibson said.“I had six weeks to get the sauce bottled. It was time to go.”

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By Sharron Haley sharron@theitem-clarendonsun.com

ong before you see the petite woman who owns Ingrid’s Antiques & Collectibles in Santee, you know she’s not from the south. Her first name gives you a hint to her heritage, but her accent gives her homeland away. Ingrid Jacobs, 56, was born in Germany and moved to the United States 27 years ago. Over the course of those two plus decades, her brogue has mellowed a little, but when she gets excited about a piece of jewelry or antique clothing her German accent becomes quite pronounced. Jacobs calls herself a people person who became involved in the antique business through her in-laws, who have been buying and selling antiques for more than 50 years. By day, Jacobs works in an electric test lab. On weekends, she can be found behind the counter at Ingrid’s talking and getting to know the people who walk into her shop. “I get a kick out of people,” she said. “Someone will come in that I’ve never met before and they’ll tell me their life’s story. I’m like a bartender. They tell me everything.” On a late Saturday morning recently, a husband and wife from Orangeburg were casually browsing through the shop picking up a piece here or there. The gentleman handed Jacobs a cookbook that he wanted to purchase. “You gonna cook me something out of that book,” Jacobs asked.“It has to be vegetables because I don’t eat meat.” “No, I’m a meat on the grill kind of guy,” he responded. Just that quickly, Jacobs had engaged the man in light conversation. She tells him that while growing

up on a farm in Germany she would name all the animals which caused problems when it came to dinnertime. “That didn’t work out very well when they’d end up on the table,” she added. “I just love talking to people,” she said.“My daughter said that she’s amazed at some of the things some people tell me.” Ingrid’s is more than just one shop. It’s really more like 36 shops under one roof. Jacobs’ gregarious personality was like a magnet to others who sold antiques and collectibles. “Not everyone has the time or the space,” she said.“I’m open all the time and I had the space.” Jacobs’ love for nice things can be seen in the way she touches the vintage clothing and antiques. She has a reverence, a respect for the time and energy for the person who decades ago, perhaps centuries ago, crafted and created the pieces. Walking through the aisles of Ingrid’s is like stepping back in time with vintage Fenton, Waterford and carnival glass on display. Antique fishing lures and reels along with page after page of antique baseball cards brings to mind a simpler, less frantic time. When you’re in the Santee area, stop by the Santee Shopping Mall and visit with Ingrid or one of her capable staff. If you’re interested in learning about the past through collectibles or you’d just like to chat with a woman who makes a new friend with everyone she meets, you might want to drop in on the weekends. “I absolutely love what I do here,” she said with a big smile.“I love the people. I love getting to know them and listening to their stories.”


FISHING IS

MONEY By Sharron Haley sharron@theitem-clarendonsun.com

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vid anglers from across the nation and South Carolina including the areas round the Santee Cooper Lakes will be competing in at least three bass tournaments on lakes Marion and Moutrie during 2013 with more tournaments will on the line. “Our lakes are in good shape,” said Nelson Walker, a pro angler and chairman of the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce.“The Chamber is involved in three tournaments, but we don’t have to host a tournament for it to come to Clarendon.” Walker said the history of the lakes and the abundance of great fishing found there over the years is luring more and more fishing tournaments into the Santee Cooper area. “We’re having smaller tournaments coming in now,” he said.“There’s enough fish out there for everyone.” Walker said the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series heads to John C. Land III Landing on March 9. “You’ll see between 75 and 100 boats with between 150 and 200 anglers,”Walker added.“Each boat will have a boater and a non-boater.” While it’s just a one-day tournament, the economic impact to the area will be felt for as many as three to four

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GET YOUR FLAX STRAIGHT By Randy Burns Special to Lakeside

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new crop is expected to catch on soon with farmers in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties. Flax fiber, a winter crop that grows in fields previously abundant in wheat, soybeans, cotton, corn and peanuts, is being hailed as one of the hottest new developments in the fashion and textile industry, according to Al Holland of Holland Enterprises in Bishopville. Holland is talking to Lee County farmers about a material called Crailar, a fiber similar to linen, which the Federal Trade Commission cites as a new natural fiber created from flax. “Flax itself has been around a long time,” Holland said. “But they have found a new use of the crop.” Cotton is blended with the fiber to make a new product that is in big demand in the clothing industry, Holland said. The new material consisting of 80 percent cotton and 20 percent Crailar is being sought after by companies such as Georgia Pacific, Hanes, Levi’s, Target and Carhartt. Holland, who has been in the agriculture industry for more than 50 years, said he is sold on the future of flax in Lee County. “I am excited about this product,” he said.“I want the farmers to be successful. Of course, I want to sell the seed. But it’s a win-win for everybody. I believe in five or six years, you’ll see a bunch of this product growing in Lee County.” 42 DECEMBER 2012 • JANUARY 2013 | LAKESIDE

The new production facility, Crailar, formerly known as Naturally Advanced Technologies U.S. Inc., has opened in Pamplico and is seeking to expand flax production to more than 45,000 acres in the Pee Dee. The company opened a 143,500-square-foot facility in the Delta Mills Cypress plant this year with an initial investment of $8 million and 25 jobs. Steve Sandroni,Vice President of Agriculture with the Crailar facility in Pamplico, said his facility cannot “keep up with the demand for the product.” In 2011, none of the fiber was grown in Lee County, but some 3,200 acres of the fiber were grown in the Pee Dee, mostly in Marion, Horry and Georgetown counties, he said. “We already have it sold, but we have to figure out how to grow it,” Sandroni said.“We will buy every plant farmers produce.” Flax, typically planted between Oct. 15 and Nov. 15, is harvested by May 15, he said. Farmers can expect to make as much as 50 percent more profit with flax than wheat, he said. In the past couple of years, farmers have begun to harvest the crop by raking instead of mowing. “And that’s been a game changer,” Sandroni said.“With the big rakes, you can do eight acres a day.” Jody Martin, a former Clemson University Extension Service agent and president of Palmetto Consulting Solutions, is working with Sandroni and Duncan Skelton, logistics manager with Naturally Advanced Technologies, to


convince Pee Dee farmers to enter into a purchase and sale agreement with the Pamplico production facility. Meetings with farmers in Sumter and Clarendon counties are planned in the next few weeks, Martin said. “The company wants to work with farmers in a 60-mile radius from Pamplico,” he said.“And that would include Lee, Sumter and Clarendon counties.” Marion County farmer Neil Baxley said he grew about 470 acres of flax last year. “I grew it as a complement to wheat,” he said.“I was pretty pleased with the yield that we had even with the warm, dry winter. But, my main problem was I had trouble harvesting it in May because of all the rainy weather.” Baxley said he harvested the crop by mowing last year but hopes harvesting the crop will be much easier by raking the crop instead of mowing. “I like the idea of growing the flax and harvesting it in May in time to plant a second crop like cotton or soybeans,” he said. Baxley said he was at first reluctant to “sign on” with the Pamplico company. “I didn’t want to grow a crop that competes with cotton,” he said.“I’m a cotton farmer.” But, Baxley said Crailar officials have convinced him that flax is a complement to cotton and not a replacement. “There is a big market out there for flax,” he said.“They are looking for growers.”

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By Sharron Haley sharron@theitem-clarendonsun.com

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hen it comes to fishing Lake Marion from Goat Island to Eutawville and back to the Santee Dam, you probably won’t find a guide or avid angler that’s more knowledgeable about what’s biting in that area that Don Drose. Drose grew up on the edge of Lake Marion’s First Water with a fishing rod in his hand. He

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okay in those battles. So, to determine what’s biting on Lake Marion during December and January you go to the pro – Don Drose. “During the first part of December, the stripers should be moving good,” Drose said.“People should be fishing around Wyboo either trolling or drifting using live bait.” If the stripers are schooling, look for the seagulls, Drose added. “You can cast into the schools using bucktails,” he said. “Most anglers drift using live bait, either shad or shiners. That’s the best way to catch a striper.” If nothing’s happening, ride around and look for bait that’s pooling. The best way is with a depth finder where you can gauge how deep the pools of bait are. “Schools of stripers will be where the bait is pooling,” Drose said.“Drift through the area with the live bait.” When the water temperature drops below 48 degrees during the last part of December and into January, you’ll see some big stripers taken, Drose said. When fishing for stripers, anglers need to remember that it’s illegal to keep stripers that are less than 26 inches in length. There is also a limit on stripers: no more than three per day per person. “Some days you’re really happy to get three,” Drose said. “You can fish all day and catch 30 to 40 stripers between 23 and 24 inches and maybe two or three legal stripers. It’s a lot of fun fishing for stripers.” If December stays warm, crappie fishing could continue until the weather starts getting cold. “The best way to catch crappie is ‘stump jumping,’”

Drose said.“Fish 10 to 12 feet deep and keep moving from stump to stump.” Like fishing for stripers, use live bait for crappie. Typically after Christmas and into January is the time that cat fishing begins to pick up. “Last year, it never really got cold enough to enjoy cat fishing,” Drose said. Like with stripers, look for the seagulls, Drose reminded. “Look for the bait,” he said.“Look for the birds, the seagulls, and you’ll find the bait and then hopefully the cat fish.” When the water’s not too low, Drose said he catches good sized cats out from Randolph’s Landing in the trees. He said he’ll tie to a tree or a shallow stump and cast out for the cats. “Now if we get a cold spell and get some snow or sleet, the cats will bite sooner,” he said. Drose said Lake Marion has several varieties of cats including blues, flatheads and channel. “Blues and flats are great to eat no matter how big they get,” he said.“The larger channel cats aren’t very good to eat once they get big and their meat turns yellowish.” There are also restrictions on cat fishing. “Only one blue cat 36 inches long per day per person,” Drose said.“You can keep all of the smaller ones you want.” Fishing in the colder months isn’t for everyone, he said. “You have to dress according to the temperatures and keep dry,” he added.“It’s a lot of fun. Those cats can make some great stews when it’s cold.”

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