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It’s time to go pick out the 2021 Shevchik Family Christmas Tree! The tree buying experience is always one of my favorite Christmas traditions. With two kids in college, the burden of selecting the perfect tree now falls to just three: Donna, Noah, and me. Maybe the decision-making process will be more streamlined this holiday season with less people bickering over which tree is the best? Everyone lobbies for the tree they want and then it is critiqued by the rest of us. Here are some of my classic tree rejection lines, “It’s too big,” “The trunk is crooked at the bottom,” “It’s too small,” “The top won’t work for the star,” sometimes the rejection is just my shocked facial expression because the tree is so ugly, no words are needed. In our family it is a badge of honor to be the one to find the “right” tree. The kids keep track year to year, and it is almost as competitive as our family’s Easter egg hunts. In the good ole’ days we would trek to Harmon’s Tree Farm in Gilbert to saw down the annual tree, shop, sip on cider, and “soak in” Christmas. Now we go to Wingard’s Market to select our tree and to “soak in” Christmas. I believe that is what gets me excited the most about the Christmas season. When I consciously make the decision to allow the reason of Christmas to “soak in.” After all, it is the birthday of all birthdays, the day my family celebrates the birthday of Jesus Christ. Most Christmas trees have a side that we hide against the corner walls because it’s too “bare” to be on full display. I’m thankful Jesus Christ was born and knows my “bare” side better than anyone. How about you? Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all! Thanks for reading, Todd Shevchik

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December 1st through Friday, December 10th and Sunday, December 12th 21st Annual Dorn VA Hospital Vet’s Christmas Collection Various Locations and Times Although bikes are not a part of the festivities this year, you can still help our Veterans! One card or gift can make a huge difference in the life of a veteran, especially those without family or friends. Gift ideas, drop-off sites and ways to donate financially are listed at vetsride.org. For questions or details on how to get your church, school or business involved, call Jim (803)252-3381 or Gene (803)796-8356. Sunday, December 5th Town of Lexington Snowball Parade Main Street, Lexington, 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. It’s a Christmas tradition you won’t want to miss! Join the Town of Lexington and the Lexington Jaycees for the annual Christmas Parade down Main Street! Get in the Christmas Spirit by watching an array of parade floats make their way through downtown! Saturday, December 11th Authors for Literacy Charity Book Signing Lexington County Library, 5440 Augusta Rd., Lexington, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Authors for Literacy, the Lexington County Library, Sign It Quick, the Lexington County Chronicle and The Fish Wrapper are teaming up to raise money for Turning Pages adult literacy tutoring. Guest authors include Pat McNeely, Tom Poland, Ralph Jarrells, MaryJo Briggs-Austin, Kathy Widener, Linda Maguire, Scott Vaughan, John Starno, ArthurTurfa, JohnnyBloodworth, Sharon Durgin, Suzanne Riley Whyte, Claudette Holliday, Alysia Kehoe, Cat Fitzgerald, Larry Timbs, Helina Schafer, Charlie Farrell, Jay Schabacker and Jerry Bellune. For details email JerryBellune@ yahoo.com. Sunday, December 12th Christmas Open House Lexington County Museum, 231 Fox St., Lexington, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Many of the museum’s historic structures will be decorated in period fashion. A cooking demonstration will also take place. For more information call the Lexington County Museum at 803-359-8369 or email the museum at JRFennell@lex-co.com.

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Northside Baptist Church www.northsidebaptist.org “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.” That song, recorded in 1963, has become a Christmas classic. And I think for most people, those words ring true. We love the Christmas season. The music, the lights, the trees, the carolers, the food, Santa Claus, and…I could go on and on. But is that really why Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year? Is it the “kids’ jingle belling,” or the fact that “there’ll be much mistletoeing” (Can’t wait to get my wife under the mistletoe) or is there something more? I’m afraid many have missed out on why Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year. The answer is found in the Bible. The Old Testament book of Isaiah tells us about an event that would happen 700 years in the future. “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!” Isaiah 9:6-7 The child that Isaiah wrote about was Jesus! He was born to a virgin, in a stable in Bethlehem. When the angels announced His birth to nearby shepherds they said, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11 Why is Christmas the most wonderful time of the year? Jesus! He is our Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace, the Savior of the World. Every need you have is met in Him. Do you know Him? If not, give us a call or join us at Northside during the month of December. We would love to introduce you to Jesus. n LEXINGTON CAMPUS 4347 Sunset Blvd, Lexington, SC 29072 • 803.520.5660 Sunday Worship: 8:00AM, 9:30AM & 11:00AM LIFE Groups: 8:00AM, 9:30AM & 11:00AM WEST CAMPUS 742 Kitti Wake Dr, West Columbia SC 29170 • 803.957.7065 Sunday Worship: 9:30AM & 11:00AM LIFE Groups: 9:30AM

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Mayor Steve MacDougall The holiday season is upon us and this year I am thankful for the opportunity to spend it with family and friends. The last year and half has been trying for a lot of people. Some of us have lost loved ones and it has put into perspective how precious life can truly be. Around this time of year, I like to reflect on all of the things I am grateful for. I am thankful to be the Mayor of this great community. Lexington is a great place to live, raise a family and has had tremendous growth over the past decade. Our Town is also blessed to have the men and women of the Lexington Police Department, who work tirelessly to keep everyone safe. Despite the challenges brought on during the COVID-19 pandemic, the support shown by the community for our local businesses helped keep doors open. There was no challenge that we couldn’t face head on as a Town and for that I am also grateful. I am also thankful that this year we will be able to enjoy the annual Snowball Festival, a tradition in the Town of Lexington. It will feature four days of festivities starting Thursday, December 2 through Sunday, December 5. There will be a Christmas craft fair, carol lighting, movies, a carnival and parade. Details for each day can be found on page 2 of Town Topics or on our Facebook page @TownofLexingtonSC. I look forward to continuing serving as your Mayor and I hope everyone has a safe and healthy holiday season. n

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Savannah Tapler The Irmo girl who studied for a business career found just what she was looking for when Lexington Medical Center came calling. Savannah Tapler focused on business administration and, subsequently, health administration when earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of South Carolina. The perfect fit was realized when she was hired as a planning analyst by LMC upon completion of her graduate studies. That was in 2013. The good connection has continued its upward path ever since. And now, eight years into her career, she would not change a thing. “During my final year of graduate school, I completed an internship in the planning department at LMC,” she says. Then, after coming on board full-time, “I completed LMC’s Leadership Development Program in 2015.” By 2018, she was a senior planning analyst. Now, her fingerprint can be found on many of this thriving medical facility’s accomplishments, whether it’s new buildings, campaigns, blood drives, or multiple other endeavors. Savannah’s leadership has found many ways to serve this community. She has been LMC’s United Way campaign director since 2013 and was awarded the United Way of the Midland’s 2017 Employee Campaign Director of the Year. She began organizing blood drives for LMC in 2014. She currently serves on the board of the Southeast Society of Healthcare Strategy and Market Development. Planning analysts have their fingers in lots of pies. Pressed to name a favorite accomplishment, she finally decided that probably the most rewarding was her recent participation with a large team to achieve the successful opening of the newest patient bed tower (North Tower), which opened in 2019 on the main campus of Lexington Medical Center. The Tapler home life is also a favorite topic. Savannah and Aidan Tapler are parents of two children, Beckett (five-year-old boy) and Blythe (three-year-old girl). They began married life in West Columbia but are now settled in Lexington. Beckett just started kindergarten at Lake Murray Elementary School (WE LOVE IT!). The family enjoys their pool in the summer and s’mores at the fire pit in the fall. Savannah expresses it this way: “Living in Lexington has provided the family atmosphere I always dreamed of raising a family in. Our neighbors have become our best friends, spring evenings at T-ball fields on Ball Park Road have created precious memories, and watching the turtles at Virginia Hylton Park has become a favorite Saturday morning tradition.” n lexingtonlife.com

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Wingard’s Market: Deeply, Locally Rooted in Family


udson (“Jut”) and Margie Wingard did not set out to create a large venture when Wingard’s Market opened in 1968. Their love of plants and desire to help others enjoy them was – and remains to this day – the root of this local, family owned and operated business. Located a short drive from both downtown Lexington and the Lake Murray Dam, the Market has seen many people walk through its doors and flower beds. But ask anyone and they will tell you that the heart of Wingard’s is undoubtedly the Gift Shoppe. It all started back in the 1760’s when three Wingard brothers arrived in Lexington from Germany, by way of Charleston. One moved away but two remained and settled in what is now “The Belfry” subdivision. The two brothers owned land far and wide. The parcel that belonged to Jut’s parents was originally 30 acres and extended to the banks of Lake Murray before it existed! So, most any “Wingard” that you meet in this area today can trace their ancestry to one of the two original Wingard Brothers! A fact not widely known, the Gift Shoppe is located in the house where our founder, Jut Wingard, grew up. Believed to have been built between 1900 and 1910, the old house was a ‘shotgun’ home, constructed of heart pine, wherein you could open the front door and fire a shotgun straight though the back door. Herbert and Ethel Wingard (“Ma Ethel”) purchased the three bedroom home from his aunt and uncle in 1921. The couple added three more rooms – expanding to thirteen-hundred square feet – and planted the pine and pecan trees that grow today. They also faced the house and porch from its original direction towards Pilgrim Church Road to its permanent point towards North Lake Drive (Hwy 6). In 1948, Jut Wingard married his sweetheart Margie and the couple lived with his parents in the house while theirs was being built across Pilgrim Church Road. ‘Ma Ethel’ – as she was referred to in the family – loved growing flowers: camellias, daffodils, iris, crape myrtles, roses, African violets and, of course, Wingard’s notable azaleas. Several of her heirloom flowers reside in the yards of family members across Lexington today. It was from this shared family passion of propagating plants and flowers that Jut and Margie found themselves overgrown with azaleas. So, in 1968, they set up a roadside stand with a hand-painted sign advertising ‘Azaleas For Sale: 50 Cents’. By the time Jut retired from his long career at South Carolina Electric & Gas in 1983, the family’s azalea business was flourishing. Over the next twenty years, he and Margie poured their energy into developing and growing the nursery. At one point, Wingard’s was rooting thirty-thousand cuttings of more 14 | LEXINGTON LIFE | December 2021


than one-hundred and fifty varieties of Azaleas, each year! In the mid-2000s, Jut and Margie transferred ownership to their daughter and son-in-law, Delores and Wally Steinhauser. Armed with ambitious plans and a vision for the future, they expanded and modernized the business, adding updates and new branches such as the website (wingardsmarket.com), Produce Market and state of the art Greenhouse. The homestead house became the center of business in 1992, one year after Ma Ethel passed away. In 2005 Jut gave Meredith, one of his granddaughters, two-hundred and fifty dollars to “start a gift shop”. Since then, the Shoppe has grown tremendously and been managed by several different family members. Another little known fact is that there is a friendly ghost at Wingards; Ma Ethel passed away in 1991 and four days later her great grandchildren gathered in the bottom of the nursery among the pine trees to have their photo taken close to the where the retaining wall is now located. If you look at the photo just above Jordan, the smallest grandchild, you can see Ma Ethel’s ghostly image! Compare it to the photo of Ma Ethel. Today, Wingard’s Market is a full-service garden center that is nationally recognized, but we’ve strived to keep hold of its authentic rustic charm. The business is still located beneath the decades old pecan trees, but a new development has come to fruition. We’re pleased to announce that Wingard’s Market Gift Shoppe added a new room that will increase its size by fifty percent, up to eighteen-hundred square feet! The construction also includes handicap access and a new handicap access restroom The almost one-hundred and twenty year old Wingard’s homestead house has been and will continue to be the focal point of the Market – a symbol of heritage and a reminder of those who gave us our love for the soil, for planting and for flowers. We humbly invite all to visit and share in our history and love for the earth. n

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Best Greek Restaurant: Bellis House of Pizza • Mediterranean Cafe • Showmars Best Gun and Ammunition Store: C2C Arms • Palmetto State Armory • Shooters Choice Best Gym: Dynamic Fitness • Health Directions • Wolf’s Fitness Best Hair Salon-Adults: Bloom Salon • Palmetto Roots Salon • Salon M Best Hair Salon-Kids: Snip-Its • Sport Clips Haircuts • Studio 192 Best Hair Stylist: Angie Williams-Palmetto Roots Salon • Audrey Williams-Glow Salon • Kelli Chastain-Bloom Salon Best Happy Hour: Goodfella’s Grill and Bar • LJ’s Par and Grill • O’Hara’s Public House Best Hardware Store: ACE Hardware Three Fountains • Lexington True Value • Lowe’s Home Improvement Best Healthy Eating: Clean Eatz Lexington • Clean Juice • Tropical Grille Best Heating and Air Company: All American Heating & Air • Cool Care Heating & Air • Krantz Kooling & Heating Best Home Builder: Epic Homes • Great Southern Homes • Kinsey Homes Best Hospice Care: Compassionate Care Hospice • Heart of Hospice LLC • Pathway Hospice Best Ice Cream Shop: Coldstone Creamery • Menchie’s • Truly Scrumptious Creamery Best Insurance Agent: Hal Girard State Farm • Herring Insurance • Misty Stathos State Farm Best Insurance-Auto: Ernie Yarborough • Misty Stathos State Farm • Scott Amick State Farm Best Insurance-Home Owners: Farrell Insurance Agency • Hal Girard State Farm • Tidwell Agency Insurance

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Best Insurance-Life: Ryan Grubbs State Farm • SC Farm Bureau Insurance • Woodmen of the World Insurance Best Interior Design: Brandon Davidson Interiors • M Gallery Interiors • Paige Butler Interior Design Best Internet Service Provider: Carolina Connect • Comporium • Windstream Best Investment Firm: Cornerstone Financial Management • Crescent Financial Group • Edward Jones Best Italian Restaurant: Alodia’s Cucina Italiana • DeLucca’s Italian Grill • Travinia Italian Kitchen Best Jewelry Store: Barnes Jewelers • Chapman Jewelers • Moseley’s Diamond Showcase Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant: Flight Deck • Miyabi Jr. • Moe’s Southwest Grill Best Kid’s Meal: Blaney’s Wings and Grill • Salsarita’s • Uno’s Pizzeria and Grill Best Landscaping Company: Precision Landscaping • Saluda Hill Landscape • Trifecta Landscaping Best Learning Center: Kumon Math & Reading Center • Lexington Tutoring Academy • Mathnasium Best Manicure/Pedicure: Blush Nails • Diva Nails • VIP Nail Bar Best Manufactured Housing Company: Clayton Homes • Congaree Home Center • Lexington Discount Homes Best Oral Surgeon: Associates in Maxillofacial Surgery • Lexington Facial & Oral Surgery • Midlands Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Best Marina: Jake’s Landing • Siesta Cove Marina • Southshore Marina Best Massage: Soma Bodyworks • Soothing Sessions • Wellness Massage Best Mattress Store: Best Mattress • Economy Furniture • Michaelis Mattress

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Best Meat Store: Caughman’s Meat Plant • Ole Timey Meat Market • The Royal Butcher Best Medical Spa: About You Aesthetics • Plastic Surgery Consultants • Rejuvenations Medical Spa Best Men’s Clothing Store: B.P. Skinner Clothiers • Craig Reagin Clothiers • Granger Owings Best Mexican Restaurant: Brothers and Beer • Diablo’s Southwest Grill • El Jimador Best Microbrewery-Local: Hazelwood Brewing • Krafty Draft Brew Pub • Steel Hands Brewing Best Milkshake: Cookout • Rush’s • Sonic Best Mortgage Company: Guaranteed Rate Affinity • Guild Mortgage • Synovus Bank Bet Mosquito Treatment: Mosquito Joe • Mosquito Squad • Pest Management Systems Best Moving Company: Gentlemen Movers • The Moving Squad • Undergrads Moving/Movers Best Music School: Freeway Music • Lexington School of Music • Musicians Supply Lessons & Gear Best OBGYN: Carolina Women’s Physicians SC OBGYN • Kraemer Women’s Care • S.C. OBGYN Best Oil Change: Christian Brothers • Express Oil Change • Take 5 Oil Change Best Oncologist: Lexington Oncology • SC Oncology Associates Best Ophthalmologist: Columbia Eye Clinic • Eye Center • Palmetto Ophthalmology Best Optometrist: Envision Family Eyecare • Eye Care of Lexington • My Optical Best Orthodontist: Braces Place • Purnell Orthodontics • Whitehead Orthodontics Best Orthopaedic: Lexington Orthopaedics • Midlands Orthopaedics • Southeastern Orthopaedics Best Pain Management: Carolinas Center for Management of Pain • Palmetto Pain Management • Sandhills Pain Specialists

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Best Place to Buy Hardwood Floors: Carpet One • Floor Boys • The Truth Flooring Best Place to Buy Organic Products: 14 Carrot Whole Foods • Garner’s Natural Life • Murraywood Health Foods Best Health Insurance: Carolina Insurance Group • Health Markets Insurance Jeff Howle • Lourie Life and Health Best Place to Buy Outdoor Furniture: Carolina Pottery • Costless Outlet • Lowe’s Best Place to Buy Paint: E.D.’s Paint and Interiors • Lexington Paint & Flooring • Sherwin Williams Best Place to Buy a Pool: Fasnacht Pools • Leisure Life Pools & Spas • S & S Pools Best Place to Buy a Prom Dress: Catz Formals • Greg McKenzie Pageant & Prom • Tylar Rose Pageant & Prom Best Place to Buy Propane: Amerigas Propane • Palmetto Propane • Southern Flame Propane Best Place to Buy an RV: Camping World • John’s RV Best Place to Buy Tires: Discount Tire • Lexington Discount Tires • Mavis Tires and Brakes Best Place to Buy Windows: Pella Windows • Stroud Supply • Taylors Window and Screen Best Place to Sell Gold: Chapman Jewelry • Gilbert Coin • Golden Eagle Best Place to Work-Manufacturing: Michelin • Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp. • Zeus Industrial Products Best Plastic Surgeon: Lexington Plastic Surgery • Palmetto Facial Plastics • Plastic Surgery Consultants Best Plumber: Carolina Conditions • Freedom Plumbing • Howell Plumbing Services Best Pressure Washing Company: Crystal Clear Solutions Pressure Washing • Midlands Pressure Wash • Trey Mathias Pressure Washing

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Best Private School: Ben Lippen School • Heritage Christian Academy • Northside Christian Academy Best Produce Farm: Clayton Rawl Farms • Four Oaks Farm • Walter P. Rawl & Sons Best Property Management Company: Ray Covington Property Management • Rogers Property Management • Scott Properties of the Midlands Best Real Estate Agent: April Stroud Resource Realty Group • Brent Downing Keller Williams Group • Patrick O’Connor Coldwell Banker Realty Best Real Estate Company: ReMax Purpose Driven • Resource Realty Group • Williams 803 Realty Best Ribs: Belly’s Southern Pride BBQ • Hudson’s Smokehouse • PKs BBQ Best Roofing Company: Heritage Roofing Company • Premier Roofing • Vista Roofing Co. Best Salad: Bellis House of Pizza • Firehouse Subs • Mellow Mushroom Best Seafood Restaurant: Catch Seafood • Oak Grove Fish House • Poke Bros Best Self-Storage Facility: Charter Oak Storage • Midgard Self Storage • Morningstar Storage Best Senior Home Care: Assisting Hands Home Care • McLeod Home Care • Retire Ease Best Senior Living Community: Deepwood Estates • Southlake Village • Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community Best Shooting Range: C2C Arms • Defender Firearms & Training • Kilo Charlie Shooting Range Best Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center: Columbia Presbyterian Community • LMC Extended Care • NHC Healthcare Best Smoothie: Clean Juice • Feeling Good Nutrition • Tropical Smoothie

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Best Steak: Griffin Chophouse • Mediterranean Café • Private Property Best Subs: Bellacinos • Firehouse Subs • Substation II Best Sushi: Ganbei • Red Bowl • Sukiya Best Sweet Tea: Bojangles • McAlisters Deli • Rush’s Best Tanning Salon: Carolina Tan Factory • LexingTan • Palm Beach Tan Best Temporary Employment Service: Carolina Industrial Staffing • Roper Staffing • Snelling Staffing Best Towing Service: Express Towing • Schroeder’s Towing • Wingard’s Towing Best Tree Removal Service: Boozer Tree Service • Burr Tree Service • Mike’s Tree Service Best Unique Gift Shop: Blush Boutique & Home • Magnolia Boutique & Resale • Southern Blu Boutique Best Upholstery Company: A. W. Canvas & Upholstery • Hot Rods Upholstery • Kathy Nordan Foster Marine & Upholstery Best Urgent Care: Doctor’s Care • LMC Urgent Care • Veritas Health Group Best Urology Company: Carolina Urology Partners • Lexington Urology • Morrow Urology Best Veterinarian: Cherokee Trail Veterinary Hospital • Crossroads Animal Hospital • Grace Animal Hospital Best Wait Staff: Goodfella’s Grill and Bar • O’Hara’s Public House • Travinia Italian Kitchen Best Wedding Venue: Corley Mill House • Southern Oaks • The Vines Best Weight Loss Program: Beach Medical Weight Loss • Bigbie Chiropractic • Profile by Sanford Best Women’s Clothing: 831 Minhle • Aiden Lane • Tulip Boutique Best Women’s Gym: Club Pilates • HOTWORX Lexington • Rockbox Fitness Best Yoga Studio: Fit Columbia • Inscape Yoga • Pink Lotus

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Give Blood

SAVE A LIFE By Marilyn Thomas

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edical professionals agree that safe blood is a universal need; unfortunately, most hospitals only have a few days’ supply on hand at any given time. Despite the amazing technological and medical advances of the 21st century, this essential elixir cannot be manufactured or replicated. There is a constant demand for blood due to emergency and routine medical procedures to save, prolong, or enhance the quality of life. Add to this demand a world pandemic, and suddenly we have a national blood supply shortage. Contrary to popular belief, the processes, procedures, and opportunities for donating blood could not be simpler, safer, or more accessible at this time. Even though COVID-19 has made public gatherings a bit more difficult for churches and schools, there are several independent donation centers and medical facilities within the Midlands with precautions in place to protect both donors and staff. This includes prescreening, routine testing, constant sterilization of equipment, having barriers in place, and physical distancing. “Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood,” says Benjamin Williamson, the regional communications director for the Red Cross of South Carolina. Because it cannot be manufactured in a lab or stockpiled indefinitely, “The only source of blood products is volunteer blood donors. All blood types – particularly type O blood, the most-needed blood group by hospitals – and platelets are needed,” adds Mr. Williamson. “In the Midlands area, we must collect nearly 24,000 units of blood each year to meet the hospital demand, [and] we service about 30 hospitals across the state.” The Blood Connection (TBC), a nonprofit organization located throughout the Southeast, operates a donation center lexingtonlife.com

at 5141 Sunset Boulevard in Lexington County. “We service 24 counties and more than 50 hospitals across the Palmetto State, including Lexington Medical Center,” says Katie Smithson, the partnership and media coordinator for TBC. “Blood donated with The Blood Connection stays local, so when you donate with TBC, you are helping your neighbors, friends, and family.” “Blood products can be used to treat everything from trauma incidents to chronic diseases, depending on the type of blood product used,” explains Ms. Smithson. “Blood can be separated into three components: whole blood, platelets, plasma. Whole blood is mainly used for trauma and surgery; platelets are used for surgeries and transplants and to help cancer patients get through chemotherapy; and plasma can be used for burn patients and those with bleeding disorders. Convalescent plasma is another type of plasma that is collected from people who have recovered from an illness and can be given to those currently suffering from it. One donation can save up to three lives,” adds Ms. Smithson. “If every person in the United States donated two times per year, there would never be a shortage of blood products.” Because of issues related to the ongoing pandemic, the collection of blood donations has been greatly reduced. “This year,” says Ms. Smithson, “The Blood Connection has seen historically low donor turnout, leading to a critical need for blood donors. TBC needs to collect 800 units a day to adequately supply all our hospital partners, but, so far in October, that daily goal has only been reached on four days.” Similarly, Mr. Williamson says that “the supply of types O positive and O negative blood has dropped to less than a half-day supply at times over the last month. That’s well below the ideal five-day supply.” To donate blood, participants must be in good health, be at least 17 years of age (or 16 with parental consent), and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. “You can visit RedCrossBlood.org for a full list of eligibility requirements,” adds Mr. Williamson. Most donation centers accept walk-ins, but online registration may also be available to expedite the process. “The American Red Cross tries to make the process as easy as possible,” says Mr. Williamson. When volunteers arrive at a donation site, they will be asked to provide a photo ID, contact information, and a health history. They will also undergo a “mini physical” to ensure that they are “healthy enough to donate blood,” explains Ms. Smithson. This typically involves taking blood pressure, temperature, and a blood sample to check for anemia. “After you begin to donate is the part where you can sit back and give back,” says Ms. Smithson, “catch up on the news, read a book, or even learn more about blood donation.” When donating, it is important to eat a healthy meal beforehand and drink a lot of water before and after. “A good night’s rest prior to your donation is also key,” advises Mr. Williamson. During or following the procedure, donors may become slightly dizzy or nauseated, but to counteract this, “We encourage individuals to take their time and eat a snack before

Working at Lexington Medical Center, I know how valuable blood products are to our patients and community.

leaving the donation site,” he adds (snacks and fluids are usually provided onsite). The Red Cross and TBC have fixed locations where donors can give seven days a week. “We also host blood drives across Lexington throughout the week using our mobile units,” says Ms. Smithson. “In 2020, blood donations through The Blood Connection impacted more than 293,000 people.” “The American Red Cross is also always looking for new partners to help us host blood drives,” says Mr. Williamson. “There are usually over a dozen blood drives held in the Lexington area every month, whether those drives are at schools, churches, businesses, community centers, etc. To find a drive near you, visiting RedCrossBlood.org is the best option.” Savannah Tapler, a senior planning analysist with Lexington Medical Center, began coordinating with the American Red Cross in organizing blood drives for the hospital system’s community outreach department in 2014. “It has been a privi-

“If every person in the United States donated two times per year, there would never be a shortage of blood products.” lexingtonlife.com

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Larry LaBruce Koon 1944-2021 Lexington Life expresses condolences to his wife Kathy, his sons Bruce, Travis, Jason and Jonathan, “Cliffy” Fisher, and his brothers Ted, Steve, George and the rest of the Koon family. The Honorable Larry Koon is one of the reasons why Lexington is such a special place to live and we are grateful for his decades of service in the South Carolina statehouse.

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lege to partner with the American Red Cross of South Carolina and support their mission, which has become my personal passion,” says Ms. Tapler. “Working at Lexington Medical Center, I know how valuable blood products are to our patients and community.” Because Lexington Medical Center’s mission is “to provide quality health services that meet the needs of our community, blood product is an extremely critical component to meeting the health care needs of our

“Don’t wait, people across the country depend on the generosity of blood donors.” patients and the communities we serve,” she explains. “Supporting the collection of all types of blood donations allows us to do what we do best.” As a blood program leader, Ms. Tapler works with the Red Cross’s donor recruitment account managers to plan, publicize, and coordinate blood drives. For her dedication to the cause, she was recently presented with the notable Red Cross Blood Drop Award, along with a certificate of recognition from the governor of South Carolina. “Reaching 100 blood drives is a remarkable milestone,” she says, “but, more importantly, over 18,000 lives were impacted by the generosity of Lexington Medical Center employees. I am humbled and honored to be recognized by the Red Cross and First Lady Peggy McMaster and look forward to a continued partnership, especially during this critical time of need.” “As a numbers person,” says Ms. Tapler, “I’m always interested in setting records. To date, my highest unit collection for a single blood drive is 165 units. I got close in September at 157 units. I’m really going to push our December seventh drive to hopefully exceed 165.” This past year, Lexington Medical Center hosted 17 blood drives within its network; for 2022, the hospital has already agreed to host 18 blood drives – “the most pre-scheduled blood drives we have ever had,”

adds Ms. Tapler. “Becoming a blood program leader has been a wonderful experience,” she says. “It has given me the ability to develop my management skills while having fun and engaging with amazing community members, employees, and Red Cross staff members. I have truly met some wonderful people on this journey who have all a shared passion for making a difference in this world. I would highly encourage organizations and churches to look into hosting a blood drive.” Wendi Knight, administrative director for Laboratory Services at Lexington Medical Center, explains the importance of giving blood, “Here at Lexington Medical Center, we transfused over 16,000 blood products last year, and those products helped save more than 7,000 patients. Blood transfusions have become the most frequent procedure that occurs in hospitals nation-wide and often saves patients from life-threatening emergencies. Recently, like all hospitals nationwide, we’ve been experiencing a severe blood supply shortage and strongly encourage everybody to consider donating – for your loved ones and for our patients.” Another meaningful way to contribute to the supply of blood products is to visit a local, certified plasma donation center. Three of these companies operate within the greater Columbia area: Immunotek Bio Center, Octapharma Plasma, and CSL Plasma. Their intake practices and requirements are similar to those for donating whole blood, but they use an intravenous procedure called “plasmapheresis” to separate plasma from red blood cells and other cellular components, which are returned to the donor. Participants are also compensated monetarily for their time and permitted to donate twice weekly. “Don’t wait,” urges Mr. Williamson of the South Carolina Red Cross. “People across the country depend on the generosity of blood donors. Make an appointment to give blood or platelets as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS. We are very grateful for our volunteer blood donors,” says Mr. Williamson. “Many of our donors donate blood because they have been personally touched by blood donations [and] find the feeling from donating and knowing the help it is providing to be very rewarding.” n

Blood or Plasma Donation Opportunities • Blood Drive location search: RedCrossBlood.org • The Blood Connection: 5141 Sunset Blvd., Lexington • Columbia Red Cross Blood and Platelet Donation Center: 2751 Bull Street, Columbia • CSL Plasma: 215 Assembly Street, Columbia • Immunotek Bio Center: 2601 Broad River Road, Columbia • Octapharma Plasma: 1618 Charleston Hwy, West Columbia • Lexington Medical Center opportunities to donate:


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TOP Winter Skincare Do’s and Don’ts

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Winter is a wonderful time of year. There’s hot chocolate, bonfires, warm boots, and festive scarves – not to mention decorating and celebrating the holidays. We may love winter, but your skin doesn’t. The quickly changing temperature and humidity are likely to dry it out, making it chapped and sore, leading to itching and burning. Unfortunately, even the most bulletproof skincare routine can fail us when the weather changes, so here are a few tips to help keep your skin in top condition. Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts 1. DO double-up on hydration. One thing winter is guaranteed to do to almost every skin type is dry it out. That’s why your usual hydration regimen might not cut it. Instead, start with a lighter, thin toner after you’ve cleansed. Then, once it’s sunk in a little, lock in that moisture with a slightly heavier toner or essence on top. 2. DON’T stick with your summertime cleanser. If you’ve noticed your skin feels dry after you’ve cleansed, even lexingtonlife.com

in summer, then it’s definitely not the correct one to use in winter. Instead, use a gentle cleanser with moisturizing ingredients to keep your skin soft and supple. Note: The only people who shouldn’t do this are those prone to oily skin. If your cleanser doesn’t dry your skin at any time of year, stick with it, as moisturizing cleansers may increase greasiness. 3. DO protect your moisture barrier, which is the layer of skin packed with lipids, ceramides, and fatty acids. Its job is to prevent moisture from escaping from your skin. A mistake many skincare rookies make is overloading that barrier by using too many new products, which damages it. However, even if you are careful with the products you introduce, winter can also cause similar damage – it is almost inevitable. Once the skin barrier has gaps, moisture can escape, and your skin will feel dry, cracked, and sore. To protect your barrier, reinforce it December 2021 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 39

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with products containing ceramides, squalene, and fatty acids. Just be aware that adding too many new products at once could make it worse. Look for a gentle cleanser and moisturizer that contains these ingredients. 4. DON’T take hot baths or showers. When it’s cold outside, it’s so tempting to stand under a hot shower or soak in a hot bath. What happens when you’re in the bath or shower? You sweat! The more you sweat, the faster your body will dehydrate, and the dryer your skin will become. If you must have a hot bath or shower, then try not to spend too long in it and only bathe in hot water (rather than warm) no more than once a week. You also should not allow hot water near your face. When it comes to protecting your skin, wash it with lukewarm water only. Extremes of heat or cold are equally damaging. 5. DO stay hydrated. Hydration involves more than a moisturizer; it starts from the inside out. Make sure you drink lots of water, or your choice of liquid, to stop your body from becoming dehydrated. Be careful with caffeinated products, however; they can cause more frequent bathroom trips and have the opposite effect. You could also consider investing in a humidifier to keep the air moist at home. 6. DON’T forget your sunscreen. Although the temperature outside is colder, in some parts of the world, the sun is closer to Earth. Regardless of where you are, though, your face is still being exposed to harmful rays all winter. Don’t forget to put two tablespoons’ worth of sunscreen on your face and neck every day, even if lexingtonlife.com

you’re not planning on going out. No factor 15, either – factor 50 minimum! 7. DO exfoliate – gently! The harsh wind and the cold can damage your skin and cause it to flake. Using a gentle exfoliation product once a week will remove the dead cells from your skin and leave it looking radiant. 8. DON’T forget about the rest of your body. As your face is the one taking the brunt of the weather damage, it’s easy to forget about the skin on the rest of your body. It’s true that the skin on your legs, arms, and torso will not require as much care as your face, but it’s not wise to neglect it, either. Just like your face, consider switching to a gentle moisturizing body wash over winter to maintain its hydration levels.

The minute you step out of the shower or bath, slather on a good layer of moisturizing lotion or oil. Using moisturizer on wet skin locks in the moisture for extra hydration and beautifully smooth skin. 9. DO look after your lips. Because your lips are often moist, you may find that they dry out faster than any other part of your body. Protect them over winter with a good quality lip balm. Look for balms that have a thick and slightly greasy feel, e.g., Vaseline, which will moisturize your lips and protect them from the elements. Also apply a protective product on your lips at night so that it has time to soak in completely. 10. DON’T irritate your skin with your clothes. Your skin will be likely to be drier and more sensitive due to the cold weather. Wear lighter layers of clothes made from soft and breathable material directly against your skin. Then, add heavy layers with scratchier material like wool on top to lock in the heat without irritating your skin. Just Do You All this advice will give you good building blocks for protecting your skin in winter. However, no one knows your skin or your specific needs better than you. If you think any of these tips will cause more harm than good, then don’t follow them. Do what you feel you can to protect your skin and keep yourself hydrated and comfortable over winter. n

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Why Does Santa Wear

It’s Not Because of Coca-Cola! That jolly old gentleman with a white beard, rosy cheeks, and red suit; that’s the Santa that kids look forward to a visit from on Christmas Day. But wait, wasn’t the modern-day Santa invented by Coca-Cola? Well, not exactly. The Coca-Cola brand can claim some credit for popularizing the modern Santa. But The story of the Santa and his red outfit begins with the 2nd-century saint, Saint Nicholas. Who Was Saint Nicholas? Santa Claus evolved from Saint Nicholas, who is believed to have lived in Turkey in the 2nd century. St Nick was a Christian bishop known as ‘Nicholas the Wonderworker’ because of the many mysterious miracles and good deeds attributed to him. He was renowned for his generosity, compassion, humbleness and kindness and made sure that disadvantaged people received gifts during the holidays. Saint Nicholas’s most famous act of generosity had to do with a formerly wealthy man who had fallen on hard times. This poor but devout man had three daughters and could not afford to pay their dowries as was customary during that time period, which prevented the girls from getting married. Unfortunately, in those days unmarried women were often forced into prostitution, hard manual labor, or begging on the streets. Saint Nicholas had inherited money from his wealthy parents, and when he heard about the poor man’s plight, he decided to do something to help. St Nick went to the poor man’s house in the dead of night and threw a bag full of gold through a window. He saved the three daughters from a life of poverty, suffering and despair. Clues, mysterious coincidences, and folklore woven with just enough historical facts passed down through the generations attest to the origins of Santa. However, some historians question if Saint Nicholas existed because nothing was actually written or recorded about St Nick in his lifetime. This was probably because it was customary for bishops to be generous and kind to everyone; Saint Nicholas would not have appeared to be out of the ordinary for that time period. When Did Saint Nicholas Become the Father of Christmas? The legend of Saint Nicholas grew over the centuries; he gave hope and encouragement to all who believed in the Spirit of Christmas and goodwill toward men on earth. His warm, jolly aura united all people regardless of social status, economic position or financial condition. He became the patron saint of children and one of the most popular saints in Europe, especially in the Netherlands. Bishops of that time wore long red cloaks, which created grandeur images in the minds of the people, making Saint Nicholas a famous classic icon. Saint Nicholas first became linked to Christmas in America in 18th century Manhattan. Dutch families living in Manhattan gathered to honor “St. Nick” on the anni44 | LEXINGTON LIFE | December 2021


versary of his death on December 6th. Various American newspapers picked up on this Dutch tradition and began using St. Nick as a symbol of Christmas. The Dutch translation of Saint Nicholas is Sint Nicholas, which the Dutch families shortened to the nickname Sinterklaas. The American papers anglicized this name, so Sinterklaas became Santa Claus. Around the same time, the Salvation Army began using men dressed as Santa to collect money on the streets for disadvantaged families. Although the original Salvation Army collectors wore green, their presence contributed to cementing Santa’s place in American Christmas tradition. How Did Santa Become the Jolly Old Gent Dressed in Red? Santa as we know him began to take shape in the 18th and 19th centuries. But the evolution of the imagery now associated with Santa can be credited to the poet Clement Clarke Moore. In Clement Clarke Moore’s poem “ ‘A visit from Saint Nicholas,” St. Nick is described as a jolly old elf riding a miniature sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer. The poem also refers to St Nick’s red cheeks, white beard, and sliding down the chimney. Then, in 1881, political cartoonist Thomas Nast illustrated Clement Clarke Moore’s poem. Nast’s illustration included all the things mentioned in Clarke Moore’s poem with one addition; Santa was wearing red clothes.

How Did Coca-Cola Get in on the Santa Act? Back in 1931, Coca-Cola was a drink associated with warm, tropical weather. The brand decided to do something to make their soft drink a drink for all seasons, especially the holidays. Coca-Cola hired artist Haddon Sundblom to create a Santa for a Coca-Cola magazine advertisement, and the rest is history. The association and advertising of Coca-Cola as Santa’s preferred beverage had begun. Wrapping Up Coca-Cola Christmas advertising certainly helped to develop the modern-day image of Santa. But Santa doesn’t wear red to please the marketing guys at Coca-Cola any more than Santa drives around in a big red truck. The origin of Santa’s red clothes can be traced back to St Nicholas’s red robes. Santa then gained some fun and magical accessories, such as reindeer and a sleigh, thanks to a poem by Clement Clarke Moore; the artist Thomas Nast completed the ensemble with a red suit. Coca-Cola merely made the most of the lucky coincidence that Santa’s clothes were the same color as the brand’s logo. n lexingtonlife.com

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Mindfulness by Kim Becknell Williams common misconception is that martial arts training basically involves subduing an opponent and forcing them to surrender with the least number of moves. However, this practice is so much more than physical domination – it is a mindset, a lifestyle that embraces a philosophy. Unfortunately, movies, media, and video games have glamorized martial arts training to the point that many people are under the impression that it encourages aggression or violent behavior. This could not be further from the truth. There is a direct correlation between martial arts practice and an increase in emotional well-being, mental stability, gentleness, and acceptance. This is due to the fact that the entire martial arts culture has a foundation of Eastern practices that promote mindfulness, awareness of surroundings, respect for the environment, wisdom, self-control, and compassion for living creatures. It is also one of the few sports not dominated by gender, age, race, marital, financial, or economic status; anyone and everyone can benefit from this type of training. Elderly and disabled martial arts students have shown significant improvement in psychological, cognitive, physical, and mental abilities, feeling more balanced, peaceful, and content with life in general. Students reflected better performance in attention, creativity, self-esteem, leadership skills, and confidence within a short period of time. “I have had some students in the past with ADD/ADHD who participated in martial arts as a natural way to address their focus issues,” says Debbie Polk, an Orton-Gillingham tutor. Many adults enroll for these same reasons. There are many types of martial arts, both noncombative and combative, including but not limited to Karate, Kung Fu, Jiu-jitsu, Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi, and mixed martial arts (MMA). Based on the country of origin and philosophy, there will be subtle variations in technique, but every branch of martial arts training requires discipline, mental awareness, and physical stamina. New students should not be intimated; the amount and intensity of conditioning, cardio, strength training, flexibility, balance, and dexterity are gradually increased to cultivate personal challenges while reaching realistic goals. Experienced teachers know how to meet students


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where they are and bring out the best in them. JD Pearce is a former martial arts student and instructor who elaborates on his experience. “As a young boy, I was fascinated with Bruce Lee and had always dreamed of becoming a martial artist,” Pearce says. He waited years before pursuing his interest in martial arts, delaying training until he was in his mid40s. The timing seemed right for him. “The experience was well worth the wait and all the hard work, injuries, black eyes, busted noses, and sore muscles from training,” he explains. “I would not trade it for anything.” Pearce currently has a second-degree black belt in Aikido and a third-degree black belt in Combat Hapkido. He continues, “Even though black belts are a big goal for many who train in martial arts, here is a little-known fact – only about 1% of the people who train in martial arts (of any style) ever reach black belt.” Training for a black belt is challenging and takes a lot of time. Even though the training was hard, Pearce enjoyed it. “I will admit at times it was tough for me, especially after I turned 50. I remember after I got my brown belt, there were times I thought about quitting,” Pearce says. “I was struggling to pick up the more difficult techniques. I had to unlearn years of my own bad habits. Where I was always taught to be strong, I had to learn to be easy and even gentle as to not hurt my training partners. Eventually, I was able to get it and the feeling of passing that first black belt test was amazing. The self-confidence you receive from something like this is indescribable.” Aside from working toward a black belt, the training has other rewards. “I would encourage anyone of any age to try it,” Pearce says. “There are a multitude of martial arts, and being older will not hold you back if your heart is in it.” Finding the right dojo (school) is important. “Discipline, confidence, comradery, friendship, respect, leadership, all these things are learned in a good dojo,” he goes on. Pearce recommends findlexingtonlife.com

ing a good sensei (instructor), too. “Find a sensei you like and trust,” he says. “This is key.” Black Tiger Tae Kwon Do Master Andrew Black has been the owner of Black Tiger Tae Kwon Do in Lexington for about 10 years. He has been practicing Tae Kwon Do most of his life, having started when he was 10 years old. He is a fifth-degree black belt and earned the “master” title in front of his name after achieving his fourth-degree black belt. Grandmaster is reached at the ninth-degree black level, which Black says takes a long time to achieve. He shares his passion for martial arts and sees lots of benefits in those who practice. “Martial arts training helps with almost all aspects of your life,” Black says. “There’s discipline in yourself.” Aside from discipline, there are leadership skills and valuable traits that carry over into daily life. “It’s the positive things that will get you far in life,” he says. “It’s like the things CEOs look for in promotions.” Dojang is another term for a martial arts training facility. Black caters to all ages at his dojang and is dedicated to helping each student succeed. “We treat our school like family and want to help everyone we can,” he says. “I don’t think there’s a single person that Tae Kwon Do can’t help whether you’re three or 99 years old.” Obviously, there’s a big difference in teaching someone who is three years old and someone who is 99 years old. The instruction at Black Tiger is customized to fit the individual. “It is an art,” Black says. “It is an expression of yourself regardless of your level of skill.” Students at Black Tiger recently had an opportunity to meet 2016 USA Olympian Stephen Lambdin. A sparring seminar was held on November 6 to allow Lambdin to work with the students throughout the day. Spending time with a Tae Kwon Do Olympian is real-life, in-person inspiration. Master Andrew Black is dedicated to his work. “It’s very much my passion. I love it,” he says. “I love helping my students.” December 2021 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 49

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Students are encouraged to help others whenever possible – Palmetto Kenpo Karate Peter Nich has been the owner of Palmetto Kenpo Karate and bullying is discouraged. “We also encourage good behavior in Lexington since October 2011. While physical fitness is a in school and good performance and to strive for them to albonus to practicing, Nich expresses his thoughts on many ways be their best,” Nich continues. “Honesty, courtesy, respect, other benefits of training in martial arts. The mind has the ca- discipline, loyalty, and courage are the motivating values of Palmetto Kenpo Karate and are pability to connect with the the expected characteristics body. “Some of the benefits of all our students.” in training in the martial Instruction is kept on a arts with men, women, and positive note. “While on the children are self-confidence, training floor, the student is great health and fitness, disnot allowed to say or spell cipline, and the skills needthe words ‘can’t’ or ‘cannot,’ ed to defend themselves as this an indication that and succeed in life,” Nich they are not trying,” he exsays. “Martial arts strengthplains. “We help them think en the mind and body and of positive ways to express teach the importance of how they are trying and will respect towards every indiaccomplish something that vidual. Through respect a is challenging.” The trainstudent finds honor, a sense ing is customized to the of accomplishment, courteindividual student. “While sy, and the inner strength some martial arts have the needed to succeed in every student conform to the art, walk of life.” the curriculum at PalmetThe students take what to Kenpo Karate is tailored they learn beyond the to the individual whether doors of the dojo. Respect young, old, fit, or physically is a trait that is reenforced challenged,” Nich says. Stuthroughout martial arts dents also have a chance to training. “Students learn help instruct a small group that respecting themselves in their class. “This helps and others is as important encourage the improvement as the techniques and skills “About 3 ½ years ago, we enrolled our son in the Karate Dojo for of themselves and their that they learn,” Nich says. after-school care and karate lessons, which also includes classmates,” he says. “It “When a student respects self-defense, discipline, patience and humility. puts them out of their comthemselves more, they build I was so impressed with what Tanner was learning both on and fort zone and shows them stronger self-confidence off the mats that I signed up for adult karate lessons. they can do the things they and improve their overall Belt tests are not easy, but preparing for them teaches accountthought to be exceedingly well-being.” Nich is a secability and increases confidence. My son and I practice together difficult and builds greater ond-degree black belt and at home and even tested together for our orange belts in our self-confidence.” has been training in Kenpo backyard during the beginning of covid which will always be one Learning to execute the Karate since February 1996. of my fondest karate memories. The Karate Dojo is like family foreign techniques of marHe started his martial arts and is one of the most special things that I share with my son!” tial arts requires concentracareer as an assistant intion, diligence, and memoristructor and became a full zation, along with knowing instructor after receiving his first-degree black belt in 2001. He values his work and views when, where, and how to react or not react. The absorption of complex and comprehensive knowledge broken down into students like family. “At Palmetto Kenpo Karate, we treat every student like they smaller sections is a skill that helps outside and inside the classare a part of our family. Each student is our brother and sister, room as well as at home and work. Every aspect of martial arts and we encourage all students to act and feel the same,” he says. is extremely positive, i.e., essential skills for life. n Black Tiger Tae Kwon Do 728A West Main Street Lexington, SC 29072 (803) 553-0351 btigertaekwondo@gmail.com Blacktigertaekwondo.com


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surprising that adaptogens are growing in popularity. How Do Adaptogens Ease Stress? Studies suggest that adaptogens in foods, like herbs and mushrooms, modify cortisol, a hormone released by the adrenal glands when you’re under physical or mental stress. Many things can boost cortisol release, including physical stress. Injury, starvation, or emotional stress, like a death in the family or a divorce, can, too. Cortisol release is a normal response to stress, but it should come back down quickly. Chronically high cortisol is linked with insomnia, anxiety, and weight gain. At the same time, cortisol helps regulate blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and immune system response. This same hormone serves a useful purpose when you’re under stress, as it sends more

glucose and fats into your bloodstream, so your body can use them for energy. However, cortisol can also have negative effects on your body – too much can lead to fertility and bone loss. Cortisol excess can also be harmful to the body and increase the risk of disease. Herbs as Sources of Adaptogens Some of the most powerful adaptogens are derived from certain herbs. One of the most popular is Ashwagandha, also called Indian Ginseng, an herb named because it has the faint aroma of a horse. Ashwagandha means “smell of horse.” A randomized-controlled, double-blind study found that a concentrated preparation of extract from the Ashwagandha root improved subjects’ response to stressful situations and enhanced their life quality. However, it’s not safe to use during pregnancy and December 2021 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 55


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ALMOND DIP 5 slices bacon 1 1/2 c. whole almonds, raw 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 1/2 c. mayonnaise 1 tbsp. chopped green onions 1/2 tsp. dried dill weed pinch of freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp. whole pine nuts (Optional) Crackers Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble, and set aside. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Arrange almonds on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, watching carefully and stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. In a bowl, mix together softened cream cheese, mayonnaise, green onions, crumbled bacon, dill weed, and black pepper until well blended. Form mixture into a pinecone shape, and carefully place on a serving dish. Beginning at the top of the “pinecone” with the points facing upward, press cooled almonds gently into cheese, each point slightly overlapping the bottom of the almond above. If desired, press a few pine nuts randomly between some of the almonds. Serve with crackers for spreading. 62 | LEXINGTON LIFE | December 2021

GUACAMOLE AND PITA BREAD CHRISTMAS TREES 6 pretzel sticks, or as needed 4 pita breads, cut into large triangles 6 oz. guacamole, or to taste 1/2 red bell pepper, minced 1 yellow bell pepper, halved lengthwise and seeded Break pretzel sticks in half and poke each through the rounded side of each pita bread triangle for the “tree trunk”. Spread guacamole on each pita triangle and sprinkle red bell pepper in a zigzag pattern over guacamole layer creating a decorated “tree”. Cut yellow bell pepper into small star shapes using a small star-shaped cookie cutter. Place yellow star on top of each “tree”. CHRISTMAS WREATHS 1/2 c. butter 30 large marshmallows 1 1/2 tsp. green food coloring 1 tsp. vanilla extract 4 c. cornflakes cereal 2 tbsp. cinnamon red hot candies Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows, and cook until melted, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in the food coloring, vanilla, and corn-

flakes. Quickly drop heaping tablespoonfuls of the mixture onto waxed paper, and form into a wreath shape with lightly greased fingers. Immediately decorate with red hot candies. Allow to cool to room temperature before removing from waxed paper and storing in an airtight container. MINI STRAWBERRY SANTAS 1 pt. fresh strawberries, hulled 1 c. heavy whipping cream 1 tbsp. confectioners sugar 1 tbsp. chocolate sprinkles Cut the hulled-side strawberries so they can stand up on a plate. Slice the tip off each strawberry to make the ‘hat’; set aside. Beat cream and confectioners’ sugar in a glass or metal bowl until soft peaks form. Lift your beater or whisk straight up: the whipped cream will form soft mounds. Spoon a large dollop of whipped cream on top of strawberry base for the ‘face’ and ‘beard’. Set the ‘hat’ atop the ‘face’. Add a dot of whipped cream, using a toothpick, on top of the ‘hat’ for the ‘pom-pom’ and 2 dots on the strawberry base for ‘buttons’. Place 2 sprinkles on the ‘face’ for ‘eyes’. n lexingtonlife.com

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l’ Bill was raised like most other kids. Once he was of age, he became a soldier. But his legs got hacked up pretty bad, and it took a while to heal. He had time to think. He didn’t mind the occasional battle, and he liked the regimentation. But he greatly disliked how it always seemed that the most incompetent men were the ones who got promoted. Once Bill healed, he quit the Army and went into government work. It was immediately apparent that government bureaucracy was worse than the Army’s. A few dedicated people did all the work, and boss’s friends avoided work. Bill had to work. He visited old Uncle John. He didn’t know John well, because nobody knew John. John was a cranky old outcast, so maybe he’d understand another outcast. John listened to Bill’s concerns. “Yep, my legs got hacked up, too. Same story as you: couldn’t stand being told what to do by idiots. If you want to work, be here an hour before dawn tomorrow. Bring some extra warm clothes. You’ll go with me.”


They set out walking, and John pointed out the Big Dipper’s position in the clear sky. “Cold weather coming. I’ll teach you how to read the stars. You’ll have plenty of time to study. It’ll help you pay attention.” John introduced Bill to the boss. “Here’s our new night man.” John told Bill: “Come with me. Our shift starts late.” He led Bill to a tent, and they sat in front of a fire and ate. “Sleep all you can until I wake you.” Bill figured out why he needed sleep as he stood watch in the quiet, brisk darkness. John came over one time and showed him the whole sky, dividing it into sections and describing certain things. Each night, John showed him different sections of the sky. They saw shooting stars, and John learned how the Dipper would rotate slowly. He learned to identify the different characters in the sky as John told him story after story. One night, they saw a strange ball of light with two tails. John had never seen this before. “Hmm, a sign.” Each night, the ball with two tails slowly advanced across the sky. John remained next to

Bill all night each night but said less and less. Bill noticed that John looked intently skyward all night. Bill thought to himself, “Uncle John is a little crazy, I think.” Then one night, a brightly shining figure appeared in the sky. Bill and John fell to the ground trembling. The voice in the sky said, “Fear not.” When they looked up, the whole sky was filled with brightly shining figures who began to sing. It took a few days for John and Bill to understand that they – outcasts alone doing work nobody else wanted to do – were the only ones who saw the brightly shining figures and heard their voices. All John said afterward was simple: “Good thing we were paying attention.”n

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