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15 It has been raining for two weeks straight and my front yard is a mud pit. We’re not supposed to get this much rain in South Carolina. After all, the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” I am not sure why February has had so much rainfall. Baseball coaches have been frustrated at their inability to practice as, night after night, the rains shower down on the Midlands. Obviously, the late, great Eddie Money was not a big baseball fan. His song, I Love a Rainy Night, has a catchy jingle although I am not sure how a rainy night makes me feel good. Most rainy nights just make me feel cold. In order to stay warm, I have been building fires in our fireplace. I enjoy gathering new firewood and keeping the fire toasty. As I step outside, the freezing rain soaks my hair and the cold pavement sends shivers up from my toes and through my spine. I hustle to get done as fast as possible and drop the new logs into the fireplace. The flames roar in excitement with the addition of the new wood and the sudden burst of heat feels amazing on my face. It won’t be long before the 99 degree summer swelter will be here. However, as I taste the rain drying on my lips and feel the fire’s heat warm my soul, I am appreciative of nature and God’s infinite wisdom. Thanks for reading and happy Easter! Todd Shevchik

INSIDE the ISSUE FEATURES 15 24 28 33

2020 High School Baseball Preview Angel Flight- Going Above and Beyond to Deliver Hope 5 Ways to Prepare for Tax Time Give Your Child a Summer to Remember-Summer Camps

COLUMNS 11 39

Faith Matters David Clark

Tracy Tuten, Anna

DEPARTMENTS 7 From the Publisher 9 Events 13 Leader 36 Spice of Life

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Events MARCH /APRI L Thursday, March 5 2020 Taste of Lake Murray Fundraiser Event Doubletree by Hilton Columbia, 2100 Bush River Rd., Columbia, 6:30 p.m. Come out for a night of great food and music while you support the July 4th celebration on Lake Murray! Live music and dishes from 15 area restaurants; tickets $75 per person, (803)781-5940 or online at tasteoflakemurray.com. Saturday, March 7 Shuckin’ on the Shoals Festival Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Rd., Columbia, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Support the park and have a blast at this event! This year’s festival includes a 5k run, music by Cash Money Experience, craft beer and food trucks followed by a VIP Oyster Roast. Oyster Roast tickets only $75/Foundation Members; $90/ Non-Members; $25/Children ages 7-12; Children under 6 are free. For details, tickets, race and sponsor information visit icrc.net. Saturday, March 14 Healthy Kids Fun Fair Segra Park, 1640 Freed St., Columbia, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. A free and open community event for designed for children and their families, the Healthy Kids Fun Fair features exhibits and programs about healthy eating, exercising and living a healthy lifestyle plus family friendly entertainment, hands-on demonstrations and activities. For details go to jlcolumbia.org. Monday, March 23 Spring Gardening Symposium with Jenks Farmer Clemson Extension, 605 W. Main St., Suite F., Lexington, 7:00 p.m. Learn a few powerful tips and tricks to kick off your spring garden! Jenks Farmer is a renowned horticulturist, nursery owner, garden curator and author. Tickets are available through March 16 at Eventbrite/facebook/theherbbunch for $12.24 or can be purchased locally for $10, wpettus@sc.rr. com or call(803)356-0677. irmochapinlife.com

Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5 Columbia International Festival 2020 S.C. State Fairgrounds, 1200 Rosewood Dr., Columbia Explore and experience the cultural heritages of more than 80 countries displayed by native hosts through pictures, artifacts, and food with live demonstrations and entertainment. Festivities will run Saturday, April 4th 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 5th 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is $7, children 12 and under are free and free admission for active duty military personnel. For schedule and details visit cifonline.org. Saturday, April 18 10th Annual River Rocks Music Festival Central Energy, 2030 Gregg St., Columbia, 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Enjoy a day of family-friendly live music, activities and food with your leashed pets on the banks of the Congaree River. Proceeds will benefit the Congaree Riverkeeper and the effort to protect and preserve rivers. Visit riverrocksfestival.com for schedule and details; tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the gate. Friday, April 24 Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Gardens Riverbanks Botanical Gardens, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, 7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Sip a variety of wines in the nation’s most beautiful and inspiring gardens! Visit riverbanks.org for tickets in advance, $65 for Riverbanks members, $75 for general public.

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Why aren’t my prayers answered? I don’t feel like God even hears my prayers. I don’t know why I even bother to pray. Maybe you can relate. There are three major reasons prayers go unanswered. 1) The request is inappropriate. The Bible says in 1 John 5:14-15: “And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.” Did you catch the key phrase? “anything that pleases him (God).” Make sure you are asking God-pleasing prayers. By the way, the Bible is full of things that please God. 2) The timing is off. God wants to say yes, but it’s not the right time. If you love your children, then there are times you have to say no. There may be nothing wrong with their request, but it’s simply not the right time. I remember asking God to bring the person into my life that he wanted me to marry. It was a long time before he answered that prayer. I finally realized why he was waiting. He was preparing me by working on me. And he had a great deal of work to do in my life. I wasn’t ready. 3) The life of the one praying. Why should I expect God to answer my prayers when I’m living in disobedience to his word? Ask yourself: Do you have unconfessed sin? Do I have broken relationships that I need to mend (Matthew 5:23-24)? Maybe you are being selfish in your prayers and thinking of only yourself (James, 4:3; Proverbs 21:13). Here’s a challenge. Stop praying for stuff and start praying for other people. Make a simple prayer list. Ask people “How can I pray for you?” I have found that when I focus on the needs of others, God meets my needs in the process. n

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Irmo–Chapin LEADER By Jackie Perrone

Chief Don Perry Irmo’s Chief of Police appreciates his community, his family, and his job of keeping the peace in his town. “We’re the good guys,” he proclaims. “We work at maintaining a good relationship with all the citizens and at preventing crime with good common sense. It’s a great place to be.” Chief Don Perry arrived in Irmo at the age of two. He graduated from the local public schools and earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice at Midlands Tech. After serving a while in West Columbia, he joined the Irmo Police Department in July 1998. In the two decades since, he has witnessed the explosive growth of the suburban community, with new housing developments springing up all over town. The police department has grown alongside it, from a force of 17 officers in the 1990s to the current staff of 27. “We keep up with the times,” says the chief. “Think of the new tools that have come along: tasers, the ASP baton (collapsible), cameras in every car as well as body cameras for every officer. Laptops in every vehicle streamline the license checks and ticket routines. Technology has made our work more efficient.” He emphasizes that technology does not replace the person-to-person contacts that make the police useful to the community. “There are about 600 businesses in Irmo,” he says. “Each officer on our staff makes at least 10 business contacts each month. Their mission is to know the business people personally. When an emergency or problem arises, it’s personal as well as professional to be there helping out.” Maintaining good relationships with the schools is also high priority. A DUI grant made possible the “Alive at 25” program, where officers go into the schools to warn teenaged drivers of the dangers of alcohol and risky driving. Irmo has not escaped the opioid epidemic, and every officer’s equipment includes Narcan, the antidote that can save lives during an overdose episode. Law enforcement personnel also conduct safe-habits classes, reminding people of the common-sense precautions that can save property and lives. “Lock things up. Don’t leave valuables in your car. Watch out for your neighbors and don’t hesitate to call 911 if something looks suspicious.” Chief Perry is well aware of the stresses that can overtake public safety officers. They have to be on their toes at all times, careful of the approach to unknown situations, and willing to risk their own safety to help others. The profession is known for high rates of divorce and suicide; community support is a valuable asset in retaining a good police force. This chief appreciates the supportive environment they enjoy in Irmo. “A low complaint rate,” he says. Chief Perry has a wife, Carmen, and stepdaughter Maddie. n irmochapinlife.com

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hapin, in the 5-AAAAA region, finished their 2019 season with 17 wins and 11 losses. Head Coach Scott McLeod has been with the Eagles for over 25 years. Their regular season games will start March 9th when they face defending state champions Dutch Fork High School at home. Seven prominent seniors are ready to play at the next level, with firm commitments for the future: Cade Austin (South Carolina), William Privette (The College of Charleston), Chris Veach, and Tyler Teal (both Presbyterian College), Drew Calhoun (Furman), Jarrett Whitley (USC Sumter), and Noah Davis who has signed to a D3 school. “I think the sky is the limit with this team and with the arms we have and the defense,” McLeod remarks. “I think these guys can really go as far as they want to.” Chapin is in a competitive region and will face Lexington, Dutch Fork, White Knoll, and River Bluff. “Everyone in our region is really good,” McLeod explains. His overall philosophy is “to develop young men and help them become good fathers, husbands, and citizens.” He is also adamant about the tremendous fan and community support in Chapin, which the team appreciates.

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he Irmo Yellow Jackets are hoping to have a great start to the 2020 season with four senior returners. Head Coach Bruce White, who is entering his third year as the varsity baseball coach at Irmo High School, explains, “The team is very young, and the underclassmen have been working really hard to make a difference.” During the 2019 season, they were 6–16 overall and 2–9 in their region. “My expectations are always to make playoffs and win our region,” he says. In Region 4-AAAAA, Irmo will be faced with Blythewood, who is ranked number two in the preseason poll, and other region competitors, including Sumter, Lugoff-Elgin, and Spring Valley. “We are trying to develop our guys to where we can just go and try and compete with them inning by inning,” continues White, “If we can do that maybe we will have some success in the end.” Currently, no players have committed at the next level with the team being so young. Irmo will need a full team effort to be successful. White is encouraged by what he has seen. “This team is coming together better as a group, better than we have in the past. Great attitudes and great kids. No matter what, I want them to have fun because it is just a game, but play hard and be sound fundamentally.” Coach White is appreciative of the baseball fans: “The fans supporting us through all that we do is amazing. The community helps our kids in reference to playing the game the right way and it excites them to see a crowd.”

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utch Fork won the 5A state championship for the first time in school history in 2019. With the loss of 11 seniors last year, the team is ready to reload their program again into state champions like the year before. As for pitchers, they did not really catch a loss, as their top two, Ty Olenchuk and Doug Webb, are returners. Sam Hatcher, a returner, also made a huge impact in the playoffs last season. They have a transfer, Dante Chirico, who they are excited about. Coach Waites, who has been at Dutch Fork for seven years, says, “We believe playing in our region is like playing in the playoffs each night. Every team in our region is strong. We call it the SEC West.” Dutch Fork baseball has been making an impact in the community by making it about more than just a sport. The team has raised money for pediatric cancer and cancer research, honored military service members, and donated time to Families Helping Families, Special Olympics, and the Irmo Little League. Waites says, “We are about teaching young men to be great fathers, husbands, and members of their community.” The first regular season game will be played against Chapin on March 9th. “The expectation is the same, as we want to be playing in the playoffs and chasing that ring,” Waites explains. “We are extremely appreciative of the support we have received, and I approach our fans and parents as a family.”

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fter making the state championship two years in a row, Ben Lippen looks to finally win the big ring this season. Head coach Matt Padgett has been at Ben Lippen for three years. He also was the head baseball coach for the Blowfish, a minor league baseball team, last summer. Coach Padgett says, “I want them to play hard, play loose, and just play fast with a lot of confidence. My most important rule is to have fun.” Team goals are to win the region and advance to the playoffs and to try and win a state championship. “Our number one mission is to be solid citizens and great teammates,” Padgett says. “That is the number one priority; wins and losses come in as close to that as it can.” Ben Lippen has four returning starters, which will allow for a year of transition and growth. Two players to watch out for are Tripp Williams and Zach Sutton. Williams was a co-region player of the year last year and has signed to play at North Greenville. In the last two years, all three teams have been from their region that have played in the state championship rounds. Coach Padgett says, “We need to build consistency and be confident about it.”

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by: Marilyn Thomas

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Headquartered at the Dekalb Peachtree Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, is a nonprofit organization whose primary goal is to provide free air travel to patients who need life-saving medical treatment but lack the financial resources to personally fund the transportation. “We believe illness isn’t stopped by boundaries,” the Angel Flight Soars website states, “and cures shouldn’t be, either – whether the boundaries are geographic or monetary.” Hope is the foundation of Angel Flight Soars. It is this hope that continues to inspire the network of diligent staff, from the administrators who coordinate the flights, to the pilots who host ailing passengers, to the patients who seek a cure, to the drivers who provide ground transportation, to the survivors who need relief, to the supporters who donate to this worthy cause. About 36 years ago, Angel Flight Soars was founded by a group of compassionate pilots who would voluntarily fly patients to medical appointments in their personal planes. Since then, the organization has flourished and built numerous alliances with similar entities throughout the country, but the southeast is the primary area in which they serve. Many of the passengers are seeking to access cancer treatment without the risk of exposure to germs in a crowded commercial flight, while some are burn victims who require multiple skin grafts. Additionally, “We are the only charitable flying organization in the country that actually helps people get to their live transplant call,” says Jeanine Chambers, the organization’s executive director. “We do a lot of work with military families as well, which is very exciting for us to be able to help. Last year, we coordinated about 500 missions for military families, specifically.” In addition to helping individuals acirmochapinlife.com


cess healthcare, the organization has also assisted in international disaster relief efforts. Following 9-11, when the nation’s larger airports were closed for security reasons, Angel Flight Soars pilots were transporting first responders, Red Cross workers, and other relief specialists to New York City and conveying life-giving essentials such as donated blood, so that hospital resources would not be depleted. Other catastrophic events, such as hurricanes, will also mobilize the staff and volunteers of Angel Flight Soars to deliver support to devastated sites. In these cases, “We are there to bridge a gap, until the right people get involved that need to do it,” says Chambers. “On a daily basis, we get people to hope of life-saving medical treatment, but during times of crisis, we take the hope to the people.” Chambers began volunteering with Angel Flight Soars in 1997 and was soon invited to join the board of directors. On her first day, however, she lost her brother to an unexpected death. “I always knew that I wanted to do something professionally, where I could help people in some way because I was raised volunteering and paying attention to your community, the people around you, and making a difference,” she says, “and I never thought that it would be really to the level that it is, so it was perfect for me. We kind of saved each other.” From the start, her experience has been rewarding. “Here I am, over 20 years later, and the organization went from, when I started, with 270 missions, and we’ve already done 2,500 this year. Last year, we almost did 3,400. It has grown significantly! For 2019, we have coordinated 277 missions specifically for South Carolina residents, and last year about 380 were for South Carolina patients. I am the most blessed person in the world,” she continues, “because I am surrounded every day with the most compassionate people, and the volunteers, our pilots, and nonpilot volunteers are really just truly compassionate people that take real space out of their lives to help other people. We try to help as many people as we can, whatever the medical condition may be (if not contagious). Last year, we were able to assist with over 120 different medical conditions, for ages birth to 90 years old.” Tiffany Smith is a local who frequently flies with Angel Flight Soars. Born and raised in Lexington, South Caroliirmochapinlife.com

na, she enjoys sports and has a certified nursing assistant degree. From birth, she has struggled with aniridia, a rare vision disorder in which the iris of the eye fails to develop properly. Today, she is legally blind, has had more than a hundred surgeries, and has developed an incurable and chronic disorder called Addison’s disease. Because of the Addison’s, she was referred to a specialist in Maryland at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2016. While fundraising to solicit

“On a daily basis, we get people to hope of life-saving medical treatment, but during times of crisis, we take the hope to the people.”

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beyond to help.” Other nonflying volunteers are known as “earth” or “ground angels,” Director Chambers explains. “We recruit ground angels to drive the patients from the airport to the medical facilities in a lot of places. Our greatest challenge is letting people know that we’re here. Opportunities for us to reach the community with the message that we’re here to serve people is literally the greatest thing that you can do to help. We can act as angels in the lives of others. In some small way, whether you are educating, giving a speech, donating money, flying a mission, or driving a patient, these are all ways that we can touch and impact people that have a ripple effect beyond what we will ever know. We can all be angels in other people’s lives.” The efforts of the Angel Flight Soars program allows families to focus on getting better instead of worrying about how to get there. To get involved in this amazing service, or if you or someone you know is in need of a medical flight, simply call 877.4.AN.ANGEL, visit www. angelflightsoars.org, or email admin@ angelflightsoars.org for details. n

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Ways to Prepare for Tax Time by Brandon Johnson It’s that time of year again - the dreaded tax time. Soon all your W-2s and 1099s will be rolling in and you’ll need to schedule an appointment with your tax consultant.  It doesn’t have to be torture.  Follow these five simple steps to make for a stress-free tax season.  Pick a Preparer Finding a tax preparer can be difficult, so what’s the best option?  Talking with family, friends and coworkers could work, they may have a tax preparer to recommend. It’s important to understand what the tax professional’s rates will be, along with their turnaround time. Knowing the answers to these questions ahead of time can save you a lot of headaches in the future. Organize, Organize, Organize It seems like common sense to have all your documents in order, but many people just put everything in a folder and give it to their tax professional.  While that might be fine if you only have W-2s, anything more than that should be opened and organized. Try and imagine that you’re the tax preparer.  How would you know which expenses belong to which rental?  Handing over information that is neatly organized can only benefit you in the long run.  There will be fewer questions from the tax preparer which in turn means less cost for you. So how do you organize all those documents?  Simple!  Follow the lines from the 1040 tax return.  Line 1 is wages and salaries so you’ll want to organize all your W-2s.  The next lines are interest and div-

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Options you need to know before deciding to have hip replacement surgery by James Loging, MD, MBA You have always enjoyed an active lifestyle until the day when you start to notice an unusual pain in your hip. You tried to manage the pain hoping it would get better, only to find that over time it has progressively gotten worse. As the pain worsens you find yourself avoiding activities you once enjoyed. After realizing that the pain will not get better on its own, you decide to visit the doctor to see what may be going on and discover that the pain is related to severe arthritis in your hip and a hip replacement is required to resolve your pain. This can be a scary and very stressful situation; but it doesn’t have to be if you know that there are options available to help you recover faster and experience less pain after surgery. Most people don’t realize that there are multiple ways the hip can be replaced by an orthopedic surgeon. Not all orthopedic surgeons are trained on the different options available and are limited to only one approach. Sometimes the procedure that will be performed is not even discussed with the patient, which can lead to unsatisfactory or delayed results. Not all approaches are created equal and certain ones have significant benefits over others. The approach that has the most benefits is called the Anterior Approach. Anterior Hip Replacement surgery indicates that the surgeon replaces a patient’s hip by coming from the front (anterior) of the hip. The benefit of coming from the front is that the doctor doesn’t have

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and transfer kale and leeks to a blender. Add white parts of the green onions and 2 more tablespoons butter; blend until smooth, scraping down sides as needed, 1 to 3 minutes. Stir pureed kale mixture into the bowl of potatoes and continue to mash. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Add cream and stir until desired texture. Top with 2 tablespoons butter and green parts of the green onions.

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The Beginning of Wisdom Khaki the Second is just shy of a year and a half old. Those of you who remember your own childhood -- and those who’ve watched dogs grow up -- know that a year and a half in dog-years is the beginning of what we will call “A Young Dog’s Glory Days.” These Glory Days are when young dogs of all descriptions still loll around on the ground and play, but are also just beginning to wake up to other ideas. The Young Dog learns to really run about this period of time. The real run begins as a comedy of long legs not quite working together and ending in a furry, tumbling heap. But then one day, he spots a good-size buck deer loping across the back field. Last Saturday I was rubbing Khaki’s ears when two deer loped across the field in front of us. Khaki didn’t wait to consider the impossibility of covering the hundred-yard distance in time to catch the deer. He didn’t consider what he might conceivably do with a rack full of antlers if he did manage to catch the deer. He simply whirred through the clover with his legs stretched out as far as they could go. It was beautiful to watch him run flat out. I knew at that moment that his puppy days were just about over. All young dogs are instilled with a firm conviction enabling them to completely ignore things like distance and consequences. Later they discover it wasn’t conviction, exactly, but rather ignorance of their existence. My Daddy and I had a conversation when I was about 1.5 Dog Years about jumping my bike over a ditch at the bottom of an embankment. Daddy addressed my planned Ditch-Conquering with a simple question: “You sure you want to do that, son?” I was a Proud Young Dog and insisted that yes, indeed, I did want to “do that.” Daddy quietly squatted down: “Okay, son. Go ahead, I want to see this.” Daddy took his time walking down the embankment after he determined I was still alive. He looked at me. “You alright, son?” I pulled myself out of the dirt and sat up. Daddy checked over the bike, and chuckled: “Well, looks like the bike made it.” I was about Two Dog Years old when Daddy asked his simple question for the fourth time. I have no idea what I was proposing, but there was that simple question: “You sure you want to do that, son?” I sat back in silence, and thought to myself: “Maybe not. Maybe I need to think about this a little longer.”

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