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from the EDITOR Donna and I celebrated our 20th anniversary with a trip to Daufuskie Island. The Haig Point Lighthouse is available for rentals, and we were fortunate enough to book it for the weekend. Legend has it that the lighthouse is haunted by the spirit of Maggie, a girl who lived there in 1885. I decided not to mention this to Donna, because I’m skeptical of the folklore in socalled “haunted” places, and I knew she would be afraid. The 2-bedroom, 2-bath lighthouse was simply stunning. Beautiful hardwoods, a dining room and kitchen, and a winding staircase added to its quaint charm. We chose the bedroom overlooking the ocean, and I opened the windows to allow the breeze to fill the room with invigorating salt air. After dinner that night, Joey texted his mother and asked how the “haunted” lighthouse was. A quick Google search later, Donna was not very happy with me and anxious to say the least. After reassuring her that she was safe in my arms, we fell asleep to the sound of the wind, waves, and the rhythmic tapping of the flagpole ropes right outside the window. BAM! A loud slam jolted us both awake at 3:10 a.m. Our solid wood bedroom door slammed shut, and it shook the entire bed. Donna freaked out. I opened the door, and we checked out the empty bedroom. BAM! The door slammed shut again. I still maintain that the wind must have picked up after we went to bed, and the suction pulled the door shut both times. I slid the nightstand in front of the door, and we had no further issues during our stay. The next day, Donna didn’t leave my side the entire time when we were in the lighthouse. She’s usually very independent, so it was a nice change having her be my shadow for a day. It was definitely an anniversary weekend to remember. Thanks, Maggie! Enjoy reading Irmo-Chapin Life! Todd Shevchik

34 INSIDE the ISSUE Features 18 White Christmas 24 Best of Irmo-Chapin Life 2018 Winners 34 Behind the Wing 41 DIY Holiday Decorating


16 Faith Matters 45 David Clark

DEPARTMENTS 11 From the Publisher 13 Events 15 Irmo-Chapin Leaders 46 Spice of Life

Publisher & Editor-In-Chief Todd Shevchik Director of Sales Donna Shevchik • 803-518-8853

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Events November•December Saturday, November 18 Holiday Market Chapin High School, 300 Columbia Ave., Chapin, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visit the 2nd annual Chapin Band Holiday Market and Silent Auction. There are 50+ local vendors and crafters, including: pottery, candles, iron and wood work, homemade crafts and holiday décor, jewelry, clothes, quilts, and more! There will also be food trucks on site. We Care Center will also be there collecting new children’s pajamas, underclothes, and socks for local, needy families. Sunday, November 19 Classics in Time Concert Harbison Theatre at MTC, 7300 College St., Irmo, 3:30 p.m. An afternoon of timeless music featuring Haydn’s celebrated Symphony No. 101 “The Clock” as well as Finlandia by Sibelius and Bizet’s L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2. Admission is free; donations accepted. or 803-400-3540 for more information. Wednesday, November 22 – Sun. December 31 Holiday Lights on the River Saluda Shoals Park, 6071 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Experience the magic as Saluda Shoals Park comes alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights. Take a journey through colorful lights and over 400 animated light displays of all shapes and sizes. Fun-filled family activities offered include, Saluda Shoals train, crafts, Santa Claus’et Gift Shop, marshmallow roasting, and more! Cost of admission: Cars $15; 15-passenger vans $25; Buses $40. Friday, December 1 Dutch Fork Choral Society Concert St. Mary’s Episcopal, 170 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, 7 p.m. The Dutch Fork Choral Society presents Handel’s “Messiah” with guest soloists and orchestra, DFCS Artistic Director Suzanne Ringer and William Douglas, Accompanist. Concert is free; donations accepted. Contact or visit for more information. Submit your event info five weeks in advance to Events will be included as space permits.

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Irmo–Chapin LEADER by Jackie Perrone

Art Guerry To research world affairs, try Encyclopedia Britannica and Google. If it’s local Irmo-Chapin-Lake Murray history you want to discover, just set up an appointment with Art Guerry. It’s all in his head. “I’ve lived in Irmo for 46 years,” he says. “I came here wanting to contribute to things that would make a better community, and I still do. Elective office is one way; volunteering is another. Everyone should be involved in supporting our community.” This Midlands native grew up in the Dentsville area and was a member of the first graduating class at A. C. Flora High School in Columbia. He chose Mars Hill University for his college degree because it offered the degree program in economics that he wanted. He embarked on a master’s program and completed a thesis on the subject of Home Rule Act in local government. (He finished the thesis but not the rest of the requirements, hence, no master’s degree.) Home Rule Act? What is that? A foreign phrase to a couple of recent generations. As Guerry describes it, “Fifty years ago, there was no local government to speak of. The legislators in the general assembly and the commissioners at the highway department made all the decisions for a county. It took an upheaval in the legislature to establish Home Rule so that county government could manage things. It’s been a pet project of mine all my life.” He demonstrated this with action, serving on the Lexington County Council for 16 years and then later as Lexington County Auditor for another seven years. He did this while running a real estate development business, “so I could afford to run for public office,” as he puts it. He is now retired from an active career in that field, just overseeing the real estate properties he acquired over the years. Art Guerry has participated in many aspects of Lexington County’s phenomenal growth and expansion. Whether it’s sewage or garbage disposal or water supply or road maintenance, he knows who is responsible, where to make the call, and how to see it through. One of his earliest projects was pushing through the widening of St. Andrews Road, against vocal opposition (“It costs too much, and we don’t need it”). Many of the streets in the housing developments, which have sprung up in the area, are now crumbling, partly because at the time they were built there was no code requiring durable construction. “Our developers have put a lot into this community,” he says. “They cleared land, designed and built streets, put in sewers and water service. Everything was perfectly legal, but the codes requiring stricter construction did not exist at that time.” Besides all the action, which was part of the elective office, this civic-minded citizen chose to support local activities such as a baseball team at the Irmo-Chapin Recreation Center. His work in helping to accomplish expansion of the outgrown library system won him a state-wide award. Governor Nikki Haley named him to a municipal legislative committee, which handles oversight of plans for communities, which would like to incorporate. He serves currently as president of the Whitehall Homeowners Association, working to improve such things as garbage collection and recycling in that area. n

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faith matters Pastor Steve Musto L.K. (Trey) Harrell, III • Jeremy C. Martin • Jennifer Dowd Nichols • M. Alan Peace • Thomas B. Jackson, III • Donald W. Tyler • Taylor A. Peace • William “Bill” Buchanan • Robert Dibble, Jr REAL ESTATE CLOSINGS Estate Planning & Probate Divorce and DUI Incorporations Construction Law & General Litigation


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There is a funny little story in Genesis 11 that is a favorite of mine. The story is about a group of people who attempt to build a tower, only to have God frustrate their efforts by mixing up their language. The message of the story, and the reason God intervened in their life size Jenga game, is that they were laboring under a totally inaccurate view of God. Over time, they moved from what they knew to be true about God to what they wanted to be true of him. Eventually, their version of God looked, talked, acted and thought exactly like them. There have been many different conceptions and misconceptions about God over time, but this one stubbornly remains etched in human hearts: that God is somehow like us. The truth is that God is not like us. In fact, throughout the Bible, the message is the opposite: we are repeatedly commanded to mold our minds to think and our lives to act like God. Think about your own beliefs for a moment. Does God talk like you? Look like you? Believe what you believe? Would he vote like you? Is he angry at the people who anger you? Is he gracious and loving to those whom you favor? Now ask yourself where those ideas came from. Are you sure they are accurate, or have you, like the people in Genesis, invented your own version of God? Conveniently, God reveals the truth of who he is in the pages of the Bible, which you must admit, is a lot more convenient than having to build a tower. n


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If it’s Christmas, that means Christmas music and one of the songs you are almost certainly going to hear more than once is Bing Crosby singing ‘White Christmas’. The song has become synonymous with the festive season, and is the best-selling single in the world, with an estimated over 100 million sales since it was first heard in the early 1940s. by Calvin Farrell

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The song was written by the songwriter Irving Berlin, one of over 1,500 popular songs that Berlin wrote during his long career, many of which have become classics. At the time he was staying in la Quinta, California, and he probably missed the snowy winters that he was used to in New York. Berlin rather modestly described the song as being one of the best songs ever written by anybody. Bing Crosby, one of the most popular performers of the time, first performed ‘White Christmas’ in public on a radio show on Christmas Day, 1941. At the time, the United States had unwillingly become involved in World War II, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. Part of the song’s popularity during the 1940s is due to the vivid reminders of home that it must have evoked to the thousands of servicemen posted overseas, who didn’t know with any certainty that they would ever see another Christmas. Add to that the nostalgic longing for a time when Christmas was simpler and not so commercialized, and the fact that listening to music on the radio was still a novelty, and it isn’t hard to see why ‘White Christmas’ was such a hit. The following year the movie Holiday Inn was released, and the song was also released as part of an album of songs from the film. Initially nobody paid too much attention to that particular song and it wasn’t until October, 1942 that ‘White Christmas’

shot to the top of the hit parade, where it remained until early the following year. From 1942 until the early 1960s the song entered the pop charts again almost every holiday season in the United States, and was featured in Crosby’s 1954 film White Christmas. In April 1975 it was played on Armed Forces Radio as a secret and pre-arranged signal to indicate the evacuation of Saigon in Vietnam. And in 1999, the song was chosen by National Public Radio as one of the 100 most significant musical works of the 20th century. Crosby recorded the song again in 1947, as it had become so popular that the

inal copy of the song had been played so many times that it had literally worn out. However, despite its popularity in America, ‘White Christmas’ didn’t become a big hit in the UK until the year that Bing Crosby died, in 1977. Hundreds of artists have recorded their own version of ‘White Christmas’ since it was first played, ranging from Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, to the Beach Boys and Lady Gaga. It’s become a staple of Christmas music concerts and TV specials, and whether you like it or not, you’re bound to be singing it to yourself sometime during the holiday season. n

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Golden E agle by Marilyn Thomas

When Nick Shepard and his brother-in-law, Jay Brown, began collecting coins in 2010, they soon discovered that local sources for pursuing this pastime were limited. Their interest eventually led them to launch their own business where customers can securely buy and sell precious metals. The original storefront was opened seven years ago in Chapin, but today, the Golden Eagle PMX (Precious Metals Exchange) is a brick-andmortar store located in a major shopping center at 1100 Dutch Fork Road in Irmo. “We just wanted to create an atmosphere that we wanted to do business in,” explains Mr. Shepard, a licensed precious metals dealer with a background in accounting. “We offer consistent pricing. We have regulars that buy and sell from us all the time, and they know what to expect. That’s key in this business – is trust, knowing that you’re getting a good deal.” Their main purpose is to buy and sell precious metals (e.g., gold, silver, platinum, palladium, etc.) because they are valuable assets that typically retain their buying power. At no charge, the proprietors of Golden Eagle can determine the worth of a customer’s item (e.g., solid scrap jewelry, sterling silver flatware, coins, etc.) by placing it inside the Olympus GoldXpert XRF Analyzer, which provides a precise and certified reading of metallic content. Once the worth is determined, customers are given the option to sell their valuables for cash, or they can “exchange it into a more recognizable form,” such as bullion, explains Mr. Brown. (Bullion is a minted bar or round that contains approximately 100 percent of a specific precious metal.) “We treat everybody that comes through the door like they were our family,” says Mr. Shepard. “I think when it comes to this business, people want to do business somewhere that’s safe, it’s comfortable, and there’s no pressure,” he adds. “Call us. We’ll help you as much as we can.”

Golden Eagle PMX can be reached by phone at (803) 217-1021, and the business website can be found at Also, their Facebook page provides additional information including storefront hours and directions.

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BEST AESTHETIC PHYSICIAN: Balance Health Concepts BEST ALLERGIST: Allergy Partners of the Midlands BEST AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM: Lake Murray Afterschool Academy BEST APARTMENT COMPLEX: Ardmore Ballentine BEST ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY: Carolina Gardens of Harbison BEST AUDIOLOGIST: Midland Hearing Associates BEST AUTO BODY SHOP: Baker Collision BEST AUTO REPAIR: Burgess Bumper to Bumper BEST BANK: First Community Bank BEST BOAT REPAIR: Black Water Marine BEST BURGER: Higher Ground BEST CARDIOLOGIST: Lexington Cardiology BEST CARPET CLEANING COMPANY: Prestige Systems Carpet and Furniture Cleaning BEST CELL PHONE/TABLET REPAIR: That Computer Store BEST CHILDREN’S BOUTIQUE: Enchanted Closet BEST CHIROPRACTOR: Stay Tuned Chiropractic

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Is there someone in your life who you would like to give the gift of a vehicle this Christmas? Before you go out in search of a new car to surprise a loved one, consider this list of tips first to make sure your plan goes off without a hitch! 1. Make Sure You Choose the Right Car

Imagine spending all that time, energy, and hard earned money on a car, only to find out you’ve selected the wrong vehicle. It’s not like you can simply return the car if the person doesn’t like it. It’s a car, not a sweater. A conversation should be happening for a while between you whoever is getting the car. If your loved one has been contemplating a purchase for a while and has picked out their color options and everything else, this could be an opportunity to “surprise” them with something they were going to buy anyway. Jim Hudson Toyota General Sales Manager Steve Matthews concurs, “Our huge inventory of cars, trucks, and SUVs allows us to match the exact vehicle to meet your gift recipient’s style. In addition, we offer the best service maintenance programs available to keep the vehicle in high performance condition.” 2. Do You Need to Finance?

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If the car is for your spouse or significant other and you need to finance it, a surprise might be out of the question if you’ll both need to be listed on the loan documents and paperwork. However, if you explain your situation to the dealer, they may be able to help you carry out your surprise by allowing you to come in shortly after the gift reveal to finalize all the paper work. 3. Tell the Dealer It’s a Surprise

It’s crucial to let the dealer in on your plan for a couple of reasons. First, they’ll know not to call your home to follow up on your purchase, potentially alerting a significant other. They may have also done a surprise car deal before, so they may have additional expertise on the subject. Jim Hudson Ford’s Joe Pietrobono is excited when they get to help Santa deliver an awesome present in the driveway. “Just let us know it is a very special surprise and we will go out of our way to make sure everything goes smoothly.” n

Behind the

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ore and more people from all walks of life are dropping a “c note” on a good burger, like something billionaire Richard Branson might do — even though the burger itself is only a small part of the experience. Since the famous 1903 flight of the Kitty Hawk, people have looked to the sky and thought about how to, as President Ronald Reagan said, “break the surly bonds of Earth,” spread their wings, and fly. Although modern aviation began with a lighter-than-air balloon, in the late 1700s, it was the Wright’s North Carolina flight that put the real possibility into the mainstream minds of future aviators everywhere. In fact, in the immediate years that

gaged in great dogfights across the skies of the European Theater. Aviation also quickly made its way from dashing military pilots and certain dogs named Snoopy to farmers who found they could spray an entire field in a matter of moments to the United States Post Office and, of course, regular people who simply wanted to experience the world from a few thousand feet up. Fast forward a hundred or so years, and there are well over a half-million licensed pilots in the United States, ranging from career captains to enthusiasts who simply love to soar a mile or two off the ground. “Becoming a pilot, although it includes a lot of work, really isn’t as out of reach as you might think,” says flight instructor

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and FAA Inspector Tim Mitchell. Mitchell, who has been flying since he was a teenager, became an instructor in his early 20s and has over 16 years working with new pilots to reach their aviation dream.

“There really aren’t many people who can’t learn how to fly,” Mitchell says, citing only two people in over 150 students, with whom he has had to have the uncomfortable “maybe you should focus on being a passenger, rather than a pilot…” conversation. Mitchell says that there are several reasons people decide they want to fly, including growing up knowing a pilot, and even self-reasoning, including how much easier it would be to visit a child at college. Earning your private plane license, or PPL, is the basic foundation of aviation. It allows to you fly a fixed-wing, single-engine propeller airplane, like a Cessna 152 or 172. These planes, according to Mitchell, are time tested, dependable, and easy to fly. Mitchell says the first step is a discovery flight, which is usually a 30 to 45 minute flight with an instructor, where you often take control of the airplane and get the feel for actually flying. It is often the make or break moment for someone deciding if he or she wants to learn to fly. After reaching 70 knots, rolling back the yoke, and leaving the ground, aviation will either be something that was fun to experience or something that becomes a passion. It’s the passion that will drive someone to go all the way to earning his or her PPL. The Federal Aviation Administration requires a minimum of 40 hours of flight time to earn your license. Mitchell explains that 20 hours is spent with an instructor in the plane with you, 10 hours solo, where you hone your skills all alone with the airplane, and the balance of the 10 hours either solo or with an instructor, based on the individual student’s needs. During the time, students spend time practicing takeoffs and landings, dead reckoning, basic skills, and even night flying. Future pilots also have a required number of hours spent in ground school where they learn mapping, load requirements, including arm and balance, as well as fuel consumption and the impacts of relative wind. Students are also required to undergo a medical exam, administered by an FAA certified doctor, who will evaluate their physical health as it relates to flying a plane. Mitchell explains that the cost of the instructor, plane rental, fuel, medical exams, and associated fees can quickly add up to about $7500 to obtain a private plane license.

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“It is both an amazing feeling and a frightening one,” says student pilot Alex Scofield. “When you take off for your first solo flight,” he says. “You look over an empty seat and realize that your life is truly in your hands.” It’s in that moment that all the training hours come together,

and your confidence builds, according to Scofield. All the hours, both in class and behind the stick, culminate with a check ride, administered by an FAA official like Mitchell. The check ride is just that, he explains. There is a basic set of skills that must be demonstrated, ranging from a Nov/Dec 2017



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Budget-Friendly Winter DIY Décor Tips for Thanksgiving and

Christmas by Kristen Carter Do you want to decorate your home for winter but don’t care to spend a great deal of cash? Do you like the idea of changing the look of your home’s interior over the holiday season but know you’ll pack up your winter home décor pieces as soon as spring hits? There are plenty of ways you can add seasonal decorating touches to your home with just a little ingenuity and elbow grease. Following are a few crafty DIY Thanksgiving and Christmas decorating tricks you can try that will impress your friends and make your neighbors jealous. n Purchase artificial pears, glitter, and gold or silver paint from your local dollar store. Paint each pear in your chosen color and then sprinkle with glitter

and leave to dry. Place your newly frosted fruit on a serving tray on your mantle or coffee table. This nifty winter décor idea is easy, elegant, and oh-so inexpensive. n Pick up pinecones whenever you’re out for an autumn walk. Mix white paint from the dollar store with water, using two parts paint to one part water. Dip each pinecone into your paint mixture and allow to dry. Use tweezers to dip and remove each pinecone. Fill clear glass vases or canning jars with your newly frosted pinecones and place around your home. Simple yet elegant, this easy winter decorating tip let you bring in the outdoors without emptying your wallet in the process. n Purchase a donated wreath and

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A Dinosaur’s Thanksgiving Some readers know the word “dinosaur” because it sometimes refers to us. My favorite is the frequent opportunity to tell young folks how dinosaurs roamed the Earth when I was young. It’s an instant way to figure out someone’s true knowledge. It’s also a great way to amuse other old gray-haired old fuds as the young person responds: “Awesome!” This response provides the perfect opportunity: “Yeah, ol’ Bill here had a pet brontosaurus. A dozen of us used to ride around the field on his back. He was a small one, only 125 feet long. Very playful.” There is no substitute for the response: “Wow! Awesome!” A modernly sensitive friend says I’m not being fair and it “might be confusing.” Look: if a person graduates college and doesn’t know certain things — that ol’ Bill couldn’t have had a pet brontosaurus, for example — then maybe the confusion isn’t a result of my question. Some might agree those poor young people are simply in a natural state of confusion, and it’s not just dinosaurs. We are currently witnessing the results of the greatest failure in parenting history.

As a member of the group who learned about dinosaurs through personal experience, I am thankful my parents taught silly things in between sessions of riding on the back of ol’ Bill’s brontosaurus. Some of you remember the early stuff — lessons on “yes, ma’am” and “yes, sir,” on saying “please” and “thank you,” or the evidently overly complicated act of making change. Intermediate lessons included knowing one’s right from one’s left. I have run into several young men in their early 20s who didn’t know this arcane wisdom. Even more advanced was learning how to tell time, which thus taught the meaning of the word “clockwise” and “counterclockwise.” If you want to give an impromptu intelligence test to an aspiring young mechanic, observe carefully while telling him or her to rotate something counterclockwise. I have met at least a dozen young men in the last two years who had no earthly idea what I meant by “clockwise.” The advanced studies taught what it meant to be “tacky.” Tacky is the state of doing something that is highly embarrassing to your mama. If there’s one thing

Ma Pearl wouldn’t stand for, it was for her son to cause her embarrassment. God was always watching, and God had my mama’s number on speed-dial. He told her everything. Tacky is a quickly escalating scale of idiotic things that range from doing anything besides standing at attention with your hand over your heart during the National Anthem to wearing masks and damaging property. Tacky is the polar opposite of living a respectful life. As a side note, my young friends would say: “Is that like a polar bear?” I thank God there is much to be thankful for in an old fud’s life. But one of the great gifts was to be taught — typically by the seat of the pants — how to live a respectful and thankful life.

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Cranberry Hazelnut Turkey Wellington (Serves 4) 2 sheets (12 x 12 inches) frozen puff pastry, thawed 1 1/2 to 2 lbs uncooked turkey breast 1 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp butter 2 cloves minced garlic 1/4 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts 2 cups dry bread crumbs 3 tbsp turkey or chicken stock 1 1/2 tbsp dry chopped fresh thyme Salt and pepper to season 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries 1 egg + 2 tbsp water beaten together for an egg wash Sauté garlic and onions in olive oil and butter for 2 minutes. Add bread crumbs; toss until they brown slightly. Add hazelnuts, thyme, cranberries, salt and pepper. Add only enough turkey stock to make the stuffing hold together. Place first pastry sheet on parchment-lined cookie sheet. Place turkey breast along center line of the pastry sheet. Brush edges of pastry with egg wash. Place stuffing on top of turkey. Place second pastry sheet over turkey and stuffing. Trim edges to form an oval shape. Save trimmings in the fridge. Bring edges of dough together by pinching them together to seal. Roll dough from the bottom layer over the top layer and press down all the way around the perimeter of the pastry. This creates a tighter seal. Brush egg wash over entire surface of pastry. Decorate with additional pastry leaf shapes if desired. Cut four ½-inch slots in the top of the pastry to let steam escape. Chill for 20 minutes or longer in

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