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I hope everyone is having a terrific summer. My summer has been interesting to say the least. On Memorial Day I broke my left arm. It is not a traditional break—it was broken up top near my shoulder, forcing me to wear a sling throughout the healing process. I’m extremely fortunate that there was no ligament or rotator cuff damage. I have nicknamed my left hand “the Claw,” since it has limited movement. What has been most interesting is the reaction I get from folks when they first see me in the sling. Most comments have been similar, so I began keeping a mental survey of the most popular ones: 1) You must have really made Donna mad!

2) You must have been really inebriated! 3) Looks like the kids got the best of you! Of course, none of these are what actually occurred. In reality, we were camping at Buffalo Creek in Prosperity. A gigantic storm rapidly swept across Lake Murray, bringing a torrential downpour of rain. A certain father and husband had left his sunroof open. This father’s firstborn son, named Joey, kindly offered to run and close the sunroof for his father. However, the father did not want to risk a freak lightning strike or injury to his son, so he declined the invitation and sprinted off into the monsoon. Little did he know that wet clay on a hillside is more slippery than ice.

Slowing down only made it worse. Like a clap of thunder, the father heard his arm crack as he landed in the mud with a thud. Regaining his senses, he looked around and was glad that no one saw him. He was then able to complete his task and phone for help. Hopefully your summer has been accident free. I’m thankful that my arm is still attached, and look forward to regaining full use of it. Oh, and “the Claw” says Hello!


COLUMNS 8 Chamber Chair Barbara Willm 15 Speaking of Health Jennifer Wilson 16 Faith Matters Ken Jumper


On the Cover Bibendum, aka The Michelin Man or Bib, was first introduced in 1894 and is one of the world’s oldest trademarks.

10 Michelin: Making an Impact

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Rugs for a Reason: Special Olympics A Champion in the Making Fabio Molano, Jr. Thrill of the Ride

Publisher & Editor -In-Chief Todd Shevchik Sales Manager Anne Reynolds

for Independence and Allison get ready Annette, Anne, Haley Hwy. 378. on d stan rks wo Day at the Discount Fire

Account Executives Annette Sudduth Haley Crews

Todd, Donna, Joey, Gigi and Noah Shevchik before a recent practice at US Tae Kwon Do Academy in Lexington.

DEPARTMENTS 4 From the Publisher 5 Events 7 Lexington Leaders Ella & Richard Wingate 21 Business Spotlight Dr. Michael Cariens, DMD 28 Faith in Action St. Peter’s Lutheran

EDITOR Allison Caldwell Editorial Assistant Tiffanie Wise GRAPHIC DESIGN Jane Carter Staff Writer Kevin Oliver

Contributing Writers Ann Marie Hubbard, Robert LeHeup, Kevin Oliver, Jackie Perrone, Katherine O. Pettit, Charissa Sylvia, Marilyn Thomas Contributing Photographers Blink357 Photography, Jackie Perrone Website Designer Paul Tomlinson

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July Ongoing through Summer FCA Teen Night at Anchor Lanes Mondays, 6-9 p.m. A clean, safe night of fun for teens—all summer long! $6 per person includes bowling, shoe rental, guest speaker and snacks. Call Johnny Pascal at 732-7880 for details, youth group rentals and sponsorship opportunities.

July 30 Midlands Job Fair Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Presented by the Midlands Workforce Development Board; vendors include employers, healthcare and service providers, and educational institutions. Free with no registration required. For a list of confirmed vendors, visit

Ongoing through September 30 Lake Murray Paddle Trips Hosted by Get Your Gear On Morning, afternoon and sunset paddle trips give you a closer look at local wildlife, marine life, and scenic vistas along the shores of Lake Murray. Open water provides outstanding swimming and paddling. No prior experience necessary, but reservations required. Call 7990999 or visit for complete details. July 12 LEGO Story Builders Club Lexington Main Library Meeting Room, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Children ages 6-12 will listen to stories and then use Legos to “build” on what they have heard. Registration required. Children under 6 may participate if accompanied by an adult. 785-2630. July 15 The Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival City Roots Farm in Columbia, 5-9 p.m. This family-friendly event features a free heirloom tomato tasting, live music, high quality food and drink vendors, tomato bobbing, tomato potluck, homegrown tomato contest, and old time festival fun! $10 advance, $15 gate, $20 supporter with VIP tomato potluck at 4 p.m., kids 12 and under free. Order tickets and learn more at July 16 Greater Lexington Chamber’s 2012 Business Expo Brookland Banquet and Conference Center in West Columbia, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Make connections and grow your business at the Lexington Chamber’s premiere trade show and networking event. July 17 Shred 360 Free Shred Day Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 3-6 p.m. Protect yourself against fraud, identity theft, and corporate espionage with on-site shredding of confidential documents. 919 North Lake Drive location. Learn more and sign up for ShredDay alerts at www.

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by Jackie Perrone

Richard and Ella Wingate


ehind the picket fence at 5230 Augusta Road in Lexington reside legends and lore going back six generations. Ella Corley Wingate and her husband, Richard, are preserving their family heritage with devotion, in the charming cottage that was built in 1901 for that generation of Corleys. “We still have the outbuildings,” she says. “Chicken house, barn, all built of logs. Corleys have lived on this property since the 1700s. We are the lucky ones who acquired the house and grounds from others in our family in 1982.” Now in their 90s, Richard and Ella enjoy the company of their extended family, right down to the newest member, two-yearold Ella. The couple met in Rock Hill when she was a student at Winthrop and he worked at Rock Hill Printing and Finishing Company. They married in 1944, and Ella used her Home Economics degree to teach in the public schools until she stepped back to care for their growing family. She wore the title of Miss Lexington in 1939, and was part of

the dedication of the county courthouse that year (known today as Lexington’s Old Courthouse). Richard served in the military during WWII, first in the Artillery and later in the Airborne Infantry. “We flew in gliders, on anti-tank missions in Europe.” After the war he returned to work at the Rock Hill Print and Finishing Plant, a textile operation that he says was the largest such finishing plant in the world. In 1982 it was time for retirement, and the Wingates were able to buy the Corley home place on U.S. 1. They’ve been caring for the property ever since. The old-timers of the Lexington area will remember that U.S. 1 was re-surveyed and changed in the early 20th century. What is now the Wingate’s parking space, at their front door, was originally the highway. It was a dirt road, of course, until widening and paving became possible. “Right down the road from us is the old rock quarry,” says Ella. “The highway route led straight to the rock quarry. The road was changed to by-pass it. The quarry is still there, but it’s been filled

in to create a pond. It’s located right behind the Lexington County School Administration building on Tarrar Springs Road.” The Corleys owned the property across the highway as well; it just became their new front yard when the road moved away. In retirement, Richard fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a pilot and got his pilot’s license. He spent many happy hours flying around the countryside, and specifically remembers flying the entire length of the Catawba River to its headwaters in the Upstate. He also indulges his other hobby of woodworking and creating model ships and planes. “A sailing ship is the most beautiful thing in the world!” he says. In 2006, he took first place at the South Carolina State Fair Crafts Division for his model ship of that year. A recent highlight was an Honor Flight to Washington D.C., in April 2011. “It was one of the most wonderful days of my life!” These days, the Wingates are active at Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Their sons are Richard Jr., Thomas Edwin, and Frank, with many grands and great-grands. n July 2012 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 7

Barbara Willm Chamber Chair

How time flies! It seems like just yesterday when I received the gavel from Glenn Martin to become chair of the Greater Lexington Chamber Board. It has been a great year—a year to remember. We saw membership grow to its highest level ever: over 900 members! We saw the beginning of a dream of a new Chamber office become a a reality, with construction ongoing now. We saw our members support this effort with an amazing capital campaign, chaired by former Board Chairman Mike Crapps. We saw a record-breaking number of 64 ribbon cuttings, evidence of the growth in this county. We saw astounding efforts to bring large businesses to our county. We are so proud to recognize our Chamber award winners for their contributions to this Chamber and region. Nancy Hutto is our A.L. Harman Award winner, representing outstanding individual service and support of the Chamber. Sylvia Backman received the H. Odelle Harman REACH Award for Recognizing Educational and Community Humanitarianism. Shelley Metropol is our Ambassador of the Year, and I presented the Chair Award to both Sen. Nikki Setzler and Rep. Kenny Bingham, for their legislative work to bring prosperity to Lexington County. There is so much to be proud of with our chamber. It has been my honor and privilege to serve, and my hat is off to Randy Halfacre and the Chamber staff for their efforts. They make the job of chair so easy! Thanks to every member for their support this last year. And now, Mike Flack, it’s all yours!

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The Right Community Changes Everything by Katherine O. Pettit

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CHELIN “Michelin could have chosen anywhere in the world to expand their tire building capacity,” says Peter Sutton, Lexington Site Manager and passenger tire plant Manager. “That they picked Lexington for over $400 million of expansions at their earthmover and passenger plants speaks volumes about the quality of production and can-do attitude of these facilities.” Sutton, a French-Canadian, has lived and worked in a number of areas, including Nova Scotia, France and more recently, Greenville. His career has taken him to factories in Poland, Spain, Scotland and beyond. His range of experience is vast, and his knowledge of manufacturing is impressive. He’s been site manager of the Lexington fa-

cility since October 2010, and what he’s seen has convinced him that this facility, the people who work there, and the surrounding area offer an extraordinary collaboration for success. “What struck me initially, and what continues to do so today is the amount of pride people display in making the best tire in the marketplace,” he explains. “Machines make tires—but our people make the best tires.” “Our company philosophy is to remain strong in our mature markets as well as build facilities in our emerging markets,” Sutton says. “Demand for our tires has increased dramatically and we are meeting that demand.” In a world where “the right tire changes everything,” it is the people

who assure that excellence is the standard. The workforce mostly comes from a 50-mile radius around the plant and includes most of Lexington County. Many are local, however, it’s not difficult to attract folks from far away to relocate to the area. “I have traveled quite a bit in relation to my work, and there may be one factory in Italy which can offer the same caliber of amenities one finds here,” Sutton reflects. “The entire package is second to none. The education system is excellent, and arts and culture flourish. People love the outdoor recreation that’s available year round. Everyone admires Lake Murray for its fishing and boating.” Since 1981, when Michelin arrived on the Lexington scene, a strong partnership has

steadily developed. And with the newest expansions, it’s clear that this corporate leader has set down long-term roots and big-time commitments to Lexington. Part of that commitment includes community programs which are supported, company-wide.

Supporting Schools The Michelin Challenge Education program provides support to public Title One elementary schools in the form of tutors, mentors, lunch buddies and financial contributions. The goal? To offer the human capital to positively impact the lives of disadvantaged children. The emphasis is on reading, science and math, and Michelin’s chosen school in Lexington is Red Bank Elementary. Red Bank’s July 2012 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 11

ington’s Michelin plants have raised more than $250,000 (projected by year-end 2012) for Columbia March for Babies. As one of the top fundraisers in the Midlands, Michelin clearly believes in the power of the March of Dimes to transform the lives of tiny infants and their families.

teacher of the year (and Lexington School District 1 teacher of the year) John Paul Sellars credits the Michelin team as being a major factor in building a championship team of students, and impacting “the amazing learning environment of success!” His fifth grade class includes 40 students. They’ve met with Michelin representatives to discuss jobs, safety, how to support one another, and what builds success. Undoubtedly, one or more of those students will eventually find their way into a Michelin career, as almost 1500 employees have done. Wherever they go, however, they will remember what they learned through this strong community supporter. It’s an impressive collaboration, but it’s not the only education initiative

from the company. Michelin has made substantial financial contributions to Lexington School District One Educational Foundation. Michelin North America also offers a scholarship program to students attending Midlands Technical College. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition, fees and books. Scholarship recipients also gain on-the-job experience through part-time employment opportunities with Michelin. March of Dimes Environmental protection officer Eric LeGrand says you’d never recognize his daughter, Hayden, from her days as a premature infant receiving treatment in a special care nursery. “Today, she’s as big, as active, and just as smart as any child her age—maybe smarter,” he grins. Sponsored by the Lex-

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ington Michelin family, Eric and Christina LeGrand, with three-year-old Hayden, helped kick off the six-mile walk/run for the March of Dimes this past April. By serving as the ambassador family, the Le-

Partnerships Grow Communities And there’s more. Michelin is a strong contributor to the Midlands United Way. Through funding, as well as its substantial number of volunteers, the plants raised more than $150K during the past year in support of the United Way of the Midlands—a record level of contributions. “Respect for the communities in which we operate is a fundamental value at Michelin,” says Sutton. “In order

At a Glance: Michelin’s Local Impact 1981: Passenger/Light Truck Plant (1.2M sq. ft.) opened in Lexington 1998: Earthmover Plant opened (825,000 sq. ft.) 1,960: Total number of employees in Lexington 8,370: Total number of employees in South Carolina $5B: Amount invested in South Carolina since 1973 Grands helped raise money for the March of Dimes. Both employees at Michelin, the company was delighted to recognize their efforts to raise awareness and funding. Indeed, Christina was active in the program long before Hayden was born, and during the past 10 years, Lex-

for us to succeed in Lexington, we need and rely on strong communities around our plants, and we appreciate the support we’ve been shown by Lexington County during the past 30 years. I can’t imagine a better environment in which to work, live, learn and play.” n

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by Jennifer Wilson

Public Relations Manager, Lexington Medical Center

The Dangers of Melanoma Lexington Medical Center is partnering with Palmetto Dermatology to host a free skin cancer screening on Friday, July 20th at 109 West Hospital Drive in West Columbia on the Lexington Medical Center campus. Physicians and physician assistants will look over skin for any possible signs of melanoma. The screening will take place from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. You have to make an appointment in advance by calling LMC community outreach at 936-8850. Skin cancer screenings are especially important in Lexington County , which has a higher rate of melanoma than most other areas in South Carolina , according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Melanoma is the most serious and dangerous type of skin cancer. According to statistics, about 110 people in South Carolina die of melanoma each year. It’s the most common cause of death due to cancer in women who are between 25 and 30 years old. Speaking of young people, doctors at Lexington Medical Center report seeing an increase in the number of patients with melanoma in their 20s and 30s. That trend matches national studies. Doctors note a rise in the use of tanning beds, childhood sunburns and ultraviolet (UV) exposure in adulthood as reasons for the increase. The numbers demonstrate the need to be vigilant about protecting yourself and your family from too much sun exposure. Areas of the body exposed to ultraviolet light most frequently have the highest locations of melanoma. Risk factors include fair complexions, living in sunny climates or higher altitudes, severe early childhood sunburns, use of tanning beds, family history of relatives with melanoma or dysplastic nevus syndromes, weakened immune systems or increasing age. The classic symptoms of skin cancer are moles that include asymmetry, irregular borders, a mixture of colors, a diameter larger than the eraser on a pencil and a changing appearance. You can lower your risk for skin cancer through self-examinations and visits to your doctor. For more information on skin cancer, visit www.lexmed. com and our Health Library.

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Pastor Ken Jumper The Harvest

I don’t know if you are like me, but sometimes the slightest impressions can lead to the greatest blessings. Like the time you felt ‘impressed’ to bake someone some cookies, or you got out the lawn mower and cut someone’s yard. Or maybe you just made a phone call or sent a short text to a friend. You know, you are just sitting there, and then, there it is—that little idea. I personally believe many times that is the Lord Himself prompting our hearts to be about doing His work, the work of good deeds. Let me tell you a little story. Years ago, my wife Connie and I lived in the small town of Belton in upstate South Carolina. It was a warm fall Saturday afternoon. Connie was inside tending to some household chores, and I was outside raking leaves when I felt a slight impression (actually a strong urging) to go down the street to Ms. Webb’s house. She was quite elderly, wore real thick glasses, and had those big numbers on her phone. I felt such an impression that I knew something must be wrong. So I told Connie where I was going and hurried to Ms. Webb’s house, not knowing what to expect. As I knocked on the door, I was quite surprised when she appeared behind the screened door. My first question was, “Ms. Webb, are you okay?” You will not believe her answer. She said, “I am fine. I was just sitting here feeling real lonely, and told the Lord I would love to talk to someone!” We sat and chatted a bit. Wow! Needless to say, I was humbled and awed at the same time. She was needy, and God sent me. I am learning to slow my pace and listen for God’s little nudges. They really do lead to life’s greatest blessings. Oh! What was that? Another little nudge, I think. I must be going.

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Reason FOR A

Special Olympics by Marilyn Thomas

Bravely Attempting a NAtional Launch

One late summer day in 2009, Paul Prince was listening to the radio while traveling to an appointment and was stunned to hear of the death of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of Special Olympics. That fateful broadcast motivated Prince to sacrificially invest his personal resources and focus his occupational expertise into creating a Special Olympics fundraising and awareness campaign, which he has dubbed Rugs For A Reason.

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Prince has worked in the retail, distribution, and manufacturing segments of the flooring industry for 23 years, but much of his free time is spent helping children with special needs. Because two of his nephews have participated in Special Olympics events in South Carolina, he has personally supported this worthy cause through the years with his time and resources. Every week, Paul and his wife, Angie, also assist with the special needs class of their church (the Sonshine Ministry at First Baptist of Lexington). “We enjoy playing with and teaching these sweet kids, and also love the fact that we are allowing their parents an opportunity to attend worship services,” Prince explains. Because of his intimate experience with the program, Prince likes to tell people: “Special Olympics is not just playing games. It provides so much more than an opportunity for athletes to compete and win medals. The independence and confidence that Special Olympics instills can lead to gainful employment, independent living and much more.” As a personal example, Prince mentions a former athlete who learned to swim through Special Olympics and now works as a lifeguard. According to Prince’s website at, Special Olympics started as a small camp in 1963 and held its first international games in 1968. Today the program has developed from a localized event to an ongoing social cause. Pushing beyond the encouragement of a single competition, “Special Olympics hosts daily activities in which participants can learn and practice new skills as a way of gaining confidence on an ongoing basis—

thus making their lives more complete.” The organization’s underlying purpose is to focus on the “dignity and gifts of each individual.”

“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” – Special Olympics motto “Most people think it is The Special Olympics, an event that occurs every four years,” says Prince. “Actually, the

organization has volunteers who work with athletes every day to prepare them for regular competitions, and for life.” As he contemplated Shriver’s legacy, Prince thought of the pink ribbons that appear on all types of products, universally recognized as symbols of breast cancer fundraising and awareness. Since there is no such widespread endorsement for Special Olympics, he decided to launch his own campaign through the flooring industry, an uncharted field for this kind of undertaking. Through his corporate associations as president of Door to Door Floors, Inc., Prince approached Shaw Industries, the largest international manufacturer of flooring, with a plan as well as the personal finances to support it. He proposed that area rugs would be the most logical product to create, since these can be readily shipped and utilized without requiring the assistance of professional installers. “I asked them to make area rugs that anyone would love to own—not just fans of Special Olympics.” To fill this order, Shaw’s design team considered their most popular styles and produced three uniquely fashionable area rugs that incorporate the Special Olympics logo in a subtle but tasteful format. “These are not logo rugs like you might have of your favorite college team,” Prince explains. “They are elegant area rugs that anyone would be proud to have in their home or office.” As he envisioned, the beauty and versatility of each Rug for a Reason appeals to both individuals and business owners. Most have been purchased as home accents, but companies have also bought them to adorn office floors. A few have

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Purchase your Rug For A Reason at www.RugsForA, follow them on Facebook (/RugsForAReasonSO) and Twitter (@Rugs4AReason), and please help spread the word!

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been bought and donated to athlete’s families, and one local man donated a rug to the special needs class at his church in downtown Columbia. Thanks to the partnership between Prince and Shaw Industries, a substantial percentage of each purchase is donated to Special Olympics in South Carolina, where the idea originated, or in Georgia, the home of Shaw Industries (each buyer chooses which state will benefit). The enterprise is an attractive and practical investment. As a business owner himself, Prince carefully selects the organizations he willingly supports. “I do not like wasteful spending, and I want to see results. According to my observations, Special Olympics operates efficiently.” The Rugs For A Reason pilot project is licensed to test market in South Caro-

lina and Georgia only. To be considered successful, 200 rugs must be sold by August 31, 2012. If this happens, Special Olympics North America could potentially agree to market rugs throughout the country. Word is being spread through constant contact with fans and supporters of Special Olympics, through home décor and interior decorating outlets, online through the web and social media, and through media coverage in markets throughout both states. As for Prince’s long-term goal? “I want to raise $10 million for Special Olympics programs nationwide. I want everyone to buy one of these beautiful area rugs, to warm their homes as well as their hearts. Together we can accomplish something much greater than my limited resources will allow.” n

by Ann Marie Hubbard

Dr. Michael Cariens, DMD 332 Old Chapin Road, Lexington 359-7752

Mon-Fri 7:45 a.m. – 4 p.m. (open 2 Friday’s per month) Dr. Michael Cariens is humbled that his dental office on Old Chapin Road is celebrating 25 years in business this month. He opened the doors in July of 1987, starting what has become a very successful practice. It’s rare to find a dentist who has been in the same location for such an extended period of time. A few staff members have been with him for over 18 years, helping him achieve this milestone. Dr. Cariens is also grateful for the support of his family: his wife Sherry, principal at Oak Grove Elementary, and children Chris, Zac, Stephanie, and Darby. He majored in Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University and received a Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the college of Dental Medicine at MUSC. He believes that going to the dentist should and can be a pleasant experience. He offers the most innovative care possible and seeks to develop a personal relationship with each patient. “I can’t think about anything else I would rather do than get up every day and come to the office. I love being a dentist!” He is always working to further his education, and strives to stay at the cutting edge of dentistry. The office provides family dentistry to all ages from 2 years old to currently 103. To celebrate 25 years in business, new and existing patients can participate in various giveaways, raffles and special promotions. You may contact the office for more details. Join Dr. Cariens and staff in celebrating a quarter century of smiles in Lexington!

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A Champion in the Making

Wrestler Fabio Molano, Jr. by Kevin Oliver Photos courtesy of the Molano family


t the age of 12, Pleasant Hill Middle School student Fabio Molano was already a national wrestling champion three times over. He turned 13 and earned a World Championship title in May, an accomplishment made even more impressive by the fact that he only started wrestling two years ago. His goal is to make it to the top of his chosen sport, something his parents and coaches agree is a definite possibility. “In fifth grade, my principal at Pleasant Hill Elementary, Margaret Mitchum, told me about the wrestling program at the high school,” Molano says. “I was already doing karate, and when I was younger I had taken ballet. I think those things helped me when I started learning wrestling.” His size was also a factor, weighing in at around 200 pounds. “When Fabio was born, he almost died from intestinal problems. He was extremely sick, and one of the things that stayed with him afterwards was asthma,” says Fabio Molano, Sr. “He had to take steroids, which made him gain weight early. That’s one of the reasons we put him in physical activities like ballet and karate, to keep him active.” Molano had success from the start not just because of his size, but because he was a quick learner. “Ever since I started, my coaches have emphasized technique,” Molano says. “Even if you’re the most muscular guy in the world, you won’t win without technique.” And win he has. He went undefeated in his first season as a wrestler; this past season, his only losses were to older and more experienced opponents. Fabio has earned two titles with the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), a sanctioning body of local wrestling leagues across the country. He also earned a third All-American title in Division Four Heavyweight with another league, USA Wrestling. Along with local coach Eduardo Celso, coach Drew Tyler of Tyler’s Wrestling Academy is one of his trainers. “Fabio was a raw talent when he came to me last March,” says Tyler. “He had a little technique, but he was able to get by on strength when wrestling other 11-year-olds. Now he’s putting together the technique and the strength, so when everyone else catches up to him in size he’ll be able to use it—he’s not going to be able to overpower like he used to.” Tyler has been impressed not only with Molano’s physical maturity, but his self-discipline as well. “For age 13, he’s an extremely mature kid,” Tyler says. “You

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can talk to him like an adult and he picks things right up. I tell kids that I can teach them everything they need to know about wrestling, but I can’t teach a work ethic. Fabio came with that already in him.” Molano has his sights set on a collegiate wrestling career with Penn State (the 2012 national wrestling champions), and then an even higher goal. “My ultimate goal is to be in the Olympics. All of this is going towards that,” he says. “It’s not that I’m not taking education into consideration. I’m doing good in school and in wrestling, but I’m looking to my future, to scholarships and college. That’s one thing kids my age don’t usually think about, but I do. I understand the value of hard work, and I have been working hard at wrestling.” On the academic side, he was chosen by his teachers and peers at Pleasant Hill Middle School to be a student ambassador to China, where he spent most of the month of June. As for his Olympic dream, Coach Tyler says anything is possible with Fabio. “There’s no professional wrestling league, so the Olympics is the top level,” Tyler says. “At his age and with the other intangibles he has—the work ethic, the attitude and the commitment—if he sticks with it, it could happen. If he doesn’t get there, it won’t be from lack of effort.” n

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he road beckons and you respond. You’ve earned this moment. You’ve created your ride as an extension of yourself, picking it apart and putting it together, colors and shapes combined in a way that shows the world a piece of your soul perched on two wheels. With the wind rubbing its fingers through your hair, you burn the throttle and fly faster, the journey far outweighing the destination.

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The machine purrs, doing what it was born to do. The low thrumming vibration of small explosions held in a metal cage rise from between your legs and through your body, telling you to hold fast and breathe in speed with a hint of danger. This is what it’s like to be alive and free. God bless America. And God bless customized motorcycles. Predominantly, motorcycles became customized after World War II, where

they had to be manipulated given the sporadic nature of combat—stripped to their essentials and with additions that weren’t stock manufactured. This method of customization was brought back to the United States where it began taking new forms, becoming more a personal statement rather than simply a means of cheap transportation. It’s evolved into an expression of our own individuality. This method of expression has found a place in several high quality custom shops in Lexington, both through metalworking and graphic design, as well as through aficionados in our community. In their own way, all of these people are artists. Trey Steele has customized motorcycles on his own for almost nine years, but has worked in the industry for 20. Focusing mostly on graphics and paint,

he’s not only the go-to guy for the job; he’s also customer-centric, with a keen eye to personalized detail. “I want to blow people’s minds when they see their paint job. I want it to be better than the customer ever imagined.” And it’s not simply the graphics that are impeccable. His shop is immaculate, ensuring that not even a speck of dust can find a place where the paint hits the metal. It’s smooth like Miles Davis, but with a head nod to whatever you want: war, peace, fire, ice, and everything in between. No wonder so many other custom shops refer to him regularly. Shops like Image 803, where Bryan Stone and Eddie Wise, both natives of Pelion, have honed their craft to the point of international acclaim. Taking customization to its core, they’ve built many of their bikes and rat rods from scratch, measuring, cutting, and molding the steel into perfect symmetry for an original body and detail every time. “We build ‘em one at a time to be one of a kind” is a common mantra around the studio, and you can see it in every bike they make. Though baggers (motorcycles with two cases on either side of the seat) have become the predominate customized bike of late, they have also recently worked on cruisers, with air line suspension being a popular custom. And the most customized bikes? HarleyDavidsons. Harley Haven, a father-son business located in Irmo, offers a personal touch to the business of motorcycles. Tim Lucas has been in the business for over 30 years, with his son TeJay having grown up around bikes all his life. Both agree that to own a motorcycle is to belong to a brotherhood. “You can’t tell a Harley

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rider anymore, and that’s a good thing.” Bernie Shankman, 89, has been riding motorcycles since 1939 and is going strong with an Ultraclassic with a sidecar and a beat up heritage soft tail. He agrees with the brotherhood sentiment, and pointed out all the awards Harley Haven has received for their sense of community. It proves that motorcycles can rise above the stigma attached and, along with other locals, help those in need through programs such as Toys for

Tots, Carolina Sunshine for Children, and the Christmas Charity Ride for Veterans, which gives presents to veterans who would otherwise get nothing. Lexington native Gene Royer, owner of All-American Heating and Air and a veteran himself, is not only a founding member of the Christmas Charity Ride for Veterans, he also helped set up two homeless shelters in Columbia specifically for veterans. After 22 years in business he has firmly planted himself in the community, where Royer shows his appreciation not only for Lexington County, but for veterans in general. Sporting his own red, white, and blue flag painted motorcycle, he’s helped raise thousands of dollars for children and veterans alike. Like so many others, he’s found a way to help those less fortunate through a medium that’s not so much a hobby as it is a lifestyle. He’s answered his calling, and so the road beckons to the rest of us. How will you respond? n

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1130 St. Peter’s Road, Lexington (803) 359-2470 Worship Times Sundays 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. Wednesdays 6:45 p.m.

The history of St. Peter’s Lutheran church is as intricate as the beautiful stone structure itself. Founded around 1780, the congregation met in three different locations (including a log cabin) before building their current sanctuary in 1950. As the Lexington area expanded, so did St. Peter’s congregation and outreach ministries. Today, Pastor Leon Rawl leads 500 active members whose programs include a thriving youth ministry and an array of unique summer activities. Travis McLeod leads the youth program at St. Peter’s Lutheran. His heart to serve students and desire to significantly impact their lives is best summarized in his own words. “God has absolutely littered this world with joys that we so often take for granted,” says McLeod. “I love when I get to re-experience such things with my youth.” In addition to providing opportunities for fun and friendship, the youth program has two other key goals. Travis wants to equip the students to face

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the challenges of life, and desires to teach them the importance of humility and the necessity of serving each other. He emphasizes the importance of modeling a sacrificial attitude. “As Christians, our number one priority is to be like Jesus Christ.” Outreaches to local youth include activities for third through fifth graders (Club 345), sixth through eighth graders (Junior Youth) and ninth through twelfth graders (Senior Youth). Club 345 meets monthly; Junior Youth meets weekly on Sunday afternoons, and the Senior Youth gather every Wednesday evening. Youth meetings include games, Bible studies, worship through music and a variety of service projects. On Tuesdays during the school year, sixth through twelfth grade students meet for a prayer breakfast before school. Special activities include a summer mission’s trip as well as a week of recreation and Bible study at the beach (for junior and senior high school students) before the new school year begins. Later this summer there are a variety of events available to the community at St. Peter’s Lutheran. Their yearly Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be hosted July 8-15, with dinner provided to participants at 6:00 p.m. VBS classes and activities will be held from 6:30-8:00 p.m. each evening that week and are all available for all ages, from children to adults. The following week, July 16-20, is the annual Summer Music Camp for children in grades 1-5. Information on both of these events is available through the church office.

At St. Peter’s Lutheran the church mission statement is far more than a saying. Their goal “to enthusiastically and prayerfully make Christ known to our members and to people in the community through the guidance of the Holy Spirit” is practiced daily through their emphasis on family outreach and ministry. They would love to have you be a part of their congregation! n

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