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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 Lexington Life! Todd Shevchik

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18 Dance Fitness is for Every Body 24 LHS vs. RBHS Football 2017 32 Best of Lexington Life 2018 Nominees 42 Lexington’s Family Shelters 49 Healthy Snacking



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Megan and Jorge Gonzalez Megan and Jorge Gonzalez are glad they settled down in the Lexington area — so are the Lexington Police, the LICS charity, Toys for Tots, and several PTA and Booster Club groups. This energetic couple not only runs a thriving Menchie’s franchise, they devote time and profits to a wide variety of community causes. “We love it here! We want to be part of what makes this such a great place to live,” they say. Megan grew up in Aynor and graduated from Francis Marion University with a degree in marketing. She moved to Columbia for a job as an office manager at a doctor’s office and met her future husband, a University of South Carolina grad who was selling cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators at the time. Their backgrounds seemed to focus on physical fitness, health, and medical care. Jorge is the son of immigrants from Cuba; his father was a doctor for over 40 years in South Carolina. The young man was a successful salesman of medical products, but it involved constant travel, emergency on-call duty and very little time for his family’s increasing needs. “My parents were aging,” he says. “I wanted to spend more time with them.” Megan and Jorge acquired the first Menchie’s franchise in the Midlands and poured their energies into making it a magnet for families and children. It’s a yogurt specialty shop, offering party facilities and games along with healthful goodies. Somehow, they found themselves getting involved with the parents and

sters who came in. When the Lexington Police Department Fall Fest and Kids’ Day activities were happening, Megan and Jorge jumped in to take part. “We’re part of these events every time,” says Jorge. “During our Summer Safety Days here at Menchie’s we do child-seat checks and bike safety education. Our mascot, Menchie, shows off for the kids.” He remembers a family with three little boys who had never bought child-safety seats for their children because of the cost. Along with the other sponsors, they were able to provide seats for them at no cost. They also donated over 100 bike helmets during the bike safety portion of the event. They partner with LICS and Toys for Tots, Thanksgiving Food Drive -- whatever’s going on to make it a better community for families. When the Midlands experienced the devastating flood in 2015, Jorge and Megan collaborated with Lexington PD in a three-day fundraiser, which raised $1,200 for the cause. What about Jorge’s elderly parents? Well, the couple bought a larger house last year in order to have room for his mother and father to live with them and his father died recently at age 95. He and his mother had gone back to Cuba a couple of times when he was a child, and Jorge says, “It makes you appreciate all the things we take for granted here.” He puts it simply: “We enjoy this community.” They’ve proven it time and again. n November 2017 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 15

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Now where am I going to find an Allen wrench? Hmmm… I’m sure we have all had that moment when we have a job to do and lack the tool to get it done. I was in that position a few days ago. We were dismantling a bed when it became complicated. Yep, I needed an Allen wrench. Or as some of you may call it, a hex key. Fortunately, I remembered where I might find one, and sure enough – whew – I found it! It is so important to have the right tools in hand when trying to do this job called LIFE, isn’t it? Over the course of my life, I have found that, very often, the “hex key” to solving the problem, opening the door or resolving the issue, is found in a verse of scripture. Let me give you a couple of examples. When I am really frustrated, I remember I Peter 5:7, which says, “cast your cares upon the Lord, He cares for you.” When I want to be angry with someone, Ephesians 4:26 reminds me “in your anger, do not sin.” Are you getting this? You see, the Bible verses I’ve known and memorized over the years become tools that help ‘unlock’ my understanding of a situation and give me a pathway forward. As in the verses above, I say some prayers and cast my cares upon the Lord! When I tend to be angry, I look to the Lord for strength to forgive and let it go. So, the question today is, what tools do you have in your tool chest to handle the problems and complexities of life? May I recommend the Christian Bible? What an awesome book! It’s a handbook, an instructional manual and an official rule book for the game of life -- all wrapped up in one. If you and I will read it, study it, and live by it, then when we have a life to build or a marriage to repair, we will have the necessary tools in our tool chest for any situation or circumstance. Now, where is my hammer? Follow Pastor Ken on Twitter at or @pkharvest

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Cardio dance fitness is the workout that feels more like a party. It uses a combination of upbeat music, group fitness, and dynamic fitness moves to get your body moving and grooving. There’s no excuse to shy away from these classes if you think you can’t dance because any instructor will point out that dance fitness is about having fun with cleverly disguised fitness moves such as squats and jumps. Mary Rowell teaches ReFit® in Gilbert at her church Beulah United Methodist Church. Her goal is to bring a positive and inspirational dance cardio class where women of all ages and all sizes feel comfortable. Stacey Ashley teaches her original dance fitness class, SKA Fitness, in Lexington at South Carolina Dance Company, bringing high-energy and explosive cardio dance moves with a variety of clean, hiphop music in a club like atmosphere. Trace Lingle Stewart teaches the ever-popular Zumba® in Irmo at Crunch Fitness with more than a half-decade’s worth of Zumba experience under her belt.

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“I went to Charlotte for training. I got certified a few months before that and was just preparing myself and learning choreography,” says Rowell. “They consider themselves to be more positive-based than faith-based. They encour-

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Christian and non-Christian pop including TobyMac, Mandisa, Whitney Houston, Meghan Trainor, and even Jimmy Buffet. Sometimes her playlists are mainly secular and sometimes their primarily Christian. The dances are a 50/50 mix of ReFit® and either her own or other ReFit® instructors. As a certified teacher, she gets exclusive access to new dances and other business necessities. Rowell keeps her classes dimly lit, so participants feel more comfortable with lights strobing around the church’s activity center. Her classes average about 13 songs with a cool-down focusing on stretching and core strength. The class ends in a circle, as participants share concerns or joys and pray for each

age all women to exercise regardless of background or physical condition. If you can’t jump, then just bounce. If you can’t do it this way, then do it this way. They encourage all women to do what’s right for their bodies and that all “This is a ministry I really love. are welcome.” I’m 58, and it’s nice to have Three years later, as of Septema class where women my age ber 2017, she continues encouraging all generations of women feel comfortable.” to incorporate dance fitness into Mary Rowell their lives. “I just want to get the word out that they can be successful with this. I tell (my participants), other if they want. Rowell points out that you’re not going to lose weight taking it’s not mandatory. “This is a ministry I really love. I’m 58, one one-hour class one day a week. You and it’s nice to have a class where womhave to make other changes in life,” says en my age feel comfortable,” says RowRowell. ell. “The oldest I have is 75. I tell people Her music is a mix of contemporary

if you have to come in your wheelchair and move your arms, then just come. I’ve had young moms come, too. Right now, the majority are between 40 and 60 (years old).”

SKA Fitness: Originality Meets Happiness

Stacey Ashley fell in love with dance fitness years ago as a step aerobics instructor and discovered how much she enjoyed creating her own choreography to current hip-hop hits. She developed her own original program, branding it SKA fitness after her initials. Under SKA fitness is SKA Vibe, which is taught at the South Carolina Dance Company in Lexington. She also has a bootcamp-style class called SKA Vivor, which was on hiatus during the latter part of 2017. “What makes us different is the energy. Not just mine or Jen’s (another SKA instructor); it’s the energy in the entire room. That’s why I called it SKA Vibe because of the vibe you feel. People talk about it. That energy sets it apart. Energy comes because people know my passion. People feed off the energy,” says Ashley. “It’s a fitness family people feel they’re a part of.” During class, the lights are turned low November 2017 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 19

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“It’s for anyone who’s a little intimated by being in the gym and needs something to latch onto.” Stacey Ashley and the music turned high, making one forget about his or her worries for the day. People have come to Ashley after class to tell her that coming to class was their happy time. “I’ve never seen another class where people clap after every song,” says Ashley. “People are proud, and they tell us and thank us for class. You can normally tell when they walk out and bring a friend with them the next time.” Ashley uses a variety of hip-hop, including Christian hip-hop as well as Latin. “Everything has to have a good strong beat with not a lot of talking,” she says, explaining that choreographing a song can take anywhere from a few hours to a few months. She wants people to know this is a class for anyone and everyone. “It’s about allowing people to follow along. It’s not about what makes you

look good as a dancer but what people can catch on to. Dance fitness is different than dance choreography. You have to work in the fitness moves, and you have to be tricky and repetitive,” she explains. “You want to give people a sense of mastery over the moves. There’s moves for the verses and moves for the choruses.” “(It’s) for anyone who’s a little intimated by being in the gym and needs something to latch onto. Come and try the program. It may not be for you and that’s okay. There are so many wonderful people to connect to and find an accountability partner. Just give us three classes, and if you don’t like it, we’ll help you find something else,” she says, explaining there are many different classes and instructors elsewhere. “We truly care about fitness and helping people,” she says.

Zumba®: The Latin Dance Craze

Trace Stewart stepped into her first Zumba class six years ago and immediately fell in love. From that point forward, she knew she wanted to teach others the art of Zumba®. Stewart currently teaches at Crunch Fitness a couple of days a week in addition to other fitness classes.

“It’s just the type of exercise anyone can do,” says Stewart. Step into one of Stewart’s classes, and you’ll be greeted with a class that isn’t dimly lit, but the music is still high energy filled with a mix of Zumba® jams and modern music. “The unique thing when it’s a true Zumba class is the Latin music,” explains Stewart. “It needs to be 70 percent Latin or world music and 30 percent pop or other. Zumba is supposed to be music from all over the world. If someone goes to another Zumba class after going to mine, they should be able to do it. Once you know the basic steps you can do it.” The basic steps include Merengue, salsa, cumbia, and reggae. Some instructors include Bollywood and Soca music. Stewart is a part of the Zumba Instructor Network, where she is friends with other Zumba instructors. “It’s a really neat community where we do stuff together all the time,” she says, from Zumbathons to hanging out. One perk of being in the network is frequently receiving

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SKA Fitness with Stacey new music and new dances. Another perk is seeing her participants form friendships with each other. “I think they learn to love each other. They have fun together and come to see each other and just have fun. A lot of the ladies have been dancing with me for five years,” says Stewart. Her advice to newbies? “Just come and don’t give up; don’t get discouraged or overwhelmed. Just come at least three times and talk to the instructor afterward. You’ll get it,” she says, who explains it’s key to find an instructor you can follow. These diverse instructors maintain their commitment to help you achieve a healthier you. With such talent in the Lexington community, there’s no need to travel far for a cardio experience that will leave your heart traveling wilder than another humdrum session on the treadmill. n

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Greens provide us with so many health benefits. They are high in antioxidants, help prevent illness and disease, and help improve cognitive functioning. They are also packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Eating greens in the winter doesn’t have to feel the same as eating them in the summer. There are plenty of ways to keep leafy greens in your diet all through the winter months.

Comfort Kale Stew ken 14.5 ounces low-sodium chic or vegetable broth 1 cup water ® Kale 16 ounces Nature’s Greens 12 ounces shredded skinless chicken breast 1 tablespoon olive oil

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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

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to all of the following nominees for Best of Lexington... Vote for your favorites today!

Deadline to submit votes is Friday, November 24 at 3 p.m Winners will be announced in our January 2018 issue.

Vote online at AESTHETIC PHYSICIAN: Dr. C. Brett Carlin – Carlin Plastic Surgery • Dr. Dee Carter – Living Well Family Medicine • Dr. Paul Espinoza – Palmetto Vein & Aesthetic Center AESTHETIC PRACTICE: Ivy Park Family Medicine • Lake Murray Contour Light • Rejuvenations Medical Spa AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM: Kid City • Palmetto Athletic Center • The Quest Zone ALLERGIST: Allergy Partners of the Midlands • CENTA Medical Group • Lexington ENT & Allergy ALTERATIONS: Jackie Lynn Tailoring-Alterations • Kimmy’s Alteration Shop • Zebra Cleaners APARTMENT COMPLEX: Lullwater at Saluda Pointe • Reserve at Mill Landing • River Bluff of Lexington ASIAN RESTAURANT: Antai Asian Gourmet • Ganbei Japanese Restaurant & Bar • Red Bowl ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY: Morningside of Lexington • Oakleaf Village of Lexington • The Village at Southlake ATTORNEY – FAMILY LAW: Amy Cofield – Cofield Law Firm • Ashby Jones – Kinard & Jones, LLC • Josh Pozsik – Pozsik & Carpenter, LLC Attorneys at Law ATTORNEY – LITIGATION: Kirk Morgan – Walker Morgan, LLC • Moore Taylor – Moore Taylor Law Firm • Rick Hall – Rick Hall Law Firm LLC ATTORNEY – REAL ESTATE: Amy Cofield – Cofield Law Firm • David Ruple – Ruple Firm Pa • Rich Bolen – The Bolen Law Firm AUDIOLOGIST: CENTA Medical Group • Lake Murray Hearing Associates • Lexington ENT & Allergy AUTO AUDIO INSTALLATION: Norton Stereo • Ultimate Audio • Xtreme Customs AUTO BODY SHOP: Baker Collision Express • Gilbert Paint & Body • John Harris Body Shop AUTO PERFORMANCE SHOP: Hudson Brothers, LLC • The Muffler Shop of Columbia • Ultimate Auto 32 | LEXINGTON LIFE | November 2017

AUTO REPAIR SHOP (DOMESTIC): Abbott’s Auto Service • Kestner Automotive • White Knoll Automotive Vote online at AUTO REPAIR SHOP (FOREIGN): Das Autohaus, LLC • Pope-Davis Tire & Automotive • Pro Fleet of the Carolinas AUTO SERVICE DEPARTMENT (DEALERSHIP): Fred Anderson Toyota of Columbia • Herndon Chevrolet • JT’s Automotive Group BANK: BB&T • First Reliance • Wells Fargo BARBER SHOP: Lexington Barber Shop • Roger’s Barber Shop • Terry’s Barber Shop BBQ RESTAURANT: Hudson’s Smokehouse BBQ • Maurice’s Piggie Park • Shealy’s Bar-B-Que BREAKFAST: Creekside Restaurant • Eggs Up Grill • IHOP BRIDAL STORE: Bridalhaven • David’s Bridal • Evelyn’s Bridal BUFFET: Eastern Buffet • Hudson’s Smokehouse BBQ • Shealy’s Bar-B-Que BURGER: Cook Out • Rush’s • The Root Cellar CARDIOLOGIST: Dr. Amy Epps – Lexington Cardiology • Dr. G Conrad Bauknight – Providence Heart • Dr. Jennifer Feldman – Palmetto Heart CARPET STORE: Floor Boys • Lexington Carpet One Floor & Home • Lexington Paint & Flooring CARWASH: Frank’s Car Wash • Mr. Nick’s Car Wash • Sunset Car Wash & Detail Shop CATERING COMPANY: Hudson’s Smokehouse BBQ • Shealy’s Bar-B-Que • Yummie Creations Inc. CELL PHONE/TABLET REPAIR: Cellular Source • CPR Cell Phone Repair • SmartPhone Medic CHIROPRACTOR: Bigbie Chiropractic • Collaborative Healthcare • Old Mill Chiropractic & Family Wellness COIN & COLLECTIBLE DEALER: Eclectic Collectibles • Gilbert Coin and Collectible Exchange • Golden Eagle Precious Metals Exchange COLLEGE FOR WORKING ADULTS: Columbia College • Midlands Technical College • Southern Wesleyan University COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE AGENCY: NAI Avant • Southern Visions Real Estate • Wood Realty

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COSMETIC DENTIST: Dr. Bryan and Dr. Celeste Springer - Aesthetic Smile Studio • Dr. James Denny DMD • Dr. Jon D. Smith Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry COSMETOLOGY SCHOOL: Kenneth Shuler Cosmetology School • Lexington Technology Center • Paul Mitchell CPA: Burkett Burkett & Burkett CPA • Dooley & Company, LLC • Rish & Enzastiga CPA CREDIT UNION: Grow Financial FCU • Palmetto Citizens FCU • SAFE FCU DAMAGE RESTORATION SERVICES: CSS Roofing • Floor Pro • Rainbow International DANCE COMPANY: Columbia City Jazz • South Carolina Dance Company • Stepping Out DAY SPA: Bella Riley’s Salon & Spa • Bliss Salon & Spa • Healing Waters at Palmetto Health DAYCARE: Big Blue Marble Academy • Harvest Daycare & Afterschool Ministry • Pisgah Child Development DELI: Groucho’s Deli • McAlister’s Deli • The Deli DENTIST (ADULTS): Dr. Jon D. Smith Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry • Northwood Dental Associates • White Knoll Dentistry DENTIST (KIDS): Midlands Pediatric Dentistry • Palmetto Smiles • Sunset Children’s Dentistry DERMATOLOGIST: Carolina Dermatology Group • Dermatology of Lexington • Palmetto Dermatology DESSERT: Cribb’s Sandwich & Sweet Shop • Miyo’s • Travinia Italian Kitchen DIETICIAN: Bee Healthy Medical Weight Loss • Bodyshop Athletics • Carolina Nutrition Consultants DRY CLEANER: Kleen Kare Cleaners • Lexington Dry Cleaning • Tripp’s Fine Cleaners ENGINEERING FIRM: 4D Engineering • Mead & Hunt • Tobias & West EVENT: Kid’s Day of Lexington • Lexington County Blowfish Baseball • Movies in the Park EXTERMINATOR: Clark’s Termite & Pest Control • Econobug • Mosquito Joe FACIAL: Bella Riley’s Salon & Spa • High Maintenance • Lilliana’s Skin Care FAST FOOD: Chick-fil-A • McDonald’s • Rush’s FITNESS CENTER: Bodyshop Athletics • Dynamic Health & Fitness • The Flex FLORIST: Lexington Florist & Flower Center • Storey’s Florist • White House Florist FROZEN YOGURT: Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt • TCBY

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HOSPICE CARE: Agape Hospice House & Suites • Comfort Care Hospice • Grace Caregivers HOTEL: Comfort Suites • Hampton Inn • Wingate by Wyndham ICE CREAM SHOP: 7 Star Ice Cream • Cold Stone Creamery • Sandy’s Famous Hot Dogs INSURANCE AGENT: Hal Girard – State Farm • Sandy Morgan -- Nationwide • Yvette Smoak -- Allstate INSURANCE – AUTO: Hal Girard – State Farm • Mike Farrell -- Allstate • Raymond Scruggs -- Odom Scruggs & Associates INSURANCE – HOME OWNERS: Gary Blight -- Allstate • Larry Hutto – State Farm • Scott Amick – State Farm INSURANCE – LIFE: Farm Bureau • Hal Girard – State Farm • Raymond Scruggs – Odom Scruggs & Associates INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER: Comporium • Spectrum • Windstream Communications INTERIOR DESIGN COMPANY: E.D.’s Interiors • M Gallery Interiors • Rustic Chic Interiors INVESTMENT FIRM: CalmWater Financial • Crescent Financial Group • Stratos Wealth Partners ITALIAN RESTAURANT: Alodia’s Cucina Italiana • Sapori • Travinia Italian Kitchen JEWELRY STORE: Lexington Jewelers • Moseley’s Diamond Showcase • The Chapman Company Fine Jewelers KID FRIENDLY RESTAURANT: Chick-fil-A • Flight Deck • Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill KID’S MEAL: Chick-fil-A • McDonald’s • Zaxby’s LANDSCAPING COMPANY: Chapman Landscape • Precision Landscaping • Saluda Hill Landscaping LANDSCAPE SUPPLY COMPANY: Led by Grace Landscaping & Lawncare • Pinestraw Place Landscape Supply • Wingard’s Market LOCAL ATTRACTION: Blowfish Baseball • Icehouse Amphitheater • Riverbanks Zoo MANICURE & PEDICURE: Blush Nails & Spa • Creative Nails • Onyx Nails MANUFACTURED HOUSING COMPANY: Congaree Home Center • HomeMax Manufactured Homes • Lexington Discount Homes MARINA GAS PRICES: Big Mans Marina • Jakes Landing • Southshore Marina MASSAGE: Bella Riley’s Salon & Spa • Lexington Massage Therapy • SOMA Bodywork & Massage

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A 2016 census estimates that 1,293 of the homeless in South Carolina are people with children, and most of these offspring are under the age of 5. Domestic violence is often an unseen contributing factor to this complex and growing problem, but the “Good Samaritan” citizens of Lexington are making personal sacrifices to extend a hearth and hope to those without a home.

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Operating under the umbrella of Christ Central, a local nonprofit, faithbased organization, these accommodations were named the Chris Myers’ Children’s Place (CMCP) to honor the life of a young man who passed away in 2003 because of a genetic condition. “CMCP honors his bright, happy life with the hope that children will enjoy a wonderful childhood and become respected, well-rounded young adults like Chris,” explains June Fusco, the shelter’s director and chairperson of its board of advisors.

ceived tutoring while there, and, by the end of the school year, her failing grades had turned into As and Bs. “The individual support of local community people is absolutely outstanding,” adds Fusco. Those interested in volunteering can spend time playing with the children, helping with yard work, providing transportation, etc. Also, donating basic staples such as cleaning, paper, and feminine products; diapers; games; coats; food; and school supplies are often needed. Several special events, including an oyster roast and gold tournaments, are held throughout the year, with the proceeds being contributed to the CMCP. More information about the shelter can be found on Facebook and online at www.chrismyerschildrensplace. com, and Director Fusco invites those who want to share in this vision to contact her directly at 803-348-6438. These two houses, which are elegantly decorated and provide sleeping quarters for six families, exist “to provide a stable, loving Christ-centered home environment for children and their mothers who are in transition from homelessness,” says Director Fusco. Since their opening, they have assisted 62 women and their families. “We work with each individual to encourage mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual growth” and “to learn positive behaviors and life skills that will help them be successful in life,” Fusco explains. Specifically, residents can participate in “spiritual counseling, mentoring, child development and parenting classes, career guidance, financial planning, GED instruction, educational instruction and tutoring, social events and cultural events.” “We try to create as many healthy family experiences as possible,” Fusco says; she explains that simply having a birthday party for everyone — with a cake, ice cream, and a present — is a priority because some of the children have never had one before. Success is measured by the positive change in the children, and Director Fusco fondly recalls the impassioned declaration of a young man, who once resided at CMCP, when he said, “I would rather be with you than any other place in the world.” Another notable memory she shares is of an eighth-grade girl who

Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter “There’s not a place like it in South Carolina,” Dr. Jarrell Smith, the present executive director of the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter (NKP), has been told. The children who arrive at its open doors “have been traumatized and severely abused,” explains Dr. Smith, and “…we want to be the most helpful we can at this stage of their journey.” Thus, the shelter offers a residential program that provides temporary care to children who must be removed from situations involving physical or sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment, exploitation, or caregiver emergencies. The young people may arrive at any hour of the day or night, on any day of the year, and the facility is licensed to house up to 14 youngsters (under the age of 18) at one time. Since its beginnings, more than 7,000 wounded children have crossed its threshold. The original predecessor of the NKP Children’s Shelter was a remodeled World War II Army barracks opened in the early 1970s. This community-sponsored endeavor was the first of its kind in South Carolina, and, prior to this, children taken into protective custody were housed inside the county jail until the authorities could find adequate placement for them. After several relocations, a custom-built, permanent home was eventually constructed in 1993 on 2.6 acres of donated land in rural Lexington, and it November 2017 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 43

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and a spacious storage building, recently erected by volunteers. The children who reside there attend school and church; receive ongoing physical, medical, and mental health care; and even enjoy exciting vacations and other recreational activities. “Kids that have always heard ‘no,’ sometimes need to hear ‘yes,’” says Dr. Smith, and the entire staff and its volunteers are dedicated to providing them with “a normal environment,” where they can have “hope for a future and a brighter day.” “Now, we are free-standing, independent, and we are doing extremely well,” adds Dr. Smith. “We’re trying to grow every way we can that will help our services to the children… to make this shelter the most effective, licensed facility possible given the resources available.” In November, thousands of residents throughout Lexington County will receive a personal letter from the NKP Children’s Shelter inviting them to participate in the support of this worthy cause. More information about other volunteering opportunities and the specific needs of the children can be found online at or at www., and the shelter’s staff can be reached by calling 803-359-8595 or emailing Samaritan’s Well On the outskirts of Lexington, conveniently situated near the business and shopping districts, lies a rambling ranchstyle home bordered by a white picket fence. Inside are clean and tastefully decorated rooms where warm and inviting accommodations have been made available to about 30 homeless women and children annually. The name of this safe haven is Samaritan’s Well, a faith-based ministry designed to provide transitional housing for this growing demographic. The concept for the shelter originated around 2007 as an outreach project of a local church ministry; since then, it has been adopted by Christ Central. Just as Jesus reached out to the Samaritan woman fetching water from a well, this shelter strives to help local homeless women and their children to “find healing, respect, and dignity through the programs that we offer,” explains Mona Henderson, the shelter’s director for the

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last five years. “We try very hard to let the clients know how much God loves them,” she says. “We are basically about accountability, forward progress, and making changes,” says Director Henderson. While there, the women are encouraged to adopt and fulfill personal goals such as seeking employment, obtaining education, learning life skills, and adopting financial practices to help them become more autonomous. To that end, the women share living space, household responsibilities, and meals to create a stable homelike environment for them and their children. The rooms rarely remain vacant, and although situations vary, some families stay for 18 months or longer. Along with the director, the functions of the Samaritan’s Well are overseen by a “phenomenal” board of advisors, says Director Henderson. In addition to leadership support, all of their funding and daily provisions are supplied by donations contributed by churches, businesses, and individual grassroots supporters. “None of the staff, including myself, receives any financial compensation,” explains Director Henderson. Thus, the help of volunteers is welcomed and valued.

“We try to find volunteer opportunities that are enjoyable to the volunteer as well as a blessing to the shelter,” says Director Henderson. Additionally, “We accept donations of food, cleaning products, paper goods, and clothing … (and) gift cards to area grocery stores, gas stations, and department stores,” she adds. “Of course, financial donations are also greatly appreciated!” “God truly provides,” says Director Henderson, and, as examples of notable contributions, she mentions monetary support raised by the Lexington County Public Safety and Sheriff’s Departments’ Battle of the Badges charity competition. Also, “In the past, volunteers have helped with facility repairs, painting, yard work, childcare, Bible studies, cleaning, organizing, meal preparation, group activities, tutoring, and transportation.” The intake process for those seeking a home begins with a phone call to 803-785-4357, and that same number can open the door to a new opportunity to help a neighbor in need. n

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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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