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NOVEMBER Saturday, November 12th and Sunday, November 13th Christmas Arts and Crafts Market South Carolina State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Hwy, West Columbia, Saturday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Sunday, 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Over 100 vendors including photography, pottery, plants, handmade bags, jewelry, decorations, unique food items and everything in between. Free admission and free parking. Tuesday, November 15th Lake Murray Country’s Holiday Open House and Gift Shop Sale Lake Murray Visitor’s Center, 2184 N. Lake Dr., Columbia, 10:00 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Looking for Lake Murray gifts for your friends and family this holiday season? Look no further! Browse signature Lake Murray merchandise ranging from t-shirts to home décor and more! New holiday items featuring the popular “Tis the Season to be Murray” slogan will be in stock. Thursday, November 17th Vista Holiday Lights The Vista, 701 Gervais St., Columbia, 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. The 37th Annual Vista Lights is the neighborhood’s signature open house which ushers in the holidays in Columbia! More than 60 galleries, shops, and restaurants safely open their doors to showcase their holiday treasures and delicious dishes. The Vista Guild also organizes live entertainment and performances to get attendees in the holiday spirit as we light the Vista’s tree at the corner of Gervais and Lincoln Streets. For details visit vistacolumbia.com. Tuesday, November 22nd Saluda Shoals’ Sleigh Bell Stroll Saluda Shoals Park East, 6071 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Looking for a unique way to see the Holiday Lights on the River? Then the Sleigh Bell Stroll is for you! This nighttime family fun walk is magical taking place amid the festive light displays. Walk the entire four-mile route or as far as you’d like! $5 per person, Two (2) and under free. For more information visit icrc.net. Sunday, November 27th South Carolina Oyster Festival The Historic Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding St., Columbia, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Steamed oysters, oyster shooters, fried oysters, and oyster gumbo! Several other types of food will be available if you do not eat seafood. $10 admission fee (does not include oysters) includes entry to the grounds, live music, arts and crafts vendors; children under 12 are free. Bring your chairs, your blankets, your oyster knives, and your appetite! Visit scoysterfest.com for details. Saturday, December 3rd Snowball Festival, Carnival and Movie Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 W. Main St., Lexington, 1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Join the Town of Lexington for this year’s festivities at the Icehouse Amphitheater! Kids will enjoy face painting, balloon artists, letters to Santa, rides + more! Make sure to stay and watch Elf (PG) which will begin at 6pm. Sunday, December 4th Town of Lexington Snowball Parade Main Street, Lexington, 2:00 p.m. It’s a Christmas tradition you won’t want to miss! Bring the kids and get in the Christmas spirit by watching an array of parade floats make their way through downtown!

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Features 10 Giving Thanks-Farm to Table Agriculture in Lexington 15 Best of Lexington Life Nominees 28 Ways to Strengthen Your Immunity During the Winter Months 34 Bradley Quarles-Advocacy, Passion and Drive 40 Holidays and Alcohol— Protect Your Loved Ones 44 Car Components that Require Winter Maintenance 49 The Dark Corner 54 Seven Ways to Keep Your Dog Active in Winter

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I’m thankful that it is now turkey frying season. Our family only eats turkey around Thanksgiving and I believe that makes the deep-fried turkey even more special. Yes, it can be a hassle buying the oil, fryer, set-up, etc. However, nothing beats the first bite into a delicious, deep-fried turkey, it’s crispy skin and juicy meat. After the first bite, I am thankful for the ability to provide the Thanksgiving meal to my family. Some folks are not as fortunate. Our very own Mission Lexington is always in need of food and clothing and what better time to help Mission Lexington stock up for the increased community demand they see during the holiday season. They are located at 216 Harmon Street and their phone number is (803) 957-6656. I hope you and your family have a fantastic Thanksgiving. As I grow older, I have noticed the list of things I’m thankful for grows too. I’m thankful my knee feels normal again. This is just one example of something I wasn’t as thankful for, as I should have been, when I was twenty-five years old. But we live and learn as we grow older, right? I’m very thankful that is the case. I’m thankful for my wife and family, my job producing this publication, the sponsors that make it possible and my co-workers that without their help none of this would be possible. I’m thankful for you taking your precious time to read Lexington Life and caring about our community.

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Pastor Ken Jumper The Harvest When the opportunity to write my first Faith Matters article was offered, I naturally inquired as to what the goal is? I was told the purpose is to encourage everyone in their faith because “faith matters.” In light of that, let me ask you, how is your faith today? Hmmm ... I guess the answer to that question would depend on where you are placing your trust. If you are trusting in the economy, that puts it on shaky ground for sure. If you are trusting in our political system (no matter which party is in office) that is also unpredictable. I very much love church, support the church, and I am a “church person,” but no church is perfect either. So, what are we to do since it seems like the old hymn is coming true with the lyrics, “when all around in sinking sand?” It does seem that we are in sinking sand, doesn’t it. We have so much uncertainty in the world today with the real threat of inflation, the immigration issues, the potential threat of nuclear war, and so many social issues impacting our culture. BE encouraged! I do have a really good suggestion for you. When it comes to Faith Matters, I’ve lived and experienced the amazing peace and strength by putting my faith and trust in GOD; specifically JESUS CHRIST, GOD’s Son and our Savior. When I was twenty years old and my life was in quite a mess. I prayed to GOD and asked JESUS to come into my life. I found HIM to be a wonderful source of peace and comfort throughout my life. Now that I have been walking my life out with JESUS for almost 50 years, I can confidently recommend you consider the same. Look to GOD, ask JESUS to come into your life and then look to the Bible – GOD’s Word as a consistent source of wisdom and encouragement. Faith Matters, how’s yours? n

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by Mary Ann Hutcheson

William “Bubba” Easler William “Bubba” Easler was born and lived his early years in Greenwood, South Carolina. When his family moved to Swansea in the 1960s, Easler was recruited by football coach Art Baker to play football at Eau Claire High School. Easler lived with Baker and fellow coaches for the duration of his high school years. Although Easler played football at Western University, he received his college degree from the University of South Carolina in criminal justice. Easler’s first post-graduation job was in management with the Horsman Doll Company, a leader in the toy industry at the time, that manufactured baby dolls. In 1972, former Sheriff, Allen Sloan, recruited Easler to work at the Richland County Sheriff’s department where, as Assistant Chief Parole Examiner, he interviewed inmates and recommended for or against parole. By 1974, he had been appointed to work for the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Board. The year 1974 was important for another reason. Easler married Miss Harriett Hendrix, a Newberry-born Kindergarten teacher at Lexington Elementary School. He remembers seeing her pretty blue eyes and that he was instantly smitten; they were married forty-four years when she passed away in 2018. Mrs. Easler, a devoted wife, mother, and teacher, taught three generations of children during her forty-two years at Lexington Elementary School. While Easler continued his work with the sheriff’s department, he received a request from the chairman of the state patrol board to assist at the Darlington Raceway on Labor Day weekend during the Southern 500 NASCAR Cup Series stock car race. Easler’s father had built dirt track racecars in the 1940s and 1950s for the dirt tracks around South Carolina, but he discouraged racing to his son as a profession. In those days, racing was not a lucrative career for a man with a family, but Easler never stopped loving the sport. For thirteen of his thirty years in probation and parole, Easler also worked as director of security with NASCAR, the Darlington Raceway and Rockingham International Speedway in North Carolina. He also helped at the Daytona and Talladega Speedways. It was something he loved, and he was good at it. When Easler retired in 1998, he began fulltime work with NASCAR, traveling to both the Watkins Glen, New York and Fontana, California locations. Today, at seventy-five, Easler continues his work in corporate security with NASCAR. He works with Homeland Security and the FBI and oversees domestic issues like counterfeit tickets or credential forgery. Commissioned by the governor as an honorary retiree state constable, Easler retains the same arrest power as a policeman. But these days, he enjoys his time spent with the racing world, and especially time with his daughter Leah’s family and his three beautiful grandchildren. n lexingtonlife.com

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Giving Thanks Farm-to-Table Agriculture in Lexington

progress through their respective growth cycles to reach maturity and are dependent on many variable factors. It is an understatement to say that the final bounty is at the mercy of the weather and environmental elements--things that are beyond human control. The Farm has been in the Monts family for eight generations. Originally owned by George Monts in the late 1700s, it covered roughly 630 acres. Over time the land was divided into smaller tracts for family members. Since 2017 the remaining 34-acre farm has been owned by Brett Flashnick, the 5th great-grandson of George Monts, and his wife McKenzie. They have blended farm traditions of yesteryear with present-day culture and economy. It is a mixture of the past, the present and a glimpse into the future with a variety of fresh, local, sustainable produce and seasonal delicacies. As McKenzie puts it, “We really try to grow things that will do well in the soil that we have.” “The family had always farmed it,” McKenzie explains. “When we inherited it, we reevaluated things and decided to move forward with agritourism.” The public has an opportunity to witness how the farm operates as well as attend com-

THE FARM 1780 by Kim Becknell Williams

Creating a business based on agriculture is a much slower and ambitious endeavor than starting many other types of businesses, as Brett Flashnick, co-owner of “The Farm” at 1127 Corley Mill Rd. in Lexington knows firsthand. “Things on a farm take more time than a lot of folks are accustomed to in our current society. We are used to hearing that a new business is coming to the community and within a few weeks a building springs up out of nowhere and in a few more weeks it is open for business.” Farming requires a huge amount of patience, education, labor and skill. Soil and crops must be prepared and nurtured in each stage as the plants 10 | LEXINGTON LIFE | November 2022

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munity events such as birthday parties, weddings and rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and engagement parties, farmto-table catered dinners, and many ticketed events and charity fundraisers. The Farm is family friendly with hands-on-activities and crafts such as feeding chickens or painting pumpkins. Effort is taken to utilize as many resources as possible straight from the farm, creating “a synergistic, authentic experience,” according to McKenzie. A signature cocktail was one example of this; “I’m in the process of making a candied fig Old Fashioned sauce from figs that we harvested today for an engagement party,” she said. Brett attended Clemson University’s SC New and Beginning Farmer Program (SCNBFP) in 2020. “To me, this program has taken the most crucial areas of study that you would spend years on while obtaining an Agribusiness degree and distilled it down into a certificate program to teach the most critical elements that can be immediately implemented in an existing or startup agriculture business,” he explained. “Having earned bachelor’s degrees in other areas of study and running two successful businesses for 20 and 10 years respectively, I thought I had a handle on how to revive my family’s farm. I naively thought it was going to be a walk in the park; but looking back I didn’t even know what I didn’t know.” The Flashnick’s work hard to be environmentally friendly. “We converted two fields to “no-till farming” this year with approximately 240 tons [of] food and forestry waste compost from ReSoil,” Brett said. “For us this is where the benefit begins. By using this compost, we are diverting more than 240 tons of food waste from a landfill; and repurposing it to grow healthy food for the community.” Holistic, organic farming strategies and troubleshooting are important on the farm. An example of this is how a recent problem with Tobacco Hornworms was approached. If hornworms are not addressed, they have the potential to turn into a damaging infestation. “Just 2-3 of these worms can devour a whole tomato vine in a single day, and we had about 80-100 of them,” Brett said. “And they had already done serious damage. We try to go over and above being organic, so spraying even an “OMRI Approved” pesticide or horticultural oil is always a very last resort for us if there lexingtonlife.com

is another way.” He and a farm hand picked the worms off the plant one by one. Two hours later the chickens enjoyed the hornworm delicacy; so nothing was wasted, the chickens benefited, and the problem was resolved. When asked about the future, Brett replied, “As far as long-term plans go, I hate to go too far into the future. I’ve always had a motto that ‘Actions are greater than intentions.’” For more information regarding available produce and to receive weekly email updates, visit the The Farm’s website or social media pages.

AZMI JEBALI AND THE LEXINGTON COMMUNITY GARDEN by Linnette Rochelle

Azmi Jebali, a native of Taibey, Israel, grew up on a farm with his parents and five siblings. Having a passion for farming at a young age, he attended an agricultural boarding program in high school where his goal was to learn all he could about farming so he could return to run the family farm after graduation. However, his mother said he must acquire a college education first; if he still wanted to return to the farm after he earned his degree, he could. He joined his brother at the University of South Carolina and attended USC’s business school, earning a degree in banking and finance in 1988. Having met Beth, his future wife while in school, he knew he could not leave her even if it meant giving up his dream to return to his family farm in Israel. They married in 1990 and settled down to a happy life in her hometown of Lexington. When Azmi married Beth, the Hendrix family welcomed him with open arms. Her family and the community of Lexington reminds him of his own family and the Arab community in which he grew up in Israel. He said, “Lexington is a dear place to me and so far, I have spent more than half my life here. Although Lexington has been experiencing rapid growth, it is still a small town in many ways. The people of Lexington are mostly supportive of each other. I have received tremendous support from the community, thus every chance I get, I November 2022 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 11


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give back to the community.” Encouraged by friends, Azmi decided to try his hand in the restaurant business and opened The Mediterranean Café located on Main Street in Lexington in 2003. When asked where he learned to cook, Azmi said he always had a great appreciation for good food because his mother is the best cook he has ever known. In 2013, Azmi started Jebali Farms to provide fresh produce for the restaurant and has been serving farmto-table dishes ever since. He is certified by both the University of Clemson and South Carolina Department of Agriculture. “We don’t try to compete. We just focus on what we do – keep foods fresh, portions generous, and customer service excellent.” Azmi is grateful for the café’s success and attributes it to the hard-working staff and local customers.

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When asked if there is anything new fresh produce for the less fortunate in the community. Not knowing how to or different on the horizon, Azmi says he farm themselves, they asked if he would wishes to continue taking care of his fambe willing to help them start and main- ily, live healthy, travel across the country, tain a community garden. He joined their and “maybe with God’s blessing, have organization in 2019. Scotty and Susan grandkids in the future to keep me and then purchased acreage next to Jebali Farms and the LexingThe Farm 1780 ton Community Garden was 1127 Corley Mill Rd. | Lexington, SC 29072 created. Azmi has run the two thefarm1780.com | events@thefarm1780.com farms side by side ever since. 803-356-4978 “My favorite thing to do Lexington Community Garden on the farm is daily scouting,” hungernomoremidlands.org | 803-600-9236. Azmi explains. “This is when hungernomoremidlands@gmail.com I get challenged. I look for things out of the ordinary – The Mediterranean Café’ first bloom, first fruit, insects, 327 W Main St A | Lexington, SC, 29072 diseases that attack the crops, mediterraneancafelexington.com and other problems that might 803-356-6294 arise such as failure of the irrigation system. I like to identify the problem and hopefully come up Beth busy.” For dewith a good solution.” He is grateful to tails regarding The work alongside Charles Tyler, Jim Al- Lexington Combergotti, Lindsey Miles, Stephen Keene, munity Garden or and Scotty and Susan Mill and several The Mediterranean nonprofit distribution organizations to Café’, visit their website, provide produce free of charge for less social media pages, stop by fortunate people in the Midlands. the restaurant or give them a call. n

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Ways to Strengthen Your

immunity During the Winter Months by Marcy Roberts

Your immune system defends your body against infections and protects you from ill health. While keeping your resistance to disease in good working order all year round is vital, it’s particularly wise to strengthen your resilience during the winter months. Here’s why and how you can fortify your immune response. Your winter lifestyle habits affect your immunity Because of cold, wet weather, chilly winds, sleet or snow, you’re likely to stay indoors more than at other times of the year. As a result, your motivation to move around may dip, and less daylight means you exercise less in fresh air. Your diet may change too because the availability of local produce, like salad ingredients, often lessens in the winter. Of course, there are various reasons your lifestyle habits change in the chilly season, but you can be aware of which ones harm your well-being and lower your immunity. Winter and autumn increase the spread of viruses Viruses such as influenza often spread in the cold weather prevalent in autumn and winter because they survive longer and have more time to infect people. However, Italian researchers say the evolution of epidemics and their frequency are connected to sunlight levels too. Less sunshine equals more possibility of infectious outbreaks. Ultraviolet light can deactivate bacteria and viruses in the summer, and a lack of sun helps them thrive. Being indoors with people in rooms with windows shut can also increase the spread of a virus. 28 | LEXINGTON LIFE | November 2022

You can strengthen your immunity over winter with natural lifestyle tweaks that favor health and well-being. They might seem simple, but they are powerful ways to fortify your ability to prevent diseases. Reduce stress Stress is a known enemy of the immune system. Chronic stress increases the odds of becoming ill. People sometimes get more stressed in the wintertime because they socialize less and experience boredom and cabin fever. They have more time to worry and less positive input from activities. Reduce anxiety with a mindful exercise like meditation. It will occupy you and help you manage your emotions. Journaling is a helpful way to release stress, too. Write about your feelings, dreams and ideas to aid self-expression and release your worries. Painting, knitting and reading are also great ways to soothe yourself while offering a distraction from worrying. Socialize, even if only online and via the phone, when you can’t see people face to face. You could revive the practice of letter writing, meet friends for coffee and invite people to watch movies or play board games once a week. Go outside The length of daylight reduces in the winter, so you won’t see much of it unless you make an effort to schedule it. Your system needs daylight exposure to balance your internal rhythm. If your body clock is off, sleep quality and time spent sleeping diminishes, and inadequate shuteye reduces immunity. Rise before the sun and prepare for the day. By the time it’s light, you’ll be

ready to wrap up in warm gear and drink a hot beverage outdoors to catch the first rays of natural brightness. Also, get outside later in the day after office hours to expose yourself to more people and stimulate your brain. If you visit areas of natural beauty, you will also benefit from nature’s calming quality. Sleep well You need roughly seven to eight hours of quality, uninterrupted sleep per night. Without it you may be tired, irritable and groggy. Your brain functions best after a good night’s sleep and immunity strengthens. You will be sleepy by the time you hit the hay if you ease into a wind-down routine every evening. This consistency will allow your body to recognize that you are ready to shut down for the night. A hot bath, a chapter of your favorite book, stretching and gentle music or white noise will ease stress and help you relax. Avoid heavy meals, overexcitement, technology, sugar and alcohol before you go to bed. Otherwise, you will be too stimulated to sleep. Blue light from viewing cellphones, tablets, tvs or laptop screens up close or for long periods of time boosts alertness and tricks the brain into thinking it is daytime. When this happens, your body cannot release melatonin, an important sleep hormone. You may fall asleep fast after a few alcoholic beverages, but might wake up randomly during the night, interrupting precious REM sleep patterns. Consume a healthy diet Consuming a wholesome, more natural diet keeps your immune system strong and powerful. Processed, fast, fried and sugary foods weaken your immunity. Be lexingtonlife.com


sure to consume fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats to aid health, repair cells and promote wellness. Foods that boost vitamin D are particularly important during this time since your usual dose from sunlight will have dropped. Also, consume foods with vitamin C to support the white blood cells that protect you from disease. At the same time, stay hydrated and drink warm herbal or fruit teas. Liquids aid mucus production, which sounds icky, but mucus is a frontline defender against foreign invaders. Exercise Exercise, as well as boosting feelgood chemicals, helps to strengthen the immune system. It aids lung function and may flush out pathogens. Moderate exercise like jogging or walking boosts essential cells that fight viruses, albeit temporarily. It also assists with cell turnover, muscle repair and immunity surveillance, too. Many people exercise less in the winter than in the warmer months of the year. But being sedentary too often means they miss important benefits. Carry out moderate exercise several times a week and keep your defenses strong. Your ability to ward off diseases might drop in the coldest season of the year. So, strengthen your immune system so that you are less likely to be unwell. Create healthy lifestyle behaviors to aid well-being. Eat, sleep, exercise, get fresh air and sunlight and reduce stress, and you’ll enjoy a happy, healthy winter. n

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Bradley Quarles Advocacy, Passion and Drive

by Mary Ann Hutcheson

Bradley Quarles, an Irmo High School alumni, is not one to waste precious time. His passion involves assisting others and advocating for those who cannot help themselves. When Quarles was a sophomore in college, he experienced the tragic loss of his cousin from suicide. Sadly, he learned how prevalent suicide was among college students. As president of the “Men in Nursing” chapter at USC at the time, he searched for a navigational tool to address the problem of suicide on campus. In 2017, Quarles advocated for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number to be placed on the back all of students’ Carolina Cards at the University of South Carolina. Four years later, as a result of Quarles’ advocacy and implementation efforts, South Carolina’s Governor Henry McMaster signed the “Student Identification Card Suicide Prevention Act” into law. In April of 2022, Governor McMaster presented him with the Order of the Silver Crescent, the state’s highest service award, for his work. The college of nursing and school of medicine named Quarles as the first student to receive the prestigious award in school history. The bill requires all public and private colleges and universities in the state, along with all public schools serving 7-12 grades, to provide the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number and additional crisis resources on the back of all student ids. “I thought,” explains Quarles, “what can somebody from a nursing profession, that 34 | LEXINGTON LIFE | November 2022

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has empathy and compassion for people, who really puts out solutions for people, bring to the table in a political environment?” Quarles has no political aspirations per se but seeks support from the political forum because he identifies problems and desires efficient and effective solutions. “It is just a great place to get what I need,” he says. Yet he also discloses that, were he not in the nursing field, he would most likely be involved in politics and law. “It is my personality, one of my ‘other itches I like to scratch.’ But the beauty of medicine is stability, and I can still advocate there; perhaps in another lifetime.” After graduating from the University of South Carolina (USC) in 2018 with a nursing degree Quarles took a position in the cardiovascular intensive care unit with Prisma Health. He is presently enrolled in USC’s School of Medicine graduate program in Nurse Anesthesia and plans to be a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) in May of 2023. His drive, determination and passion for advocacy comes from several areas, athletics being first and foremost. He earned his black belt in Taekwondo at ten years old and was a competitive swimmer from ages twelve to eighteen; becoming captain of the Irmo High School swim team. Both sports taught him about leadership, discipline, and dedication. He strongly believes that self-care is important. For him to take care of others and perform advocacy work, he must make sure he takes care of himself first. “You run out of steam if all you do is try to help other people but don’t look after yourself,” he says. He also believes that much of his empathy and compassion comes from his parents’ backgrounds in the medical field. From them he learned to treat people with respect, administer care, and treat people the way he wants to be treated. It’s what drives him—to not just exist, but really make a mark and leave an impact on society. Motivation and Mentors Quarles has a long list of people for whom he is deeply grateful, “You can have ideas, but a lot of people have to believe in you. Somebody has to give you an opportunity. My educators, my parents, and my faculty members were just some of the people that believed in me.” He credits his parents first for demonstrating by their own behavior, then instilling the drive in him to help others. From there he mentions Dr. Patrick Hickey, a nursing professor at the College of Nursing and his chapter’s faculty advisor and mentor for men in nursing when Quarles was the president. He saw Hickey as driven and dedicated. Among other things, Hickey was notable for climbing the seven highest mountains in all seven continents. Quarles looked up to him in college and remembers that Hickey instilled in him the philosophy of “paying it forward.” Quarles knew it was his responsibility to pay it forward for the next generation and is determined to do just that. The Dean of the College of Nursing, Dean Andrews, was also a huge influence. She believed in him and in advocating for others, and she always promoted good student work. Teachers were a big influence in Quarles’ life. Every grade or school year, he had a particular teacher who made a huge influence in his life. There was one in particular in 2009, his seventh grade English teacher at Irmo Middle School, Doctor Ware. That was also the year that the Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was collecting gold medals, and Olympic fever hit the young Quarles who wanted to swim in college. Doctor Ware encouraged him to do more. “You have a future beyond swimming,” she told him. He says, “She was the first teacher for me who really believed in me. She inspired me. And she might have been the turning point, the catalyst for all of this.” He adds, “Who I am today I owe to educators. Teachers don’t get what they deserve for their hard work.” And he adds, “Good talent can come out of schools.” Quarles does not boastfully talk about his awards and recognitions but instead prefers to use those opportunities to gather more support for advocacies. His wife is understandably proud of him and loves to talk about him and his successes. “We don’t look for credit or awards; it’s what we do on a daily basis. In some respects, talking about awards can be embarrassing. This is just what I like to do, this is my job,” he says. Instead, he puts the credit on the many positive people in the atmosphere around him. “I can only go as far as the people around me let me go; if I am around unproductive people, I am hindered.” He realizes that he is not alone in his work--it is a collaborative effort with talented, driven and compassionate people. lexingtonlife.com

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Future Aspirations “We lose up to 697,000 people a year to heart disease,” Quarles remarks, and awareness of this disease is his next big project. When Covid arrived, those most affected were of low socioeconomic status and those with comorbidities like diabetes, high blood pressure or respiratory issues. “In area code 29203 alone, we have the highest amputation rate in the country due to poor vasculature,” says Quarles. Thanks to his contacts within USC’s College of Nursing and School of Medicine, his college internship with the former Mayor, and now Columbia’s present Mayor, Quarles’s next project is slowly coming to fruition. It involves creating a city-wide effort to advocate for heart-disease awareness in Columbia. From studying the history of breast cancer awareness and the formation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, he is hoping to recreate from that success a heart awareness month in February. The “When I was in nursing and making money, if someone project is a collaborative effort between the College of Nurs- thanked me, looked me in the eye and told me I was really ing, the city government, our hospital system, our basketball appreciated, that was something worth a ‘cajillion’ dollars teams and coaches, and the American Heart Association. Sad- to me. Making patient’s happy with their care and providing ly Quarles notes that there is nothing being done at present them a voice is priceless. I am looking forward to what the at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) level future holds.” regarding heart disease awareness. USC and Columbia would be country-wide leaders in this endeavor, the first school/city to advocate this cause. fore him, and at twenty-six years of age, Having the program recognized by the NCAA and the Southeastern Conference there will be many more. He is optimis(SEC) would broaden the audience. It would provide ownership and accountability tic about what lies ahead. We can be for this prevalent issue in our State and region. thankful that young professionals like Quarles acknowledges that the challenges today are totally different from previous Quarles and his colleagues will contingenerations, including climate effects, political changes, a pandemic, gender/identity ue to work together to improve the lives roles and many others. He is excited about tackling each challenge that comes be- of those around them. n

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Holidays and Alcohol

Protect Your Loved Ones The holidays are special times for family and friends to enjoy, but they can also create unexpected alcohol-related dangers and challenges. Stress, depression, loneliness and financial issues may drive occasional drinkers to binge drink as a coping measure. Over the past 5 years more than 800 people died in alcohol-involved crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period. Millions of Americans take holiday road trips each year, increasing the risk of accidents. Take a moment to think about the potential hazards and be vigilant of your family and friends as we approach the holiday season. by Renee Love “Every day, about 32 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes — that’s one person every 45 minutes, totaling more than 10,000 lives lost each year (S.C. Dept. of Safety). “ My heart has been heavy with grief because a cherished friend was killed by a drunk driver. As my Father would say, my friend “had his whole life ahead of him.” You may not have known my friend, but he was unforgettable in all the best ways. He made friends easily; he was loyal, helpful, hard-working, funny; he prioritized family and friends and loved them dearly. He had good character and morals. He was loved by all who knew him. According to Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), South Carolina has one of the worst drunk driving records in the nation. In South Carolina, “alcohol-related deaths have risen from 276 fatalities in 2019 to 315 in 2020, a 14% increase. These figures once again put South Carolina as the 10th highest state for total drunk driving deaths” (MADD, 2022). Our state has a serious problem with drinking and driving, and we must find solutions. For many readers, this is a “normal” day. The sky is blue; the birds are singing; you are busy with work and looking forward to the most “normal” activities, like seeing your family at dinner. You are hopeful about the future and the dreams that lie ahead. For those of us who have lost a loved one because of a drunk driver, life is shattered, changed by a tragedy we will never understand: life will never be the same. For parents, even if we are empathetic, we cannot imagine the horror and devastation of losing a child because of a drunk driver. If you don’t have children, imagine how it feels to lose the most cherished person in your life, your mother, father, spouse, or best-friend, because an intoxicated person decided to drive. We have to stop drunk driving and make South Carolina communities safer. 40 | LEXINGTON LIFE | November 2022

You can help stop drunk driving by being mindful about activities involving alcohol: never drive if you have had too much to drink. Call a friend or driving service. Or if you plan to drink excessively, stay home rather than creating life-threatening situations for those around you by driving while intoxicated. For adults over 21, I am not against having a glass of wine or a beer in appropriate contexts. However, I am appalled when people drink excessively and then put others’ lives in danger. This decision is selfish and criminal, ethically and morally wrong: drinking and driving are fatal combinations. If you are a parent, talk with your children about alcohol. While I do not want my underage children to drink, I have also preached to them that if they ever do make a mistake and have too much to drink, call me, and I will pick them up. In all these years, I have only had to pick up teenagers who made poor choices one time. I want my child (and your child) to get home safely and not be afraid to ask for help. My children understand I will not berate them if I pick them up in this situation, but they also understand there will be future consequences for their decisions. I don’t want my children to make a tragic mistake by getting into a car if they have had too much to drink. If you believe a friend has had too much to drink, don’t let that person drive. There are taxis and driving services that can help with driving needs. For those who work at restaurants, it is illegal to “knowingly” serve alcohol to intoxicated patrons. Even more important than avoiding potential liabilities, mindfulness about serving alcohol can help save a life. You may not have known my friend and, now, tragically, you won’t have the opportunity to meet this wonderful person whom we all adored, but his death impacts all of us. Please help reduce the number of drunk drivers in South Carolina before it’s too late for your loved one. n lexingtonlife.com


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As the colder months quickly approach, there are certain components of your car you need to pay close attention to in order to ensure that it runs flawlessly, and safely. Harsher, more frigid temperatures are hard on many foundational parts and fluids that operate and maintain your vehicle. The following are components that you need to monitor and check periodically on your vehicle to make sure it is ready for winter and protected. It could definitely be the difference between reaching your destination safely or being stranded in harsh weather conditions. Tires A large majority of people do not bother putting winter tires on their vehicles, choosing instead to leave their all-season tires on year round. The truth is, all-season tires are not designed for all seasons and all terrains in a colder, more elevated climate. While they are acceptable in moderately dry, rainy, or light snow conditions, these types of tires are composed of treads that harden in lower temperatures, providing less traction and can often lead to slipping and sliding. Winter tires contain rubber compounds that do not harden and allow for better grip on snowy, slushy, and icy roads. Battery Colder weather makes a decent battery slow to start and drains a bad battery com44 | LEXINGTON LIFE | November 2022

pletely. In the morning, if you attempt to start your car and it takes longer to start than usual, this is symptomatic of a battery working overtime. Testing your battery either with a multimeter yourself or taking it to an auto shop to have testing done before the coldest part of the weather approaches would be beneficial. If your battery gets a low reading or has trouble holding a charge, replace it. The last thing you would want to happen is that your battery dies and you have to jump it or change it in extreme weather conditions. Incidents do happen even with a healthy battery, so having a set of good booster cables is important to guarantee you are never stranded. Fluids Before winter weather hits, check all fluids in your vehicle. You may find yourself braking a little more in the winter, so confirming that your brake fluid is full is important. Consider getting an oil change before cooler temperatures are expected to arrive, and have synthetic oil put in as this type flows easily even in the cold. Also, check your power steering fluid to prevent your system from locking up, especially when you may need to be more cautious and vigilant while driving in sleet, snow and ice. Cold weather can be problematic for your transmission and cause slippage while driving as the cold temperatures make it

harder for it to shift gears. Confirming that your transmission fluid is full will help in preventing this from occurring. Windshield washer fluid is obviously important to make sure nothing is on your windshield that will blur your view, but you may need the de-icing variety that will melt ice buildup. Finally, antifreeze keeps your engine from freezing in the winter. Low levels will cause significant damage, so confirming you are topped up is vital. Heater Cold weather causes your vehicle’s windows to build up with moisture, ice and frost. A good heater will be able to defrost your windows to allow you to see safely while driving, not to mention keep you warm for a short period if you are waiting for lexingtonlife.com


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I’d been there many times but never realized just what a dark history existed until I visited a legal distillery up that way. “Folks still go in there and disappear,” and old timer told me. Maybe so. I asked around and did some searching and found plenty on the Dark Corner, a notorious region centered around Glassy Mountain and Hogback Mountain in upper Greenville County. The notoriety was earned. Political differences, killings, vanishing people, moonshining, a place where deserters of Union and Confederates hid and preyed on others, residents who didn’t see eye to eye on the Civil War, and a wariness of outsiders contributed to the Dark Corner’s reputation as a place to avoid. I’ve been to Campbell’s Bridge. I’ve driven SC Highway 11, the Scenic Carolina Foothills Highway, and that put me in the Dark Corner. Outside of highways the terrain is tough. Forest clad slopes and waterfalls and rivers and creeks provide water aplenty. All that water attracted gristmills and stills, and the stills attracted trouble. Venture in there in the old days and it’s said you might not come out. Back before highways braided through the region, a lot of land proved inaccessible. A fellow could be hard to find, especially if he didn’t want to be found. Folks didn’t like to tell strangers where it was. Outsiders never could quite find the Dark Corner. It was always over yonder a ways, up the road a bit, or back a ways. Today, you’ll find yourself in the Dark Corner if you visit Campbell’s Bridge and Poinsett Bridge. Tryon, North Carolina borders it on the north, Spartanburg on the east. The region is not as wild lexingtonlife.com

as it was but apart from the settlements, exclusive developments, attractions, and highways, inaccessible places still. The region possesses a dark history but it is enchanting. This folded land—cloaked in green and running white with rapids and waterfalls—forms a big part of South Carolina’s charm and consequently, tourism. It has its attractions. The first time I saw that quaint covered bridge it was late afternoon. The sunlight came in so low it made everything golden and lustrous but driving was a tad difficult. A bit blinded as I rounded a curve, I got a treat as my eyes adjusted—it was Campbell’s Covered Bridge. If you go there, and you should, imagine moonshiners crossing the bridge with well-secured contraband that proved a man could make a better living with corn than those who tow the line. Here’s proof, the truth kind, not the drinking kind. From the South Carolina Encyclopedia—“As one Dark Corner native put it, he ‘could make three gallons of corn whiskey from a bushel of corn and sell it for one or two dollars per gallon when he could only get sixty cents for his corn. The same individual recalled that there were ‘as many as twenty distilleries in two miles of each other.’ ” Right, nothing succeeds like success. While researching the Dark Corner, I came across the name Dean Stuart Campbell a lot. He’s considered the squire of the Dark Corner and he has written much about the region. He’s done a documentary as well. Check out his work. Shed some light on the Dark Corner. Even better pay it a visit. See Campbell’s Bridge and let your imagination run free. n November 2022 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 49


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rain, and restraints as well as what’s allowed and what is prohibited ahead of time. Make sure your pet is up to date on vaccines before visiting a public place or a residence where there may be other animals or small children. It is also wise not to leave them alone with another person you’re unfamiliar with or a new animal friend to avoid unnecessary accidents and injuries. Some dogs may get overexcited or aggressive during this type of stimulation. Supervise your dog’s activities and know his physical, mental and emotional limitations and personal triggers to insure safe and productive playtime. 6. Make an obstacle course in your backyard or inside. Making your own obstacle course for your dog is a way to keep him active and engaged during the winter months. By setting up obstacles in your backyard or indoors, you can create an exciting challenge for your dog that stimulates their mind and works their body. Think about how much space you have available and what kinds of items might work well as obstacles. Make sure the setup is safe for both you and your dog, but also make sure it’s fun! If you have more than one dog who lives with you, consider making two courses--one where they compete, or two separate courses that allow them to play together without danger of getting hurt or fighting over toys or treats being tossed out onto the ground throughout each round (because what if one pup gets something better than another?). 7. Sign up for agility classes. Check for canine agility and fitness classes in your area. If you have a high-energy dog, agility classes are an ideal way to keep your pet active and happy during the winter months. Not only will you spend quality time with your dog during the process, but these sessions will improve his self-control, motivation, balance/coordination and performance skills. As an added bonus, the bonding that comes from working together will strengthen your relationship. Winter is just another season--it doesn’t have to mean the end of fun for you and your dog just because you are stuck indoors. As always, keep your dog’s usual maintenance routine for brushing, grooming, feeding and vaccines. Remember to rotate his toys, wrestle with him or play tug of war. The key to a healthy and tired dog is to be creative! With these ideas, you can keep your dog active and engaged in the winter months. n November 2022 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 55


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Casseroles BROCCOLI, CHICKEN, CHEESE AND RICE CASSEROLE 2 c. water 2 c. uncooked instant rice 2 -10 oz. cans chunk chicken, drained 1 -10.75 oz. can condensed cream of mushroom soup 1 -10.75 oz. can condensed cream of chicken soup 1/4 c. butter 1 c. milk 1 -16 oz. package frozen chopped broccoli 1 small white onion, chopped 1 lb. processed cheese food Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Mix in the instant rice, cover, and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. In a 9x13 inch baking dish, mix the prepared rice, chicken, cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, butter, milk, broccoli, onion, and processed cheese. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Stir halfway through cooking to help cheese melt evenly. PORK AND PASTA CASSEROLE 2 c. egg noodles cooking spray 3 tbsp. butter 1/4 c. chopped onion 1/4 c. chopped celery 1/4 c. chopped carrots 1/4 c. chopped red bell pepper 3 c. cubed cooked pork 2 -10.5 oz. cans condensed cream of chicken soup 2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese 1 -8 oz. can whole kernel corn, drained 1/2 c. sour cream, or more to taste 1 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper 1/2 c. dry bread crumbs (Optional) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rapid boil. Cook egg noodles at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, 7 to 9 minutes. Drain and set aside. Melt butter in a skillet lexingtonlife.com

over medium heat. Stir in onion, celery, carrots, and red bell pepper; cook and stir until onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in egg noodles, cooked pork, condensed soup, cheese, corn, sour cream, salt, and pepper. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle bread crumbs on top. Bake in the preheated oven until bubbly, 30 to 35 minutes. CHICKEN FAJITA CASSEROLE 2 lbs. chicken breast, boneless & skinless about 4 medium chicken breasts 3 large bell peppers (red, green, orange or yellow) ½ yellow onion ½ tbsp. olive oil 1 package (1.12 oz) fajita seasoning mix (I used the McCormick brand fajita seasoning mix) 1 tsp. chili powder 1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a large casserole dish with nonstick spray and set aside. Cut the chicken breasts into strips that are about 1.5 inches wide by 3-4 inches long. Place the chicken strips in a gallon sized zip lock bag, add the olive oil, fajita seasoning mix and chili powder. Seal the bag shut. Mix the chicken and seasoning until the chicken is evenly coated. Remove the chicken from the bag, and place evenly into the bottom of your casserole dish. The chicken strips should be touching, but not stacked on top of each other. Wash and remove the stems from the bell peppers. Slice into ½ inch wide slices. Set aside. Peel the onion and slice into ½ inch wide slices. Layer the onion slices and pepper slices evenly over the chicken. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Add cheese evenly over the top and bake for an additional five minutes. Chicken is done when it reaches a temperature of 165F. (Cooking time may vary slightly depending on the thickness of the chicken strips). n November 2022 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 59


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Mindful and Grateful I

went hunting for the first time in my 63 years last Saturday. I shot squirrels with a shotgun when I was a kid to help Daddy keep them out of the pecans he and Mama gathered. But I’d never hunted as a grown man. A friend wanted help thinning out wild hogs that were a nuisance. When we arrived, he showed me how to operate a crossbow. “If you see a deer, take him and you’ll have some meat.” I sat in a blind about six feet off the ground in a comfortable chair. I had the crossbow and my rifle, a sandwich and some water. It was perfectly quiet and still. I watched the silent woods patiently for three hours and didn’t see a thing, but it was a great experience. Two thoughts crossed my mind. I realized I had not sat still and stared at the woods for three hours in a long, long time. It did me good. And I considered how my caveman ancestor sat quietly on a ledge with a spear waiting for a saber-tooth tiger to come walking by. The tiger had eaten his daughter the year before. The tiger had eaten his sister the year before that. The tiger had hauled off his mother the previous year. My caveman ancestor sat and waited, fully intending to plunge that spear into the tiger walking below if he got the chance. He would not only avenge his Mom and Sis and Daughter, but would supply meat for his family and neighbors. This train of thought led me to think about fear. I have never experienced the type of fear my caveman ancestry did, with the possible exception of weather. I reckon weather is about the only thing my generation has really ever had to fear on a widespread scale. Individuals have had to fear individual situations over their life, and some of those things have been horrible. But in general, we have lived a safe life where fear of survival was never really part of our mindset. My parents were born in 1916, and they experienced the fear of hunger and survival first-hand. On top of hunger, there were concerns about rabid dogs, lightning, cholera, smallpox and other threats we no longer even think about. Their experiences were not long ago. We are not terribly removed from a time of constant fear. The funny thing about being this close to a constantly fearful life is most are afraid to think about it. How many would survive for long in a constantly life-threatening environment? I’m afraid the number would be few. I sometimes have a bad feeling our inherent safety won’t always be something we can count on. Survival isn’t a skill we’ve had to learn. One of Daddy’s constant prayer requests was “keep us mindful and grateful.” He had lived into that understanding the hard way and knew how fragile things were. He thankfully spared us the direct experience. Happy Thanksgiving. n

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