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Hi. My name is Lynne. I have been coming to Dr. Bigbie’s office for about a month now. I came in suffering from low back and leg pain. I was unable to walk without pain or even stand up straight. I received an evaluation and found I had several bulging discs in my back. I began treatments on the DRX spinal decompression, cold laser therapy and spinal adjustments. I have gotten so much better and am only halfway through my treatments. I look forward to the remainder of my treatments and getting healthier so I can get back to the tennis courts! I would like to thank Dr. Bigbie and staff. They have been so helpful and encouraging to me.
Hi, my name is Junius and I am a patient of Dr. Bigbie’s. My wife was watching television and she saw Dr. Bigbie’s advertisement. I have been having trouble with my knees and having trouble in other places, and nobody could help me. My wife made an appointment for me and I came in and got an examination and Dr. Bigbie told me he could reduce some of the pain and give me back what I have lost. I could not dress myself, I could not bath myself, I COULD feed myself, but was limited to what I could do without my wife. I decide to start treatment about 2 ½ months ago today, and now I can walk without the walker, and I can do everything I need to do by myself around the house. I can do all these things now, I contribute it to Dr. Bigbie and his staff.
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My Neuropathy Pain is Gone! Hi, my name is Steve. I came to Bigbie Chiropractic 3 months ago suffering from diabetic neuropathy in my feet. My regular medical doctors didn’t have any answers to help me with my problem. I saw an advertisement for the neuropathy program and decided to come and see how Dr. Bigbie could help me. The program has been wonderful! My pain has greatly decreased in my feet and legs. I am taking less medication for diabetes and have gone from taking 28 shots a week down to 3-4 shots a week. I have also lost 25 pounds in the process. It’s been a good experience and the staff has been so nice to me. I would do it again!
IN THE NATION It’s nothing to smile about. South Carolina ranks eighth in the nation for high blood pressure. And that’s not a ranking we should celebrate. High blood pressure is a serious issue. Even though it may not have any symptoms, high blood pressure can have dangerous consequences. Left unchecked or untreated, it leads to heart attack, stroke, heart failure and kidney disease. More than one in three people in South Carolina has high blood pressure. But only half of them have it under control. Don’t get sidelined by high blood pressure. Know your numbers. Take your medicine. And take charge of your heart health.
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Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone reading this letter. For the cover this month, I chose the lovebirds photo because it captivated me. Choosing a cover photo is not an easy task. The photo needs to be framed just right to allow space for our Lexington Life masthead on the top, and a white address box in the bottom left corner. Of course, the most important aspect of the cover photo is the content. With February being known for Valentine’s Day, I try to choose a photo that grabs your attention, showcases love, and makes you smile. The process sounds simple, but trust me — it’s not. Editor Katie Gantt and I start the process by compiling around 10 photos that may work. Then we narrow it down to three options. At that point, I make a final call on the cover. Personally, I love this month’s cover photo. There’s something so simple, yet elegant and caring about how the lovebirds are perched on the line. They appear content to spend time together, and seem to enjoy being in each other’s presence. Isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is all about? The love that we have for our parents, spouses, children, friends, and significant others. It’s a day to celebrate the people who make time for us, and the people we make time for. Time is a precious resource, so enjoy your Valentine’s Day with those you love. I want to wish a Happy Valentine’s Day to my wife Donna and our family, our Lexington Life family who works so hard to produce this publication, and you — our readers who love life in Lexington.
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Thursday, February 14 The Courage Center’s Celebrity Breakfast and Silent Auction Mt Horeb UMC, 1205 Old Cherokee Rd., Lexington, 7:30 – 9:30 Enjoy a gourmet breakfast on Valentine’s Day, see a host of local celebrities, and help struggling families in the community. Table sponsorships and tickets available online at Eventbrite. 803.369.3905 or email@example.com for more info. Saturday, February 16 Attracting Bluebirds to your Yard Wingard’s Market, 1403 North Lake Dr., Lexington, 10 a.m. The SC Bluebird Society will be teaching us about Bluebirds and other cavity-nesters that live in SC and how you can attract them to your backyard. $10/workshop; space is limited, and advance registration is required. Register online at wingardsmarket.com or call 803.359.9091. Sunday, February 17 A French Toast Concert Harbison Theatre at MTC, 7300 College St., Irmo, 3:30 p.m. LMSO presents a “A French Toast,” a tribute to some of the most famous French composers of all time. Come enjoy the symphony in an intimate setting. Free admission; donations accepted at the door. LMSO.org for more info. Friday, February 22 Love is in the Airwaves Plates & Plots Dinner Theatre, 101 Summer Duck Trail, Lexington, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Be their guest in the studio audience as they broadcast new comedy
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Kelli Howell Kelli Howell fell in love with a German Shepherd dog when she was a little girl. She never got over it, and today, hundreds of these special dogs have her to thank for their lives and their happy homes. “They are so special,” she says. “Sometimes they are thought of as fierce or dangerous, but that trait comes out only when they feel threatened or scared.” A German Shepherd can be your sweet, faithful and loving companion for many years, according to this caregiver, and fitting the right dog to the right family is an action she loves to complete. Rescue mission, indeed! She can’t reform the whole world, but one dog at a time can settle into a home because of the Carolina German Shepherd Rescue mission she founded. Kelli grew up in Barnwell, and graduated from USC-Aiken before marrying and settling down in Leesville. Now she is a single mother of three, and did not tackle this project until her youngest was in kindergarten several years ago. She teaches math at Gilbert Middle School, and devotes her personal time to the Rescue Service. “I am the owner, founder and president of this service,” she reports. “I am based in Leesville, but we serve areas of North Carolina and Georgia also. ‘We’ means four dedicated women who believe in doing what we can to save these wonderful animals from being put down at overcrowded shelters. “We work with two shelters locally, the Lexington County Animal Shelter and the City of Columbia shelter on Humane Lane. Also, sometimes puppies are offered on Craigslist, and we save them as well.” Their records show that about 200 dogs are saved every year at this rescue port. Kelli praises two other individuals whose expertise contributes to their efforts. “I have a colleague in California who handles our Web page, and I could not possibly do this without the help of Dr. Tim Loonam, a veterinarian who operates Grace Animal Hospital in Lexington. He is always there for me with advice and help and discounts. They both believe in our program and do a lot to help it succeed.” The work accomplished at this Rescue Service is challenging and constant. A rescued dog must have a careful medical evaluation and the treatment necessary to bring him/ her back to health. Every dog has an individual temperament; special attention is given to identifying the ones who relate well to children. And training can overcome what may be poor habits or problems due to neglect or abuse. Adoption or fostering are the two avenues available for saving these dogs. It’s satisfying when one can be settled permanently into a loving home. Sometimes, while that process is ongoing, volunteers may volunteer to foster a dog that is waiting for a home. Every effort is made to keep fees low so that families can afford to take on the care of this pet. Fees may vary from $150 to $500, assuring that health and safety issues have been addressed, and part of the fee goes to the continuing work. Carolina German Shepherd Rescue is a 501©3 non-profit organization; donations are tax- deductible and always appreciated. carolinagsrescue.com n February 2019 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 17
by Catharine Clark
The kids of Big Blue Marble’s Gilbert location, may not quite have Groundhog Day and Presidents’ Day figured out just yet, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a lot to say on the subjects. Read on for a good giggle. Emily, Conner, Michael Q: Groundhog Day is in February. The groundhog decides if we have a longer winter or if spring is coming sooner. What do you think the groundhog will say or do if he sees his shadow? Emily: Yeah I think it would just follow him around and the groundhog will say “hello.” Conner: The shadow will follow him and scare him saying “Boo!” Michael: It’s gonna follow him ‘round. Emily: Hey, we all said the same thing. Q: Would you have a pet groundhog? If not, what is one pet you would like to have? Emily: No. Conner: A horsey called Picture. Michael: Nope, but I would have a pet deer named Taco. Q: Presidents’ Day is also in February, what is Presidents’ Day about and what does it mean to you? Emily: A President’s parade? Conner: TACOS!!
Jackson: You celebrate the colonies of the President.
Trae, Abby, Jackson
Q: I don’t think Presidents’ Day is about presents. What does Presidents’ Day mean to you and your family? Trae: When you don’t be good, you don’t get more presents. Jackson: I think I am on the naughty list.
Q: Do you guys know what Groundhog Day is? Trae: Probably it’s Christmas or something. Jackson: Eh, it’s where you put up Christmas trees.
Q: Ok, who is your favorite president? Jackson: Uh, I have no idea… Trae: My favorite present is to have a Christmas light up bracelet.
Q: Groundhog Day is in February. The groundhog decides if we have a longer winter or if spring is coming sooner. What do you think the groundhog will say or do if he sees his shadow? Jackson: Probably he’s sad, he doesn’t like his shadow. Trae: Well he’s scared, he doesn’t like it. Abby: He would say that he is scared of it.
Mia, Kylie, and Robbie
Q: I’m also going to talk to you about Presidents’ Day. Do you all know what Presidents’ Day is? Abby: It means you celebrate the President!! Trae: And it means that Santa will bring you presidents if you’re good.
Q: You guys must go to a parade that I don’t know about! I want to talk about a special day that schools talk about a lot during February. It’s called Presidents’ Day. Since you will have school on Presidents’ Day, what do you think you will talk about in class?
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Q: I want to talk to you guys about a holiday in February. Does anyone know happens in February? Mia: The parade!! Kylie: Yeah, the parade! Robbie: We see clowns everywhere at the parade.
Mia: We will talk a lot about presidents and read bunch of books about the fair. Kylie: I do the same thing that Mia does. Robbie: I give out desserts and presents. Mia: I don’t think you do that Robbie, I think you come to daycare and go home with mommy. Q: Kylie, do you bake desserts and give out presents on Presidents’ Day? I must be the only one who doesn’t celebrate Presidents’ Day with presents. Kylie: Oh yes, of course I do presents on Presidents’ day!!!
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Brothers and Beer is owned and operated by brothers Genaro and Juan Jeronimo. “We have great customers. Everyone here is so nice; we talk to everyone and have a lot of regulars that come in two or three times a week,” says Juan. “We say we are ‘California Style Mexican Food’ because everything here is cooked and prepared fresh. This isn’t TexMex with canned beans and pre-made guacamole,” says Genaro. The owners recommend trying some of the more popular dishes which include: Brother Fajitas, Burrito California, and Fajita Burrito Combo. If you’d like to try one of their Mexican beers or a house made margarita, go by one happy hour from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Who knows, you may get lucky and catch the live Mariachi band that is occasionally at the restaurant singing to tables. Juan sums it up when he says, “We are the best, freshest Mexican food in town.” That’s why people keep coming back, coupled with the friendly faces of the Jeronimo brothers who always send their clients off with the salutation: “Have a good day! See you tomorrow!” “People love it and it makes them smile. So it makes us smile,” says Genaro.
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s they celebrate 11 successful years in business, the founders of Palmetto State Armory have proven that infusing a favorite pastime with passion, expertise, and ingenuity can actually place the proverbial American dream firmly within one’s grasp. At a glance, Palmetto State Armory (PSA) appears to be a full-service company that specializes in selling merchandise such as tactical equipment, weaponry, and outdoor supplies. With an extensive inventory that stocks everything from flashlights, firearms, and freeze-dried food to safety gear, shotgun shells, and survival kits, most novices, game hunters, and serious collectors can usually find the equipment they are seeking. These products can be purchased online at palmettostatearmory.com or from one of their six retail outlets positioned across South Carolina. PSA’s retail establishments are just one feature of the company’s overall design, however. To completely achieve its mission statement, “To excel in the firearms industry by producing a quality product at an unbelievable price with unparalleled customer service, product reliability, and employee satisfaction,” PSA also manufactures its own merchandise and personalized firearms brand. “Everything is American made,” explains Deborah McCallum, PSA’s chief compliance officer and wife of Jamin, the company’s founder and chief executive officer. “We have several manufacturing facilities around the state and around the country,” which machine some of the products that PSA sells. “We make a lot of our own parts and pieces,” says Deborah. “And a lot of that’s come through the vision that Jamin has for the company and moving it forward and making us bigger and helping it grow. Most gun companies or gun stores will go buy it from somebody else. We actually make it.” Because PSA can produce its own parts, it has developed “kits” that patrons can purchase to customize their own firearms. “It gives them the ability, instead of buying the whole thing, to buy one piece,” Deborah explains. This is more affordable and easily adjustable, and, as
a result, “They can add their own part to it and make it theirs,” says Deborah, “and that’s totally revolutionized our industry.” Additionally, PSA houses a number of ranges at several of its store locations, maintains a shooting facility in Swansea, and schedules an assortment of classes and even private lessons with qualified instructors. For example, “We do offer those concealed weapons permit (CWP) classes and the training that goes along with that to get your license,” says Deborah. According to PSA’s chief compliance officer, women are the fastest-growing demographic of gun owners in the country because of their increasing concern for their own safety. Consequently, “We just started a women’s group at our Fernandina range, and we have one in Summerville as well, which I’m really excited about,” Deborah says. Each month, an instructor from the Well Armed Woman, the largest reputable resource for female gun owners, hosts classes to address issues that concern women and to train participants to safely use firearms in a female-friendly environment. Because safety is a fundamental concern in this industry, PSA complies with all government regulations and promotes the appropriate and legal use of firearms. As the company’s chief compliance officer, Deborah is responsible for reporting to federal and state agencies [e.g., ATF, EPA, DHEC, OSHA, etc.] on multiple levels to make sure that everything is running smoothly. As the owner’s wife, Deborah has been with the company from the beginning. She has donned a lot of different hats as the company has evolved and grown and, in those roles, performed a variety of work-related tasks, which have included printing labels, packing orders, bookkeeping, and even running the register. Eleven years ago, Deborah’s husband Jamin launched the Columbia-based company with the help of friends and family members. The founder, who is currently a major in the Army National Guard in South Carolina, had just returned from an 18-month deployment in Iraq where he suffered a head injury when his Humvee devastatingly encountered an improvised explosive device (IED). Shortly after high school, Jamin joined
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the military because of his interest in arms, and he was rewarded with highly technical training in the use and repair of many types of military weaponry. Although born in Pennsylvania, he was stationed at a base in Texas when he met and married Deborah. Eventually, they moved to South Carolina where he was able to attend and graduate from Clemson University with a degree in accounting. After that, Jamin ranked as an officer in the Army and also became a certified public accountant (CPA) in the state. He was working in a Columbia-based accounting firm when he was deployed to Iraq. After Jamin returned from that perspective-altering experience, “It was really hard for him to focus,” explains Deborah, “and he had a hard time doing that CPA work, and all those lines and lines and lines of numbers. So what he decided was, I’m going to go ahead and start a business because I like guns. This is something I really enjoy, so let me take my hobby and make it something that I can do.” Protecting constitutional freedom is another motive that has influenced Jamin’s choice of trade. “I deployed, and I
“ This is something I really enjoy, so let me take my hobby and make it something that I can do.” was in Iraq,” he recalls. “I’ve seen what a society – when it falls apart – what it looks like, I don’t want my legacy to be ‘I made a ton of money.’ I want it to be we, as a company, produced the maximum amount of freedom.” Deborah also credits Jamin’s business-savvy expertise as an accountant as a key contributor to his success as an entrepreneur. “The biggest thing I feel like our strength has been is the perspective that Jamin has for business in having that CPA background. He knows firearms very well; plus, he knows all this other
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from now, we still want PSA to be here. We’ve invested in engineering very heavily, new machines, our people – we’re investing in all those areas, trying to bring us forward, every time.” As the company has grown, “We kind of moved away from the family-run business,” says Deborah, “but still I feel like we’re a family. We try to keep that family atmosphere,” she adds, “so Jamin and I are heavily involved in the business, and we know most of the employees. We want people to enjoy working here. We try to provide a company that I work here, just as much as they work here, so we want it to be a good place for everybody.” At last count, that handful of original staff members has expanded to a total of about 500 employees, when all of PSA’s companies’ personnel are included. Because customers are also important, “We try to do everything we can to provide a nice store, a polite environment, and a good place for them to come,” says Deborah. When Jamin can break away from the demands of overseeing a successful company, she says that he will even “hop on the register if he needs to or work behind the counter in the store.
“We are very proud of what we are and who we are becoming.” He loves talking to customers to get their feedback. They have good ideas and good opinions on things.” As local residents, their concern for the Lexington community extends to individuals and groups alike. Deborah recounts how they gave a special tour of
their store and manufacturing facility to a long-time customer and friend who was seriously ill. Additionally, the company has sponsored Little League and other youth sports teams and provided donations for charitable programs like Toys for Tots and for Hope Christian Academy, a local school for children with special needs. In addition, more than 70 employees have participated in the Walk for Life in downtown Columbia, and, during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, proceeds from their ranges have been donated to the cause. “We’re not from South Carolina, but we love it. It’s a beautiful state. We like living here, so we’ve been here for almost 20 years,” says Deborah. “We’re in the community, we live here, we work here, we play here. We have been warmly accepted by Columbia and South Carolina, that’s why we’re here.” “We’re proud of our company,” she concludes. “We are very proud of what we are and who we are becoming. And we’re always improving. We’re always looking to the future and trying to be South Carolina’s gun company or America’s gun company.” n
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It may seem strange that there came to be a special day celebrated in the name of a rodent. In the United States and Canada, February 2 is known as Groundhog Day, which, according to tradition, is the day on which the groundhog (also known as the woodchuck) judges whether or not winter will end soon. If it comes out of its burrow and does not see its own shadow, it is said, winter will not last long. However, if it fails to see it, there will be six more weeks until spring arrives. But where does this odd ritual come from? In medieval Europe, the holiday known as Candlemas, or the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin, celebrated a biblical event in which Mary took Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem 40 days after his birth. Candlemas fell on the day many northern European countries considered the start of spring, February 2. Today, this is the midpoint between winter and spring. Folklore had it that hibernating mammals would then emerge from their dens to predict the changing season. If the animal saw its shadow and feared it, causing it to return to its den, that meant the weather that day was sunny, and, consequently, winter would linger for another six weeks. Those six weeks would
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bring the date to approximately the first day of spring in today’s standard Gregorian calendar. An interesting possible origin of the tradition may be traced back to a couple of English and Scottish sayings. The first has four lines, which read: If Candlemas be fair and bright Winter will have another flight If Candlemas be cloud and rain Winter will be gone and not come again. The second is a couplet that goes: If Candlemas Day is bright and clear There’ll be two winters in the year. While those in North America use the groundhog as the animal prognosticator, Europeans of the time used various hibernating mammals, such as bears, hedgehogs, and badgers. For the Germans, it was the badger. When the Germans immigrated to the New World and settled in Pennsylvania in the eighteenth century, they brought their Candlemas tradition with them; the only problem was they couldn’t find any badgers, so they relied on the native woodchuck
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instead. For Punxutawny Phil, the nation’s most recognized Groundhog Day icon, we have the Germans to thank. The rest of the story is purely Americana. In 1886, in the small Pennsylvania town of Punxutawney, the first annual
Groundhog Day festival was held. Since then, the holiday spread to the rest of the United States and Canada. The original Pennsylvania festival still remains the most well-known
and Punxutawney Phil the most popular groundhog. Each year, the festival consists of a group of men in tuxedos and top hats, known as the Inner Circle, taking Phil out of his den and having him “whisper” the prediction into the ear of his keeper. The keeper then announces the forecast to the eager crowd. So exactly how accurate is Phil? Well, not very, according to the statistics. It is estimated by the National Climate Data Center that the rodent has correctly predicted the duration of winter 39 percent of the time since 1886. It’s interesting that, despite the notion of an “early spring,” in reality winter typically starts at the same time of year, approximately six (but actually seven) weeks after February 2. This fact would bring the groundhog’s accuracy way up because, more often than not, he foretells six more weeks of winter. Some other fun facts about the holiday: Punxutawney Phil, according to the Inner Circle, is the same animal that gave the original prognostication in 1886 and has survived because of a potion he is given. In Canada, the spotlight shines on Wiarton Willie, a groundhog in Ontario and his successors, Wee Willie. The 1993 film Groundhog Day featuring Bill Murray brought attention to the celebration on a worldwide level. While the religious significance of Candlemas may have largely disappeared, the tradition of an animal encountering its shadow has remained. Groundhog Day is an interesting case of how the meaning of one day has transformed dramatically throughout the centuries and the various cultures that embraced it. n
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An adventure awaits all ages across Lexington County thanks to the Lexington County Library’s mobile library. This free service, available to all residents in Lexington County, provides a converted Blue Bird bus turned into a book mobile filled with over 6,000 books. The large, white bus with the Lexington library logo travels year-round, with the exception of time off for routine maintenance. Perhaps you’ve seen the mobile library unit traveling the road or at an event. Thanks to Lexington County library system, everyone is entitled to enjoy the benefits of reading. “Our goal is to promote literacy and continue literacy and learning to all the patrons in the community and recruit new patrons. That’s really what we’re all about,” says Melaney Torcoletti, mobile library manager. “The selection of books we provide is well thought out,” says Torcoletti. “The seasonal selection changes depending on the location we’re going to. We have different sections, which are strategically placed such as large print by the door. Kids’ books are spread out.” While the Lexington library system attracts people to all of its branches across the county, there is still an array of those who are unable to make it for various reasons. Torcoletti says the mobile library travels to a lot of daycares, schools without media centers, and senior retirement facilities. “We stay within Lexington County, and we try to go to places that have limited accessibility,” Tocoletti says. “It’s not just rural areas, but a lot of places we go are also within the town. There are places like senior retirement homes and daycares where the children’s parents are working and may not be able to make it to the library.”
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When the book mobile travels to places where there are children present, story time is often provided, which the kids absolutely love. In addition to traveling around to different locations, the mobile library also does various events ranging in size. One of the larger events the mobile unit annually attends is Kids Day of Lexington. At Kids Day, the youth services staff helps out with this annual festivity. There’s story time, crafts, and an opportunity for children to check out the library on wheels. They are also given the opportunity to sign up for a library card. It’s a mini library on wheels and all at no charge to those who step inside.
The Story Behind the Bus For more than two decades, Lexington’s current mobile library has been delivering to its residents. The book mobile has evolved throughout time. For one, the current bus has an updated logo and picture representing the website and phone number. Technology has played a role in advancing the library’s offerings, as there are a couple of apps through the website that library card
“Our goal is to promote literacy and continue literacy and learning to all the patrons in the community and (recruit) new patrons. That’s really what we’re all about.” Melaney Torcoletti, mobile library manager
holders can access for eBooks, music, and movies. All one needs is a library card, which can be acquired on the mobile library. The accessibility is perfect for book mobile users who cannot visit a library branch location. In fact, inaccessibility was a primary reason for the original book mobile in 1949, according to the Lexington County Public Library System. The U.S. Census from the 1940s revealed that 75.5 percent of the population in the state lived in rural areas so the Lexington County Circulating Library decided it wanted to meet the challenge of making books accessible to these residents. The first book mobile for Lexington County was a simple pick-up truck, which had been remodeled with shelves along the sides encasing the books. Finally, in 1955, the county had its first modern walk in book mobile – with air-conditioning! In the beginning, the mobile library had 1,600 books and went out into the community five days a week. In the early days, Batesburg-Leesville was the flagship branch of the Lexington County Public Library System and it had its own version of Lexington’s book mobile. Batesburg-Leesville was the main branch simply because its community took the initiative of opening the first library. Swing into modern society, and the Town of Lexington holds the main branch with 10 locations, including the main branch. Torcoletti says Lexington is currently looking at getting a second mobile library due to the demand and high travel volume of their current one. They are on the road four days a week with a booked schedule. The second book mobile would allow for more visits and more adventures. According to Torcoletti, the second mobile library would be available around the end of 2019 or beginning of 2020. She would love to see a third mobile library for the county providing February 2019 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 35
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Access at Your Fingertips Lexington library is available anytime via its website, lex.lib. sc.us. Visitors can find the schedule of the mobile library online
and can also access the database with their library account number, which can be found on their library card. In addition to the mobile library, Torcoletti says the library provides homebound services and materials by mail for library patrons. Homebound services are provided every Monday and are a gift for those without transportation who meet the program requirements. Materials by mail is a relatively new service for those who live farther away or are not able to come to a branch for various reasons. For instance, Torcoletti said they have one Lexington County resident who is in Charleston for medical reasons. He receives materials by mail and then has someone return the items in a bag provided by the library through the postal service. “Everything within the library is at no charge. It’s a wonderful resource provided to people,” says Torcoletti. n
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The ultimate day of love and romance is just around the corner: Valentine’s Day! If you’re part of a couple, you probably have plans to spend an evening with your special someone. Look great for your date with these seven beauty tips.
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Keep It Simple Valentine’s Day is a special day for most couples, but you don’t need to spend a lot of time or money on your makeup and outfit. In fact, if you try to go too fancy, you may actually look like you’re overdoing it – especially if it’s wildly different from your everyday look. Instead, choose one key feature to emphasize, maybe your lips or eyes. That
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Say It with Flowers Roses and Valentine’s Day go together like peanut butter and jelly, so add a little flowery touch to your outfit with a patterned scarf or handbag. If you’re feeling bold, try hot-gluing a fake flower onto a headband or pinning one into your hair. For a more subtle nod to flowers, try using a perfume or body lotion in a flowery scent like lilac, lavender, or rose petal. The Valentine’s Day holiday gives couples a great chance to express their love to one another. If you have a special date for Valentine’s Day, these seven tips will help you to radiate confidence and romance all night long. n
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make my living “fixing stuff.” I am called a Troubleshooter. My main work is repairing welding machines. These devices create high current electricity allowing the user to melt and join steel. The instructor at welding machine repair school began with safety: “Half an amp of current will kill you. After that your body just burns.” He showed gruesome photographs of men who hadn’t been paying attention. Then he patted the machine beside him: “It’s an important consideration, because you’ll work on this machine today and it puts out 400 amps. Make sure you concentrate. Think about what you’re doing.” Then several students related frightening stories of co-workers who hadn’t been concentrating. I remembered Daddy telling me when I was young: “Always think about what you’re doing, son.” Now, look around. Consider how many people you see concentrating in a constructive way. I’ve been told: “You want people to think too much.” I laugh and say: “Daddy told me to think all the time. In the work I do, the
man who isn’t thinking gets electrocuted.” Troubleshooting is problem solving. Several requirements arise in the troubleshooter’s world. He must understand how a thing is supposed to function. The “thing in question” may be a machine. It could just as easily be a cookie recipe or a community, but we will use a machine as the example. The common complaint I hear about a welding machine is that “it won’t weld.” There’s intermittent activity, weak activity, unpredictable behavior and uncontrollable behavior. The wide range of descriptive terms are best summed up by a tradesman making the simple statement: “It ain’t workin’ right. Fix it.” The absolute requirement is to face the facts of the problem as they are. One begins with the obvious, but sometimes facts are hidden. Sometimes multiple problems affect each other to create improper operation. One must understand the facts as they are designed to be. This understanding grows through experience. The most important thing is to see things as they really are, not as we wish them to be. What are the facts? To ascertain the facts, one must think
and concentrate. Thinking and reacting are not the same thing. Concentrating and worry are not the same thing. The bullseye is the smallest part of a target. Our culture is as stable as a feather in a windstorm. “It ain’t workin’ right.” We need more folks to concentrate and think, to see things as they really are, and to decide for themselves if “the machine” of our world is operating properly. There’s plenty of guidance available, but acting on the guidance requires thinking about what we’re doing. There’s only a few people willing to put forth the effort, so this means we’ll have to concentrate deeply to make up for the general lack of thought. It should surprise no one that serious concentration on what’s wrong leads to the need for Big Help. This leads to serious praying. The Lord knows we need guidance. Ask for it.
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Perfect Pan-Seared Steak Ingredients: 1 bone-in or boneless rib eye steak or sirloin steak at least 1 ½ pounds, cut to at least 1 ½ inches thick Pinch of salt Freshly ground black pepper 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons butter 2 peeled garlic cloves, left whole Few sprigs fresh parsley, including stems Optional: Wine and stock (chicken, beef, veal, etc.) and butter for deglazing the pan and making a delicious pan sauce Directions: Salt and pepper both sides of the steak. Heat seasoned cast iron skillet to smoking hot. Add oil and swirl around to coat. Let cook for two minutes. Flip the steak and add butter, garlic and parsley to the pan next to the steak. Allow the steak to cook for two more minutes. Right after you flip the steak for the first time, with a spoon or small ladle, keep basting the melted butter over the steak. Baste continually for the full two minutes. After two minutes on each side, keep flipping and basting the steak each time leaving the steak for 30 seconds before turning. Cook the steak to your preferred temperature. Turn off the heat and baste one more time. Leave the steak in the pan loosely covered with foil for 10 minutes and allow to rest before cutting. Baste one more time and remove to a cutting board. Deglaze the pan with a little wine, then add stock and simmer for a few minutes to reduce the drippings. Add a tablespoon or two of butter to thicken for a nice pan sauce . Steak House Green Beans Ingredients: 1 lb. green beans fresh or frozen 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 small onion diced
Salted Caramel Molten Lava Cake for Two Ingredients: 3/4 cup dark chocolate chunks 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 teaspoon granulated sugar 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 large egg 1 tablespoon milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 teaspoons salted caramel sauce, divided Vanilla ice cream for topping Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place a heatproof glass bowl over a pot of simmering water or use a double-boiler. Melt chocolate and butter together then remove from heat. In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, and baking powder. Add egg, milk, and vanilla extract to the chocolate mixture. Whisk to incorporate. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture then whisk until fully incorporated. Divide batter amongst 2 well-greased 6-ounce ramekins. Add 1 teaspoon of salted caramel into the center of the batter in each ramekin. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until the edges of the cake are set and the center is only slightly jiggly. Invert the ramekin onto a plate, top with ice cream, and serve. n
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1/3 cup chicken stock 1/3 cup water 6 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce Salt and Pepper to taste Directions: Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook for about two minutes or until tender. Add chicken stock, water, Worcestershire sauce salt and pepper and stir to combine. Add green beans to mixture and toss to coat. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Garnish with bacon crumbles if desired.
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