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contents 22 26 Our biggest game of the season was scheduled right after Easter Break. Since hardly any of you were in attendance, I’ll paint the picture. Our baseball team, Larry Hutto State Farm, was playing the mighty Barnes Oil squad. The winner would take first place in the division. Unfortunately for us, the game was not even close. We made more mistakes in the first four innings than we had in the previous seven games combined. The boys were dejected, and team morale was the lowest it had been all season. Heads were down, with frowns all around. The win was out of reach, and Barnes Oil was threatening to score even more runs with runners on second and third. They had two outs. Jake, our first baseman, called a time out. Some of the infielders met on the mound to give Hudson, our pitcher, a pep talk. Noah was playing third base for the first time all season, and was excited to be a part of the infield. The kids ended the meeting and retreated to their respective positions. The next thing I know, the runner at third base was called out. The team had pulled off the infamous hidden ball trick! Noah hid the ball in his glove, and tagged the runner out when he tried to lead off third base. The third out was recorded



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with no further damage. Our boys hooted and hollered as they ran off the field. We lost the game 11-2, but that one play changed everything. The game was fun again. There was laughter, hugging, high fives, and pure joy in the dugout. Suddenly I realized that there actually can be victory in defeat. It only took a group of 9 and 10-year-olds performing the hidden ball trick for me to see it. Happy Mother’s Day to Donna and all the great Lexington moms. Thanks for reading, Todd Shevchik


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MAY Saturday, May 6 2017 Dancing with the Stars Lexington RBHS Performing Arts Center, 320 Corley Mill Rd., Lexington, 7 p.m. The Educational Foundation of Lexington District One invites you to see our local celebrities compete in the 2017 Dancing with the Stars Lexington competition. Visit for ticket info, dancer bios, and voting. Sunday, May 7 Spring Open House Lexington Co. Museum, 231 Fox St., Lexington, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Attend to view the 1832 John Fox House and many more historic structures. Event features demonstrations of historic crafts such as blacksmithing and baking in an outdoor oven. Children may participate in a scavenger hunt and cooking lesson. Light refreshments will be served. Event is free to the public.

Saturday, May 13 2017 Lexington Wine Walk on Main Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 W. Main St., Lexington, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. It’s back! And this year the Wine Walk is hosted at the new Icehouse Amphitheater! Ticket price includes complimentary wine glass, wine tastings, and hor d’oeuvres. Tickets/$30 advance and $40/day of event. Buy tickets at

Saturday, May 13 Lexington Mommy’s Babies & Bumps 111 Maiden Lane, Lexington, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lexington Mommy’s 4th annual Babies and Bumps features dozens of vendors, goodies, and giveaways from a variety of business and service providers with the focus on pregnant moms and moms of minor children. Free admission. Visit Friday, May 19 Relay for Life of Lexington LHS, 2463 Augusta Hwy, 6 p.m. – midnight Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Attend the Lexington annual event! Visit or contact Whitnei Jeffcoat at 803.457.6926. Saturday, May 20 Spring Arts & Crafts Show LMS, 702 North Lake Dr., Lexington, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Over 40 crafters and vendors to include handmade jewelry, children’s clothing, pottery, and more. Check out silent auction to benefit Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. Free admission.

Thursday, May 11 – Saturday, May 13 2017 SC Poultry Festival 101 Main St., Leesville, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Enjoy Poultry Festival favorites like the annual parade, road race, volleyball tournament, cooking contest, car show, games, rides, a variety of food vendors and craft booths, three stages of entertainment and the Saturday night fireworks display.

Friday, May 26 Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop Lexington Co. Public Works, 440 Ball Park Rd., Lexington, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Hosted by the Lexington Countywide Stormwater Consortium, the fee of $25 includes refreshments and supplies to build one rain barrel. To register or get more info, contact Tina Blum at 803.359.3165 Ext 3 or tina.

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Mary Walker For Mary Walker, a look back at 40 years as an educator has to start with her first teaching assignment, at the one-building school in Gilbert, South Carolina in 1977. One school building housed all the students from kindergarten through 12th grade. That single building morphed, through the years, into four: primary (kindergarten–second grade), elementary (third–fifth grade), middle (sixth¬–eighth), and high (ninth–12th). The neophyte art teacher gradually moved up into the top ranks of the Lexington One School District, crowning her career with the title of Chief Human Resources Officer for the district. “That’s right,” she says. “I have spent my entire career in Lexington One, and from day one my focus has been on the students. Everything we do in school administration is directed toward the best possible education experience for every student.” Mrs. Walker is winding down that calling now, scheduling her retirement for December of this year. Her years in education have reinforced her strong belief in the power of a teacher. One teacher can change a life, or many lives, with guidance and leadership for young people. The rewards come in watching those youngsters build meaningful lives following their dreams, and she feels she has had plenty of that satisfaction over the years. She grew up in York, Pennsylvania, the daughter of a Lutheran minister, and gravitated to Newberry College in South Carolina partly because of its strong Lutheran heritage. She majored in elementary education and Spanish, but as she was graduating, her art teacher encouraged her to accept the position teaching art at the Gilbert school. She did that for 10 years, and along the way earned a master of arts in art education and then received an educational specialist degree in educational administration from the University of South Carolina. In 1987, she became assistant principal at Gilbert Elementary School, and five years later, the first principal of the new Saxe Gotha Elementary School. By 1995, she was on board at Lexington One Central Services, in what was then called personnel, later human resources. She earned many awards during her career, including South Carolina Personnel Administrator of the Year and the Joseph M. Bedenbaugh Administrator of the Year, among others. Like many former teachers, Mary Walker misses the

room, but she enjoys the wider reach provided at the district level, and likes knowing that she can have influence at all the schools. In her work with human resources, she emphasizes to all new employees that no matter what their assignment, they are to be an exemplary role model to those around them. Walker’s colleagues share her philosophy and praise her dedication. “Exceptional,” “Caring,” “Kind,” and “A wealth of knowledge” are just some of the expressions that have been used to describe her. As to retirement, she looks forward most to what she calls flexibility, the luxury of calling her time her own and enjoying her six grandchildren, along with her husband William, who is now retired from Lexington County DSS. n

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In celebration of Mother’s Day, this year we decided to take a different approach. We asked our Facebook followers to share their loving thoughts and memories of their mothers. See some of our favorite, tender responses we received.

“My mom is the best. She’s always there for me. I’m so blessed to have such a great, sweet mom.” -Scottie Roland “My mom is the one who taught me to be a strong, independent woman. She’s kind, gentle and loves her family above all else. She’s simply amazing and I’m blessed to have her.” -Tracy Tuten “I’m sure everyone says this but my mom is the strongest women I know. Strong in her faith and ALWAYS there for you. Birthed seven kids and does her best raising them. She’s the best grandma to my son and I couldn’t ask for anyone better!” -Catie Stalling “My mom has always been so supportive and loving. She’s my best friend and I’m so thankful for her.” -Kim Curlee “I am actually super thankful for my mother-in-law! She raised an amazing man that has the most generous heart! I couldn’t

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ever ask for a better mother-in-law. She loves her grandkids, she loves and would do anything for us, her children. My favorite thing she says is, ‘My eyes are hurting because I haven’t seen you.’ The most important thing is that she never hesitates to make time for family and through her actions, she shows us what true kindness looks like!” -Dawn Bidlack Hyatt “My mom is the most selfless woman I know. She always puts Christ first in all she does and is constantly serving those around her. She is the rock of our family. Couldn’t imagine life without her guidance, I don’t take a hug or a piece of advice for granted!” -Nancy Ellenberg Nickles “My mom loves me even when I’m wrong. She forgives quickly. And she is always ready to spend time with her grandkids when I need some help.” -Genisce Chentele DeValinger “My mom has recently taught me the most important thing: what sacrificial love looks like. I have watched her lovingly and selfless-

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ly care for my dad as his dementia continues to take away more and more of him each day. Her strength and love inspire me!” -Karen Hudgins Blake “My mother is an amazing woman. It is just that simple. Her resume is impressive, but her unwavering faith, strength, selflessness, kindness, generosity and work ethic are all part of who I am today. At 83 she continues to be a light in her church and to those around her. She volunteers, travels, gardens, cooks, plays bridge and attends sporting events—but she always saves plenty of time to love her children and grandchildren. She will be 84 in May.” -Anne Wilkins Brooks “My mother is an extraordinary woman! She goes above and beyond for her children and grandchildren and always makes room for more. Whether it’s friends of her children or grandchildren, nieces, nephews, co-workers, family or friends. If she sees something that needs to be done she just jumps right in and helps out. She is our rock and foundation of our family. We love you so very much, mom.” -Jennifer Steele

“My mother was so special. There were five children in our family but we always had a foster child or a friend of a sibling in our house. She was always there with her Hollywood smile and huge heart with a kind word, no matter what her day was wrecked with. She has been gone now for two years but it sure feels like more because of the void left with her passing. Mother’s Day has a different meaning now, but she will always be remembered.” -Steve MacDougall “My mom gave up so much to care for me. She took shots just to keep me alive while pregnant, which could have cost both of us our lives. Often times she took two jobs, and most importantly a lack of sleep, to care for me from birth to fifth grade for the many surgeries from defects from taking the shots. This is what makes a mom—giving your all no matter what you are dealt with. Her faith in Jesus is what got her through this with the support of her hardworking husband and

family. I owe her everything!!! I love you mom and thank you!!!!” -Lynn Laag “Ann Rawl Jodie is our mother and our role model. She is known in the community as Mama Ann, but is simply “Mom” to us. During her 29 plus years of life, she has created a beautiful story full of love, family, friendship, and purpose. Our Mom is a giver never needing reciprocity. She is always lending a hand and keeping others’ needs in front of her own. Mama Ann provides guidance in a quiet and unobtrusive way and shoulders heavy loads when others are unable. She leads by example and is known for moving forward even when the wind is in her face. She has not had an easy life but decided long ago to make it an extraordinary one. Mama Ann’s courage, unparalleled strength and unconditional love are enviable. We are the luckiest children in the world to have such an amazing mother. May the world be filled with Mama Anns. We love you Mom!” -Debbie Hester and Family


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May is a juxtaposition of emotions for most moms I know. The weather is warm. Summer is almost here. The anticipation is practically tangible. There are class parties and trips to the pool, summer camp registration and flip-flop shopping. There’s Mother’s Day brunch and Memorial Day grilling. The excitement seems to rise with the temperature. However, on the flip side of that coin there is the weight of expectation and pressure to pick the right camps, make Pinterest-worthy cupcakes for the party, choose Instagram-worthy dresses for the family pictures on the beach, and all while making sure the children (who are bouncing off the walls) eat the proper amount of vegetables and finish the day with all the limbs they started with. This May, give yourself the Mother’s Day present of grace and selfcare. It’s unlikely anyone will need future therapy if you don’t have something scheduled for every second of the summer. It’s okay if your cupcakes aren’t going to be featured on the latest TV baking show or (gasp!) are store bought. I know when I am completely honest with myself, most of the pressure I feel is self-induced. I would never even think about judging another mother over 99 percent of the things I stress about. So why not extend that same love, understanding and grace to myself? I think everyone can agree that parenting is a marathon. Some days it’s a marathon with a cool breeze, great pace and excellent shoes. Other days it’s a marathon while carrying a 100-pound rucksack in the rain. There’s a reason the oxygen mask goes on the grown up before the kid. You need to take care of you, so you can be in your best shape to take care of your babies. Take the bubble bath. Skip the colossal Pinterest project. If crafting makes you happy, spend the whole day on a Pinterest project. Turn a blind eye to the mess for a bit. Make memories. Go on adventures. Snuggle with your babies a few extra minutes. Go on date nights. Breathe. Relax. Find happiness even in the smallest of things and embrace it! Truly enjoy this season. n Follow Lexington Mommy on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest with the handle @LexingtonMommy.

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It’s no secret that the Town of Lexington has seen remarkable growth in the last decade. Thanks to our top notch schools, proximity to Lake Murray, temperate climate, and great dining and shopping – it’s really no wonder. With such rapid growth comes much new home construction. A routine drive to work will give witness to new homes and new home communities all along the way. In fact, Lexington is opening new schools at a pace of approximately once every two to three years to accommodate all of the new members of our community. With this rapid growth in mind, Lexington Life spoke with three prominent, local home builders to get the scoop on what styles, technologies, and amenities are popular and available in our surging market. Essex Homes was founded in 1993 by Karl Haslinger. Karl began building homes in Aiken, SC, one home at a time. He eventually moved and settled his business headquarters to Lexington, where the company really took off. They are now servicing several different counties in the Midlands area, Charlotte, the NC Coast, and are also starting to build in upstate SC. Director of Marketing, Susan Longshore, says that several new projects are coming on line in the Lexington area. “We are always building in Lexington because of the demand. Because of the location, the lake, the schools…the growth in Lexington is continuous and it’s not slowing down.” May 2017 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 17

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Essex is seeing a demand for ranch, craftsman, and multi-generational style homes (think mother-in-law suites, for example) in our area. People are also asking for floorplans that allow them to spend more time at home enjoying convenience and ease of living. “People are taking staycations – enjoying the lake and the local area. This is creating a desire for homes to be more of an entertainment space. We are building a lot of outdoor kitchens, big bar areas, installing ice machines, wine chillers, etc.” Essex’s eBuilt homes are built to reduce the amount of energy required to operate a new home, reduce the impact on the environment during and after construction, and help buyers keep more money in their pockets. Their In2ity Program uses modern technological advances to provide remote music, security camera, and door lock control capabilities. This is available at no monthly cost to home owners. Great Southern Homes was founded in 2004 by Michael Nieri, who has been in the home building business for the last 25 years. His company serves all the major markets in SC and has also penetrated the GA market. They plan to increase their footprint into NC and further into GA. They’ve seen great

success as exemplified by their 756 closings last year alone. Bill Earle, Director of Strategic Markets, says, “Lexington was growing so fast over the last decade that currently there are not a lot of land positions where home builders can come in and build new communities. Because of this, land prices have soared which is affecting the cost of home building. But we are determined to offer homes that are affordably priced, so we are having to scratch deeper to make that happen.” They are currently building a lake

front community just up 378 from Lexington and have homes in eight communities throughout Lexington. Earle says that purchasing a new home versus a re-sale or, “pre-loved” home, offers some advantages. “New homes have been made much more energy and technology efficient. Green smart houses can significantly reduce your energy costs. We are actually able to compete with resale home prices when you factor in the energy savings over time.” Great Southern is also seeing

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“lights off” and the lights will automatically shut off. Similar features are available for closing the garage door, turning on music, or controlling your security system. If a child is home from school, the parent can unlock the door to let them in from a remote location, all via their cell phone. Hurricane Builders was founded in 2000 by brothers Richard and Jose Romero. In their first year of building, they completed six homes. As of last year, they completed approximately 200. This year’s goal is 250-300. “Right now we want to grow at a reasonable pace to ensure the quality of our product and the stability of business. Growing too fast can sometimes cause costly mistakes” says Marketing and Public Relations Director, Angelica M. Romero. “We are really happy with the growth we are seeing.” Angelica says that the Lexington market displays a demand for a variety of home styles and sizes. “We get consistent requests for everything from modest single stories on up to our largest offered floorplan.” A signature Hurricane exterior features stone or brick mixed with vinyl siding for a unique aesthetic. They also give buyers the option to personalize the color palate of their home. “We are also one of

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the few companies that provide extensive landscaping to our properties as well as automatic sprinkler systems.” Hurricane also emphasizes the importance of energy saving and technological advances in the industry. They offer a geofencing thermostat that can sense the owner is getting close to home (thanks to a cell phone app) and then turns on the heat or air. This comes standard in every home. They also offer zone system thermostats in all 2 story homes that allow “an owners’ suite experience.” The owners’ suite will be at their personalized temperature preference even if the rest of the home isn’t being kept cool. They currently have USB ports in all their kitchens and a vision “to one day be able to offer free energy communities. We are growing into this vision as the technologies become available.” These local, growing companies are making sure that our new home communities stay attractive and cutting edge while remaining affordable for our local families. It doesn’t look like growth is slowing down here anytime in the near future, so we look forward to ways that Essex, Great Southern, and Hurricane will continue to innovate the market. n

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What a Season!

This year was one for the memory books for USC basketball fans. With the women’s National Championship win and the men’s trip to the Final Four, March was a whirlwind month for basketball fans. We posted on Facebook looking for photos from readers who were in attendance at playoff games and got a great response. Check out our collage below. And congratulations to the Gamecocks! You made South Carolina proud.

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tyler’s world Tyler Ryan ABC Columbia The other morning, at 2 a.m., I stopped in at Walmart on my way to the television station. Through my experience there I was reminded of the human spirit and America’s belief in this experiment we call democracy. Before I continue, let me provide a brief disclaimer: The purpose of this article is not to provide a specific political ideology, but is merely based on observations of conversations between others. Back to Walmart…as I walked into the store during the wee hours of the morning, I walked past three different conversations being held by Walmart employees. In each conversation, the participants were discussing various aspect of politics and current events. These conversations, upon brief observation, were well informed and thought out. I remember growing up and hearing my grandfather talk about politics in very vague terms, such as: “They’re all crooks!” or “He’s a good guy” or “You can’t fight City Hall.” While each statement probably held some element of truth, they didn’t contain any true elements of critical thought or reason. What caught my attention in Walmart the other morning, was the specificity within the conversations. Things have changed since my grandfather’s day. Maybe this can be chalked up to the natural evolution of technology and time. Of instantaneous information in the palm of our hands, or perhaps the ability to actually connect directly on social media with actors, singers, and even politicians. Whatever the reason, something has created a thirst for an understanding of the political process and how the people we elect, on both local and national levels, impact our lives. It’s no secret that the events of November 8th and January 20th produced an emotional response from all sides of political ideology. With this climate has come a seemingly hyper awareness of every traditionally mundane event such as cabinet confirmations and other perfunctory actions that historically have not made the front page news. But these days, networks are airing daily White House news briefs that can often last over an hour, without breaks. And the debates that are occurring between Americans, while often heated, are based on heartfelt responses and beliefs. It’s like people actually care again. I find it inspiring. Had John Adams or Thomas Jefferson been able to park their horse outside Walmart that morning and overhear the employee’s passionate discussion that was essentially about the democracy that they created well over 200 years ago, they would have smiled in realizing that their close, but not always perfect system was still on the tongues of its citizens, and enjoying a powerful renaissance. n Tyler Ryan is a Weather Anchor and Host at ABC Columbia and an Air Personality at 94.3 The Dude. Find him on Twitter and Facebook with the handle Tylerryan.

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ver since Jacques Cousteau brought us a scarcely seen world under the sea with adventures all over the globe, we have marveled at what lies under the surface of the water. Often what lies beneath is not only amazing beauty, but also a rich history dating back to the beginning of time. This history cannot only be found in ships, civilizations, and legends in any of the oceans, but also in lakes and rivers right in our own backyard. by Tyler Ryan

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recognized based on their consistency in programming such as the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) and Scuba Schools International (SSI). “People think that SCUBA is out of reach, but the reality is, it isn’t. It is a little bit of training away,” Ogburn says. Ogburn, who is an SSI instructor, advises, “It starts online, you do the book portion at your own pace at home before you even come to the class. Once you have taken the online knowledge tests, it’s time to hit the classroom for some hands on application of what you have learned, and to reinforce your basic understanding of the principals of diving. The pool provides a safe training environment.” The next step of course is hitting open water. Students apply the online, class-


diving, which stands for self-contained underwater breathing apparatus, has origins that date back to the late 1800s, where rebreathers first appeared, and were used as rescue equipment. The military also took advantage of the technology as it gave soldiers the advantage of stealth in missions under water. It was in 1943, when Cousteau himself, along with Emile Gagnon, developed a commercial application, bringing the underwater world to the masses. Over the years, Cousteau’s adventures and underwater explorations captured the collective imaginations of many though his television show. Even James Bond got into the SCUBA world, as he took on a multitude of bad guys all in the deep blue. “There is sea life, stunning colors, and even history often just a few feet below,” says Wateree Dive Center’s Andy Ogburn.

Ogburn has been working in the dive industry his entire life, and has memories of his father, Larry, opening the family shop 40 years ago. It’s been the center of his and his family’s world since. The true magic of SCUBA diving is that you don’t need a science degree, a big boat, or an unlimited budget to become something of an “Indiana Jones” and explore the world right under the surface—you simply need your “C” Card. In 1952, following an incident that claimed the lives of two

room, and pool lessons in the real world, showing proficiency in several areas, including navigation. Once all phases are complete, the student will then become a Level One diver. The Level One recreational certification means that you can rent SCUBA gear nearly anywhere in the world you can find a dive shop, allowing you to explore depths of 130 feet (although most agencies recommend remaining in water 60 feet or less until you have some experience). Once you have a few dives and some “bottom time” logged, you can continue to advance in the sport, adding specific training and

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“The world under water is truly in reach for nearly everyone, and once you have explored it, you will see it is a life changing experience.” course, exploring the underwater playground in her backyard (our very own Lake Murray), which has railroad tracks, angels, and cemeteries found hiding below the surface. Her journey will continue as the sport continues to captivate her imagination. Ryan says that the classes were a lot of fun, pointing out that the instructor plays a big role in how much a student gets into the sport. “If your instructor sees his role as more than simply teaching another class...actually being passionate about it, it makes all the difference in the world.” Other divers can’t help but express their love for this unique sport. “It was what I wanted to do with my life. It’s an experience I can’t is simply calming,” 16-year-old Dallas Singleton says. At the ripe old age of 14, Singleton herself through her Level One certification at Wateree Dive, and has since become a master diver, taking part in a study abroad program all about conservation and diving. Singleton also says diving is a way that she can spend time with her police officer father, who is also a diver. “We dive together, and it is something that we share,” she says. The sharing aspect seems to be recurring theme between friends and family. “The world under water is truly in reach for nearly everyone, and once you have explored it, you will see it is a life changing experience,” Ogburn says with a smile on his face. You might just be hooked for life. Learn more about SCUBA diving and Ogburn’s story by reaching out to the Wateree Dive Center. n

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6 Rules for Sustaining a Long Lasting

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Relationship Being in a relationship is hard, and it can sometimes seem like an uphill battle. There will be times you want to give up. Nevertheless, you love your mate: so how do you make it through the difficult times? Here are some essential tips that, along with a lot of hard work, can help keep your relationship alive for many years to come.

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1. Fight Fair

Sometimes relationships are most severely damaged during what starts out as a small disagreement. As hard as it is, you must slow down and think before lashing out. Never bring up the past and have absolutely no name-calling. Leave family members and how they might feel about the situation out of the conversation. Bring potential problems up face-to-face in a respectful tone.

2. Make Time for Each Other

Find time to connect. Put the kids to bed, turn off the television and cell phones, and talk to each other. Ask about your partner’s day and really listen. Look them in the eyes when they are talking and don’t interrupt. Your partner should come before everything and everyone, even the kids. When the kids are grown and gone, they will be the one still there.

3. Keep Others Out of Your Relationship

Nothing hurts a relationship faster than involving others in you and your mate’s private disagreements. Sharing your grievances on social media or with close family members can make things extremely complicated. For instance, your complaints on Facebook will often encourage others to put in their two cents worth, causing the drama to linger. Also, while you may forgive a lot of things said in the heat of an argument, your mother may hold a grudge and begin to make snide comments causing conflict between you and your partner.

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Do little things that show you care. For instance, stick a small note in your partner’s lunch reminding him how much you love them. Make a book of coupons for things like back rubs, breakfast in bed, or whatever they might enjoy. Be romantic and creative and who knows? Maybe they will return the favor.

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Cut your significant other some slack. We all have annoying habits, so try to remember even though your mate may not be perfect, neither are you. Instead of dwelling on their mistakes, focus on the things they do right. Is he a good father? Is she a good mother? Does your partner have a way of always making you smile? These qualities are much more important than whether or not they roll the toothpaste up from the bottom or leave the toilet seat up.

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Never be afraid to admit when you need help. No matter how much two people love each other, there are times when counseling is necessary. If this is the case, consider contacting your pastor, or a licensed therapist. Sometimes a different perspective can be a huge asset to a relationship. All relationships go through difficult phases. It is how you handle the highs and lows of the relationship that determine whether or not it will last. Strive to put each other first, spend quality time together, ask for help when needed, and above all else, resolve never to give up. n

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Career vs. College Is college the right choice for your child? by Calvin Farrell As a parent, it is natural to want your child to succeed in life and do even better than you did. If you went to college, chances are you want to see your son or daughter follow in your footsteps. If you were unable to attend a university, you probably want your child to be the first in the family to go on to higher education. While those desires are certainly admirable, they may not always be the right choice. It is true that a college education may be the key to a successful and lucrative career, but it is equally true that an education costs more than ever before. If your son or daughter is in line for a great scholarship, the decision to attend college is an easy one. However, if attending college means taking out tens of thousands of dollars worth of student loans, that decision can be a bit murkier. While no one is questioning the value of a college education, it is important to take a step back and assess your own family situation. There are a number of times when delaying—or even forgoing—higher education can make a lot of sense. Is Your Child Emotionally Ready for College? Going to college is a big step for any

young person, but it can be a particularly difficult transition for those who are not emotionally mature enough to handle it. Some high school graduates simply are not mature enough for the freedom or the responsibility of a university. As a parent, part of your job is to look at these things realistically. If you think your son or daughter would benefit from an extra year or two at home, postponing attending a university can be a smart move. Your child should not be idle during that time; working a full-time or part time job, volunteering in the community or attending a community college are all great possibilities. Does Your Child Know What He or She Wants to Do? Entering college without a firm game plan in mind can be potentially risky and expensive. If your child doesn’t know what they want to do yet, they may benefit from a little time off before attending college. That time off can be a chance for young people to learn more about themselves and think about what they want to do for a living. Having a firm grasp of their future career goals will make choosing a major

much easier. Those firm career goals can also reduce the amount of time it takes to get through school, and that can reduce the amount of student loan debt. Is Your Child Really Destined for a White Collar Career? Many parents simply assume that their offspring will head off to the business world, but that world is not the right choice for everyone. Some young people are simply more comfortable and more adept at working with their hands. The good news is that many of those blue-collar careers—from a plumber and electrician to oil driller and welder—pay as much, or even more, than the typical business career. If your son or daughter is more comfortable in those arenas, pushing them into college could be counterproductive. You might be better off pushing your child toward a trade school or community college training program. College can still be a great investment, and higher education is often the key to financial success. Even so, there are times when college is not the only, or even the best, option. Your child can still have a great future and a successful career, even if higher education is not in the cards. n May 2017 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 37

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2017 Big South Baseball Championship A Grand Slam for Lexington County The road to Omaha starts in Lexington County… Lexington celebrated a big win earlier this year when the Big South announced it would extend its contract allowing the Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission (LCRAC) to host the Baseball Championship in Lexington through the 2019 season. The eight-team, double-elimination tournament will run May 2327 and determine the Big South’s automatic bid recipient to the NCAA Championship. “We are honored to have the Big South Conference extend their agreement to play the Baseball Championship at Lexington County Stadium,” said Mayor Steve MacDougall. “The Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission worked tirelessly to provide an amazing experience at last year’s tournament and have solidified their commitment to bring quality baseball to our community,” MacDougall says. Come Out to the Ball Games! Single-day tickets are $10 and will grant access to all games that day. Tournament books are $50 and will grant access to all games for the duration of the event. Students with valid ID from a Big South member institution can purchase tickets for $5 per day. Saturday, May 27 is Armed Forces Day. All military personnel get into the championship game for free with military ID. Advanced tickets are on sale at the “Blowfish on Main” store at 101 East Main Street, Lexington. For additional ticket information, visit,,, or call 803-254-3474. n

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When the public servants of the Lexington County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) don their uniforms and go to work, they do so knowing that they must be prepared to take care of their community in many different ways. The primary purpose of the EMS, a division of the Department of Public Safety, is “to handle life-threatening emergencies,” stated EMS Chief Brian Hood. To achieve this objective, EMS is comprised of five different bureaus in which “We employ about 165 full- and part-time employees,” said Mark Goudelock, the Assistant Chief and PIER (Public Information, Education, and Relations) Officer. The operations bureau is the largest of the five and “the 24/7 arm of what we do,” explained Chief Hood. The ambulance is arguably the most visible component of operations, and in 2016, they arrived on the scenes of more than 38,000 calls. The 25 trucks within the fleet are all warranteed and must adhere to a strict

and assign the appropriate response vehicle. For example, an ALS ambulance is sent to high acuity events (cardiac arrest, strokes, major trauma, etc.). Also, the number of staffed trucks positioned in the community is based on the activity levels of that time of day or night, and the data calculations of predictive software help to determine where they are placed. Every vehicle has computer equipment that guides the driver to emergency locations by the fastest route possible, according to recorded statistical traffic patterns of that time period. Another high-tech tool that is utilized by Lexington County EMS is the 12-lead EKG (electrocardiograph), which can detect a cardiac arrest. This test can be performed on a patient before the ambulance reaches the hospital, so that a heart catheterization can be expedited as soon as it arrives. Because of this initiative, the Lexington County EMS has achieved the “gold standard,” a special designation from the American Heart Association. To prepare first responders for all types of medical emergencies, EMS has acquired a human-patient simulator. “Hal,” a high-fidelity mannequin, can breathe, bleed, and communicate with the trainee. “This mannequin,” said Chief Hood, “brings a realism to the scenario-based training… that has probably made one of the largest clinical differences in our patient care.”

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tance in major emergencies when needed. Historically, the same number of trucks patrolled the county at all times and responded on a “first call, first served” basis. As the population and corresponding demands began to grow, EMS had to adapt their approach accordingly. The advancement of technology has helped this division “make the service streamlined and… to save lives in the most efficient way possible,” said David Kerr, the Director of Lexington County’s Public Safety Department. When a 911 contact is made, dispatch consults software tailored to triage the call

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Now he is in charge of promotions awareness for both customers and employees; however, customer service is still his favorite part of the job. “I like working on exotic cars like Porsches or Ferraris, but it’s the ability to help the average Joe and getting them the best price that I like most about my job,” said Edwards. Edwards doesn’t spend all of his time under cars or in the showroom—he also spends his weekends in a car driving for Uber. He says he enjoys driving for Uber for the same reasons he likes working for Discount Tire: meeting new people from different walks of life. “It’s fun. I love to drive. I thought— might as well, why not?”

“Where would any of us be without someone to help figure out why our tire is making a ‘funny noise,’ cut our hair, or help care for the kids during church service?” Cindy Myers Cynthia Myers, or Cindy as her friends know her, is the epitome of a people person. She says her Christian faith is what drives her to be so passionate about childcare. As a nursery attendant for the past five years, she helps care for newborns of seven weeks to one-year-olds at the Harvest Playschool at Harvest Church. She says once they are able to start climbing, her babies are transferred to a different class at the Harvest Playschool. Myers enjoys playing with the children and caring for them. As a parent and grandmother, Myers loves children deeply and is especially happy to help care for children during church service. “I love loving on the babies and taking care of them when their moms and dads can’t,” said Myers. Her greatest joy, she says, is being able to share her faith with the children. Even though infants aren’t necessarily cognitively aware of God, Myers believes that they become familiar with the praise music in the nursery. Dancing babies is enough to make just about anyone love their job. “I love to talk to them about Jesus and listen to praise music. They hold both hands up for prayers. They are so smart! It helps when the parents do this with them at home too.” said Myers. Caring for children, as any parent would know, is not without its trials and tribulations. Much like a doting aunt, Myers says she enjoys her time with the children, but is happy to return them to the parents after playtime is over. “The best part is that I get to go home and sleep. I get to play with everyone else’s children then I get to go home,” said Myers. She has been a member of Harvest Church for more than 20

years, so working in the nursery seemed like a natural transition for her. Her longtime devotion to her church community has inspired in Myers an enthusiasm for her job many would envy. “I love, love, love my job and my coworkers. I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else. The environment and the comradery, I love it. I wake up with a smile on my face. I’m so ready to go. I don’t think it’s easy find a job like that,” said Myers. May 2017 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 49

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Maria Chavez When you call the phone number for Sunset Beauty Salon, you may get a voicemail message from a cheery female who delivers directions for booking an appointment in both English and Spanish. That cheery voice belongs to none other than salon owner, Maria Chavez. Chavez has also been in her profession for the last six years, but she spends her time working with scissors and blow dryers instead of cars. Chavez dreamed of being a cosmetologist since she was a little girl and that dream came true in July 2009 when she earned her cosmetology license. “From a young age I was obsessed with beauty. Doing hair was something I always enjoyed. I loved making people feel good. I liked to work around people, I thought cosmetology was fun and exciting,” said Chavez. Before realizing another dream of owning her own salon, Chavez started out as many new cosmetologists do, renting a chair in another establishment. She started building her client base in that salon and formed lasting bonds with her customers, which she cites as the most rewarding part of her job. It is her dedication to the customers’ satisfaction that has allowed her to open her own beauty parlor three years ago. “My clients are like family to me. I listen, I laugh and learn from them,” said Chavez.n

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Paradise Catch ‘em and Cook ‘em

in South Carolina

by Joe Zentner

Catfish may lack the cachet of bass or trout, but as table fare they’re unrivaled. It doesn’t matter whether you go after blues, channel cats, flatheads or white catfish, South Carolina, including the Lexington area, has whiskerfish aplenty. Despite an ability to grow big and a willingness to clamp down on many different kinds of bait, few anglers give the catfish its deserved respect. Sure, catching a three-pound bass is fun, but catching a 20-pound catfish is even more fun in the opinion of some anglers—including myself. And on Lake Murray, catching a 20-pounder isn’t all that difficult. Furthermore, a tasty bonus comes with this action: for every monster catfish that swims in state waters, many smaller cats, each one just the right size for a fish fry, are waiting to take your bait. No matter how you cut it, big fish or small—river, lake or pond—a catfish angler can’t go wrong. What’s In a Name? Catfish are a diverse group and are among the most extraordinary animals on earth. 52 | LEXINGTON LIFE | May 2017

Named for their prominently displayed “barbels,” which are slender, whisker-like sensory organs located on the head, these creatures swim in many kinds of watery environments. More than 2,200 species of catfish swim the waters of the world (about eight percent of the total number of fish), and they’re found on every continent except Antarctica. The diet of catfish is varied, and consists of insects, small fish, frogs and freshwater mollusks as well as seeds carried in water. Although trolling minnow-imitation lures does occasionally result in catching a catfish, most whiskerfish are taken on dead or live bait of one kind or another. Chicken livers, shrimp, large worms, fish belly strips and stink baits are all best used to attract catfish. If you are boat fishing, try and anchor above a known catfish hot spot. These creatures tend to congregate around underwater mounds, so cast and retrieve slowly. Your rod tip

will bend as you drag the sinker up the side of a mound. When the tip straightens, you are more than likely on the ridge of a mound. Prepare for a strike as you slowly work your bait down the side. Remember: catfish are slow eaters, so be patient before setting your hook. Catching Catfish from Shore One doesn’t need a boat to enjoy great catfishing. In many parts of South Carolina, including around Lexington, whiskerfish fans pursue their quarry from shore. If you’re among them, the following tips may help increase your catch. 1. Select bank-fishing sites near prime catfish holding areas— perhaps a shore clearing near a river’s outside bend, a spot beside a pond levee or a gravel bar adjacent to a deep hole in a stream. Ideal fishing sites have brush-free banks that facilitate casting. 2. When bank fishing on a river, you can fish different locations simply by letting your bait drift in the current beneath a bobber. This activity allows bait to move naturally downstream, flowing through rapids and settling enticingly around catfish holes. 3. No matter where you bank fish, don’t drop your guard when landing a big cat. A long-handled net is best for catching large fish; still, there are times when beaching a fish may be necessary. If you anticipate this possibility, keep your drag set and pull the catfish up on land before attempting to remove the hook.

catch. If you can’t afford bags or lack the time, cut the fillet into meal-sized portions. • Wipe any excess water or blood from fillets with a paper towel, then individually wrap in plastic, squeezing air out before sealing completely. • After freezing, allow a day to thaw in refrigerator. • Before cooking, trim away any freezer-burned portions of your catfish.

Fishing for Catfish in South Carolina Most waters in the state have catfish of one or more species. All the major lakes, including Lake Murray, have significant populations of catfish. Major rivers, ponds and creeks across South Carolina are also populated with “cats.” The world (and SC state record) Channel Catfish weighed 58 pounds, zero ounces. The SC state record Flathead Cat weighed 79 pounds, six ounces. The SC state record Blue Catfish weighed 109 pounds, 4 ounces, and the state record White Catfish, taken from Lake Murray, weighed 12 pounds, 3 ounces. Catfish feed on a wide variety of food sources. They can be caught on prepared baits, as well as live and dead baitfish. Most cats taken from Lake Murray are considered bottom feeders to one extent or another. They will generally eat anything they can get in their mouth. Their strongest sense is smell, which they use to locate potential food sources. Capitalizing on this sense is the primary weapon in your search for these creatures. Aggressive catfish have occasionally been caught on fast moving bass lures, so don’t underestimate their ability to catch live bait. Catching catfish is most definitely fun, but it doesn’t compare with sinking your teeth into a fillet that has been cooked to perfection. Now that you’ve gone catfishing and had a profitable time, here are some suggestions on what to do with your delicious-tasting catch. Caring For Your Catch To store in your freezer, follow these guidelines: • Remove skin from the fillet with a super-sharp knife. • Always cut out the bones before packing away. • Vacuum sealing is an ideal way to store and freeze your

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Recipes Carolina Pan-Fried


orite, wrong with an old fav A person can never go tfish. Carolina Pan-Fried Ca Ingredients: 2 pounds catfish fillets 1/3 cup flour 1 ½ teaspoons salt d pepper 1 teaspoon freshly groun s 2 slightly beaten egg 1 cup cornmeal Cooking oil for frying Several lemon wedges n spread the mixture with salt and pepper, the ur flo the x Mi . els Directions: tow per h fillet in the seasoned water and pat dry with pa ce of wax paper. Dust eac pie er oth an on Rinse the fish under cold eal nm rming a good-size the cor s in a shallow bowl and in the cornmeal before wa dip en Th . off run ess exc on wax paper. Put the egg and let . Dip a fillet into the egg flour and shake off excess d brown on each side. the oil, put the fish in an m fro ing ris t hea l fee platter in the oven. you platter and continue inch of cooking oil. When drain, then transfer to the to el tow per pa a on In a large skillet, heat ¼ ce e. Pla k only a few fillets at a tim Don’t crowd the skillet; coo s. lemon wedge frying fillets. Serve with

Blackened Catfish with Lemon Butter

This recipe is best prep ared outdoors. Ingredients: 2 teaspoons cayenne pe 4 catfish fillets pper 2 teaspoons lemon pepper Olive oil 2 teaspoons cumin or ch 1/3 pound of bacon ili powder 2 teaspoons crushed rosem 2 teaspoons garlic powd ary er 2 teaspoons crushed fen 2 teaspoons thyme nel seed 1 teaspoon Allspice 2 teaspoons white pepp er 1 teaspoon oregano Directions: 2 teaspoons black pepp er ½ teaspoon salt Fry the bacon and then dis card, retaining the grease . Combine all dry ingred with spices. Drop in hot ients. Rub fillets with oli bacon grease and cook un ve oil, then coat til you can easily stick a which is made with ¼ cup fork through fillets. Serve melted butter, 1 teaspoon with lemon butter, lemon juice, ½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce and sliced green onions.

Catfish Chowder Ingredients: ½ cup chopped onion tter 2 tablespoons melted bu t into bit-size pieces cu ets 1 pound catfish fill 2 cups diced potatoes 1 cup boiling water 1 teaspoon salt er ½ teaspoon black pepp 2 cups whole milk am-style corn One 8-ounce can of cre d salt and pepper. Cover an Directions: Add fish, potatoes, water, t. sof do t til bu un ly, r gh tte bu rou in tho Sauté the onion Add milk and corn; heat until potatoes are tender. simmer for 15 minutes, or not boil. Serve hot.

The Lexington, South Carolina area has enough fast action angling for whiskerfish to suit the sporting demands of many hungry fishermen. As table fare, catfish are unrivaled. Bodies of water all over the state are filled with good-sized catfish. They may not be all that great to look at, but try telling your full stomach that after eating a mess of what many people, me included, consider the best tasting fish around. Enjoy. n May 2017 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 55

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3 steps

to an attitude

of gratitude by Kristen Carter

Did you know gratitude can improve your immune system and increase joy? Studies show thankfulness enhances wellness, and that bumping up your appreciation is easy. It turns out that giving is tantamount to receiving, as far as advantages are concerned. Also, just thinking about blessings boosts feel-good hormones—so why wait? Give Contribute to someone’s well being, and you will enjoy a surge of happy chemicals. Research reveals even watching films of people being kind can shift your mood to joy. Give personally, though, and you will receive more beneficial payback (not that this is the main reason to give, of course). Giving lends itself to gratitude because you experience feelings like compassion. At the same time, it’s easy to notice what you can be grateful about when you see misfortunes first-hand. By attempting to make lives better, a sense of meaning and purpose evolves. As a result, you will feel valuable and connected to people. Receive Do you sometimes push away life’s gifts? Perhaps you turn down offers of kindness or remuneration for your altruistic behavior. These actions can often emphasize feelings of unworthiness rather than gratitude. Decide that from now on, you will accept all the good that comes your way. Instead of thinking you are undeserving, get thankful. Let the emotion of gratitude flood your system. Recognize You Are Blessed For 15 minutes a day, run through your blessings. Write them in a journal, say them aloud or list them in your head. Doing so will help you realize how lucky you are, and how much abundance is available to you. You can also pin photos, articles—or whatever else increases your acknowledgment—on a cork gratitude board. Likewise, create an appreciation slideshow of inspiring photographs. Watch the show during a time you set aside. Increase gratitude to improve your health and well being by giving and receiving freely. Also, spend time each day counting your blessings. As a result, you’ll feel terrific and attract even more blessings for which you can be thankful. n

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for the love of

The kids at Midlands Montessori in Lexington share their thoughts on mom. As usual, you’re in for a surprise... What do you love about your mom? Brooke: That she has a little baby in her tummy. Sophie: I love to give her pancakes, flowers, and a card. Katherine: She gives us pancakes. McKinley: My mom gives me kisses every night and reads me two books a night, and gives me chocolate coins. Raffee: I like her because she’s nice. William: She always lets me feed my baby brother.

What is your mom really good at? Sophie: Making chicken. Katherine: Cooking pancakes. McKinley: Reading some new books that I have that are really long and she reads them every night. Raffee: She does her project for work.

If mom had a million extra dollars what would she do with it? Brooke: She would give some to me Katherine: Go to Disney World and the zoo at the same time. Raffee: Go to the airport William: She would take me places and do fun stuff all the time. That is why my mom always has to go to work.

What is your favorite thing to do with your mom? Brooke: Do a puzzle with her. Sophie: Pick strawberries. Katherine: I like to cook pancakes and make popcorn with my mom. McKinley: To go to Disney World and eat ice-cream. Raffee: I like to cuddle with her. William: I like to ride fun rides with her at Disney World and get prizes. What is something your mom always says to you? Brooke: To go get her a piece of chocolate. McKinley: I love you. Goodnight Raffee: She says she loves me. William: She gives me options of what clothes to wear. What makes mom happy? Brooke: When I give her a kiss. Katherine: When I read to her with the words that Ms. Sarah teaches me. McKinley: When it’s winter time and it snows my mommy likes to go outside and play with us. William: When my baby brother smiles at me and squeals at me. How do you know your mom loves you? Brooke: We go places together. Sophie: Because we go to HighWire Katherine: She makes me cookies. McKinley: Because my mommy always wants me to go to Disney World. Raffee: Because she smiles. William: Because we’re going to Texas on a plane.

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y Daddy was what many would call an “uneducated man,” but he never stopped learning. His time at a Denver business school was derailed by a small incident at Pearl Harbor. By the time his derailment was over, he had a wife and a baby girl. He went to work. Daddy would sometimes tell a little story about how the Romans or Greeks or British or South Americans did a particular thing. Many times he told one of these stories to make a certain point, but sometimes it was just to share something interesting. I was too little to understand much of what he talked about. But maybe that was Daddy’s point. He knew I didn’t understand, but he knew I would wonder about what he was talking about. He knew I would look up to him as a man who knew things. It is a natural instinct for a young person to look up to an older person, especially if it’s evident the older person knows a little something. Like many kids, I wanted to be like my Daddy. That didn’t mean I wanted to work at the railroad or do any of the particular things he did. It meant I wanted to be like him. I’m still studying on how to do that. The more I study on it, the farther from the goal I seem to be. Mama and Daddy moved from the old home place when I was in my twenties. Part of that experience meant going through buildings full of stuff. Daddy’s domain was a shed we called “the garage.” It was a simple lean-to building like one sees out back of

country homeplaces. And man, it was full of stuff: nails, screws, rope, tools, boards, boxes, you name it. I had poked around and through most of that building in my lifetime. But there was a little room off to the side I had never really explored until it was time for Daddy to move out of it. There were several hand-built wall cabinets, and I opened each of them. They were full of books. The history of the Roman Empire, an old set of encyclopedias, dictionaries, science books, literature, history. I took one of the books down, and immediately saw a couple dozen of Daddy’s book-marking toothpicks sticking out of the top. I turned to a few of Daddy’s bookmarkers, and revisited stories he’d told me when I was a boy. He was officially “uneducated.” But my Daddy never stopped learning, and he never stopped sharing what he learned. He led me towards being a man a little bit each day. I look around at the Dads I see today. Almost all of the ones I know are “educated,” but are they still learning? Are they teaching their sons how to be men? Men are supposed to lead, and I’m wondering if they are. I can think of several who aren’t. David Clark writes and works in Cochran, GA. I’m still studying the Daddy I’m Connect with him at glad I had. n

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Mother’s Day Menu Grilled Salmon Kabobs 1 ½ pounds salmon fillet cut into 1-inch cubes 3 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce Juice from half a lemon ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more to taste) ¼ teaspoon cumin ½ teaspoon garlic, minced Splash champagne vinegar 2 lemons thinly sliced into rounds 12 skewers soaked in ice water for an hour Heat grill to medium. Combine dill, parsley, mustard, Worcestershire, lemon juice, red pepper, garlic, cumin and vinegar in a small bowl and set aside. Take salmon cubes and thread salmon on two skewers followed by a lemon slice folded in half. Continue until the skewer is full, beginning and ending with salmon. You should have 5–6 skewers completed when you’re done. Brush with olive oil then heavily sprinkle with spice mixture. Dust with sesame seeds. Grill, turning from time to time until fish is opaque. About 4–7 minutes. Serve immediately. Sweet Potatoes on the Grill Medium sweet potatoes Tin Foil Toppings (sour cream, chili powder, cumin, cheese, black beans, etc.) Preheat grill over medium-low heat. Tightly wrap sweet potatoes in tin foil. Place sweet potatoes on grill, close lid and cook for 40 minutes. Squeeze with tongs to check doneness (if a butter knife can slide right through them, they’re done). Depending on the size of your sweet potatoes they

may need another 20-30 minutes. Continue cooking until fully cooked. Blueberry Yogurt Swirl Popsicle 2 cups blueberries 2 tablespoons agave or honey 2 cups vanilla Greek yogurt (or any flavor) Popsicle mold Blend the blueberries on a high speed until nearly liquefied into a smoothie-like consistency. Pour the thick blueberry liquid into a large bowl and stir in the agave/honey. Add the yogurt and very gently mix everything together. (If you want a tie-dye, swirly look to your popsicles, do not fully blend the yogurt and blueberries. You want those patches of white and blue.) The mixture will be thick. If you want it sweeter, you can add a little more agave/honey. Pour mixture evenly into each popsicle mold. If your popsicle mold has slots for sticks, you can insert them before freezing—if not, freeze for 2 hours, then put a wooden popsicle stick in the middle. Continue to freeze for an additional 4–6 hours or overnight. Run popsicle molds under warm water to easily remove. Enjoy on a hot day!

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