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We’re excited to announce our partnership to enhance health care in our state for generations to come. • In 2023, Lexington Medical Center will begin training primary care physicians in its Graduate Medical Education program. • In 2024, the University of South Carolina College of Nursing will begin training its upper division nurses at a new 52,000-square-foot building on the hospital campus, increasing its number of nursing graduates by 80% annually.


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Saturday, August 27th What a Wonderful World Ensemble Electica! Performance Harbison Theater, Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo, 7:30 p.m. Ensemble Eclectica! will once again thrill, engage, transform, delight, and uplift its audiences with its unique programming – celebration, collaboration and eclectic mix of live music, dance, media, and theater. From Classical and Jazz staples to famous Broadway tunes, the lineup will surely delight viewers of all ages. For tickets and details, visit ensembleeclectica.org or call (585)831-0015. Monday, September 5th Chapin Labor Day Parade 912 Chapin Rd., Chapin, 9:30 a.m. Don’t miss this family fun event! The Labor Day Parade starts at 912 Chapin Road and travels to St. Peters Church Road, there will be a classic car show in the Mt. Horeb parking lot of Beaufort Street, over 85 vendors, a children’s area, model train exhibit, balloon animals and face painting. There will be a Chapin Library book sale immediately following the parade at Town Hall ending at 2:00 pm. To find out more information or to participate email communications@chapinsc.com or director@ chapinchamber.com.



Features 14 The Haven Resources for Law Enforcement Officers 20 Jessamine Quilt Shop-A Stitch in Time 24 Which Chores Should Aging Seniors Still Handle? 28 Columbia Philatelic Society 34 The Beauty of Bridges 40 15 Ways to Get Kids Ready for School

Summer has flown by and now it is time to get ready for school to start. This will be the time in 18 years our oldest son is not heading off to start school. Instead, he is starting life in the “real” world. I guess Momma and Daddy are never ready for our birds to leave the nest. However, it is time. Raising a family in Lexington has been such a blessing for us. I am thankful for all those people we have been able to share time together with as we raise our families. After all, as the old saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child and Lexington, South Carolina is a special village. Thank you to all the readers who took the time to nominate their favorite businesses for the Best of Lexington 2023 contest. We will be unveiling the nominees in next month’s Lexington Life Magazine. Donna’s daddy passed away last month at the age of 94. I was fortunate to have an opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with him a few days beforehand. Normally, he was not one to offer a ton of compliments. However, that afternoon he shared things with me that I will carry with me forever and I am very grateful and appreciative of the time we spent together. Donna is a lot like her dad and throughout our 25 years of marriage she has endured my good-natured joking about the similarities between them. He loved his family more than anything and he didn’t suffer at the end. Now he is reunited with his wife, brothers and sister in heaven. Right on! Thanks for reading Lexington Life!

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It's your time to shine! Mayor Steve MacDougall Virginia Hylton Park is one of the Town’s most popular parks and it is about to undergo a major renovation and expansion! The park is located behind Town Hall and it is a shaded oasis with something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Late this summer, the Town will start a major construction project that will completely transform it. Virginia Hylton Park opened in 1991 and it’s named after Virginia Hylton, a former Town Council Member who served from 1981-1998. Ms. Hylton spearheaded the initiative to create a park behind the Lexington Municipal Complex. She envisioned a place where children could play and families could gather for events and since opening, the park has become just that. One of Town Council’s priorities is to improve the quality of life for the Lexington community and the renovation of Virginia Hylton Park is part of that plan. The expansion will add an additional 8.25 acres to the park which nearly doubles the size of it, bringing it to a total of 15 acres. There will be a new entrance, a new playground with all new equipment, walking trails, a splash pad, performance pavilion and more. The playground will be all-inclusive and there will also be a designated area with outdoor games. This makeover will bring Virginia Hylton Park into the 21st century and provide a playful, social and recreational space for all ages to enjoy. The project is expected to take just over a year to complete. To find the latest information on the project, including when it will be closed for construction, be sure to follow the Town of Lexington on Facebook or visit lexsc.com. n

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Pastor Ken Jumper The Harvest A word that comes to mind as I sit to write this article about faith is faithfulness. I’m reminded of the faithfulness of God that surrounds and protects our lives when we put our trust in Him. This month at Harvest Church, we are celebrating 33 years of the Lord’s faithfulness. It was August of 1989 that I returned to my hometown of Cayce and started Harvest Church. It’s been a fantastic journey of challenges and victories. But overriding all the ups and downs has been the faithfulness of a loving God. You see, I accepted Jesus into my life and gave Him control of my life, and since then, my personal journey has been one of great blessing and reward. He has been so faithful to me, and I’m convinced He would be faithful to you and richly reward your life as well. So, speaking of journeys, how is your journey? You could be on the front end in your 20s or 30s, just getting started with your future ahead of you. Or you could be like me, closing in on 70 next year, making the last turn, headed toward the finish line. The question remains, will you live well? Will you finish well? One key lesson I’ve learned over the course of my life is to lean into and trust in the faithfulness of a loving God, Father God. In Psalm 37:25, David, a writer and notable Biblical figure, said, “I’ve been young, and now I am old, yet I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken or His children begging for bread.” That’s God’s faithfulness! May I encourage you as you travel the road of life, whether just getting started or finishing your race, to ask Jesus to come into your life, take the wheel, and be your guide into a beautiful tomorrow? There are so many good things to see and experience. Trust in Jesus today! He is faithful! And… watch that next curve; it comes up fast. If we can serve you at Harvest Church in any way, please contact us at 803.808.6373 or the-harvest.org! n

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by Jackie Perrone

Freddy Goodman Freddy Goodman did not start his professional career as a tennis pro, but after some successful years as a salesman, he gravitated to the tennis world, and has been there ever since. As he sums it up, “Tennis was always the love of my life.” A collection of trophies and awards testifies to that, and so will the many high school students and country club members who learned the game from him. Goodman grew up in Orangeburg, attended the University of South Carolina, and found a home in Lexington County. He worked as a salesman for Binswanger Glass for 15 years and for Beasom Automatic Doors for 10 years. In both companies he won many awards, and in 1988 was the first president of the South Carolina Glass Association. In 1997 the tennis and swim club known as Coldstream was reopened after shutting down for several years, and Freddy joined the staff as tennis pro. The name of that club was changed to Rawls Creek Tennis and Swim Club in 2007, and now, 25 years after its rebirth, the club is operating at full membership. In 2001 the club won South Carolina Tennis Club of the year, the same year when Irmo High Men’s Tennis Team won the state championship for that year. Freddy Goodman was Assistant Coach at that time, and later became head coach. He was named Region Coach of the Year twice. Looking back over those years, he reports he has been a player, coach, tournament director, and referee over the past 40 years. He was instructor for the USTA All-Star camp for 10 years, and chairman for two years. “We survived Covid well because we were an outside sports activity,” he says. Tennis provided a welcome respite from the quarantine-based restrictions during the worst of the pandemic. Freddy’s wife is named Janie, and they have four children: Elizabeth, Catherine, James and Christopher, and nine grandchildren. “I love this community!” Freddy says. “It’s always been a family to me.” n


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The Haven

Counsel, Retreat and Resources for Law Enforcement Officers By Linnette Rochelle


yanne Caldwell sat next to her husband, Kevin, in church one Spring Sunday morning in 2017 and sensed his movement. She glanced over to see him writing furiously. It would not have seemed odd except Kevin rarely took notes. Yet here he sat, writing throughout the remainder of the service. Afterward, they climbed into the car, fastened their seatbelts and headed home. Still, Kevin said nothing. Casting glances at his thoughtful expression, Ryanne finally said, “What happened in church? I didn’t get the memo.” Kevin glanced at her and said, “I think I got a calling. I think we need to do something to assist law enforcement. Something with mental health, but I’m not sure...” Ideas swam in his head, forming a haze he could not quite see through. Together, they prayed for 14 | LEXINGTON LIFE | August 2022

God’s direction and clarity. As two of South Carolina’s law enforcement officers, they have intimate knowledge of officer needs. Should they go back to school to become licensed professional counselors? Neither could see their way clear to that path. One fall day in 2017, Kevin grabbed paper and pencil as Nahum 1:7 ran through his head. “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble; he cares for those who trust in him (NIV).” His hands moved to sketch a map of a 10 acre lake with a house on one side, a lodge on the other side, and cabins scattered around the lake. Ideas continued to play through his mind as he prayed for clarity. Kevin called Ryanne on a hot summer day a year later and said, “Write this down. Haven.” “What? Haven? What do you mean,” she said. “Write it down. That’s the name. The Haven,” Kevin said.

In January 2020, Ryanne and Kevin finally decided it was time to meet with Pastor Jeff. This would be the first time to discuss The Haven with anyone. With such a major life-altering venture, they needed counsel to determine whether this was truly a calling from God. Pastor Jeff continued to pray with them for direction when Spring 2020 rolled around, bringing with it tragedies and trauma for police officers like never before. Headline after headline of officers being ambushed and officers committing suicide sharpened Kevin’s vision. One Saturday in October 2020, the Caldwells took a family trip to the mountains with Kevin’s parents, Marilyn and Roger. Though they had not planned to do so, Kevin shared with Roger in one vehicle while Ryanne shared with Marilyn in the other. When they arrived back at his parents’ home, they discussed ideas about the resources they wanted to provide for officers and their families. The following Wednesday, Marilyn called Kevin to inform him that she had found the property. Thursday, Kevin and Ryanne called the owners and shared their story. Upon hearing the Caldwell’s story, Danny and April simply said, “We’ve been praying for the right buyers.” Sunday, Kevin and Ryanne made a trip out to see the property. lexingtonlife.com

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The Caldwell’s were astonished by what they saw. Kevin pulled out his sketch of The Haven he had envisioned on that Fall day in 2017 and flattened it on the table. Danny looked at it and said, “I want to show you something.” He went to retrieve an architectural drawing from when they had considered building a bigger home on the property. He laid it out next to Kevin’s sketch. It was a match. The oblong lake was just shy of ten acres. A house sat on one side of the lake opposite a larger house, exactly where Kevin had drawn a house and a lodge across from each another. A hushed awe filled the room. Danny and April said, “We want to meet your parents.” The following Friday, the Caldwells returned with his parents, and a few select friends. After meeting the landowners, seeing the property, talking and praying together, they all knew this was it. Over the course of the next several months, Kevin and Ryanne laid everything on the line to obtain this property. Being a strict budgeter, they made a move of which Dave Ramsey would have never approved. This was an act of faith. They believed God would provide the resources needed to fulfill what he had called them to do. They watched and prayed as God removed roadblock after roadblock to obtain the property. In February 2021, they closed on the property and moved into their new home. Equipped with a 501C3, they formed a board and held their first meeting that March. In the midst of selling their home, purchasing the property, moving twice, setting up The Haven as a 501C3, caring for their young twins, getting a puppy, and working as investigative law enforcement officers for different state departments, Ryanne had lost her mom and dad within eight months of each other. This brought home to her all the more how vital it is to take care of one’s mental health – especially when working such a high pressure job. Kevin described the unique mental health stress officers deal with every day whether on or off the clock. “Even in church, you can’t really worship. You’re constantly scanning for threats. You can’t just turn it off. You’re always on,” Kevin said. While other first responders are trained to save lives and military are trained to kill in order to preserve our freedoms, officer training is dichotomous and at odds. They are trained to neutralize the threat, often requiring the use of deadly force. However,

as soon as the threat is neutralized, they are required to engage in saving the life of those they just shot. This creates a major dissonance within our officers which takes a major toll on them apart from a healthy outlet for decompressing. For this purpose, Kevin and Ryanne founded The Haven. The Haven The mission of The Haven is to rescue, restore, and rebuild police officers and their immediate family members. Situated in an undisclosed location (for security purposes) in the Midlands, officers are invited to schedule a time to decompress at The Haven. Kevin and Ryanne are on rotation with a list of vetted officers – retired and active duty, who act as hosts to visiting officers. The host lets the officers through the gate, checks on them from time to time, and is available for peer to peer counseling. The Haven also has a list of on-call ministers and available connectivity to counselors if that is something the officer requests. The officers and any of their immediate family members are invited to fish in The Haven’s bass stocked lake, hike the mile of trails, or go kayaking. At one end of the lake, a bench which belonged to Ryanne’s mom sits, facing the water. Ryanne often stops to sit on her way home from work to decompress before facing her home responsibilities. There is also a small cabin with WI-FI available for hanging out. To schedule an appointment, contact Kevin and Ryanne through their website at www. thehavensc.org or email info@thehavensc. org or call 803-399-0480. Appointments are required and the officers are welcome to stay for as long as needed during the day. A Work in Progress The Haven is a quiet place to decompress and meet with a fellow officer for peer to peer counseling, but Kevin and Ryanne’s vision exceeds far beyond their current capabilities. They have a running list of resources, programs, and building projects to add as finances allow. More cabins, a lodge, and a chapel are on their list of facilities to be added. These facilities will allow them to hold various retreats, including couples retreats. They want to bring in experts for suicide prevention training, and mental health professionals for mental health and psychoeducational training. According to Ryanne, officers are taught to practice autonomic response exercises to help them keep their August 2022 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 15

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it to protect us. Now, the community has a tangible way to give back to officers and their families. Donations and corporate sponsorships allow The Haven to give our officers a safe place to decompress which allows them to return to the field rescued, restored, and rebuilt. This will in turn save many lives – both theirs and ours. To donate to or become a sponsor of The Haven, visit the website and click on the donate button for various options and opportunities to give.

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fight/flight/freeze responses in check. However, there is limited follow-up training in this area, so this is one item on The Haven’s list of psychoeducational seminars. The Caldwells also hope to have a trauma counselor on staff one day. According to Kevin, some officers decompress through relaxing activities such as fishing while other officers need to keep their hands busy. On his project list are things such as building and maintaining a chicken coop, a garden, a firepit, etc. Eventually, the hope to provide equine therapy lexingtonlife.com

and train service dogs, as well as obtain an RV for a rapid response team. The RV would provide officers at major critical incidents (such as missing person searches) with necessities such as a shower, food, coffee, water, and counselors. How to Help The need is great and the list is long which is why Kevin and Ryanne need the help of the community. Our officers deal with more trauma in a day than many civilians deal with in a lifetime, and they do

If you are an officer, a minister, or a counselor, there are ways for you to volunteer your time to help officers in need. All volunteers must go through a vetting process for the protection and safety of our officers and their family members. Retired or active duty officers may volunteer as hosts and peer-to-peer counselors. Ministers may volunteer to be on call for officers in need – on-sight or via phone or video call. Counselors may volunteer to be on a call list, or may request to be added to The Haven’s contact list of counselors for paid sessions. The Haven is a faith-based organization formed to rescue, restore, and rebuild police officers and their families in our communities and throughout the nation. All on-site resources are fully funded by The Haven to ensure the officers can focus on why they are there. If ever there was a time in our nation’s history when such a resource is needed by our men and women in blue, that time is now. Visit The Haven at TheHavenSC.org to discover how you can become involved in helping rescue, restore, and rebuild our protectors and their families. n August 2022 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 17

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Quilt By Natalie Szrajer


A Stitch in Time During Colonial times, quilts were strictly created to stay warm in bed at night or to hang from doorways and windows as insulation. Sewing or quilting was a very valuable skill and was often passed from generation to generation. Because quality fabrics were expensive for many families, people became thrifty by recycling miscellaneous scraps of fabric or discarded garments. “Whole cloth quilting” became popular in wealthier homes where quilting was considered a hobby; these families had free time to enjoy the activity for pleasure, not because it was a tool of survival. It was exciting to touch and feel intricate imported fabrics with beautiful patterns and textures purely for aesthetic reasons along with more durable pieces for basic human comfort and protection. The 1840s were radicalized by the sewing machine. I.M. Singer paved the way with his invention that allowed projects to be completed faster, and more efficiently. Later a sort of quilt revival would occur during the Bicentennial period, piquing interest with contests, elaborate displays, competitions and festivals. The invention of the rotary cutter and strip piecing in the 1980’s also fueled the process, shortening the cutting time to a third of what it was when just using shears. “Strip piecing is faster because the quilter can quickly sew together strips of larger fabrics instead of having tiny checkerboard sized pieces to work with,” explains Jann Boyd, owner of Jessamine Quilt Shop in Lexington. Her shop on Old Cherokee Road offers a wide variety of fabrics, tools, classes, hands-on-training and an embroidery machine for projects. In November of 2018 Boyd took her passion for quilting and decided she wanted to share it with others, creating a community of enthusiasts. She has a great respect for the knowledge, patience and expertise that the teachers at her shop bring to the table each

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week. When the shop was closed for most of 2020 due to the pandemic and many classes and events had to be cancelled, Boyd allowed one to two customers to browse the store at a time. Her nephew stepped up to the plate and established an online presence for Jessamine Quilt Shop along with a platform for online orders. “We worked from a quarantine mindset doing personal porch pickups/deliveries and increased customer service during that time; we are a service-oriented business. Anyone can go on the web and simply make a “cold” purchase. What makes us standout are the individual classes, expert training, resources, tools, equipment and networking that we offer,” says Boyd.

people appreciate. I get joy out of that because they read the little sayings that I put on it and smile, so I said well, that’s good. You know when I look back now, it was a lifelong journey, almost; I was quite young when I started, and I don’t know of anything that I have found more joy in.” Twitty has acquired awards at local various quilt shows, the QSC Quilter’s Expo, the South Carolina State Fair, the QSC Quilters’ Expo, and the American Quilters Society event. Regardless of whether you want to create an elaborate family heirloom quilt or a more modern t-shirt memory quilt, Jessamine Quilt Shop offers classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced students. Tuesday’s workshop consists of flex classes that are completed in four sessions. During a flex class, students work on the project of their choice with assistance from seasoned instructors who offer techniques, steps and tips for success. The time spent in class with other quilters is a great opportunity to mentor as well as learn from other students and build relationships. Linda Barrett-Hanslip teaches the Sip and Sew class on Thursdays. Students may bring a beverage of their choice to class along with a current project or come as a blank slate with a world of possibilities. Boyd suggests that students wait to purchase any materials or tools until they attend one of her classes and discover exactly which items are required for their desired project. Even though there are several pieces of equipment available for student use, Boyd said many students will ultimately end up buying their own sewing machine. When they are ready to make a purchase, her instructors guide them to the most economical choice for their personal needs, comfort, skill level and individual preferences. Routine maintenance is important for the life of the machine, ease of use and quality of the final product. Tommy

“i hope to inspire somebody who looks at it to maybe decide they would like to try it and make a quilt of their own.” Many veteran Lexington residents are not new to the concept of quilting. Judy Twitty of Gilbert received the prestigious 2020 Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award for her lifetime of quilting from the S. C. Art Awards program. The annual award recognizes artists for not only maintaining a high level of artistic commitment and talent, but also preserving South Carolina’s diverse cultural heritage. In a mini-documentary Twitty describes her lifetime of quilting as a love for patterns and seeing a smiles on her family and friend’s faces. “I guess it was just a love of quilting that kept me going all these years,” she explains. “I hope to inspire somebody who looks at it to maybe decide they would like to try it and make a quilt of their own.” Twitty thoughtfully adds, “Age has nothing to do with it, really. You are doing work that other lexingtonlife.com

Leitner is Boyd’s “go-to” person who can repair, clean and maintain any machine, even industrial grade machines. People are welcome to leave their machines at the shop for various repairs and services. From personalized courses to an array of fabrics, equipment and projects, Jessamine Quilt Shop has something for everyone. Quilters of all levels and backgrounds are welcome whether their style is traditional or more modern--both are continuing a historical tradition despite the process, tools or materials they choose to use “There’s something meditating about quilting. It’s meditative to do a simple task. You’ll have pleasure in the design and your next one will go faster and easier. There’s satisfaction in knowing you made it,” says Boyd. n August 2022 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 21

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Which Chores Should Aging Seniors Still Handle? by Brandon Watson

As seniors get older, they gradually become less capable. Disheartening as it is, this loss of ability is a simple fact of life. Rather than being ignored, adjustments must be made for safety; this applies across all areas of a senior’s life. If your parent or loved one is getting older and lives on their own, you need to be aware of which particular chores, errands and activities may soon prove to be difficult or dangerous for them. If you are a senior yourself, it’s also good to keep these things in mind for future reference when the time arises. Generally, when referring to chores and tasks, there are 3 people that come into play: the senior themselves, a hired cleaning or caregiving service, or a family member. Which of these three options is the appropriate choice will depend upon the physical and mental state of the individual senior and the details and requirements of the chore. Here is more information on determining how various tasks should be handled for your senior loved one. Light General Housework Vacuuming, dusting, laundry, and making the bed are all good examples of chores that do not ask too much physically from a senior’s aging body. These types of chores keep a senior active and moving, which is crucial to slowing the effects of aging upon the body. They also provide productivity with a satisfying end result. Having something to do helps an aging person remain engaged with life, which is important for mental wellness. These sorts of chores are also likely to be appropriate for seniors who are experiencing memory loss or other forms of cognitive decline. It won’t be a huge problem if an aging senior makes a mistake or overlooks something while completing these simple chores. Forgetting to vacuum the house or putting the pillows on the wrong side of the bed are not significant earth-shattering mistakes. However, for seniors who have low energy levels or have be24 | LEXINGTON LIFE | August 2022

come physically weak, it may make more sense to have a cleaning service come in. This is when talking to your aging loved one and observing their behavior closely is important. That is how you can determine if there is need of a cleaning service or not. Meal Preparation Certain chores can become too risky for aging seniors. For example, making a sandwich or performing other simple food preparation tasks may remain possible while cooking over a hot stove and washing or using sharp knives can become dangerous for seniors who have diminished fine motor skills. For other seniors, memory or cognitive losses may prevent them from attending to their nutritional needs properly on their own. An unsupervised person with dementia might consume too much or lexingtonlife.com

too little food, foods with no nutritional value, or even attempt to eat items that are not actually “food”. As we all know, meal preparation can simply be tiring and time-consuming. Many seniors may prefer to have some or all of their meals prepared by a caregiving service for convenience and quality. This is another instance where paying close attention to the individual circumstances of a senior is vital. Errands and Appointments Running errands such as going grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions or going to the post office are often a few of the chores that a senior should stop doing first. It is typical that there will be increasing medical appointments, tests, check-ups and evaluations as an elderly person ages. Although driving is one of the hardest lexingtonlife.com

things for a senior to relinquish to someone else, it is demanding from the perspective of fine motor skills, vision and cognitive abilities as well as reaction and response time. The consequences can be dire; auto accidents can be fatal for your loved one and others. Often it is too late when a senior gets disoriented and lost alone, whether on foot or driving. Every senior is different, but all must view assistance from caregivers, cleaning services and family members as a component of convenience and protection, not weakness or disability. Energy levels, physical abilities, and mental state can vary enormously even between two people of the same age. That is why hard and fast rules about which chores a senior should attempt to continue are so important. It’s always imperative to pay close attention to the particular needs and wishes of each individual senior. n August 2022 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 25

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C o l u m b i a P h i l at e l i c S o c i e t y :

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n ordinary household item, the millimeters-sized postage stamp has the functional capacity to navigate a missive around the globe. Some, however, understand that the deeper value of these decorative seals lies within their journeys as well as their creative depictions of snapshots taken of historical events, unique places, renowned persons, or natural wonders. These slices of life also have the power to forge bonds of friendship among like-minded collectors, known as philatelists, as they share their stamp-related discoveries, travels, and stories with one another. The Columbia Philatelic Society is a place where all of these multifaceted dynamics converge. With origins dating back to 1935, the Columbia Philatelic Society (CPS) is South Carolina’s longest-running stamp club in the state. Currently, its dedicated members have monthly meetings at 2 PM on the third Sunday and, again, on the second Tuesday (between April and October) at 6:30 PM at

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the American Legion Memorial Post #130 located at 402 Naples Avenue in Cayce. During the Sunday meetings, the agenda includes a summary of general business matters, a stamp giveaway drawing, an auction, a time of “show and tell” of new finds, and a feature presentation in which a member or guest shares about his or her area of expertise. The Tuesday evening get-togethers are less formal with members bringing in their extra or duplicate stamps to swap, sale, and barter. Annually, an election is held and members are selected to serve in different leadership roles within the organization. Additionally, a club newsletter is distributed routinely to inform its participants of upcoming events and philatelic-related information. “Come to one of our meetings and ask questions, see what goes on,” urges John Owen, the current president of CPS, who has also served in every office within the club. He tells how visitors have occasionally arrived at CPS meetings with an inherited stamp collection or one that was

purchased secondhand from a flea market. When this happens, the club members gladly offer advice about how to organize the collection and connect with others who have similar interests. “We have a list of our members and what they collect,” explains Mr. Owen, a retired pharmacist who has collected stamps since his childhood, “and we share that so they can communicate back and forth when somebody collects the same thing they do, or they want to know more about, let’s say, a U.S. collection, and they can contact people. We try to get them to work with members who collect some of their interest areas and use that exposure to help them.” When someone wants to become an official member, the CPS website has an application form to complete and submit. “It gives you basic information,” explains Mr. Owen, “but it also asks: What do you collect? How long have you been collecting? And then we ask, what activity are you interested in because we offer opportunities to get involved.”


Dale Carruth, the club’s current assistant treasurer who has also served in every other position, has been a member of CPS since the eighties. Her interest in stamp collecting was inspired by a six-cent stamp she bought in 1970 to commemorate South Carolina’s 300th birthday. She returned to the post office to purchase more, and eventually, she found a dealer who helped her organize her growing collection, and he told her about CPS. “He got me going to the club meetings and the shows,” she says, “and so I went to a show and joined the stamp club. At the time, “they met in the Standard Federal Building,” she recalls. “Then they moved to the Educational Television building that was on Millwood, and then we met in the State Record building, and now we meet at The American Legion.” “Since we moved to the American Legion in Cayce, Post #130 building, we have a more permanent location, and with the advertising we’ve done with the media and websites, our membership has tripled,” says Mr. Owen. “The American Philatelic Society website [at stamps.org] has got a list of all the clubs,” adds Fred McGary, a former CPS president and current club member who has collected stamps and related memorabilia for decades. “When I moved someplace, I’d look them up, and I found the club.” “We’re a nice bunch of people, and we love our hobby,” says Ms. Carruth. “If you are into stamp collecting, you would learn a lot because we have programs. I enjoy going because I always learn something new every time I go.” “You come to learn about it,” affirms Mr. McGary. “You can be a stamp collector without joining, but to me, it’s the friendships and the information you are going to get because you got somebody to ask questions – it’s local instead of trying to do it over the Internet.” “And with the computer age,” he adds, lexingtonlife.com

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“it’s been multiplied. For the stamp hobby, it’s made more information available.” For example, he and Mr. Owen endorse stanleygibbons.com and linns.com as reputable online resources for stamp collectors. An affiliated publication of the latter is Scott Catalogue, which can also be found at the local library. “All the national societies have websites where you can go in and look up stamp collecting, and you can find out the basics and just learn online,” explains Mr. Owen. “And that’s been a great resource for a lot of people.”

to collect the whole world.” As another resource for those whose collections revolve around a certain theme, Mr. Owen mentions the American Topical Association (americantopical.org), which was founded more than 50 years ago. Its current executive director resides in Greer, South Carolina, and she has been a featured guest speaker at CPS functions. According to Mr. Owen, the American Topical Association, along with the American Philatelic Society, has even developed teaching kits for educators. “They do the curriculum and lesson plans, and teachers

“You almost have to narrow your focus to stay focused,” advises Mr. Owen. In other words, most stamp collectors seek specific items for their collections. “It’s something related with their work or a friend, they like a certain history, or they like a certain country because their ancestors are from there – the world, it’s too big with all the stamps

can order those and use that as part of their geography teaching and showing stamps. That’s an outreach program that I’d like to see our club undertake,” he adds. Education about stamp collecting is important to Mr. Owen. Perhaps because he was mentored by a neighbor philatelist in his youth, he seeks to share this passion

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with other young people. As a past president of a group called Scouts on Stamps Society International he continues to provide instruction to young people in scouting, so they can earn the associated merit badge. In the past eleven years, he has aided about 200 young people in achieving this goal. Stamps that may not have any significant monetary value are never wasted because they can be donated for projects such as this. Other outreach programs CPS has sponsored to educate the public about philately include collaborating with the postmaster in erecting a display celebrating the 100th anniversary of U.S. airmail at the main post office. They also designed and sold commemorative cachets at a State Museum program during the total eclipse in 2017. Additionally, because October is National Stamp Collecting Month, the club hopes to set up a display at that time in one of the area high schools to pique the interest of the students there. Many of these committed philatelists are immersed in a number of stamp-related activities simultaneously, and their level of involvement is only limited by their time and resources. For example, both Mr. Owen and Mr. McGary belong to the National American Philatelic Society, the largest, nonprofit organization dedicated to stamp collecting. Entities such as this sponsor stamp shows in major cities throughout the world, and they attract collectors who seek to network and socialize with other philatelists while hunting for their next prized find. Although Mr. Owen prefers to travel within driving distance to shows in locations such as Augusta, Asheville, and Charlotte, Mr. McGary has journeyed to faraway places. “I go to stamp shows around the world,” he says. Admittedly, his love of traveling was the catalyst for initiating his interest in stamp collecting when he was in his twenties, and it has carried him to destinations such as Prague, Vienna, London, the Czech Republic, Germany, and France. Twice each year, CPS also hosts larger stamp shows in the winter and summer at Spring Valley High School at 120 Sparkleberry Lane in Columbia, where stamp enthusiasts from the Southeast join together to sell, seek, and purchase their philatelic items. The next one is scheduled for August 20th (10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) and August 21st (10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) with free admission and parking. Visit classic.stamps. org/cps for details and information. n lexingtonlife.com

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File this feature under “Progress.” I guess. I remain a skeptic of much that is new and better and that includes the new bridges going up across western South Carolina. Better is not always beautiful. These days you’ll come across markers. Somebody found a big pot of gold evidently because old bridges have been razed to make way for new ones. Bridge rehabitation they call it. Bridge replacement too. Going, gone, gone are the old rusty steel truss bridges. Up go the wide concrete bridges. The old bridges? Destroyed and removed. Well, that’s not always been the case. If you know where to look, you can find old bridges and when you do, see if you don’t find them elegantly beautiful. In my explorations of back roads I come across their remains. Ghostly, overtaken by woods and vines, they stand alone. No traf34 | LEXINGTON LIFE | August 2022

fic, save a solitary fellow with a camera. The beauty of old bridges should not be lost so easily. The next time you’re driving down Highway 378 from McCormick toward Saluda look to your left as you cross Hard Labor Creek. Through the trees an old bridge materializes like a spirit. Surreal but real, it hosts a deer hunter’s hut-like stand where old cars and trucks once sped. Hard Labor Creek runs on as if nothing has changed, but it has. Icons fall like leaves. Some cling to existence. If you take Highway 283 out of Plum Branch toward Edgefield you’ll see Key Road to your right. Take it and you will cross an old steel truss bridge over Stevens Creek. Just pass it is a turn off to the right that takes you to another old bridge. Here you can walk out on yet another steel truss bridge and see the Key Road Bridge. Two old steel bridges side by side, twins. One’s for cars, and one’s for couples, bikers, and hikers. At one end of lexingtonlife.com

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t has been a long, hot summer but soon the days will be getting shorter and the temperatures will begin to drop. Before you know it, the kids will be heading off for another year of school. Some children get very excited and can’t wait to return to class with their friends; others dread the experience. Parents and grandparents may be looking forward to having more free time when school is back in session, but also dreading the normal morning struggles with their children and detailed homework assignments. From optimizing learning for their sons and daughters to saving money with back-to-school sales, arranging transportation and/or afterschool care and stocking up on lunch items, parents face enormous challenges this time of year. This season is enough to stress out even the most capable parent; breaking down the most important requirements can help a lot. Here are 15 ways to get you and your kids ready for back-to-school season.


1. Fight learning loss with a quick review/tutoring session. If you saved your child’s homework and schoolbooks from last year, now is the time to get them out. A quick review session a few weeks before school to brush up on a subject that he may be weak in can be very beneficial. 2. Lay out your child’s existing back to school wardrobe. Before you start back-to-school shopping, take an evaluation of his closet. Lay out last year’s clothes, see what still fits and make those items the basis of this year’s wardrobe. 3. Get a list from the teacher. Many schools now provide specific school shopping lists for parents. Check the school’s website to see what is needed, see what you have on hand at home and then decide what to buy. 4. Talk to your child about their concerns. It is easy for parents to lose sight of the anxieties of returning to the school environment, but your kids may have some concerns. Sit down and talk through those concerns now, before school season starts. 5. Create a family calendar­— organization will be the key to a peaceful transition to the school routine. A whiteboard is a great base for a family calendar, but there are other ways to keep everyone organized and on schedule. 6. Research the school’s device policy. Now that smartphones and tablets have become ubiquitous, many schools are adopting a formal device policy. Knowing what those policies are will make your life, and the life of your child easier. Be sure to explain different scenarios to your child regarding their devices so that misunderstandings can be avoided. 7. Get a copy of the school’s most recent dress code. Kids naturally want the most trending, current styles to keep up with their peers. Before you go back-to-school shopping, make sure that the clothes you buy adhere to school rules and guidelines so that you do not waste money or time. 8. Set your clocks to school time NOW. Adapting to the school schedule can be tough for kids, so make the transition easier by starting a few weeks early. 9. Engage the mind with cultural visits. Visiting muse-


ums and other cultural attractions can get your child ready for learning and revive their natural curiosities, sparking their creativity and ingenuity. 10. Research afterschool activities and care, including sports training. Extra-curricular activities will vary depending on the child’s interests, academics and physical abilities. Discuss these options with your kids and make a list of their favorites. 11. Set realistic and attainable goals for the coming back to school season. Talk about what your child hopes to accomplish during the coming school year, what worked and did not work last year, what can be improved. Work with their teachers to make those goals a reality. 12. Set up a study nook. Having a quiet place to study is essential, so create that space now. It could be a corner of the living room, an underutilized spare bedroom or anywhere else your child will be comfortable. 13. Attend a back-to-school event. Most schools host a back-to-school night where parents can meet the staff and talk about the coming year. Attending these meetings will give insight into the school environment, introduce your child to some of the people he will encounter in class as well as what to expect. 14. Let your kids pack their backpacks the night before; place them by the door for easy access. Create a list of needed items and double-check it as your kids pack for their first day of the new school year. 15. Get advance copies of the school lunch menu. Having a heads up on the menu and purchasing foods that your kid enjoys as snacks will make your life easier. Be sure to notify the school of any dietary restrictions or food allergies as school season approaches. Back-to-school season can be a stressful time for kids and parents alike, but it does not have to be. With the right planning and preparation, you can get the new school year off to a great start to ensure that your child will be prepared and enjoy the experience of receiving the quality education they need for a successful life. n

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Extra Work

David Clark writes and works in Cochran, GA. Connect with him at cw.w4trj@gmail.com.


It became apparent that some folks in our grammar school class were better than others at certain things. They weren’t called “better,” but they were given extra work. What I now call “connivers” figured out “being smart” didn’t pay, so they played dumb and avoided being singled out for work. Those blessed with talent were constantly reminded that having blessings meant they had additional responsibilities. They heard stories of talented men and women who faced difficulties and found the way through and showed others the way through. A teacher may single out a talented student for a project. The student would feel picked on, but at the end was recognized in some small way. This small victory instilled a greater sense of self-confidence which created more ability to tackle greater challenges. This repeating cycle transformed ordinary young people into extraordinary adults. Almost everyone faces some hard experience by the time they are fifty. One loses a parent, or is faced with a parent having dementia. Sometimes one loses a spouse or a child. This will be an almost crushing blow. The people who were given additional work early on face these same difficulties, and the blow is no less crushing to them. The dust seems to settle after awhile. The crushing blow begins to wear off a little, or maybe one just learns to better live with it. It often appears there’s some things that just don’t have any complete healing. Some folks discover that most things seem easier compared to the previous hard experience. They also discover that anyone they really trusted is now gone. It’s as if one wakes up to a world where nothing is sacred, where criminals are let off the hook too easily, where once-taboo subjects are being taught to young children, or where a government decides to leave a bluezillion functional weapons in a desert on the other side of the planet. It’s terribly easy to become terribly cynical, then a short leap to the dangerously despondent position where one no longer sees a reason to get out of bed. A lifetime of “extra work” leading to ever greater challenges ultimately is simply training to prepare for the challenges we face when we no longer really care. Now the questions that come up are younger people who will come to us older folks for guidance on questions we cannot answer. They’re worried about a sick child or a dying parent. They’re troubled about losing faith. They’re worried for their unborn grandchildren. At the gray-haired stage, the “extra work” is simply being there and not turning away in our cynicism from standing strong for someone else. Our standing strong will help them find a way through things they don’t know how to face. I fully believe God has had His Hand on our life, and every step of our life has trained us. God is counting on us to do God’s Work, and God places us exactly where we need to be. n August 2022 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 47

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