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Summer is in full swing and so are summer vacations. Where are you heading or headed this summer? Our family is headed to the Outer Banks for a week of rest and relaxation. I have never been to the Outer Banks before and am excited to tour the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. I hear the Outer Banks is a wonderful place and a week without cell phone service (I hear Sprint doesn’t work in the Outer Banks) will be nice. Even though I now “foot the bill,” I appreciate vacations more now, than I did as a kid. As my family grows older and our kids are more independent, time spent with them dwindles. They would rather be most anywhere then with their mom and dad. However, on vacation they are held captive and thus “stuck” with us. Vacation provides me extra time to spend with them outside of the normal confines and responsibilities of home and school. We get to explore and discover new things together. Soon they will grow into adulthood, but for right now it is refreshing, and nerve wracking, to watch them find their own way. Trust me, a lot of prayers are sent up for God to look over and protect them. Thanks for taking the time to read the magazine. I know it shows up in your mailbox with a bunch of other “stuff” and I appreciate you finding time to read it. Everyone works very hard to produce the publication and we are thankful for our sponsors and readers who make it all possible. Enjoy the rest of your summer and have a fantastic vacation, wherever that may lead you. Todd Shevchik

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Monday, July 8-July 11 Moondoggie’s Paddlecamp at Shealy’s Landing (Ballentine) 317 Shadowood Dr., Irmo, SC 29063, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Join Steve “Moondoggie” Fisher, a veteran high school teacher who started camps in California in the 1980’s! Kids ages 8-14 are invited to experience the 9th summer of paddleboarding camp! All they need is water and sunscreen, the rest will be provided -$125 can be paid online at or in person on the first day. Call or text Steve for more information at (803)608-5033 Saturday, July 13 Tasty Tomato Festival Earlewood Park, 1113 Recreation Dr., Columbia, 1:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Sustainable Midlands will be hosting the 10th Annual Tasty Tomato Festival. The Midlands community is invited to come together to celebrate locally grown food, the people who grow it, the restaurants who serve it, the markets that sell it, and the people who eat it at this free event. For more information, visit Monday, July 15-Tuesday, July 16 SC Autism Society Fatz Restaurant, 942 E. Main St., Lexington, 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. The SC Autism Society has teamed up with Fatz Restaurant in Lexington for a SC Autism Society Spirit Fundraiser! A portion of each purchase will be donated to raise awareness and serve individuals with Autism. For more information on how to get involved, visit Saturday, July 20 Wild Summer’s Night Auction & Wild Game Feast 1125 Rosewood Dr., Columbia, 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Join in the fun and support wildlife conservation and education programs through the non-profit S.C. Wildlife Federation’s annual event! Drawings, games, and auctions include art, jewelry, guided birding and wildlife watching trips, hunting and fishing excursions, river and kayak tours, hunting and fishing equipment, and much more! The feast will include venison, quail, duck, alligator, catfish, shrimp and many other varieties of wildlife. Tickets are $75, for more information call (803)256-0670. Friday, July 26 Flannel Fest: A Tribute to Grunge Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 W. Main St., Lexington, 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. It’s a night full of “grunge” rock with four elite bands playing tribute to Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, and Pearl Jam. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate, rain or shine. Visit for more information. Saturday, July 27 Annual Saxe Gotha Yard Sale Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington, 7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Join us in the Atrium of the Lighthouse at the rear campus for shopping, donating items and spreading the word. Donation drop off is July 22 - 25 and July 26, contact Meredith Cully for more information at Sunday, July 28-August 4 Peter Pan, Jr. Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Ave., Lexington This high-flying Tony Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years and is now adapted for young Junior Arts performers. $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors, military, students and youth, visit for more information.

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It’s summertime in Lexington! Everyone is stepping out to enjoy concerts, the farmer’s market, parks, pools, and festivals. I am always amazed at the diligence of Lexington runners, who hit the roadways even in the 95° heat. It is convicting and inspiring, especially when my neighbor, who is 20 years my senior, sprints past my house training for a marathon – such diligence for the sport she loves. In 2 Peter 1:1-15, Peter urges us to be just as diligent in our faith. He begins by telling us that we have been given all things pertaining to life and godliness through the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Through His divine power, He has granted us His very great and precious promise. Jesus even shares His own glory and excellencies with us. Therefore, Peter urges us to diligently supplement our faith with virtue (a life consistent with our confession), knowledge (a pursuit of truth), self-control (a fight against sinful desires), steadfastness (an endurance through obstacles), godliness (a stance for righteousness), brotherly affection (a kindness toward believers), and love (a love for our neighbors). Peter says our diligence in these things will keep us from being ineffective and unfruitful. Through practice, we will have a clear vision of our past, present, and future, so that we will never fall into the traps of this world. At the end of our race, we will be given rich entrance into the kingdom of our Lord. Peter is not teaching a Jesus + works theology. He is reminding us that we have been given a great salvation by grace through faith alone. Therefore, we ought to fully live in it; in other words, be diligent in going deeper in and higher up in our faith. WATERSHED FELLOWSHIP 711 E. Main Street Suite S, Lexington, SC 29072 (Lower Level of Old Mill) 803.738.5335 •

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Michael Story Three generations of artists in the Story family is “pretty good proof of artin-the-genes,” thinks Lexington artist Michael Story. He appreciates his heritage, along with the fact that his family has always supported his desire for a career as a painter. “I never had to fight the battle with parents who wanted me to be a lawyer or a doctor,” he says. “They always encouraged me along the path to painting.” This accomplished painter now lives and works in Lexington, after early years in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and the Carolinas. He earned a BFA at the University of South Carolina. He began his career working in advertising agencies, and with the South Carolina Wildlife magazine, and the education department at the S.C. State Museum. Sometimes he worked on sign painting, learning a lot about oversized presentations. He does portraits and specialized projects; lately, however, his principal focus has been on landscapes, especially those featuring water. That has included a progression from mainly water colors to oil painting – what he calls

“the thinking man’s process.” “I find that oils allow for more emotion in a painting,” he says. “Water color dries right before your eyes, but oils give you time to think your way past the obvious.” After those years of doing assignments for illustrations and advertising presentations, these days Michael Story enjoys the independence of free-lancing, accepting commissions from individuals, publications and also gallery shows. He also teaches at his home studio, holding classes of no more than seven participants. And he travels widely, teaching workshops, lecturing, and serving to jury art shows. He has appeared in Seattle, New Jersey, Michigan, New Mexico, Georgia, and Sarasota. His attention these days is on the Southwest, where he will be teaching in New Mexico this summer. As with many other artists, he became fascinated by the color and light of that region. Story points out that painting is basically a creation done in solitude, but he

also appreciates camaraderie among fellow artists. He finds their discussions can lead to improvements and better perspectives. He is active in the Seven Oaks Art League as well as other groups that bring artists together. His painting Congaree River Passage recently raised $14,500 for the LMC Campaign for Clarity. As for those earlier generations: Story treasures a painting of a dog he has held onto all his life, done by his grandfather Ken Osgood at the age of 11. He even has a snapshot of that little boy in 1916, a rare memento indeed. And future generations? His daughter Adrian Wolfe will be a student next year at Clemson, majoring in landscape architecture. Her art genes can be put to full use there. n July 2019 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 15

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Mayor Steve MacDougall The Town of Lexington is committed to alleviating traffic congestion and has undertaken three major traffic and tourism projects funded through the hospitality tax. Exactly one year ago, we launched the one-way pair system as part of the downtown improvements. The objective of the project was to make the intersection of Main St. at Lake Dr. flow more efficiently. By splitting the northbound and southbound movements, the signals at Lake Dr. and Church St. can now service twice as many vehicles. This increase in efficiency has given more green signal time to east and west Main St. at Lake Dr. and Church St. In addition to the one-way pair system, the town will focus on crossroad improvements at Lake Dr. and Sunset Blvd. The North Lake Corridor will be improved, starting at the end of the one-way pair and continuing through to the North Lake Dr. at Sunset Blvd. intersection. Phase I consists of the widening of northbound North Lake Dr. from the one-way pair split at Church St. to the existing Dreher St. Future phases include extending Harmon St. to North Lake Dr. at the existing Azalea Dr. intersection, relocating Dreher St. away from its current North Lake Dr. intersection and making improvements to the dual left turn at N. Lake Dr. and Sunset Blvd. Finally, we will work to ease the traffic burdens at the Corley Mill Gateway. The focus of the project is to improve current traffic flow through the Corley Mill Rd. and Sunset Blvd. intersection. We have just completed widening along Ginny Ln., from Sunset Blvd. to Saluda Pointe Dr., creating dual righthand turn lanes. Additionally, improvements will be made at the I-20 westbound ramp, creating a right turn at the exit signal, which will allow traffic to safely proceed into the left-turn lane for Ginny Ln. These are small parts of a greater plan that is currently in design to improve safety and mobility from I-20 through Northside Blvd. To learn more about our traffic and tourism projects, visit our website at

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SUP What’s

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About 10 years ago, stand-up paddleboarding, an easy-to-do watersport for almost any age, surfaced at Lake Murray, and Steve Fisher, a veteran California surfer and the current president of the Lake Murray Paddle Club, was instrumental in promoting this activity in the area. Today, scores of local enthusiasts continue to grow this popular pastime as a fun and leisurely endeavor or even as a competitive sport. For countless generations, people have floated on flat structures and pushed their crafts forward with oar-like poles to fish, trade, or travel. In recent years, a modern watersport known as stand-up paddleboarding (i.e., “SUP”) mirrors this ancestral practice, but the

reinvented version of this tradition could reasonably be traced to the shores of major surfing zones in California and Hawaii. “Stand-up paddleboarding is a wonderful form of recreation for almost everybody,” says Steve Fisher, a local social studies teacher at Dutch Fork High School who moonlights as a SUP instructor and as the current president of the Lake Murray Paddle Club. “I always tell people that it is the easiest watersport they will ever do. I have never had anyone who could not do it. Each can participate at his own level of comfort.” Mr. Fisher is a Southern California transplant who began surfing in his teen years. “I structured my life around

dleboarding! ing,” he says and “drove a Volkswagen van with surfboards always in the back.” “I surfed competitively some,” he recalls, “but mostly I was a ‘soul surfer’ (surfing merely for the pleasure and sense of self-expression that comes from it). My identity was very much wrapped up in my passion for surfing.” He even earned the literary epithet of “Moondoggie,” a moniker to which he still responds. Naturally, Mr. Fisher worked as a surfing instructor, but he also became a high school teacher and started a family before moving to Irmo, South Carolina, in the mid-2000s. Prone paddleboarding on Lake Murray soon became one of his favorite pastimes, and it drew a lot

of positive interest from the public at the lake, so “I began to try to find ways that I might be the one who introduces this sport to the people of central South Carolina.” Around that time, however, “I first heard about stand-up paddleboarding and the remarkable growth it was experiencing worldwide.” In 2010, after purchasing several stand-up paddleboards, Mr. Fisher began sponsoring summer camps, parties, and paddleboard events all over the lake. “This is where my passion was,” he says. “I enjoyed being the conduit for many people to experience this wonderful new sport.” Since then, the activity’s popularity has grown exponentially. “Now, I am

in my ninth year of business,” he says. “Each summer, I barely have a chance to sit down and am on a paddleboard many hours every day.” “Paddleboarding is for everyone,” Mr. Fisher insists. “I have had paddlers as young as four years up to 80 years.” Because children under age eight may not be able to paddle by themselves, he recommends that they ride on the deck of a paddleboard with a parent. “Dogs often go along for a ride in the same fashion,” he adds. “I find that the driving force behind paddleboarding are women,” he says, and many times couples will paddleboard together. Mr. Fisher theorizes that “one of the benefits of paddleboarding – besides the physical exercise of it – is that it can be done casually, at someone’s own pace, and can be done while having a conversation.” “Also, this is a very easy activity,” he explains. “I often tell people ‘after five July 2019 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 19

SUP Safety Tips

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• Carry a phone inside a waterproof case • Avoid dangerous weather conditions (e.g., high winds, lightning, etc.)

• Don’t paddle while intoxicated

minutes, you will be paddling like you’ve done it all your life.’ So, on the very first attempt, people can have a pleasant enjoyable paddle and talk while doing so.” Perhaps its versatility is its greatest appeal. “Beginners can stand and slowly paddle in quiet coves, paddleboard racers can have strenuous workouts year around and compete in organized paddleboard races on any given weekend, and SUP surfing can be done on stand-up paddleboards on waves all around the world,” says Mr. Fisher. “People fish from stand-up paddleboards. There is even a Special Olympics standup paddleboarding team.” The supplies needed to SUP are relatively basic and include a proper-sized paddleboard, a paddle, and a Coast Guard-approved, personal flotation device (PFD). Wearing an ankle leash that attaches to the board is also prudent because, “In case of emergency,” says Mr. Fisher, “the paddleboard itself 20 | LEXINGTON LIFE | July 2019

is the best lifesaving device of all.” Purchasing “a hard epoxy rising fiberglass stand-up paddleboard and the accompanying equipment costs approximately $1,000,” explains Mr. Fisher, “so before making that investment, I highly recommend renting boards from a reputable rental outfitter. “There are several outfitters on the lake that will rent paddleboards,” he adds, “and you launch from that point.” Other accessible entry points along Lake Murray include the Larry Koon Landing off of Shore Road and the SCE&G parking lot on the Irmo side of the Lake Murray Dam. To provide more information about SUP, the Lake Murray Paddle Club hosts an active Facebook page. “The club is now eight years old and boasts over 200 members. It is a very warm inviting group that paddles one night a week at various locations on the lake,” says Mr. Fisher. “In addition to the Spe-

cial Olympics involvement (many club members serve as coaches), the club is active many weekends going to races all over the Southeast.” “I am a local SUP business owner, that is true,” concludes Mr. Fisher. “But my far bigger mission is to put this sport in the spotlight and to get people out of their easy chairs into the beautiful outdoors and away from their computer screens.” n

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Honoring Wounded Warriors by Clare Morris


aptain Mike Glover, a Lake Murray fishing guide, would rather have a bad day on the water than a good day indoors. Back in 2012, he was thinking that maybe some troops would feel the same way. In June of that year, local fishermen outfitted 15 boats, and over 40 soldiers enjoyed the first ever Troop Appreciation Fishing Derby. “Being outdoors, being on the water – it’s fun, it’s beautiful, and it definitely does help,” says Shaun Robey, an army veteran who lost part of his leg during an ambush in Iraq. Robey says that it’s an experience not many will understand. A fishing derby for a troop appreciation event is a no brainer according to David McGehee. McGehee, the president of Columbia Flag & Sign, is in charge of shore volunteers and catering for the derby. “It’s easy to tell a soldier, ‘Thank you for your service,’ but to have the ability to do something for them is something else,” he says. “And with the help of the community and effort from local businesses – we can do that!” The eighth annual Troop Appreci-

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ation Fishing Derby was held in early June on Lake Murray, and the number of boats and soldiers has grown exponentially. “It just gets bigger and better,” says McGehee. The Troop Appreciation Foundation, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit, puts on the annual fishing derby, which is at no cost to the participants due to the generosity of local sponsors. Captain Mike Glover, the foundation president, says that the number of sponsors and volunteers has quadrupled over the years. “We have a waiting list of boat captains and shore volunteers who are interested in helping us,” he says. Donations have come in from all over the country, but Captain Mike knows he can depend on local folks to help out in a pinch. “When we have a problem, we can always count on someone in the community to rise to the occasion and help,” he explains. The local community has supported the foundation’s efforts in every way. “All we have to say is that it’s for the troops, and the Greater Columbia area responds,” Mike adds. Although the fishing derby is not tied financially to the national Wounded

Warrior Project (WWP), it is an organization that helps the foundation find participants. “WWP shares our events with a large number of Wounded Warriors and selects the soldiers who will participate,” says Captain Mike. According to WWP, a Wounded Warrior is a service member or veteran who was injured either physically or mentally or who suffered from an illness during combat on or after September 11, 2001. The organization believes that every warrior should have the future he or she deserves. The mission of WWP, which is based in Jacksonville, Florida, is to transform wounded veterans into people who are “empowered, employed, and engaged in their communities.” WWP considers the transition from the military to civilian life to be a somewhat uncertain journey. “It’s so good to know that I’m not alone because, for a long time, I thought I was,” says Antoinette Wallace, a Wounded Warrior. According to its website, WWP desires to be the partner of every wounded warrior and states the following: “We know that the transition to civilian life

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“When we have a problem, we can always count on someone in the community to rise to the occasion and help, The local community has supported the foundation’s efforts in every way. All we have to say is that it’s for the troops, and the Greater Columbia area responds.”

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is a journey. And for every warrior, family member, and caregiver, that journey looks different. We are here for their first step, and each step that follows. There’s always another goal to achieve, another mission to discover. We are their partner in that mission.” “It’s been one of the best things for me. The Wounded Warrior Project enabled me to do things I would have never been able to do on my own,” says Brett Miller, a veteran. According to WWP, more than 52,000 soldiers sustained physical injuries in recent military conflicts, and almost 10 times that many are living with invisible wounds, ranging from depression to PTSD. There’s a sense of simple solidarity for the wounded warriors who participate in the fishing derby. “I like being back with guys who I was familiar with for so many years. Instead of

just everybody asking me questions they don’t have to ask,” says Robey. “They don’t need to know. They already know.” “These men and women have made some BIG sacrifices for our country,” Captain Mike says. “I’ve had conversations with a good many Wounded Warriors. Each has a story, and the common thread is their love for country.” As with any successful charitable endeavor, the Troop Appreciation Fishing Derby is a team sport. The volunteers who bring their “A Game” every year are Tammy Hicks (director of Prizes & Gifts), David McGehee (director of Shoreline Volunteers), Bill Strong (treasurer), Joby Wetzel (COB i.e., chief of boats), and of course, the fishing derby founder, Captain Mike Glover. David McGehee recalls the reaction of an older derby participant a few years ago. “I helped an elderly soldier carry his gifts to his car, and, as we were walking, he started crying. He told me how much he appreciated what the Troop Appreciation Fishing Derby and the community did for him that day. The veteran said that he rarely gets thanked for his service and feels left out in life and that he felt like a person that day.” The derby always needs sponsors to help with catering, prizes, and bait. On derby day, the foundation provides a catered breakfast and lunch, has folks on hand to prepare fish that are caught, and sends all of the participating Wounded Warriors home with gifts and prizes. Last year, it gave away approximately $20,000 in prizes. Captain Mike says that one of the best reactions he’s ever heard from a soldier is, “It’s like I just had a second Christmas.” He and the team would like to expand the derby in the coming months and years. The annual event is capable of supporting 70 Wounded Warriors, but there are plans to increase that number by onethird. Later this summer, the foundation will host some fishing events for local law enforcement officers and also SC Department of Natural Resources (DNR) game wardens. Another desire is to offer scholarships to Gold Star Children and local law-enforcement families. Patriotic sponsors are critical to grow and expand existing programs, and all donations are tax deductible and go 100% direct to the event. For more information, go to www. n

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The greatest difference between “morning people” and those who prefer to sleep in is in the way that they approach it. You might not like waking up at the crack of dawn and repeating the morning ritual, but it won’t get any easier until you learn to accept the challenge and throw yourself into it. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to get started on the right foot before heading out the door. Here are five great ways to start your day. 1. Wake up early

Of course, this isn’t as easy for some as it is for others. However, if you take a good look at those who are accustomed to it, you’ll notice that they tend to be more organized and lead more balanced lives. If this is new to you, you might want to start by getting everything ready the night before. Try preparing your lunch, ironing your clothes, and having everything handy for your breakfast, so you can avoid forgetting something and rushing back into the house at the last minute. Remember that this won’t get any easier until you start going to bed earlier as well. The two go hand in hand, and, while it may take some time to firmly establish this habit, your body will gradually adjust.

2. Exercise every morning

If you have everything ready the night before, it shouldn’t be too hard to squeeze in a few minutes for exercise. Even 15 minutes of stretching can make a huge difference. Activating your muscles in the morning invigorates the body, making it possible for you to leave for work or appointments fully awake and alert. This is the opposite of what happens when you keep hitting the “snooze” button. A brisk morning walk is a great way to start your day with some needed sunshine. Sunlight is vital for the body’s natural production of vitamin D, which is necessary for maintaining a healthy immune system and healthy bones. If you can make a habit out of catching a few rays with your exercise each morning, you’ll probably wind up healthier than many of your colleagues. 3. Eat breakfast

Breakfast is your most important meal of the day. Skipping it robs you of your first chance to feed your body the vitamins and minerals it needs to fight off the ravages of stress. This can lead to that sluggish feeling we all love to hate. A small, light breakfast will energize you and kick-start your metabolism. July 2019 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 31

This will allow your body to begin burning off those pesky fat cells we also love to hate. At that early hour, all you need is a high-fiber, low-fat breakfast with a side of fruit. 4. Have a to-do list ready

Keeping a list of things that need to be done is one of the best favors you can do for yourself. You don’t have to write everything on this list but, rather, the most important things and those you’re most likely to forget. In fact, the longer the list is, the less enthusiastic you’ll be when you see it. This is why it’s best to focus your efforts on those tasks that have the greatest impact and compose your to-do list around these priorities. Remember that the whole point of the list is to keep your mind clear and focused enough to get things done efficiently. Trying to tackle too many lesser tasks will leave you cluttered and overwhelmed by the magnitude of your responsibilities. 5. Meditate

Meditation is simpler than most people think it is. The idea is to unplug yourself from the outside world by turning your focus inward. Ten minutes should

be enough time to set aside each morning, provided there are no interruptions. Close your eyes to keep from being distracted by objects in the room and concentrate on your breathing. Don’t be discouraged if your focus drifts to other matters, as this happens to everyone. Just return the focus to your breathing: Remember that each time you successfully do so can be thought of as a “repetition” of sorts. As with any physical exercise, you’ll get better at doing it, and you’ll be able to clear your mind of chatter and direct your focus for longer periods of time. Keep in mind that how you begin your day has everything to do with how the rest of it progresses. If you stay up late, you’ll struggle through the day, unfocused and interested only in when it ends. Skipping breakfast will leave you sluggish and grouchy, due to your empty stomach and lack of nutrition. Early risers have this down to a science, and, if you look at what they’re doing differently, you’ll see that they incorporate these same habits into their daily lives. n

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Runners. You have seen them many times while driving – the old, the young, the athletic, and not so athletic; they are commonplace, almost blending into the scenery. Perhaps you view them as encouragement or maybe a slight inconvenience or unnecessary delay during your busy day. Why do they have to run at 4 a.m. anyway?

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Streets Are for Everyone By Kristi Antley

Dedication often means donning reflective gear and heading out the door in the dark, early morning hours (regardless of inclement weather) to avoid school and work traffic in an effort to fit exercise into the schedule. In the midst of regulating breath, stride, and posture, runners must be attentive to their surroundings, vigilant of fellow runners, and fast responders. Visual markers, uneven pavement, blinking lights, and collaboration with other runners is overwhelming; all senses must be alert. Headphones are a dangerous luxury that may block out vital sounds on the road if not used properly, and getting distracted by the legendary “runner’s high” (a rush of endorphins after the first few miles) is tempting. While there is safety in numbers, there is always the threat of following the crowd too closely and becoming numb to oncoming traffic. Drivers with cell phones in hand take their eyes off the road every few minutes. One wrong move, one second too late can mean a life lost and the deaths are more tragic because of how easily they could have been prevented. South Carolina ranks tenth in the nation for the number of pedestrian automobile deaths, with 1,144 killed during 2008 – 2017, not considering those who survived injuries. Nationwide the number of pedestrian deaths in that same period is almost 13 people per day, or one person every hour and 46 minutes. Many of these fatalities end in confusion without clarity or closure because definite fault cannot be placed on either party. The key to reducing these incidents is education, awareness, and prevention, which is the message SAFE Lexington was created to spread. Recognizing a need for action in light of the deaths of John Flanagan (F3 member) on Sunset Boulevard in 2017 and Dianne Wells (FIA member) on Hwy 1 near Lexing-

ton High School in 2018, concerned citizens from local groups decided to make a difference. Representatives from organizations such as F3, FIA, Run Hard, high school cross-country programs, triathlete groups, and the Lexington Running Club locked arms to form SAFE Lexington, a nonprofit group to protect runners, walkers, and cyclists in Lexington County. The group desires to increase awareness among drivers about runner presence, pedestrians, and cyclists and to share education about safety measures pedestrians can take to protect themselves on the roads. Having a presence also includes advocating to lawmakers and leaders for better pedestrian features and establishing better off-road routes for runners and cyclists. The organization is close to Gary Blight’s heart, as he knew Mrs. Wells personally, and he has been hit on his bicycle twice – the most recent incident occurring during the formidable planning phase of the SAFE Lexington 24/7 safety run event campaign. “This time, my 90mile ride was coming to a close, and I was hit by a driver who was not paying attention,” replies Blight, who understands the struggle for cyclists and runners on the road. “I believe that the Lord has big plans for me and am thankful to be alive,” says the SAFE Lexington co-founder. Ernie Yarborough, another SAFE co-founder, agrees with Blight, “SAFE Lexington was formed earlier this year by a small group of us Lexington residents who love our town and want a safer place to exercise outdoors. We know that Lexington is growing and that those in charge of our town and county are working hard to improve the entire traffic infrastructure. SAFE Lexington is encouraging town council and county council members to incorporate the fitness community while making decisions,” Yarborough explains. “Rather than waiting until all town and county improvements are completed, it is much easier, more cost efficient, and smarter to incorporate bike lanes, sidewalks, and running paths now, while our town is in the process of growing and improving. Lexington is a great place that is full of fitness enthusiasts and we just want a safer place to exercise outdoors.” Response to the new vision has been overwhelming, with numerous schools, fitness groups, town offices, businesses,

corporations, and individuals offering resources and tools to support the cause. On May 6, Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall and Mayor Pro-Tem Hazel Livingston proclaimed May 13 – 19 as Runner Safety Week in Lexington County, setting a landmark to recognize the movement and make efforts to spread awareness. Bridget Winston, head of SAFE Lexington social media and outreach, was impressed: “The community has really

ing out of the city,” Winston says, “which is where the population is concentrated because of neighborhoods.” When the group decided to host a runner safety awareness activity, Gary Blight did not want it to be like other events that were only for one day then forgotten. Instead, he proposed a unique seven-day, 24-hour run, May 13 – 19, along Main Street, Highways 6 and 378, with headquarters at the Radius Church. It would

“The community has really come together with this movement and everyone is getting on board to protect our families, children and athletes as they promote a life of health and vitality.” come together with this movement and everyone is getting on board to protect our families, children and athletes as they promote a life of health and vitality. We want our children to feel safe if they want to walk to school or visit a friend who lives nearby.” The sheer amount of traffic flow in Lexington County has raised the stakes over the last few years, and changes must accommodate imminent growth and infrastructure. Collaboration with the Department of Public Transportation has been an important goal for SAFE. “Unfortunately, there are not many sidewalks or shoulders on our highways lead-

be a two-mile route with one-hour time slots for one or more people to walk or run. It was not a relay, competition, or a race but a visual impact to remind drivers of pedestrian presence on the roads. Although skeptical that the group would not be able to fill all slots, registration was full within one day. MCEC provided funds to print bright green t-shirts for participants and local businesses were notified of the event. The runners were led on the first lap on May 13 by Rebekah Courtney Flanagan, widow of John Flanagan, and the final lap was led by the husband and chilJuly 2019 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 35

dren of the late Dianne Wells. The entire town was involved in the run in one way or another, with local churches, stores, restaurants, and civic groups offering water, food, shelter, safety gear, or encouragement along the way, and many displayed signs supporting the group that read “24/7 Safety Is a Two Way Street.” Some people ran one lap, and others ran entire marathons. “People were walking with their dogs and pushing children in strollers; a few laps were

tered but came and walked anyway. Our goal was to hit 6,227 miles, the number of pedestrians killed by motorists across the country last year, but we actually covered 8,405 miles, with the number of individual walks or runs totaling 2,144.” The SAFE Lexington 24/7 run event was definitely a success but a wake-up call for many, including SAFE co-founder Travis Price: “It was an eye opener for myself and the Lexington Police Department of exactly how distracted drivers are throughout the entire day – not just in the dark, early morning hours. Runners, cyclists, and walkers can work to improve their habits, but this event revealed time after time, day after day that they are going to have to be even more instinctive and proactive than we first thought to share the roads of Lexington County with drivers safely.” SAFE Lexington will continue to thrive as it gains attention and makes efforts to reach as many people as possible with the message of street safety. What started out as an idea has quickly transformed into a legacy that will protect the children of Lexington County for years to come. “SAFE stands for Streets Are for Everyone,” Ernie Yarborough explains. “Our

“Our SAFE Lexington organization is encouraging drivers to be alert while driving and extremely aware that Lexington is a popular fitness community and that there are runners and cyclists all throughout our town.” completed by a legally blind person with a cane,” says Winston, “and a man was pushed in a wheelchair to make his lap count. Many people were not regis36 | LEXINGTON LIFE | July 2019

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are runners and cyclists all throughout our town. This was made evident as over 1,000 individuals showed up and participated at some point during our 24-hour, seven-day runner safety awareness event. On the other hand, our group is also encouraging runners and cyclists to be smart and use all safety precautions possible while exercising outdoors. Safety is a two-way street, and together we can make a difference.” “Future goals, although a bit of a stretch right now,” Winston says, grinning, “include completion of street projects, adding more sidewalks, bike trails, lanes and well-marked crosswalks, all of which will require land, funding and resources from local affiliates and entities with likeminded visions.” To find out how to get involved or donate time or resources, contact SAFE Lexington at, or visit the Facebook page for upcoming events. n

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With approximately 6.5 million animals entering shelters each year, roughly 3 million of these animals are euthanized annually, according to the ASPCA. There are several different types of animal shelters, but the most familiar are municipal shelters such as “pounds” and “high-volume” shelters, which are run by the local government, and private “humane” shelters such as nonprofit organizations and other independent companies. Often the high-volume shelters are forced to euthanize many of the animals they bring in, primarily due to overcrowding and lack of funding. Private shelters, such as the local PETSinc located at 300 Orchard Drive, West Columbia, do just the opposite – they go out of their way to find these animals a proper home, and, through fundraising and volunteer contributions, they are able to house these animals until they are properly placed. PETSinc, an established nonprofit humane shelter in West Columbia has been proudly serving the Midlands of South Carolina since December 1991. The current acting CEO of the 501(C)3, Mr. Reid Barrett, has been spearheading the operation since February 2018. With him, came over 25 years of experience in both animal health and veterinary care. “I was approached by the company several years before coming on board,” Barrett says, “but after sitting down to discuss their focus, dreams

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In addition to private and corporate donations, PETSinc hosts several fundraising events each year, including its primary fundraiser, an annual Casino Night/Silent Auction. The other primary annual fundraising event is the river boat cruise, which takes place on the Spirit of Lake Murray. This event includes food, live music, and a two-hour cruise on Lake Murray. The river boat cruise is scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2019. Mark your calendars! The mission of PETSinc is to aid the Midlands of South Carolina and surrounding counties with rescue, shelter, adoption, and spay/neuter of unwanted or found animals through addressing each individual animal’s physical and emotional needs. Oftentimes when an animal enters the shelter, they are scared, confused, anxious, and even sick or malnourished. To combat this, PETSinc provides medical, nutritional, and rehabilitation services to ensure successful life-long adoptions and strives to educate the public about the causes and solutions to the dramatic plight of hundreds of thousands of homeless dogs and cats in the United States. If you are considering adoption, would like to volunteer, or are interested in donating to help this extraordinary cause, please visit www.petsinc. org or stop by the physical location at 300 Orchard Drive, West Columbia, SC, 29169. n

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Make SUMMER READING Fun for the Whole Family By Kristen Carter

Even if your kids enjoy reading, it can be difficult to incorporate regular and sustained reading into a busy schedule, even during summer. For kids who don’t enjoy reading or who struggle with it, enforcing daily reading may feel like a constant battle. The inarguable fact is that kids who read during the summer avoid what’s sometimes called the summer slide. They may return to school in the fall with decreased reading comprehension and waste the month just getting back to their original reading level. It’s like asking them to push a giant rock uphill for nine months, but then telling them to let go when they are a quarter of the distance from the top. Better to keep the rock moving. The good news is that reading doesn’t have to be chore, even for your most reluctant child. The trick is to turn reading into a family activity. If parents aren’t reading, kids quickly associate reading with something akin to homework: A special punishment for kids and something nobody really wants to do. You must demonstrate that reading is an escape from reality, an

al pleasure that will stick with them through adulthood. Here are four ways to transform reading from a dreaded imposition to a fun pastime:

1. Pick a Reading Time

Decide together when everyone will sit down to read individually. Keep that time holy if you can. Remember that it doesn’t have to be long. Even 15 minutes is enough (though see if you can aim for 30 minutes to maximize focus). The key here is to ensure that everyone has selected reading material that they can quietly and silently enjoy. Even your preschoolers can look at pictures by themselves. Save a few minutes at the end of your session to talk about what you’ve read or studied.

2. Find Fun Reading Spots

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books packed in backpacks) and stop at a park to read under a shady tree. Walk to the library to pick out books and then spend a few minutes reading quietly before you leave. If you have a yard or patio, take your books outside and read for a few minutes before playing a game or doing something active. Take books (that you don’t mind getting wet) to the pool and read during the lifeguard breaks. The point is that reading becomes part of an event rather than something that kids must do before the fun stuff.

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Make a chart (preferably one that you can display in your home) with each family member’s name. Put a check on the chart for every day each person reads for at least 15 minutes. If you have a week-long streak, celebrate with ice cream or another special treat. Keep track of books each individual has read so you can count them up at the end of the summer. Next summer will be even more fun when you can each try to beat your own record.

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You eat right, get daily exercise, and manage stress, all important steps for health. But here’s something you may be doing that’s setting you back: sitting too much. Research has found that sitting for extended periods of time can do major harm to your physical and mental wellbeing and may even be as dangerous as smoking or obesity.


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How Long Is Too Long to Sit? The harmful effects of sitting too long run the gamut. Not only does it reduce blood flow to the brain, which decreases cognitive function and contributes to

mentia and other neurological disorders, sitting for hours at a time wreaks havoc on the heart and puts you at a greater risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and early death from any related cause. While those may be extreme concerns, extended sitting can also create less serious but problematic health issues – from fatigue to back pain to weight gain. The worst part? Even if you exercise daily, you’re still putting yourself in harm’s way when you resume sitting for lengthy periods without taking a break to stand, stretch, or move around. So, how long should you allow yourself to sit? Studies say no more than a half hour at a time. Getting up from your chair

computer or phone to remind you it’s time to get up and move. You might also check to see if your fitness band has this feature. Just be sure to heed the alarm once it goes off. Drink fluids. Drinking water and other beverages throughout the day will send you to the bathroom every 30 minutes or so. It’s a great way to stay hydrated and keep yourself from sitting too long. Wherever you’re seated, have water with you. Use a sit–stand desk. Adjustable standing and sit–stand desks are ideal for people who have jobs that require long hours at a desk. You don’t need to use the standing position all day, but it gives you the flexibility to shift from sitting to

out of. Instead, use one that’s good for your posture but also encourages you to stand frequently, stretch your muscles, and stay alert.

every 30 minutes will help restore blood flow and counteract the hazards of sitting too long. It’s an effort that takes dedication and motivation, but over time anyone can learn to kick the habit of prolonged sitting.

standing periodically. Get good at multitasking. Keep yourself busy doing chores that spur you to get out of your chair regularly to tend to them, like laundry, cooking, and cleaning. You’ll do your health a big favor and be productive at the same time. Break up meetings. Instead of having one long meeting during the day, break it up into several short ones to prevent sitting too long. For casual or phone meetings, consider taking them while walking around the hallways or outside. Avoid an overly comfy chair. A chair that’s super comfortable is hard to get

Be sure to incorporate regular outings and recreation in your schedule, too. Join a bowling league, play a weekly game of golf, or meet friends at the mall to walk and browse the shops. Engaging in fun will inspire you to move rather than sit, promote a positive attitude, and lead to better overall health. Sitting too much is common today, but the dangers make it a habit worth breaking. Be proactive about your health and start spending less time in a chair. Your mind, body, and lifespan will all benefit. n

Simple Strategies to Avoid Sitting Too Long When you’re involved in an activity that’s got your mind engaged, the last thing you think about is taking a break from sitting. These strategies can help make it easier: Download a break-reminder app. Apps are available to download on your

Adopt an Active Lifestyle to Stop Excessive Sitting Making the above simple changes to a pattern of prolonged sitting can help turn it into a thing of past, but that’s just a start. There’s plenty more you can do to prevent too much sitting, like adopting an active lifestyle that includes daily exercise and a diversity of duties that keep you moving. The more time you spend being active rather the sedentary, the more likely it will become part of your routine.

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Fork of July! Bacon Wrapped Pickles Ingredients 18 mini dill pickles or 12 whole pickles 1 (8 oz.) block cream cheese, softened 1 c. shredded cheddar 1 clove garlic, chopped 12 slices bacon, cut into thirds Instructions Preheat oven to 400ยบ. Halve pickles and scoop out centers, discard. In a small bowl, stir together cream cheese, cheddar, and garlic until combined. Spoon mixture into pickles and wrap with a cut slice of bacon. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake until mixture is warm and bacon is crispy, about 18 minutes. Serve immediately.

American Flag Pizza Ingredients 3 small purple potatoes cooking spray 1 (13.8 oz) can refrigerated pizza crust 1 and 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided or as needed 25 slices pepperoni or more as needed 1 c. Alfredo sauce 2 c. shredded Italian cheese blend 5 mini mozzarella balls, halved Instructions Boil potatoes in salted water; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and slice potatoes into 1/4-inch rounds. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Unroll pizza crust and spread it out on sprayed baking sheet, brush the crust with about 1 tbsp olive oil. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly golden, about 7 minutes. Arrange pepperoni slices on a paper-towel-lined microwave-safe plate, microwave on high about 30 seconds. Spread Alfredo sauce over the baked crust; top with Italian cheese blend. Arrange potato rounds 50 | LEXINGTON LIFE | July 2019

in the top left corner of the pizza, forming the blue portion of the flag. Brush potatoes with remaining olive oil. Place mozzarella halves on top of the potatoes to resemble the stars of the flag. Arrange pepperoni slices in rows across the pizza to resemble the stripes on the flag. Bake pizza in the oven until the crust is golden brown and cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.

Grilled Pork Chops with Peaches Ingredients 2 thick cut bone-in pork chops 2 c. apple cider 2 c. water 1/2 c. granulated sugar 1/3 c. kosher salt 2 sprigs rosemary 2 cloves garlic peeled and smashed 1 tsp black peppercorns Olive oil kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper For peach salsa 2 peaches pitted and halved 2 tbsp olive oil divided 3 tsp granulated sugar divided 1/2 c. slivered red onion 3 tsp white balsamic vinegar 1 1/2 tsp Vietnamese chili garlic sauce Kosher salt fresh basil leaves Instructions Place rinsed pork chops in a freezer bag. Bring the apple cider, water, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/3 cup kosher salt to a boil in a small saucepan, stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and add a few ice cubes to

cool the brine. Allow to cool completely then add to the freezer bags with the pork chops along with the rosemary sprigs, garlic cloves, and black peppercorns. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours up to overnight. Remove the pork chops from the brine, pat dry with a paper towel, lightly brush with olive oil and season with kosher salt and black pepper. Preheat one side of the grill to high and one side to low. Brown the chops on each side for about 5 minutes, then move them to the low-heat part of the grill. Cook for another 10 – 12 minutes or until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 155. Cover with aluminum foil for about 5 minutes until chops reach 160 degrees. Lightly coat peach halves on the fleshy side with 1 tbsp of olive oil and sprinkle with 2 tsp sugar. Grill peaches flesh side down on the high temperature side of the grill for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side, cut into slices. Mix red onions with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, chili garlic sauce, 1 tsp sugar, and a pinch of kosher salt. Top pork chops with peaches and onion mix and garnish with torn basil leaves. n July 2019 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 51


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I am the luckiest man I know. I have tried a great many things – succeeded at a few of them and failed at many. But I have learned and gained from every experience, and that learning and gaining informs every step going forward. One of the most important things I keep re-learning is something Daddy told me long ago: “Son, the most important part of the job is to show up ready to work.” I enjoy my repair work and my gardening work. Every day is a new day with new challenges, new experiences, and new adventures. The problem is that sometimes I have an attitude problem. I’ll show up, but I’m not always “ready to work.” I just don’t feel like messing with it – whatever “it” may be. But part of being alive is the reality that sometimes we just don’t feel like messing with it, but we still have to get in the game anyway. I suspect those are the days I get stumped by simplest problems. Those are the days the weeds seem thicker than usual, the sun seems hotter, and my boots seem heavier. But then there are the those days when I’m ready to tackle whatever may come. The problems and weeds and sun and boots are the same. The only thing different is my attitude. I’m ready to work, whatever the work may be.

Observing our young pup Khaki the Second has helped me get a better understanding about attitude. For one thing, it’s a great source of joy to watch a puppy run across a field. And having even a small reason for daily joy is a big help for general attitude improvement. But young Khaki approaches everything with absolute joy. Khaki always shows up ready to work. He will come to a patch of grass that’s four feet tall and towers over him, and he’ll plunge into the grass full throttle. Sometimes he comes out again just as fast – no telling what he found in there – but what would be overwhelming to most people is just a new adventure for him. He even lays down with enthusiasm. He doesn’t just lay down. He plops down like his very life depends on it. I’ve tried to remember that for my Sunday naps. Khaki recently followed along to supervise while I weeded my corn. He watched closely for a few minutes and then plopped down. As I moved down the row, he would wake up and check my progress and plop down again. He stayed with me the whole time – and together we got the whole patch done. It is sometimes difficult to retain the enthusiasm of youth and more importantly the idea of being “ready to work.” But I believe these are key ingredients to retain. If we can retain the enthusiasm part, a bit of the youth part stays with it. If we show up ready to work, then the work is more easily done. n



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Happy Birthday America! O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light, What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there, O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On a rainy September 13, 1814, British warships sent a downpour of shells and rockets onto Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor, pounding the American fort for 25 hours. The bombardment, known as the Battle of Baltimore, came only weeks after the British had attacked Washington, D.C., burning the Capitol, the Treasury and the President’s house. It was another chapter in the ongoing War of 1812. A week earlier, Francis Scott Key, a 35-year-old American lawyer, had boarded the flagship of the British fleet on the Chesapeake Bay in hopes of persuading the British to release a friend who had recently been arrested. Key was successful, but because he and his companions had gained knowledge of the impending attack on Baltimore, the British did not let them go. They allowed the Americans to return to their own vessel but continued guarding them. Under their scrutiny, Key watched on September 13 as the barrage of Fort McHenry began eight miles away.

“It seemed as though mother earth had opened and was vomiting shot and shell in a sheet of fire and brimstone,” Key wrote later. But when darkness arrived, Key saw only red erupting in the night sky. Given the scale of the attack, he was certain the British would win. The hours passed slowly, but in the clearing smoke of “the dawn’s early light” on September 14, he saw the American flag—not the British Union Jack— flying over the fort, announcing an American victory. Key put his thoughts on paper while still on board the ship, setting his words to the tune of a popular English song. His brother-in-law, commander of a militia at Fort McHenry, read Key’s work and had it distributed under the name “Defence of Fort M’Henry.” The Baltimore Patriot newspaper soon printed it, and within weeks, Key’s poem, now called “The Star-Spangled Banner,” appeared in print across the country, immortalizing his words—and forever naming the flag it celebrated.

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