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“Blue 16, Green 42, Hut, Hut, Hike!” Yes, football season has begun. We hope you enjoy our annual high school football preview pages featuring local high school programs. It has been an annual tradition since I started the magazines and my goal is to give recognition to the student-athletes who are about to embark on their journey of life after high school. Sometime during mid-September, the scorching heat will, hopefully, subside a little bit. This summer, I even saw 106 degrees register on my car’s thermometer. Whew! I developed a new appreciation for good ole fashioned lemonade and the true refreshment it delivers on those triple digit heat index days. I hope you and your family had an enjoyable summer and found ways to stay cool as well. Here at Lexington Life and Irmo Chapin Life Magazines, our team been extremely busy. We just expanded our coverage area in the Irmo-Chapin area by adding 7,000 new households to our mailings. Now, both Lexington Life and Irmo Chapin Life are mailed to approximately 27,000 homes, each publication month, in their respective geographical areas. We are thankful for the hundreds of businesses that support us by investing their marketing dollars with our magazines. Lexington Life Magazine is 88 pages this month which is our largest issue in 15 years and Irmo Chapin Life Magazine is 64 pages this month, which is also its largest issue in 8 years. We work tirelessly to make every issue unique and appreciate you taking the time and reading the magazine. Thank you and have a wonderful September!

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18 The Royal Butcher “Boutique Butcher Shop” 24 Green Living-Electronics Reuse and Recycling 31 2019 High School Football Preview 44 Living Your Dream- From an EightYear-Old World Traveler 52 Best of Lexington Life 2020 Nominees 64 The Great Southern Craft Beer Explosion 68 Keep Your Home Tidy with the One-Minute Challenge

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76 Recycling in Lexington: “Recycle More. Recycle Right” 80 Boost Vitality Naturally with These High-Energy Foods

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13 Faith Matters 72 From the Mayor 86 David Clark

Departments 9 From the Publisher 11 Events 15 Lexington Leader 84 Spice of Life

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SEPTEMBER Thursday, September 12 and September 19 Square Dance Lessons Yellow Rock Hall, 2211 Platt Springs Rd., West Columbia, 7:00 p.m. If you can walk, you can square dance! Attend one or both free sessions with The Star Promenaders Square Dance Club for fun, music and exercise! For information, visit Columbiasquaredancing.com or call (803)356-2170. Saturday, September 14 21st Annual Dam Swim for Drew Lexington Side of the Lake Murray Dam, 7:15 a.m. check-in Honor the life of Drew Smith by promoting boating and water safety at this annual 2-mile swim across Lake Murray. Funds will be used to build an indoor swimming facility in Drew’s memory. For details visit lhsdamswimfordrew.com or damswimfordrew@gmail.com Friday, September 20 Art in the Garden VIII Wingard’s Market, 1403 N. Lake Dr., Lexington, 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Food, fun, friends, and art! Proceeds will support Mission Lexington, which helps individuals and families in need. Tickets are $40 each. Visit wingardsmarket.com to purchase. Friday, September 20 – Sunday, September 22 Lexington County Master Gardener Volunteers Annual Plant Sale and Country Store Event SC State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Hwy, W. Cola, Friday and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Visit the LCMG booth at the Midlands Plant Festival filled with hundreds of plants and gently used supplies. Proceeds support the Sam Cheatham Scholarship for students majoring in horticulture and agricultural fields of study.

Saturday, September 28 Stand Up For Jesus Day at the State House S.C. State House Grounds, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Make a stand with fellow Christians in praise and worship on the steps of the State House. For more information, call (803)360-7416 or visit the Stand Up for Jesus Day Facebook page for updates. Saturday, September 28 Saturdays in Oz State Museum, 301 Gervais St., Columbia, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Meet some of your favorite characters and enjoy an interactive scavenger hunt, balloon animals, face painting, Bingo, and more Oz fun! For more information, visit scmuseum.org. Saturday, October 5 Cars for a Cause Show-Circles of Lexington County Mt. Horeb UMC, 1205 Old Cherokee Rd., Lexington, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. FREE event with food, children’s activities, raffle and awards! Proceeds will benefit families in poverty in our community. To register your car, call (803)957-3073 or email dawn.hyatt@ thrivent.com.

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Over the winter, Rev. Jeff Kersey (a.k.a. credible,” I explained. Again – “WOW! Can “Pastor Jeff”) and Pastor Trevor Miller from Mt. we take a picture?” Horeb UMC in Lexington traveled to Liberia We rode by the farm of Delano Kneece & with the International Leadership Institute to Son, where we saw machinery planting corn. train and empower pastors and laity to spread “How much corn will that machine plant tothe Gospel of Jesus and advance the Kingdom day?” Dr. Kulah asked. “I don’t know but mayof God. Upon returning from the trip to Africa, be around 75–100 acres in a day” I replied. Pastor Jeff shared during the Mt. Horeb men’s “WOW! How much corn yield to the acre?” he prayer breakfast the struggles Liberia has proasked. “I don’t really know but probably 200– 300 bushels per acre.” “WOW! REALLY?” I viding food for itself, as the country has lost continued, “This is a really good farm, but, on a generation of agricultural producers to civil stronger soils, some farmers in America might war and Ebola outbreaks. Liberia currently grow 500 bushels per acre.” “WOW! What spends 15% of its gross domestic product to might this farmer do with all of this corn?” “I import rice, which is a staple of the Liberian don’t know, but he might sell it to grow chickdiet. Rice for human consumption makes up 80% of the imports of the entire country. ens or a flour mill. We have a pasta plant withSome months later, I learned that Rev. in 20 miles of here, so we use a lot of grain Dr. Jerry Kulah, dean of Gbarnga School of our area. The farmer might sell the grain By Rev. Phil Reynolds, in Theology, United Methodist University, Lito companies that make pet food because we Member of have two large pet food companies within 20 beria, would be in America and would join miles.” “WOW! Make pet food?” followed by us for the men’s prayer breakfast. I told PasMt. Horeb UMC the longest silence of the day from a man from tor Jeff that I could take Dr. Kulah on a tour a country that barely feeds its own citizens. of a part of Lexington County agriculture. We rode to more WP Rawl fields, and we came to a young After we fed Dr. Kulah a large serving of farm fresh strawberries for breakfast from Clayton Rawl Farms in Lexington, Dr. sweet corn field planted in windbreaks. By now, Dr. Kulah unKulah and I headed out. derstood the windbreaks, but I did a terrible job in explaining The first commercial farm he saw was that of Gene and Joyce the difference between sweet corn and grain corn. Since it rained Porth. “Is that pipe on the ground?” Dr. Kulah asked. “Yes, that is sporadically throughout the day, many of the farm tractors were irrigation pipe, and I don’t know any commercial vegetable grow- under their respective sheds. “What does this machine do?” Dr. ers who do not irrigate everything they plant,” I replied. “WOW! Kulah asked. “This tractor and this machine plant small seeds like Where does the water does come from?” “I think this particular onions,” I replied. “WOW! I know about collards, but how small farm irrigates from a pond probably fed by springs and water are onion seeds?” he asked. I found an onion seed, which is slightrun-off.” “WOW! “Then we headed over to a field of leeks owned ly larger than a flake of black pepper, and showed the seed to by WP Rawl situated off of Highway US 1. “What’s a leek?” Dr. him. “WOW! And the machine plants 15 rows at one time?” “Yes,” Kulah asked. “It’s an herb, and we grow herbs to flavor food so and then we discussed GPS (global positioning satellite) steering that we reduce our salt intake,” I replied. “WOW! Can I take a on farm tractors, where I failed more miserably in explaining the picture?” “Sure.” We stopped, got out, and took a picture. “What difference between grain corn and sweet corn. is the big silver thing?” he asked. “That is a center pivot irrigaThen, on up to the WP Rawl processing plant in Pelion, tion machine.” “WOW! Can I take a picture?” “Sure,” I replied. South Carolina, to see its team cool, wash, and package specialSo time for another picture. Next, we rode by a beet field that ty vegetables such as leeks and cilantro, along with dark leafy was planted between rows of rye that act as windbreaks, and the greens such as collards and kale. Again, more questions, more beets were just barely cracking the soil surface. “What’s a beet?” WOWs. and more pictures. All of this is less than 20 miles in he asked. I gave a short explanation of one of our superfoods. two hours in a county that is not especially known for agricul“WOW! How does the windbreak work?” I explained. “‘WOW!” ture. We stopped visited with Charles Wingard, one of the leadsaid Dr. Kulah. “Can we take a picture? Oh, and what is that?” he ers at WP Rawl, who reminded us, “A country that can feed continued. “That is a sanitation station where our field workers itself has a lot of problems. A country that cannot feed itself has take care of their bodily functions and wash their hands. A sanita- only one.” Everyone in the Unites States should say WOW! to tion station needs to be placed specific maximum distances from that statement. Does it take a Dr. Kulah tour to remind us how blessed we are anyone touching the crop.” “WOW! Can we take a picture?” he in this country? For reasons I do not understand and surely do once again asked. After calling Chris at the Clayton Rawl Farms, we stopped at not deserve, God has put all of us right in the middle of a land one of its strawberry fields growing in the plasticulture meth- that flows with milk and honey. We are on a fruited plain, and we od. “This method is expensive to install but has high yields can look around and see amber waves of grain. Do not wait for per acre. Also, the irrigation water drips through this small your Dr. Kulah to make your manna holy. We often pray for God tube, so, with little evaporation, the stewardship of water is in- to give us daily bread. As usual, He has done His part. n

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by Jackie Perrone

Jenny Backman Jenny Backman thought she wanted to be an elementary education teacher. Then she met up with the tanning salon business and fell in love. She never set foot in a classroom. “I was 20 years old, in college, trying to figure out my path in life,” she says. “I kind of lived in a shell, not very outgoing, timid about speaking out. The part-time job at a tanning salon showed me customer service, sales, and management – things that are never part of a children’s classroom. I was hooked. It brought me out of my shell, and I found a way to grow, expand, and serve the public. Twenty-something years later, I am still fired up about this business.” Her enthusiasm has helped her develop a bubbly, outgoing personality that has brought her success as a businesswoman, with a bright future. Jenny is a native of Lexington, graduated Lexington High and then University of South Carolina, and continues to make her home here. While she was employed at Carolina Tan Factory, the opportunity to buy into the franchise came up, and she jumped in. “Scary!” she says now. “Married, two little children; we had to scrape up the money to get in. What happened next? My husband Wesley got laid off. (This was in the economic downturn in November of 2008.)” While making it through that economic slump, they took on the next opportunity in March 2009 by opening a second location, this time in Irmo. By then, Wesley had joined the team, and the two of them optimistically looked to the future. “We make a good team,” she says. “I tend to want to take the plunge when it looks good ahead, and Wesley is level-headed in figuring out what we can handle. It’s working out just fine.” What she has learned about management she passes onto her employees, insisting on professionalism that makes sure every client has the best possible experience. She believes in hiring people with good skills and customer-service attitudes, and putting them out front to keep things running smoothly. Jenny credits her mentor, Sylvia Beaver, for her own good start as an entrepreneur, and she also praises her assistant, Courtney Cagle, one of the salon managers, for good business skills. Inevitably, the question arises: What about more expansion? Well, she does have her eye on possibilities in Columbia. Don’t be surprised if a new location there is announced one of these days. “We’re not thinking of a national franchise with hundreds of locations,” she says. “Those three would keep us busy and round out our connections in the Midlands.” n

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Why Is My Water Bill So High? Many have complained about the increased cost to our water bills over the last few months, in both Lexington and Richland Counties. Although we cannot lobby the utilities for cheaper water, we can help you make sure you’re not losing money on faulty plumbing.

The Top Plumbing Problems that are wasting your money are: Dripping Faucets Each drip is followed by another, anothe then another, and by the end of the day, you’ve lost 5 gallons of water. By the end of the month, that’s 150 gallons wasted. After a year, you’ve paid for more than 2,000 gallons of water that have simply gone down the drain.

Slow Drains Plumbing pipes are designed to work best when the water flows quickly. When the water flow gets clogged, even for a short time, there is greater pressure in the pipes. That’s when things start going downhill. A slow flowing drain can create leaks where none existed.

Running Toilet A running toilet is a leak in your plumbing. It’s It not the same as a leak in the pipes, as the water will stay contained in the toilet. But it is water that is wasted, and it will cost you money. Up to 200 gallons of it every day. These types of problems are not self-repairing. Over time, the leak will get worse. Don’t wait, stop throwing your money away and Call Don Kay Plumbing today!

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oyal Butcher: Lexington’s “Boutique Butcher Shop”

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Americans consume more meat per person than any other nation in the world. Fruits and vegetables vary by season and location, but a succulent cut of meat is typically included in every meal. Finding quality, affordable, local selections quickly can be tough and time-consuming. Due to the fact that meat is a high-ticket item, customers typically comparison shop weekly. Large grocery chains often use meat sales as “loss prevention,” offering discounts to attract buyers who will then also purchase more expensive basic items during a visit. Even though it may seem cost effective to buy bulk packs for a family, there is less actual meat per pound because cuts are often tumbled with water and preservatives to prolong freshness. While this may not always affect taste, there is no substitute for the texture and flavor of fresh meat acquired from a local farmer’s market or butcher shop. Nestled beside the Kingsman Que and Brew restaurant on Main Street, The Royal Butcher, co-owned by Chef Henry Griffin, has a wonderful selection of premium, locally sourced meats for your family. Trained under the apprenticeship of renowned Chef Fulvio Valsecchi, Henry’s fresh cut meats are personally picked, cleaned, cut, and prepared for presentation and sale. Being part owner of both the Lexington Kingsman and the Cayce Kingsman, as well as Ristorante Divino Italian Restaurant on Gervais Street in the Vista, allows his expertise to flourish. The shop supplies beef, poultry, lamb, pork, and seafood to the surrounding area.

Fresh and Healthy Choices Prices are competitive at The Royal Butcher because meats are cut “in house,” made to order, with minimal waste. Have you ever compared the color of ground beef at a local grocery chain to the ground beef at the butcher shop? The butcher shop beef will be a darker 18 | LEXINGTON LIFE | September 2019

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red because it is fresher. No freezer and no mass production means the absence of additives, chemicals, and fillers as well as better feed for livestock and more humane slaughter, naturally yielding higher-quality meat. “Our meats are the freshest available and sell quickly, within one to three days,” remarks Henry. Customers have come to trust and appreciate his experience and opinion and drop by for ideas when they are looking to try something different or need a recipe. There is also a special feature if you decide to eat at the Kingsman restaurant in Lexington: “Select and pay for your meal from the butcher shop, walk a few steps over to the Kingsman, and enjoy an alcoholic beverage while your food is prepared for only $8.99 in addition to the cost of the meal.” A perfect outing!

Unique Items, Custom Orders, and Pig Picking A butcher never buys in the same volume as a chain store, even if he is purchasing from the same vendor. Henry’s frequent, specific purchases of livestock and fish, instead of large, generic bulk orders ensure unique, delicate cuts that are personally inspected and handled so that each piece meets requirements for sale. Requests for special selections of ground beef can be accommodated using fat ratios from different types of meats to reach desired taste. The Royal Butcher also carries difficult-to-find pieces such as beef tongue, chicken feet, pork skins, turkey wings, and drumsticks, along with homemade beef jerky, sausage, and pork hash and several traditional dishes prepared using Henry’s grandmother’s recipes such as potato salad, pimento cheese, and lexingtonlife.com

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macaroni. Fresh bones are also frequently available to season soups or make bone broth, and whole hogs can be delivered for pig picking and retrieved after the event. With such an extensive selection of meats, options for catering, local products, and friendly service, there is something for everyone at the Royal Butcher.

Personal Service, Quality, and Expertise Quality and satisfaction are of utmost importance at The Royal Butcher; within each piece of meat is the pride of the shop, and each visitor’s experience is important. If a customer is not sure what foods are suitable for an event, Henry or one of his knowledgeable staff members will offer suggestions, explain how the selection is best prepared, allow custom choice of cuts in the amount that is required (instead of a buying a four pack when you only need two,) and personally wrap each piece. You are not only making a purchase, you are developing a relationship when you shop at The Royal Butcher. “I have had some of the same customers as long as our doors have been open and look forward to seeing them each week,” says Henry. “I’m a local guy, and I know what they like and try to keep those items in stock.”

cussion. The shop also offers a variety of regionally sourced chicken, turkey, and duck for the finest selection, guarantee-

“I have had some of the same customers as long as our doors have been open and look forward to seeing them each week.” Excellence begins with the right breed, and The Royal Butcher is one of only a handful of butcher shops in the area that holds a Certified Angus Beef (CAB) license, sourcing the upper 2% of cuts from the top tier of USDA top-choice, prime, and grass-fed beef. Dry-aged, high-grade meats are cured in a walk-in humidity and temperature-controlled refrigerated room, allowing slow dehydration causing flavor to be highly concentrated. “One of our most popular items is the fresh trimmed Tomahawk beef steak – the large bone represents a single-handed axe,” says Henry. It will definitely make an amazing presentation and table dis-

ing a quality product from farm to table. If a particular item is not in stock, an order will be placed and received within a few days. As we become more aware of the environmental effects of industrial farming and the health benefits of eating more fresh, whole foods, you can be an important part of sustaining the local economy and community when you shop at small, individually owned businesses such as The Royal Butcher. For current specials and available items visit its Facebook page or drop by and see Henry. Make your next meat purchase a culinary experience instead of a routine errand. n

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The River Bluff Gators had a good season in 2018, going 9-2 and making the second round of the playoffs before falling to the Berkley Stags. Coach Blair Hardin says that playing more disciplined football and hitting all the right win totals are the team’s main goals this season. “Our football goals for this year include getting no ejections during games,” Coach Hardin says, stressing the need for keeping their cool in game situations. He’s also looking to win against all of their fellow Lexington District One schools nearby, including Lexington and White Knoll, and also winning Region 5 and getting back to make another playoff run. The Gators will bring some winning senior experience to the field this season on both sides of the ball. On the offensive line, watch for senior lineman A.J. Farchione. In the offensive backfield, senior running back Braden Walker is poised for a big year, as is wide receiver Tyson Trottier. On defense, senior Lindan Colter will anchor the defensive line while senior linebacker Adam Molnar and junior linebacker Preston Sansone mix things up. Also watch for senior defensive back Drew Beard to be a key playmaker. The Gators will keep opponents guessing with a spread option system on offense, allowing for flexibility and adapting to different looks on the other side of the ball. For defense, they’ll stick to the basics and rely on a 3-4 defense to contain opposing offenses. Coach Hardin is a true believer when it comes to high school football and its benefits to the players and the community. “High school football is an incredible game that brings so many different people together,” He says. “We live in a great community and we want our community proud of the product that we put on the field, and how we conduct ourselves off the field as well.” lexingtonlife.com

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The Lexington Wildcats varsity football team had an uneven 2018 season, going 6-5 and ending the year on a heartbreaking first-round playoff loss to Carolina Forest that went to overtime. Coach Perry Woolbright, in his third year as head coach and athletic director at Lexington, says the team is looking to get back to the basics and become a more consistent team throughout the season. “Our goals for this season are to go out and compete each week, and make a run in the playoffs,” he says. The team will employ some classic gridiron strategy this year, running a spread offense and a 4-3 defense, both of which will take advantage of the experienced players on each side of the ball. On offense, the impact players will include a trio of seniors who Wildcats fans are very familiar with: senior running back Taylor Mathias, senior running back Ahmad Bynem-Scott, and senior wide receiver Tristan Allen. On defense, Tristan Allen doubles as a highly effective defensive back, and senior linebacker David Cromer will be a force at the line. Also, watch for senior linebacker Levi Gulasa to contribute as well. Coach Woolbright is appreciative of the support the Wildcats’ program receives from the students and the Lexington community. “Community support in high school athletics can make a big impact on a program,” he says. “When there is a big crowd at each game of people from the community cheering on a team, it can really motivate players and it makes for a great football environment.” Personally, Woolbright has goals beyond the wins and losses that come with football. “I think it is very important to coach at the high school level,” he says. “You have a great impact on young men and can affect their lives positively and really make a difference.” September 2019 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 35


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In the school’s 20th year, the White Knoll Timberwolves under head coach Dean Howell are searching for success and consistency lacking in last season’s 4-6 campaign. “Our goal will be to continue to improve on a daily basis,” Howell says. “We want to give ourselves a chance to win each and every Friday night.” He’ll have some experience on both sides of the ball to lead the team in that quest, chief among them returning quarterback Aveon Smith, who notched 1300 passing yards, 1100 rushing, and 28 TDs in 2018. The line will solidify around left tackle Nick Taiste, who started every game the past two seasons. The depth in the backfield is greatly improved, with junior receivers Darius Derrick-Jones and Kennedy Ramsey joining senior wide receiver Stephen Wilburn and senior running back Murray Newell to provide some major scoring potential. On defense, watch for outside linebacker JaJuan Johnson to anchor a linebacker crew that returns senior Jaylan Johnson and Michael Lorick while adding sophomore Jaquez Frederick and junior Cam Rogers. Nose tackle Shelton Bibbs holds down the defensive front at an imposing 355 lbs., with juniors Carlos Richardson and Ty Shealy alongside. The secondary will feature a new slate of faces, but Howell promises much improvement in that area overall. The Timberwolves have been a balanced offensive team in recent years, working out of the spread offense and utilizing an occasional H-back; on defense they’re as traditional as it gets with a standard 3-4 setup that promises results from sticking to the basics. Howell says more community support is always welcome for the program. “We’re still trying to develop a real sense of community here,” he says. “Even at 20 years old, there hasn’t been an influx of second generation students, something that creates tradition and fosters that community pride. Until then, we’ll continue to compete our tails off for the community and give them a program they can be proud of.” lexingtonlife.com

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The Northside Christian Crusaders football program experimented with an 11man roster in 2018 but made the decision to drop back to their previous 8-man program after posting a 1-8 SCISA record in coach Stacy Bell’s second year with the new program. Going into his third season, Bell is looking for improvement. “The goal in adjusting the size of the team is to control our growth,” Bell says. “The game is the same no matter how many players you have on the field.” He’ll have some players returning with experience this year as the program continues to grow. On offense, look for junior wide receiver Charlie Compton, slot receiver Braden Ross, and quarterback Max McKenna to make some plays, with lineman Brandon Trewhella opening up holes down front. Defensively, he’ll have Andrew Walke leading a group of newcomers including Ethan Whitehead and Jacob Spangler. Small teams like the Crusaders utilize position players on both sides of the ball, a common practice that Bell says helps both the players and the team. “When you’re a kid playing football, you want to play and not stand on the sideline,” He notes. “We always teach our players both an offensive and a defensive position, it helps the team’s depth and flexibility.” The Crusaders will utilize a spread offense to increase scoring opportunities, Bell says. “We want to get our players the ball and try to create mismatches down the field.” On defense they’ll run an attacking style with three men on the line. In his third year at Northside, Coach Bell couldn’t be happier with the situation he and the team are in, he says. “I have the best job in the world, with great support from the Northside community, the administration and assistant coaches Greg Cauthen, Seth Smalls, Andy Walke, and Angelo Anderson,” He says. “With their help, we are trying to get these young men not to just be better football players, but to get them ready for a successful life.” September 2019 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 39


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The Gilbert Indians notched a respectable 7-4 season in 2018, playing until a second round playoff loss in Bluffton to May River. They won against all of their local rivals, from Pelion and Airport to Swansea and BatesburgLeesville, something head coach Chad Leaphart wants to accomplish again this year. “Our goals are to beat our rivals, compete for a region championship, and be the best team we can be,” Leaphart says. To reach those marks, the Indians will have the advantage of returning nine offensive starters including quarterback Jy Tolen. Matt Reed and Deandre Harris, the top two leading receivers from the 2018 squad, return with the promise of being even bigger playmakers. Jack Leaphart returns on the offensive line after starting every game last year, making him a natural choice to lead in the trenches. On defense, look for Jaylan Pittman to lead from his defensive line position. Drew Howell was one of the team’s leading tacklers last year, he’ll return at middle linebacker to anchor the defense. Deandre Cook at outside linebacker has had a great spring and summer, according to his coaches, and John Stewart will return in the secondary. The Indians will mix up the usual formations while using a spread offense, Leaphart says. “We do run the spread, but also utilize tight ends and multiple formations,” he says. “We will also be a no-huddle, fast tempo team and try to balance the play calling between runs and pass plays.” Defensively they’ll also employ multiple looks, from a 4-2-5 into a more traditional 3-4. “Our goal on defense is to create confusion for the offense and put our guys in position to make plays,” He says. As a coach, Leaphart appreciates the football spirit in Gilbert and what it means to the program. “Coaching at the high school level is great because of the impact you are able to make on young people, and it’s important to the community as well--especially here in Gilbert,” He says. “The whole town loves coming to the games on Friday nights and it makes for an electric atmosphere when the Indians play at home, because the team is one of those things the whole community can rally around regardless of differences; it truly brings people together.” lexingtonlife.com

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Do you have to be a certain age in order to set a goal, live a dream, or fulfill a mission? Kael Christian Wildemann, an eight-year-old boy from South Africa, will happily tell you that you’re never too young to set a big goal. Even if life gets in the way of your original goal, as it did with Kael, don’t give up: You just need to adjust your plan so that it is attainable again. By the time Kael and his parents immigrated from South Africa to Irmo, South Carolina, in 2017, six-year-old Kael already had an ambitious goal: He wanted to be the youngest person to visit all seven continents by the age of seven. His “7 by 7” goal seemed realistic because he had traveled to five continents by the time he was only four years old.

“Travel Is the University of Life” A love of travel and adventure runs in Kael’s family. In the late 1800s, Oma Donian, Kael’s great-great grandmother ran away from her home in Germany when she was 18 and boarded a sailing ship bound for South Africa. “We blame Kael’s love of adventure and travel on her,” Mrs. Wildemann laughs. “Oma Donian used to say that ‘travel is the university of life.’”

The Student of Travel Spreads His Wings Kael’s life as a world traveler began in February 2012 before his first birthday when he and his parents flew from Johannesburg to Cape Town, South Africa. It was his first trip on an airplane. A few months later, the family traveled to Australia and the nearby island nation of New Zealand. Kyle’s most exciting memory of the trip was swimming in the Great Barrier Reef, an ecosystem so large it’s visible from outer space. In July 2012, the family traveled to the United States for a family reunion in Maine. Later that month, they traveled to London, England. Two months later, they visited his grandfather in Emden, Germany. Back home in South Africa in 2013, two-year-old Kael went on his first safari at Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s largest game reserves. The size of Rhode Island, the wildlife park features “the Big 5”— lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalos. It’s no surprise that Kruger Park is Kael’s favorite place in the world. In November 2015, four-year-old Kael and his family visited Doha, Qatar, on the Arabian Peninsula. Doha is recoglexingtonlife.com


ur Dream nized as one of the Seven New Wonder Cities in the World and is known for its cultural heritage and remarkable modern buildings. Later that month, the family continued on to India. Kael caused quite a sensation just walking down the street because of his blonde hair and blue eyes, a rare sight in India. “Every few yards, curious adults and school children stopped us so they could take pictures with Kael,” says Mrs. Wildemann. “We were happy to oblige. It was like traveling with a rock star!”

Five Continents in Three Years Traveling to five continents in three years was not part of a master plan, Kael’s mother says. “It happened quite by accident and mostly entailed visiting grandparents in far-flung places.” While in India, Kael had a “Eureka!” moment. Excited and passionate, he announced that he wanted to be the youngest person to visit all seven continents by the time he turned seven. His parents were surprised but whole-heartedly supported his passion. To follow his dream, Kael would have to travel to both South America and Antarctica before his eighth birthday in February 2019. It was time to get busy and make it happen. Appeals to the Media Kael wrote to National Geographic Expeditions and asked it to help him get to Antarctica to achieve his “7 by 7” goal. His appeal captured the attention of the organization’s CEO, but sadly they had no plans to go to the continent soon enough to help Kael. Kael then had the idea of asking colexingtonlife.com

median and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres for help. “She knows important people who can help me go to Antarctica,” Kael says. His parents didn’t know how he came up with the idea since they don’t have a television in their home. Kael’s school district, Lexington 5, learned about his goal, interviewed him, and produced a video about him, which is featured on the school district’s website. South America In December 2018, Kael and his parents flew to Peru for the Christmas holidays. They visited Machu Picchu, a fifteenth-century citadel of the Incan Empire 8,000 feet high in the Andes Mountains. Kael noticed that the mountain roads and paths were narrow, steep, and scary. He wondered why there were no railings for safety. They flew over the mysterious Nazca lines, the giant geoglyphs etched in the ground 2,000 years ago near Lima, Peru. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Nazca lines continue to be an enormous puzzle that researchers can’t seem to solve. Before leaving Peru, the family visited the man-made floating islands of Lake Titicaca as well as Colca Canyon, one of the world’s deepest river canyons and home to the Andean condor, the world’s largest flying bird.

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“My son Kael has the soul and curiosity of an adventurer. It’s a privilege to travel with him and see the world through his eyes. Everything around us becomes an education. He noticed widespread poverty in India and Peru and was very sad watching little children beg for money. He says to me, ‘I’m so lucky I’m not poor.’ When your child sees something that inspires him, kindle that flame. It’s our role as parents.” Andrea Plummer Wildemann, Kael’s Mother

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Deadline to submit votes is November 15, 2019. Winners will be announced in our January 2020 issue. Thank you for nominating me Best Criminal Defense Attorney

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Thank You Lexington for Nominating us Best Ambulance Service An Advanced Life Support Paramedic Ambulance Service • GPS Tracking of all ambulances • All employees are Certified  Emergency Vehicle Operators - CEVO 4 We transport: hospital discharges, nursing home transfers, dialysis patients, and more.

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Thanks for nominating us Best Children's Dentist for 2020! 253 Cedarcrest Drive | Lexington, SC 29072 803-951-7337 | midlandspediatricdentistry.com

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Thank you for nominaang us for Best Glass Store! Your One Stop Shop for all Your Glass Needs

CAUGHMAN HARMAN Funeral Home Lexington Chapel • 503 N. Lake Drive, Lexington

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951-7200 Thanks for nominating us best happy hour!

Thank you for Nominating us for Best Wait Staff and Best Happy Hour Happy Hour: Everyday from 4-7 pm. • Karaoke: Every Thursday Night New menu items added • Open for lunch and dinner

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Best Hair Stylist: Angie Harmon Williams, Palmetto Roots • Ashley Barfield, Dye Hard Barber & Beauty • Casey Dent, Studio M2/SOLA Best Happy Hour: Goodfellas Grill & Bar • O’Hara’s Public House • The Casual Pint Best Hardware Store: Lexington True Value Hardware • Lowe’s Home Improvement • Tractor Supply Co. Best Healthy Eating Restaurant: Clean Eatz Lexington • Poke Bros. • Roly Poly Best Heating & Air Company: All American Heating & Air • Cool Care Heating & Air • Quality Plus Heating & AC Best Home Builder: Essex Homes • Great Southern Homes • Mungo Homes Best Home Care: McLeod Home Care • Senior Matters • Solutions for Living at Home Best Hospice Care: Comfort Care Hospice • Heartstrings Hospice • Regency Southern Care Best Hotel: Comfort Suites • Hampton Inn • Wingate by Wyndham Best Ice Cream: Cold Stone Creamery • Cook Out • Menchie’s Best Insurance- Auto: John Barrier, Allstate • Hal Girard, State Farm • Scott Amick, State Farm Best Insurance- Home Owners: Denise Thomas, State Farm • Ernie Yarborough, Yarborough Insurance • Larry Hutto, State Farm Best Insurance- Life: Farm Bureau, Lexington • Hal Girard, State Farm • Misty Stathos, State Farm Best Insurance Agent: Ernie Yarborough, Yarborough Insurance • Hal Girard, State Farm • Misty Stathos, State Farm Best Interior Design Company: Chris Metz Interiors • Linda Burnside Interiors • M Gallery Best Internet Service Provider: AT&T • Comporium • Spectrum

Thank you for all Your Nominations For All Your Insurance Needs and Lower Rates 

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Thank your for nominating me Best Home Owners Insurance! LARRY HUTTO, AGENT 5219 Augusta Rd, Lexington, SC 29072 • Phone: 803-957-0707 larry@larryhutto.net • www.larryhutto.net  

Thank you for Nominating me! Thanks for Voting Misty Stathos State Farm Best Life Insurance and Best Agent! 1207 N Lake Drive , Lexington SC 29072 www. stratosagency .com

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Best Investment Firm: Crescent Financial Group • David Wealth Managing Group of Stratos • Stratos Wealth Partners Best Italian Restaurant: Alodia’s Cucina Italiana • Papa Gio’s Pizzeria • Travinia Italian Kitchen Best Jewelry Store: Moseley’s Diamond Showcase • Sandler’s Diamonds & Time • The Chapman Company Fine Jewelers Best Kid Friendly Restaurant: Moe’s • Salsarita’s • Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill Best Kid’s Meal Deal: McAlister’s • Mod Pizza • O’Charley’s Best Landscaping Company: Precision Landscaping • Saluda Hill Landscapes • Shull Landscaping Best Learning Center: Kumon • Lexington Tutoring Academy • Mathnasium Best Manicure & Pedicure: Bella Nails • Blush Nails & Spa • Onyx Nails Best Manufactured Housing Company: Clayton Homes • HomeMax Manufactured Homes • Lexington Discount Homes Best Marina Gas Prices: Big Man’s Marina • Jake’s Landing • Southshore Marina Best Massage: Massage Envy • Old Mill Chiropractic • SOMA Bodywork & Massage Best Meat Store: Caughman’s Meat’n Place • Ole Timey Meat Market • The Royal Butcher Best Medical Spa: Metabolic Medical Center & Spa • SU Wellness & Aesthetics • You and Improved Aesthetics Best Men’s Clothing Store: BP Skinner Clothiers • Craig Reagin Clothiers • Joseph A. Banks Clothiers Best Mexican Restaurant: Brothers and Beer • El Jimador • San Jose

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Best Microbrewery-Local: Krafty Draft • Old Mill Brewpub • Steel Hands Brewery Best Milkshake: Cook Out • Hwy 55 • Rush’s Best Mortgage Company: Guild Mortgage • Lexington Mortgage • Midland Mortgage Best Mosquito Treatment: Mosquito Joe • Mosquito Squad • Terminix Best Music School: Bryan’s Music • Freeway Music • Lexington School of Music Best OB/GYN: Dr. Elizabeth Lambert, Carolina Women’s Physicians • Dr. James Estes, Lexington Women’s Care • Dr. Janice Bacon, Lexington Women’s Care Best Oil Change: Christian Brothers • Cox Tire • Take 5 Oil Change Best Oncologist: Lexington Oncology • SC Oncology Associates • Southern Surgical Group Best Ophthalmologist: Dr. Mark Keisler, Palmetto Ophthalmology Associates • Dr. Walt Bogart, Carolina Eye Center • Dr. Garner Wild, Columbia Eye Clinic Best Optometrist: Envision Family Eye Care • Eye Care of Lexington • Palmetto Retinal Center Best Orthodontist: Davis Orthodontics • The Braces Place • Whitehead Orthodontics Best Orthopaedic: Dr. David Kingery, Lexington Orthopaedics • Dr. Jeffrey Guy, Prisma Health • Dr. David Lee, Southeastern Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Best Park: Gibson Pond Park • Saluda Shoals Park • Virginia Hylton Park Best Pediatric Practice: Lexington Pediatrics • Palmetto Pediatrics • SouthernMED Pediatrics Best Personal Trainer: Amanda Caughman, Perfect Fit • Chris Jenkins, Lexington Fit Body Boot Camp • Jason Brunson, Athlete’s Arena

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Classic Italian Food & Pizza Dine In or Take Out Newly Expanded Dining Area  Sundays: 2:30–7:00 pm Mondays : 4:00–8:00 pm Tues–Thurs: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm Fri and Sat: 11:00 am–9:00 pm

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Best Pet Groomer: Kristi’s Fancy K-9 • Lads and Lassies • Lexington Pet Lodge Best Pet Hospital: Cherokee Trail Veterinary Hospital • Grace Animal Hospital and Pet Lodge • Millcreek Animal Hospital Best Pet Kennel & Boarding Facility: Grace Animal Hospital & Pet Lodge • Lexington Pet Lodge • Sutton’s Southern Pet Retreat Best Pharmacy- Local: Long’s Drugs • Medicine Mart of Lexington • South Lake Drug Best Physical Therapy Practice: Carolina Physical Therapy • Drayer Physical Therapy Institute • FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers Best Pizza: Pizza Kovachi • Nicky’s Pizzeria • Clara & Ray’s Ristorante Italiano Best Place for a Birthday Party: Fox Farm • Menchie’s • Palmetto Athletic Center Best Place to Buy a Boat: Captain’s Choice Marine • Mid-Carolina Marine • Mountain Top Marine Best Place to Buy a Car (New): Fred Anderson Toyota • Herndon Chevrolet • Jim Hudson Ford Best Place to Buy a Car (Used): Herndon Chevrolet • R E Auto Sales • Hudson Brothers Best Place to Buy a Pool: Pete Alewine Pool & Spa • Jack Oliver’s Pool & Spa • S & S Pools Best Place to Buy an RV: Camping World of Columbia • John’s RV Best Place to Buy Eyeglasses: Columbia Eye Clinic • Eye Associates of Lexington • Sansbury Eye Center Best Place to Buy Hardwood Floors: The Flooring Department • Carpet One • Floor Boys Place to Buy Bath or Kitchen Fixtures: Ferguson Plumbing Supply • Gateway Supply Co. • The Nest Best Place to Buy Organic Products: 14 Carrot Whole Foods • Garner’s Natural Life • Lowe’s Whole Foods

Thanks for nominating us Best Veterinarian, Best Boarding and Best Pet Hospital Located near Lexington High School www.gracepets.com 803-808-PETS 147 Charter Oak Rd, Lexington

Thank You for Nominating us Best Place to Buy Organic Products

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Thank you for nominating us! COME SEE OUR NEW BOARDING FACILITY! 109 Palmetto Park Blvd, Lexington, SC 29072 (803) 359-6611 • www.cherokeetrail.net

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Best Place to Buy Outdoor Furniture: Carolina Pottery • Casual Living • Lowe’s Home Improvement Best Place to Buy Pageant Apparel: Bridal Haven • Crown Jewell • Dazzles Best Place to Buy Paint: E.D.’s Interiors • Lexington Paint and Flooring • Sherwin-Williams Best Place to Buy Tires: County Tire of Lexington • Discount Tire • Mavis Tire Best Place to Buy Window Treatments/Coverings: Accent Blinds and Shutters • E.D.’s Interiors • Sun Shades & Graphics Best Place to Buy Windows: Century Glass • Champion Windows • Pella Windows Best Place to Sell Gold: Gilbert Coin and Collectible Exchange • Golden Eagle Precious Metals Exchange • SC Treasure Exchange Best Place to Work Manufacturing/Industrial: Michelin • Nephron • Zeus Best Place to Buy Propane: AmeriGas Propane • Palmetto Propane • Southern Flame Propane Best Plumber: Freedom Plumbing • Kay Plumbing Services • Stormy Plumbing Best Pressure Washing Company: Blue Stream Pressure Washing • Pro South Pressure Washing • Trey Mathias Pressure Washing Best Private School: Ben Lippen School • Heritage Christian Academy • Northside Christian Academy Best Produce: Clayton Rawl Farms • Senn Brothers • Walter P. Rawl & Sons Best Property Management: Rogers Property Management • Scott Properties of the Midlands • Wood Realty Best Real Estate Agent: April Stroud, Resource Realty Group • Jason Compton, Coldwell Banker • Laura Reid, RE/MAX Purpose Driven Best Real Estate Company: Fathom Realty • RE/MAX Purpose Driven • Resource Realty Group (RRG)

April Stroud Your Honest, Reliable & Hardworking Agent

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We are grateful and honored to be nominated for the Best Real Estate Company. Please vote for us and we will continue saving homeowners thousands of dollars in commission! Dustin Johns | 803.513.4247 | Dustin@ResourceColumbia.com Tara Price | 803.606.4284 | Tara@ResourceColumbia.com

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Best Travel Agency: Cruise Planners - Melanie Scarborough • Direct Accommodations • Travel Leaders Best Tree Removal: Dunlap’s Tree Service • Mike’s Tree Service • Wise Choice Lawn & Tree Services Best Unique Gift Shop: Blush Boutique & Home • Just for You by Lu • Tera’s Merle Norman Best Upholstery Company: Hot Rod’s Upholstery • Kathy Foster Marine & Home Upholstery • Wicked Stitches Upholstery Best Urgent Care: Doctors Care • Lexington Medical Center • Veritas Health Group Best Urology: Capital Urology • Carolina Urology Partners • Lexington Urology Associates Best Veterinarian: Cherokee Trail Veterinary Hospital • Grace Animal Hospital & Pet Lodge • Millcreek Animal Hospital Best Wait Staff: Goodfellas Grill and Bar • O’Hara’s Public House • Travinia Italian Kitchen Best Wedding Venue: Cinnamon Hill House • Corley Mill House • Twelve Oak Estate Best Weight Loss Program: Balance Medical & Day Spa • Carolina Bariatric Medical Clinic • Medi Weight Loss Best Wine Selection: Green’s • Lexington Beverage Outlet • Sam’s Wine & Spirits Best Wings: Blaney’s Wings & Grill • Moonshiners Bar and Grill • Wings & Ale Best Women’s Clothing: Aiden Lane • Blossom Boutique • The Auburn Mermaid Best Women’s Gym: Body Shop Athletics • Burn Boot Camp • Fit Body Boot Camp Best Yoga Instruction: Fit Columbia • Pink Lotus Yoga Center • Two Turtles Yoga

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LOCALLY OWNED. CONVENIENT,QUICK AND AFFORDABLE Most insurance groups accepted Medicare, Medicaid ,VA Authorized  Urgent Care provider

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S o t u a e t r h G e r e h n T

o i s o l p x E by Robin Howard

Around 2008 something strange happened in South Carolina: People started drinking less beer. Don’t panic. They started drinking better beer so it made sense to drink less of it. Quaint breweries and tasting rooms had been popping up in California and Oregon since the 1980s. But between 2008 and 2016, breweries increased six fold across the country. The American Craft Beer Explosion was upon us.

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Now, if you happened to be a beer lover in South Carolina you were out of luck. Ten years ago it was illegal in the Palmetto state to sell beer with alcohol content higher than 5%. That left Southern cervezaphiles stuck with a handful of options such as Coors Light, Budweiser, Miller, and Michelob. As southern beer aficionados traveled and vacationed in other states they discovered a whole new world of innovative beer that was being barrel-aged, over-hopped, and generally designed to be more flavorful – or at least more inlexingtonlife.com


on teresting. Many found they were ruined for mass-produced light beer by the likes of pioneers such as Sierra Nevada in California, Goose Island in Chicago, and Three Floyds in Indiana. All those flavorful stouts, porters, and brown ales went so well with oysters and shrimp that demand for out-of-state microbrews skyrocketed. Once across state lines, beerophiles packed their trunks and suitcases full of craft beer to horde or share with friends back home. In part, that’s how the American craft beer epidemic spread to South Carolina. lexingtonlife.com

If there was a Typhoid Mary of Microbrew in our state, it was two Charlestonians named Ed and Louis. Fresh off a windsurfing beercation in Oregon, these two brave souls decided to have a go at opening a microbrewery in the Holy City. They knew it wouldn’t be easy; South Carolina’s infamous restrictions on the sale and distribution of alcohol hadn’t been updated since the 1970’s. However, in 1993 Palmetto Brewery became the first licensed brewery in South Carolina since the fall of Prohibition. Palmetto is now the largest brewery in the state.

Then, in 1997 RJ Rockers Brewing Company opened in Spartanburg, followed by Thomas Creek Brewing Company in Greenville in 1998. These three pioneers created the necessary cracks in the legislative dam, and in 2007 lawmakers finally passed the Pop Cap Law (spearheaded by Coast Brewing Company in North Charleston) that allowed breweries to make higher alcohol beer. “South Carolina was the joke of the craft beer movement only having five breweries at that time,” says John Clinger, owner of Old Mill Brew Pub in LexSeptember 2019 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 65


ington. “Impacted by the fact they could only produce beer at 5% alcohol by volume there was no way they would be taken seriously. Fortunately, the “Pop the Cap” movement addressed and changed that.” In 2010 the Tour and Taste Bill passed, allowing brewery visitors to sample up to a pint of beer and take home one case. Encouraged by the progress, Conquest Brewing in Columbia opened its doors. In 2013, the Pint Law passed, increasing the “samples” to up to three pints. In 2014, in an effort to lure the iconic Stone Brewery from California to South Carolina, the Stone Law passed, eliminating consumption limits. Today there are 82 craft or microbrewers in South Carolina. Though most of us use the terms interchangeably, there is a difference. A microbrewery is classified by a barrel production limit of 15,000 per year (about 3,720,000 pints) and 75% of it must be sold outside the brewery. A craft brewery produces no more than 2 million gallons of beer a year (about 16,000,000 pints), and must contain 50% traditional malt instead of oats, barley, or wheat. Breweries in South Carolina have a $650 million impact on the economy and provide more than 1,000 jobs. They’re not making swill, either. Last year at the Great American Beer Festival, in a field of 8,664 entries, seven awards went to South Carolina breweries, including the Birds Fly South Ale Project in Greenville, River Dog Brewing

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in Bluffton, Revelry Brewing Company and Munkle Brewing in Charleston, and Low Tide Brewing on John’s Island. Competing at the state level for the first time at the first annual SC Beer Awards, local brewers entered 240 beers in sixty categories. Let’s talk about those sixty categories: Technically there are only two types of beer: ale and lager (though some will argue there are a few more.) The style, or category in beer contests, describes its characteristics and origin. Within those styles there are over 100 official styles of beer. A style defines the aroma, body, flavor and finish. A style is usually an old-world classic with a new-world spin. A style can be simple, such as Scottish Wee Heavy ale, or can have a more complex history, such as an American-Style India Pale Ale. If you really want to be able to hold your own during beer history and classification arguments at your local brewery, pick up a copy of Michael James Jackson’s The World Guide to Beer. What’s the most popular style in the south? “Although IPA’s (India Pale Ale) still are the predominant style that most craft beer drinkers gravitate toward, many will adjust there palettes to any seasonal or unique style available at the time,” Clinger says. What’s interesting about craft and microbrews in the South, particularly in South Carolina, is we’re producing and drinking international-style beers such as Belgian-style Saisons, but we’re put-

ting our own spin on them. I like to think of these brews as ambassadors for our cultural terroir, if you will. For example, Coast Brewing Company makes Bulls Bay Oyster Stout with local oysters and shells. It is delightfully briny, and just vaguely reminiscent of Lowcountry salt air and marsh. They can barely keep it in stock. Continuing on the barrier island theme, Common House Aleworks brews an award-winning Gose style beer made with locally produced salt from Bulls Bay Saltworks. In Lexington, Angry Fish Brewing Company brews Big Gap Honey Pecan Porter made bourbon-soaked pecans. With South Carolina’s love of good food and drinks, and our cult-like devotion to buying local, small-batch brewers have found fertile ground for exploring the intersections of traditional brewing techniques and contemporary, regional flavors. To that, we say “cheers”. n

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RECYCLING IN LE For years, environmentally conscious individuals have been attempting to push the public toward recycling. Whether it was guilt driven by sad photos of polar bears on melting ice caps, awareness from videos of turtles victimized by plastic straws or simply educational efforts put in place by local government, something has changed in the minds and practices of the public when it comes to protecting Mother Earth. People are finally making efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste. According to Traude Sander, the Recyby Chelsie Kelly cling Coordinator for Lexington County Solid Waste Management, “Recycling is alive and well in Lexington County.� The Solid Waste Department operates

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EXINGTON: 11 collection and recycling centers, where over 26 types of materials are collected to be recycled, including, but not limited to, cardboard, glass, tires, electronics, and porcelain. In fact, Lexington County was recognized as being the only county in the state to meet both waste reduction and recycling goals for fiscal year 2018, and the county with the highest recycling rate by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. This is the second time that Lexington County has met both of SCDHEC’s waste reduction and recycling goals, the first was in 2014. Additionally, Lexington County not only met but exceeded SCDHEC’s goal to recycle at least 40% of the municipal solid waste disposed of by 2020; Lexington lexingtonlife.com

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and expensive part of the process, and, if done incorrectly,” explains Sander, “errors result in damage to equipment, preventing the right materials from being recycled, and we incur expensive repairs.” This begs the question: What is the right way to recycle? The materials placed in curbside bins are sorted by machines at Sonoco Recycling in Columbia, SC, and it is important to follow the rules for recycling. Due to the way machines sort recyclable materials, it is critical that residents flatten cardboard and paper but do not flatten cans and bottles. When it comes to plastic containers, remember this simple motto: “If it screws on, leave it on, but if it pops off, take it off; if something fits in the palm of your hand, trash it.” Due to the fact that glass bottles and jars are crushed and fall through holes in sorting grates, small items that fit into the palm of your hand should never be put in curbside bins, as they will fall through openings and contaminate the glass. Sorting machines automatically recognize flat items to be cardboard or paper, which is why items such as flat metal or plastic pop-off lids should not be included in curbside bins, as they will contaminate the paper and reduce its value. The recyclable materials are baled and sold to companies that transform them into new products. While miniscule amounts of contamination are acceptable, large amounts of contamination caused by placing nonrecyclable items in curbside bins cause huge problems and increase costs for everyone at each level, all the way down to residents. Even with the abundance of available information about the do’s and don’ts of recycling, it can still be difficult to ascertain if certain items are recyclable. Therefore, the Solid Waste Department has created a simple phrase,

“We encourage people to reduce, reuse, and then to recycle, but when they recycle, it is crucial that they do it correctly.” tions may not be enough. Sander makes a huge effort to inform the community there is a right and a wrong way to recycle and promotes the department’s motto: “Recycle More. Recycle Right.” “We encourage people to reduce, reuse, and then to recycle, but when they recycle, it is crucial that they do it correctly. Sorting is the most time-consuming

“When in doubt leave it out,” to help residents recycle more efficiently and responsibly. Sander encourages residents not to get frustrated, “You can be sure that, when you put the correct materials in a recycling container, they are being recycled, and you are making an important difference. You are creating jobs for people in the Midlands, saving landfill September 2019 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 77


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Do you sometimes feel low on energy? When lethargy takes hold, you’re less productive and positive than usual, searching for anything that will perk you up. Trying to accomplish ordinary tasks take longer than usual, and your heart is not in what you do. One of the best ways to escalate your energy level and keep it up is by changing your diet. Consuming the right foods can improve your vitality and mental awareness. Eat these five foods regularly, and your get-up-and-go will return. Coconut oil Including coconut oil in your diet will increase vitality. The medium-chain fatty acids within help you burn fat for energy fast. Other oils like canola have longer-chain acids that 80 | LEXINGTON LIFE | September 2019

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have to go through a lengthy process before increasing your oomph, making them less valuable when you want to shrink fatigue. To use coconut oil, add a tablespoon to a smoothie, cook with it, or even use it as a replacement for butter with jacket potatoes. Green leafy vegetables Vegetables like spinach, watercress, parsley, chard, mustard greens, and kale contain chlorophyll, which reduces acidity in the body, increases electrolytes for better cellular function, and enhances energy. You can include plenty of green leafy vegetables in your meals by adding them to smoothies, stews, and soups, or cooking them as side-dishes to go with your main meals.

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ergy-boosting snack. Alternatively, mix one tbsp of honey, a juiced lime, and two cups of water with two tbsp of chia seeds for a healthy drink. Beans Beans are terrific energy foods that satiate hunger. They provide vitality for a long time after you’ve eaten them and are an excellent source of fiber, protein, and carbohydrates. Pinto, kidney, flageolet, black, green, broad, and many other varieties work well in hotpots, stir-frys, and other hot or cold dishes. Sweet potatoes Packed with carbohydrates, magnesium, iron, potassium, and vitamins C and D, sweet potatoes might be a su-

perfood. They are slow energy burners, which makes them useful when you’re working out or need to be on the go all day. You can toss sweet potatoes into stews, curries, and soups. They are delicious when baked, roasted, sauteed, grilled, and mashed, and can also be mixed with chickpeas to make falafels or made into potato chips and eaten as healthy snacks. Rather than let lethargy reign, and make poor choices when you are feeling tired, reaching for an easy but deficient quick fix, revive yourself with natural, healthy foods. Make sure your diet is full of energy-giving whole foods, and you’ll experience heightened vitality, mental alertness and stamina to breeze through your busy day. n September 2019 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 81


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SHARPENING I first learned how to sharpen a little hatchet my Daddy had by watching him use his old grinding wheel. I still have the wheel in the barn. He sharpened lawn mower blades, hedge trimmers, loppers, and chisels. I got better over time at sharpening. I quickly learned that a sharp lawnmower blade did a better and easier job. I learned about sharpening knives. Then later on, woodworking taught me about hand-plane blades, more and different chisels, and marking knives. There is a geometry to cutting edges. It is interesting to see microscopic photos of sharp edges versus dull edges. If one looks straight at the cutting edge of a kitchen knife and sees a line reflecting light, one knows that edge is dull. The reflecting line is a microscopically flat edge. A sharp edge has no flat surface. One observation I’ve made over time is how an edge that’s just sitting around will become less sharp. It’s not dull, exactly. It’s just not as sharp as it could be. The air interacts with the metal, creates oxidation, and microscopic rust and contaminants eat away at the edge and create flat spots. Flat equals dull. We can also say misuse and lack of use causes dull spots. And we know, of course, that use causes an edge to become dull. But there’s an old saying: steel sharpens steel. Many of us have a “kitchen steel,” and 86 | LEXINGTON LIFE | September 2019

every butcher I’ve ever met had a steel he sharpened his knife on before cutting meat. We can say that one kind of use sharpens an edge, and another kind of use dulls the edge. I still sharpen blades. Every morning I sharpen my pocketknife, and I use that knife every day for something. I will often scrape a metal surface clean to make a good electrical connection. This is absolutely the wrong thing to do with a knife, but every mechanic I know uses a knife in this fashion and it works quite well. I strip wire, open boxes, dig out splinters, and cut open the bag of dog food with my knife. A knife is handy thing, but only if it’s sharp. Like many useful practices, the best way to keep a knife sharp is to sharpen it every day. A dull knife is more like a hammer than a knife, and a magnifying glass tells us why this is so. Every so often I run into a machine that is difficult to fix. I call them “stumpers.” I will always figure them out, but I have to work at it. I’ve been having a great conversation lately with a chemist who runs a soil lab. This man knows how to talk about soil. Our conversation is a brain stretcher of the first order. The difficult machines are a challenge, and gaining new knowledge is a challenge. I was relating these things to an old man I know. He said: “Well, young man, it’s good for you. Keeps your blades sharp.”. n

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