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PUBLISHER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Todd Shevchik toddshevchik@gmail.com

Summer is winding down and I appreciate you taking the time to read our little magazine. This month you will find many businesses listed in the magazine as nominees in our annual Best of Lexington Life Magazine competition. Running a small business is extremely hard work and many times there is no safety net if you make a mistake. I just want to say, “Thank you,” to all the businesses that choose to trust us with their marketing dollars. It has been truly crazy during this pandemic and being an entrepreneur means being a creative problem solver. Congratulations to all the businesses nominated for a job well done! This summer vacation we were in Garden City when I heard a young girl scream like crazy about 20 yards away from me. Soon I could see two fins moving past the girl and her father. I couldn’t believe my luck. I was in the ocean, chest deep, with my brother and my niece. The fin kept getting closer and quickly the shark was between us and the safety of the shoreline. My goal for vacation was to simply relax and recharge, yet in a cruel twist of fate, my brother and niece now hid behind me. Obviously, I was to be the first course. I decided I would swing down on the shark’s nose with all my might and hope God would spare us. The shark was about five feet long and by now the entire shoreline was watching and pointing. Fortunately, the shark didn’t seem to notice us as it swam past us ten yards away. Once we made it to safety, the shark finally got his bearing straight and headed back to deeper water. It was a quick reminder that life can change in a split second. Thanks for reading, Todd Shevchik

GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Jane Carter, Kim Curlee WEBSITE DESIGNER Paul Tomlinson

DIRECTOR OF SALES Donna Shevchik shev26@aol.com 803-518-8853

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Cam Soltysiak

EDITOR Kristi Antley lexlifeeditor@gmail.com

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jackie Perrone, Marcy Roberts, Marilyn Thomas, Natalie Szrajer, Brandon Watson, Candace Woods

EDITOR EMERITUS Allison Caldwell ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Tracy Tuten tracy.tuten@outlook.com 803-603-8187

STAFF PHOTO BY Clark Berry Photography

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contents Features

Columns

17 Best of Lexington Life Nominees 31 High School Football Preview 46 Cold Brew vs. Hot Coffee 48 Take the Struggle Out of Homework 52 Leadership Lexington 58 Burn Calories Without Working Out 62 Midlands Wedding Officiant

11 Faith Matters 71 David Clark

Departments 9 From the Publisher 10 Events 13 Lexington Leader 66 Spice of Life lexingtonlife.com

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SEPTEMBER

Sunday, September 12 Midlands Baby Expo Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St., Columbia, 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Your one-stop shop for the best products, services, and resources for expecting parents and families with children ages 5 & under! Free admission, door prizes and free activities including bounce houses, photo booth, Kelly’s Gym play zone (ages 1-5), henna tattoos, costume characters, baby bump & face painting and balloon twisting. The Midlands Family Food Truck Fest will be held downstairs during this event. Lots of fun free fun, vendors, and yummy food. Visit Eventbrite.com or the Midlands Baby Expo Facebook page for details and tickets. Friday, September 24th and Saturday, September 25th 47th Annual Irmo Okra Strut Festival Irmo Community Park, 7507 Eastview Dr., Irmo, Friday 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. The Irmo Okra Strut Festival is a free family-friendly public event hosted by Lexington Medical Center. (fees apply for rides and food). Live entertainment, hands on activities, music, dance, etc. The Night Time Music Series will begin at 6:00 p.m. each night. For schedule and details visit okrastrut.com. Thursday, October 13th-Sunday, October 24th S.C. State Fair S.C. State Fairgrounds, 1200 Rosewood Dr., Columbia, varying times Take the whole family out for fun, food, rides, a petting zoo and live entertainment and competitions! Visit SCStatefair.org for schedule and ticket information.

Thanks for nominating us Best Family Law Attorney Andrew B. Farley | Sabine S. Boulware 137 E Butler Street, Lexington, SC

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It’s TAILGATE TIME! WE’VE GOT YOUR BURGERS, HOT DOGS AND STEAKS! Thank you Lexington for Nominating us BEST MEAT STORE oletimeymeatmkt.com

Visit any of our Three Convenient Locations:

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Pastor Pat Riddle

St. Stephen’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 119 North Church Street 803-359-6562

Thanks for Nominating us for Best Veterinarian, Best Pet Hospital and Best Place for Boarding!

Dr. Briana Davis Dr. Ryan K. Dover Dr. Haley Hunt

Dr. Bailey Lyons Dr. Tim Loonam Dr. Jennifer P. Williams

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“Jesus promises us that whatever comes we are held in his peace. This peace is more than the world can provide, for it flows from and points to a future that is held in God.” As I cast my eyes back to where we have been over the past year, it seems clear that there have been copious changes in the fabric of our lives. As we step into whatever this new normal will become, I believe we have been, are now, and will be held in the loving arms of God. Recently, I read the most interesting story that brought these thoughts to the front of my mind: “Beneath the Water: A Window to History,” Jeffrey Kofman, ABC News (9-13-07) The summer drought of 2007 allowed scientists and archaeologists in Florida to look through a window into the state’s past and uncover hidden treasures just below the surface of Lake Okeechobee. Okeechobee is the nation’s second largest lake. Because of the drought, the lake hit its lowest level on record. In some areas, the shoreline receded more than a mile, creating areas of dry lakebed where historical artifacts have been uncovered, with some dating back 500 years or more. Pottery shards, arrowheads, weaving tools, and pendants now lay on top of the dry ground, providing clues about the Native Americans that lived in the area hundreds of years ago. Evidence of the Florida tourism and fishing industries also lurk nearby, including a fishing trawler from 1904 that probably sank during a hurricane in 1928 and evidence of paddleboats that once ferried tourists around the area. All these items have rested just beneath the surface of the water for many years. It took a drought to bring them out into the light of day again. I hope never again to hurry past, overlook, or forget the simple joys and hopes uncovered in my faithwalk during this last year. The hope found in a conversation, the time for prayer, devotion, and scripture, sitting around the table for food and conversation, writing a letter, or reading a book, to name just a few. As we move together into a future held by God, I pray God’s abundant blessings for all. n Join us for in person worship Sundays at 8:30 and 11:00 in the Sanctuary, 9:45 in the gym and Wednesdays at 12:30 in the Sanctuary or watch us on YouTube at www.sslc.org.

Thanks for nominating us Best OB/GYN!

Visit us at one of our 3 Midlands locations: Northeast, Downtown and West Columbia

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by Jackie Perrone

Linda Hite Linda Hite has given away more years than mere mortals are able to live. Forty years here, 20 years there, 12 and 14 and 30 – when this lady makes a commitment, it sticks. Don’t invite her on your team unless you want dedication and results. “I wanted two things when I was growing up,” she says. “To be a cosmetologist and to travel. Both of those things have been accomplished, along with many other activities in my life. I wouldn’t change a thing.” Red Bank Baptist Church has claimed her devoted service for 44 years. That association led to qualifications as a “Commissioned Chaplain,” serving 12 years at Lexington Medical Center and 12 years with Lexington County Sheriff Department as well as the South Carolina State Fair and the Women’s Auxiliary of South Carolina Law Enforcement Association. She was also a ministry assistant for 11 years at Lexington Baptist Association. One aspect of giving spiritual encouragement, which immediately attracted Linda was, prayer walking … a religious experience that is exactly what the name states. Faithful missionaries get together in small or large groups to walk and pray together. The highlight of her prayer walking history? Standing in the Sea of Galilee with arms raised in prayer. Mission trips provided the framework for much of Linda’s world travel. Rio de Janeiro, Venezuela, Taiwan, China, India, South Africa, Israel. Prayer walking in London, Nova Scotia, Atlanta, and Lexington S.C. But wait, there’s more. This tireless advocate for community service served as president of the Gilbert Elementary PTA and worker for 31 years with the Lexington County Peach Festival. Executive Boards: South Carolina Baptist Convention, and S.C.W.M.U. Ambassador for Baptist Foundation of S.C. Baptist Convention, and Lexington Medical Center Foundation. Linda was married to Donald Hite; after his retirement from Norfolk-Southern Railroad, they enjoyed overseas travel as well as many U.S. travel miles in an RV, until his death 14 years ago. They have two sons, Rome and Ryan, both married, and five grandchildren. The COVID-19 year of 2020 brought even more hardship to Linda Hite than to the rest of us, as she was involved in a horrific automobile accident in April. Many broken bones and multiple surgeries later, she is back on her feet now and thankful that she was able to travel freely for so many years. You can bet that she will work for her church and her community as long as possible. n lexingtonlife.com

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Thank you for nominating us! Specializing in weddings. Flowers for all occasions.

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Thank you for nominating us Best General Contractor and Best Commercial General Contractor 803-720-9225 • www.hillconstructionllc.com

Thank you for nominating us BEST Property Management Company! (803) 951-0702 • ScottRentsHomes.com September is National Guide Dog Month. A sweet reminder to appreciate “Man’s Best Friend”!

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to all of the nominees for The Best of Lexington Life Magazine Contest! Vote for your favorites today! Deadline to submit votes is Monday, December 13, 2021. Winners will be announced in the February 2022 issue.

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Best Aesthetic Spa: About You Aesthetics • Cardinal Age Management • Enhance Image Best Aesthetic Practice: Fresh Faces by Celeste • Premier Medical & Med Aesthetic Center • Blonde Doc Face & Body Best Afterschool Program: Big Blue Marble • Harvest Daycare & Afterschool • Palmetto Athletic Center Best Allergist: Allergy Partners • CENTA Medical Group • Lexington ENT Best Alterations: Jackie Lynn Alterations • Kimmy’s Alterations • Zebra Cleaners Best Ambulance Service: First Priority • For Life Medical Transportation • Metro One Ambulance Best Apartment Complex: Cedarcrest Village • Lauren Ridge Apartments • River Bluff of Lexington Best Asian Restaurant: Antai • Bodhi Thai Dining • Ganbei Best Assisted Living Facility: Morningside of Lexington • Oakleaf Village • Westminster Memory Care Best Attorney-Criminal Defense: Burn Law Firm • Geise Law Firm • Law Office of James Snell, Jr. Best Attorney-Family Law: Farley Law Firm • Jewette Dooley Law Firm • McCutchen McLean Best Attorney-Litigation: Cavanaugh & Thickens Attorneys at Law • Morgan Litigation Group • Strom Law Firm Best Attorney-Real Estate: Holliday Ingram • Stratton & Reynolds • The Templeton Law Firm Best Audiologist: Carolina Audiology • CENTA Medical • Lake Murray Hearing Best Auto Body Shop: CARSTAR Lexington Collision • Gerber Collision • Gilbert Paint & Body Best Auto Performance Shop: Das Auto Haus • Doc’s Garage • Kestner Automotive

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Thanks for nominating me Best Litigation Attorney!

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Best Auto Repair Shop (domestic): Christian Brothers Automotive • North Lake Auto Repair • The Muffler Shop of Columbia Best Auto Repair Shop (foreign): Abbott’s Auto Repair • B & T Automotive • Shealy Automotive Best Auto Service Department-Dealership: Herndon Chevrolet • Jim Hudson Ford • Peter Boulware Toyota Best Bank: Ameris Bank • First Citizens Bank • First Community Bank Best Barber Shop: DyeHard Barber Shop • Lexington Barber Shop • Lexington Gentlemen’s Salon Best BBQ Restaurant: Belly’s Southern Pride • Hudson’s Smokehouse • PK BBQ Bar & Grill Best Breakfast: Cafe Strudel • Eggs Up Grill • Fatz Cafe Best Buffet: Eastern Buffet • Hudson’s Smokehouse • Shealy’s BBQ Best Burger: Goodfella’s Grill & Bar • O’Hara’s Public House • Old Mill Brewpub Best Cardiologist: Lexington Heart & Vascular Center • Prisma Health Cardiology • Providence Medical Group Best Carpet Store: BMH Flooring Specialist • Door to Door Floors • Floor Boys Best Car Wash: Andy’s Car Wash • Frank’s Car Wash • Personal Touch Hand Car Wash Best Catering Company: Dupre’ Catering • Hudson’s Smokehouse • Southern Way Catering Best Cell Phone and Tablet Repair: CPR Cell Phone Repair • Smart Phone Medic • uBreakiFix Best Charter School: Clear Dot Charter School • East Point Academy • Midlands Middle College Best Chiropractor: Bigbie Chiropractic • Collaborative Healthcare • Old Mill Chiropractic

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Best Coin and Collectible Dealer: Gilbert Coin and Collectible Exchange • Golden Eagle Precious Metals Exchange • West Point Coins Best College for Working Adults: Columbia College • Midlands Technical College • Remington College Best Commercial Real Estate Agency: Fuzion Business Solutions • NAI Columbia • W. S. Commercial Real Estate Best Cosmetic Dentist: Aesthetic Smile Studio • Robinson Dental • Southern Shores Dental Best Cosmetology School: Kenneth Shuler • Lexington Technology Center • Southeastern Esthetics Institute Best CPA: Dooley and Company • Rish and Enzastiga CPA • Thomas Watson & Company Best Credit Union: Allsouth Federal Credit Union • Palmetto Citizens • Safe Federal Credit Union Best Custom Home Builder: Brewer Homes • Magnolia Custom Homes • Stoneridge Builders Best Damage Restoration Services: Palmetto Commercial Services • Paul Davis Restoration • Restoration of Columbia Best Dance Company: Columbia City Jazz Conservatory • South Carolina Dance Company • Stepping Out Dance Studio Best Day Spa: Beautify Medical Spa • Brazilian Wax and Spa • Glow Salon & Spa Best Daycare: Big Blue Marble • Cadence Academy • Lexington Child Development Center Best Deli: Cribb’s Sandwich & Sweet Shop • Steve’s Deli • The Deli Best Dentist-Adults: All Smiles Dental • Dr. Sherry Powell • James Denny, DMD

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Best Dentist-Kids: Midlands Pediatric Dentistry • Palmetto Smiles • Sunset Children’s Dentistry Best Dermatologist: Columbia Dermatology • Columbia Skin Clinic • Palmetto Dermatology Best Dessert: Crumbl Cookies • Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt • The Blended Bakery Best Dry Cleaners: Kleen Kare Cleaners • Lexington Dry Cleaners • Zebra Cleaners Best Engineering Firm: Mead and Hunt • The SEFA Group • Tobais & West Best Exterminator: Cayce Exterminating Company • Corder Pest Control • Premier Pest Solutions Best Facial: About You Aesthetics • Girl, Find Your Glow • Holistic Skin Care Best Fast Food: Bojangles • Chick-Fil-A • Rush’s Best Fitness Center: BodyShop Athletics • HOTWORX Lexington • RockBox Fitness Lexington Best Florist: Kelly & Co. Florist • Lexington Florist • Storey’s Florist Best Funeral Home: Barr-Price Funeral Home • Caughman Harman Funeral Home • Thompson Funeral Homes Best Place to Buy Furniture: Economy Furniture • Scott’s Furniture • Sherwood Furniture Best Garden Center: Lowe’s Home Improvement • Wingard’s Market • Woodley’s Garden Center Best Gastroenterologist: Columbia Gastroenterology Associates • Consultants in Gastroenterology • Lexington Gastroenterology Best General Contractor: Calloway Construction • Hill Construction Company • New Level Construction Best Glass Store: ACE Glass • Absolute Glass • Sheppard’s Glass Best Golf Course: Country Club of Lexington • Golden Hills Country Club • Hidden Valley Golf Club

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A PROFESSIONAL SMILE GOES A LONG WAY! Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

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Best Greek Restaurant: Bellis House of Pizza • Mediterranean Cafe • Showmars Best Gun and Ammunition Store: C2C Arms • Palmetto State Armory • Shooters Choice Best Gym: Dynamic Fitness • Health Directions • Wolf’s Fitness Best Hair Salon-Adults: Bloom Salon • Palmetto Roots Salon • Salon M Best Hair Salon-Kids: Snip-Its • Sport Clips Haircuts • Studio 192 Best Hair Stylist: Angie Williams-Palmetto Roots Salon • Audrey Williams-Glow Salon • Kelli Chastain-Bloom Salon Best Happy Hour: Goodfella’s Grill and Bar • LJ’s Par and Grill • O’Hara’s Public House Best Hardware Store: ACE Hardware Three Fountains • Lexington True Value • Lowe’s Home Improvement Best Healthy Eating: Clean Eatz Lexington • Clean Juice • Tropical Grille Best Heating and Air Company: All American Heating & Air • Cool Care Heating & Air • Krantz Kooling & Heating Best Home Builder: Epic Homes • Great Southern Homes • Kinsey Homes Best Hospice Care: Compassionate Care Hospice • Heart of Hospice LLC • Pathway Hospice Best Ice Cream Shop: Coldstone Creamery • Menchie’s • Truly Scrumptious Creamery Best Insurance Agent: Hal Girard State Farm • Herring Insurance • Misty Stathos State Farm Best Insurance-Auto: Ernie Yarborough • Misty Stathos State Farm • Scott Amick State Farm Best Insurance-Home Owners: Farrell Insurance Agency • Hal Girard State Farm • Tidwell Agency Insurance

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Best Insurance-Life: Ryan Grubbs State Farm • SC Farm Bureau Insurance • Woodmen of the World Insurance Best Interior Design: Brandon Davidson Interiors • M Gallery Interiors • Paige Butler Interior Design Best Internet Service Provider: Carolina Connect • Comporium • Windstream Best Investment Firm: Cornerstone Financial Management • Crescent Financial Group • Edward Jones Best Italian Restaurant: Alodia’s Cucina Italiana • DeLucca’s Italian Grill • Travinia Italian Kitchen Best Jewelry Store: Barnes Jewelers • Chapman Jewelers • Moseley’s Diamond Showcase Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant: Flight Deck • Miyabi Jr. • Moe’s Southwest Grill Best Kid’s Meal: Blaney’s Wings and Grill • Salsarita’s • Uno’s Pizzeria and Grill Best Landscaping Company: Precision Landscaping • Saluda Hill Landscape • Trifecta Landscaping Best Learning Center: Kumon Math & Reading Center • Lexington Tutoring Academy • Mathnasium Best Manicure/Pedicure: Blush Nails • Diva Nails • VIP Nail Bar Best Manufactured Housing Company: Clayton Homes • Congaree Home Center • Lexington Discount Homes Best Oral Surgeon: Associates in Maxillofacial Surgery • Lexington Facial & Oral Surgery • Midlands Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Best Marina: Jake’s Landing • Siesta Cove Marina • Southshore Marina Best Massage: Soma Bodyworks • Soothing Sessions • Wellness Massage Best Mattress Store: Best Mattress • Economy Furniture • Michaelis Mattress

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Thanks for nominating us Best Place to Buy Life Insurance

Thanks for nominating me BEST Insurance Agent and BEST Place to Buy Auto Insurance

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Thanks for nominating us again for Best Landscaping Company!

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Best Meat Store: Caughman’s Meat Plant • Ole Timey Meat Market • The Royal Butcher Best Medical Spa: About You Aesthetics • Plastic Surgery Consultants • Rejuvenations Medical Spa Best Men’s Clothing Store: B.P. Skinner Clothiers • Craig Reagin Clothiers • Granger Owings Best Mexican Restaurant: Brothers and Beer • Diablo’s Southwest Grill • El Jimador Best Microbrewery-Local: Hazelwood Brewing • Krafty Draft Brew Pub • Steel Hands Brewing Best Milkshake: Cookout • Rush’s • Sonic Best Mortgage Company: Guaranteed Rate Affinity • Guild Mortgage • Synovus Bank Bet Mosquito Treatment: Mosquito Joe • Mosquito Squad • Pest Management Systems Best Moving Company: Gentlemen Movers • The Moving Squad • Undergrads Moving/Movers Best Music School: Freeway Music • Lexington School of Music • Musicians Supply Lessons & Gear Best OBGYN: Carolina Women’s Physicians SC OBGYN • Kraemer Women’s Care • S.C. OBGYN Best Oil Change: Christian Brothers • Express Oil Change • Take 5 Oil Change Best Oncologist: Lexington Oncology • SC Oncology Associates Best Ophthalmologist: Columbia Eye Clinic • Eye Center • Palmetto Ophthalmology Best Optometrist: Envision Family Eyecare • Eye Care of Lexington • My Optical Best Orthodontist: Braces Place • Purnell Orthodontics • Whitehead Orthodontics Best Orthopaedic: Lexington Orthopaedics • Midlands Orthopaedics • Southeastern Orthopaedics Best Pain Management: Carolinas Center for Management of Pain • Palmetto Pain Management • Sandhills Pain Specialists

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f you’re like me, this time of year you start pining for crisp fall air and the contagious melodies of marching bands. Here in the South football is king and can be quite an obsession. Starting with spring practice, the players work hard to stay strong and agile while the coaches craft intricate strategies and proper placements. Once fall hits, teams are on the field preparing for what they hope is a successful season. Here’s a tribute to our local high schools, their administration, athletic leaders, players, and of course, the players’ parents who sacrifice to insure that their child is an integral part of the team.

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he River Bluff Gators are looking to build upon last year’s campaign. Head coach Blair Hardin has things trending in the right direction for the Gators. Senior Levi Gould will be the main man on the offensive line of scrimmage and will provide blocks for their talented running backs. Carrying the rock for the Gators will be junior Cooper Johns and sophomore Toriaun Leaphart who will be looking to help River Bluff control the clock and create headaches for opposing defenses. Other weapons on offense for Coach Hardin are junior wide receiver Apollos Cook and fellow junior Thomas Powell. These receivers will look to widen the field and create space for the Gators to gain significant yardage. The defense is led by senior linebacker Wyatt Proctor who will solidify the middle of the field for River

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Bluff as senior nose guard Brice Colter generates pressure on their opponent’s quarterbacks throughout the season. Craig Williams is a senior defensive back who Coach Hardin will trust to cover other teams’ receivers

like a wet blanket. The Gators’ captains this year have been highlighted by Coach Hardin as significant leaders on the field, in the classroom and locker room. They are: Preston Dow, Apollos Cook, Levi Gould, Craig Williams, Wyatt Proctor, Conner Clamp, Tyler Locklier, Blaine Blose, Jacob Albright, and Gray Herring. The Gators are well equipped this year to advance in the playoffs and will make things extremely difficult for those that visit the Swamp on Friday night. n

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WILDCATS LEXINGTON

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exington High School football coach Perry Woolbright hopes to get things turned around for the Wildcats after last season’s 0-6 shortened season. One of his top returning seniors is offensive tackle Brooks Ergle who will be opening holes for his running back to dart through. Senior wide receiver Jackson Whittle will be looking to feast on opposing defensive backs and along with junior wide receiver Kamadi Maxwell will be a matchup challenge for their opponents. Coach Woolbright will be counting on his seniors to deliver in their final year at Lexington with defensive backs Anthony Plotkin and Blake Smith locking down enemy receivers during the season. On the defensive front, senior lineman Payton Mathis will be disrupting the Wildcats’ opposing quarterbacks and forcing turnovers. Lexington runs a spread offense which attempts to take advantage of mismatches with the other team. Looking to capitalize on these mismatches will be the junior running bank tandem of Jonah Norris and Tyler Walker. They will be tough to contain in open space and help Lexington with their ball control. On defense, Lexington plays the 3-4 which demands solid play from their linebackers. Lexington plays in an extremely tough division and Coach Woolbright and the Wildcats will have their work cut out for them again this year. n

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his mark on the White Knoll program and he understands it will take some time. The Timberwolves are in a competitive division and probably aren’t going to be able to drive the ball down anyone’s throat at this juncture of his tenure. However, with a very young roster the future is bright for White Knoll football. n

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hite Knoll has a new football coach and athletic director for 2021. Nick Pelham was formerly the Dutch Fork defensive coordinator and now takes over the reins of the Timberwolves. Last season was a rough one for White Knoll and Coach Pelham is excited about changing those result this season. He cites the excitement of his team in playing football and he has a lot of ninth and tenth graders on his roster. He is encouraging his team to be disciplined and is looking to see who steps up into a leadership role. There aren’t a lot of seniors on this year’s roster, but Coach Pelham is proud of them and needs them to mentor the younger players. The seniors on White Knoll are: Malik Pralow, offensive line, TJ Peebles, wide receiver, Jamarri Warthen, wide receiver, Jaquez Frederick, running back, Chase Rivers, linebacker, Nick Johnson, defensive back, Jakarri Shell, defensive line, and Ty Trapp plays safety. Sophomore quarterback

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Austin Cunningham will be under center and distributing the football to his playmakers. Coach Pelham is looking to get touches to Jaquez Frederick who is a college prospect and TJ Peebles who converted to offense and is a hurdler on the track team. Coach Pelham is looking to make

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his will be a groundbreaking year for Northside Christian Academy’s football team. After several years of playing eight-man football the Crusaders are moving up to the more traditional eleven-man football this season. New head football coach Dean Howell comes to Northside from White Knoll and is tasked with handling the transition for the school’s program. Northside Christian Academy will play an abbreviated varsity schedule this season as they have one senior returning to the team. That senior is Jacob Spangler, and he will be counted upon for his leadership and experience for Coach Howell and the Crusaders. Most of the roster will play both offense and defense for Northside and it should be an exciting season. The quarterbacks will be Jefferson McCal-

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lum and Luke Cromer. They will be throwing to a plethora of receivers led by Jake Jeffery, Sam Burks, Asa Morton, Trevor Hoffman, James Jones, JR Kinard and Jeremiah Howard. Running the ball for the Crusaders will be Jordan Conner and Jeshua Howard. On defense Northside will have Logan Gouveia, Gavin Ford, Hudson Shick, Noah White, Tyler Seybt, Landon Folks, Zach Gebhard, Aidan Ortega, and Ian McLellan, to keep their opposition off the scoreboard. Coach Howell credits the former coaching staff for having his players up to speed and is excited about the transition for his young Northside Christian Academy Crusaders football team. n

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INDIANS GILBERT

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he Gilbert Indians football team had a terrific 8-1 record last season. Coach Chad Leaphart has his team poised for even more success this year. Better eat your Wheaties when playing Gilbert, because they play a no huddle, up tempo offense that doesn’t give opposing defenses a chance to catch their breath. Gilbert’s offense uses multiple formations to keep the defense guessing. Coach Leaphart designs their offense specifically for the strengths of his players and the positive results have been amazing. The Indians are led by senior tight end Gray Leaphart who creates a mismatch for most opponents. His quarterback, Chance Jennings is a junior gunslinger who will look to move the ball down the field efficiently. In addition to Leaphart, Jennings will fire the ball to wide receiver Gage Gunter to keep the first down chains moving for the Indians. Defensively, Coach Leaphart is proud of how his players are so active and he wants them to fly to the football. The Indians have some team speed on defense. Seniors Jayson Tolen, a cornerback, Harley Boatwright, a safety, and Suthern Taylor, a defensive lineman, will be depended upon to get the ball back to their offense. Other players that will help Gilbert football be successful are sophomore running back Jaden Allen-Hendrix and senior linebacker Neil Bastion. Coach Leaphart has named his seniors as captains for the season and the Gilbert Indians are poised to make a strong playoff push for a state championship. n

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Some coffee lovers say cold brew coffee is the best thing to happen to coffee since the drip coffee machine came on the scene. Although Starbucks can serve you cold brew, you can also buy it in bottles at many grocery stores these days. Plus, it’s not that hard to make your own delicious, flavorful cup of cold brew at home. 46 | LEXINGTON LIFE | September 2021

How Cold Brew Differs from Iced Coffee You might think that cold brew is the same as iced coffee, another popular coffee drink in the summer. Iced coffee is brewed hot and then chilled with ice, while coffee grounds are steeped in cold water for up to 24 hours for cold brew. The principal difference is cold brew coffee isn’t exposed to heat. Cold brew has a smoother, mellower taste and lacks the slight bitterness of iced coffee. The lower acidity of cold brew partially explains the taste difference. Hot brews contain chemicals that mask other flavors, and low acidity makes it difficult to taste the natural flavors of coffee beans. Some companies use these

“flavor boosters” in their hot brewed java. Cold brew doesn’t have any flavor-dulling chemicals in it like hot brewed Java does. Beyond the taste difference, you might wonder whether one is healthier than the other. First, let’s look at the health benefits of coffee. The Health Benefits of Coffee Studies link drinking coffee with a lower risk of some health problems, including Parkinson’s disease, cirrhosis of the liver, gallbladder disease, depression, and type 2 diabetes. Coffee contains hundreds of bioactive compounds, some of which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. The most abundant and best studied antioxidant lexingtonlife.com


finer ground coffee beans have more surface area for caffeine extraction. If you’re sensitive to caffeine, cold brew isn’t typically a better choice, since it’s slightly higher in caffeine, but the caffeine content of both cold brew and hot brew vary.

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in coffee is chlorogenic acid. Coffee is the number one source of antioxidants in the American diet. Drinking coffee may also give you a longevity advantage. One study that looked at 400,000 adults and followed them for 13 years. What they found was that the risk of early mortality declined further for every additional cup of coffee people drank up to 5 cups per day. The benefits held up even for people who drank decaffeinated coffee. Cold Brew Coffee Has a Lower Acid Level Cold brewed coffee has a lower acid level, which gives it a smooth taste. Acids from coffee are not good for your teeth lexingtonlife.com

Antioxidant Activity The antioxidant benefits of coffee may explain some health perks it offers. A study published in Scientific Reports found that cold brew contains fewer antioxidants than hot brew, but it also depends upon the roast of the coffee. Dark roast coffee retains more antioxidants than cold brew, while the quantity of antioxidants with light brew is similar. because they weaken enamel. The softer acid content in cold brewed java is much less likely to cause tooth decay or erosion due to the lower acid content. Cold brew is good news for people with acid reflux. Coffee can aggravate the acid reflux symptoms due to its acidity. Since cold brew has a lower acid level, it’s less likely to cause acid reflux and heart burn. But the response varies with the individual; some people still experience acid reflux when they drink any type of coffee, including cold brew. Research also show that decaffeinated coffee is less likely to aggravate acid reflux. Caffeine Content The caffeine content of cold brew depends on the ratio of coffee beans to water used to make the cold brew. Some types of coffee are also higher in caffeine. For example, robusta coffee beans are higher in caffeine than arabica beans. So, it’s hard to generalize. Plus, light roast coffee contains more caffeine than dark roast. A 16-ounce serving of cold brew coffee will have between 180 and 200 milligrams of caffeine, whereas the average cup of regular coffee has around 160 milligrams of caffeine, usually because the ratio of coffee beans to water is lower with the latter. If you use the same quantity of beans and water to make both cold brew and regular coffee, the regular coffee will contain more caffeine, as the heat extracts more caffeine from the beans. Even the grind size has an effect, as

The Bottom Line Coffee is a healthy beverage for most people, whether it’s cold brew or hot brew. The biggest advantages of cold brew over hot brew are reduced acidity and the smoother taste. If you have acid reflux or stomach issues when you drink coffee, you may have a better experience with cold brew. Also, be aware that some people metabolize, or break down, caffeine slower than others. If you experience side effects with coffee like a rapid heart rate, anxiety, or severe insomnia, you may be a slow caffeine metabolizer. If that’s the case, limit the amount of coffee you drink to one cup per day. There’s some evidence that being a slow metabolizer increases the risk of caffeine complications, such as heart abnormalities. Otherwise, enjoy coffee, cold brew or regular coffee, in moderation, assuming your doctor gives the okay. n

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Take the Struggle Out of by Randall Gregory Having trouble getting your children to sit down and do their homework? You’re not alone. Most parents can relate to this after-school struggle. With so much to distract them, it’s not surprising that many children resist doing homework. The good news is there are several things you can do to make homework less of a headache for the whole family. Let kids choose when homework is done. There’s no point forcing all of the kids to do their homework at the same time. Like adults, some kids need time to relax and unwind before they get started on homework. Other kids prefer to get started right away. By giving kids a choice of when to begin their lessons, you’re defusing some of the power struggle surrounding homework. Once a time has been agreed on it’s important to stick to it. Encourage outdoor time. It goes without saying that screens should be put aside when homework is being done (unless they’re necessary for homework), but many kids spend time on a computer at school and then come home to their devices for relaxation. This means they never actually switch completely off and get the real downtime needed to recharge their batteries. Unstructured outside play is essential for physical and mental well-being. Provide a good study area. This should preferably be in a common area of the house which is quiet but where kids don’t feel isolated. A parent or 48 | LEXINGTON LIFE | September 2021

adult should be available if they have questions or need help. It’s a great idea to sit down with your kids now and then and do some work of your own. This way you’re modeling productive behavior and it gives you an opportunity to you talk to your kids about what they’re doing at school and what’s going on in their lives. Don’t underestimate the power of positive feedback. Some parents are reluctant to praise their kids for doing homework, but everyone needs motivation. Your encouragement may be the only uplifting words the child has heard all day. Tell them occasionally how pleased you are with their progress and you might be surprised at the results and renewed interest in completing tasks. There is such a thing as too much homework. While quality homework helps kids develop organizational skills and self-discipline, if they’re missing out on after-school activities and events, staying up late and feeling stressed, their homework may be a bit excessive. You as a parent have a right to object the amount of homework they are being given in these circumstances. It’s very important for kids to develop into well-rounded individuals; academic skills are only part of the equation. Homework is probably always going to be a source of contention between adults and kids but by putting these tips into practice you can reduce the stress and help your kids develop some important life skills that will serve them well into adulthood. n lexingtonlife.com


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Thirty years ago, a group of local stakeholders began working together behind the scenes to promote solidarity, support, and success throughout the Lexington County community. The members of this organization – Leadership Lexington County – continue to be actively involved and are open to receiving other community-minded individuals to join their cause. Leadership Lexington County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that traces its roots to discussions among Lexington County businesspeople and elected officials who started about 30 years ago. To promote economic development and successfully compete in the local, state, and emerging global economy, these leaders felt compelled to unify so they could more effectively address issues that impacted the entire county. These forward-thinking professionals formed a steering committee, and, following a template that mirrored the Palmetto Leadership program, a project initiated by the Clemson Cooperative Extension Service, they also founded and entitled the organization Leadership Lexington County (LLC). “I laugh and tell people Leadership Lexington County is not my job, but my labor of love,” says Linda Kelly, the administrative coordinator for the program. Just one year after LLC held its first class in 1995, she began providing administrative support to the organization. “Our purpose is, and has always been, lexingtonlife.com


for this program,” states Kelly, “to provide leaders from a wide range of local organizations, agencies, [and] businesses [with] an opportunity to learn about and explore past and current issues facing Lexington County.” Topics in this list include county and municipal governments, public safety, political systems, businesses, economic development, finance, and health care. “In an ever-changing economy and community, LLC’s vision for the future is to build community leaders who seek to understand how our county operates cohesively and to inspire individuals to be the future building blocks for our community foundation,” she says. “This program also provides enrichment activities and behind-the-scenes tours of key facilities within the county,” she adds, and “the opportunity to network, develop working relationships with other community-invested individuals, and contribute to our community through the required class project each class implements.” The initial LLC kick-off event was held on February 28, 1995, at the Mitchell House and Gardens on North Lake Drive in Lexington. “It was my goal to help this program succeed to celebrate the twenty-fifth class graduation, which was the lexingtonlife.com

LLC class of 2019,” says Kelly. “Since the initial first class of 1995, as of the class of 2019, we have had over 800 Leadership Lexington County graduates.” The program continues to be active within the community and “participants come from all sectors of government, education, health care, banking, private businesses – both large and small – as well as retired folks.”

com/LeadershipLexingtonCounty. This site also “highlights our current class days, class projects, upcoming events, and alumni events,” says Ms. Kelly, “or you can reach out to the admin@leadershiplexingtoncounty.org for information on any of the above.” According to Ms. Kelly, participants are expected to attend class one full day each month from February through

“In an ever-changing economy and community, LLC’s vision for the future is to build community leaders who seek to understand how our county operates cohesively and to inspire individuals to be the future building blocks for our community foundation.” “LLC serves and is open to those who work or live in Lexington County. Our class projects are directed to nonprofits that are housed in the county.” If a local resident is interested in participating, “The best way to get involved is to join an upcoming class,” says Kelly. Furthermore, “LLC alumni should reach out to the board to see how they can get involved. We are always looking for sponsors and members for our alumni group and youth program.” Applications for the next class, which will begin in January 2022, will be made available in the fall and announced on LLC’s Facebook page at www.facebook.

June, along with a mandatory overnight retreat in January. (These dates are provided to applicants prior to their joining the program.) Additionally, a class project is typically completed by December of the same year. Matt Porth, a Lexington native and current manager of energy services and government relations at Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative, graduated with the LLC class of 2013, joined the board that same year, and has also served as chairperson. As an employee of Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative, one of LLC’s founding companies and a continuing partner, he was asked to September 2021 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 53


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participate in the organization. “Once in the program,” says Porth, “I got to see and hear about a lot of things happening in our community that I was unaware of. LLC brings every facet of living here to life. We looked at all sectors of business from healthcare to economic development [and] from agriculture to education.” “What makes this program unique is that the commonality among participants is mainly the place we work and live,” he explains. “We are all from different backgrounds and experiences and that is the key thing that elevates this organization – a diverse group of people who have a common goal of making the community better. When we focus on that, we can make things happen.” As an example, Porth tells how he became co-founder of the Dam to Dam 100K Relay, a fundraising race that extends between the Lake Murray and Lake Greenwood Dams. “All the money raised goes to the community and helps people in need,” he adds. “In three years, we have raised over $62k.” Without LLC, “I never would have done that; never took a risk without seeing big things happen from a group of people who focus on a common goal. It would have just been a dream,” says Porth. “Not only that, but the contacts I made in LLC helped me navigate how to put that event together.” “For me, LLC helped me understand how much can be accomplished by a group of people that see a need and focus on it,” he adds. “The old saying ‘many hands make light work’ is showcased by each class as they rally together to do some incredible things. When you see that in action, it allows you to step out and do things that you may think are impossible by yourself.” Ms. Kelly reiterates this fact when she says, “Our biggest direct community impact has been through our class projects. Each class selects a nonprofit in Lexington County, meets with that nonprofit, and determines what the needs are and how that Leadership Lexington County class can assist them.” Other notable achievements that LLC classes have accomplished include: • Raising more than $80,000 to build an outdoor pavilion with a barbecue and picnic area for the veterans of the

Central Midlands Transitional Retreat • Collecting $38,000 for the United Way’s Scooter Scott project to fund the purchase of a mini-bus, computers, and other supports that promote education • Raising $53,000 for the Nancy K. Perry Emergency Children’s Shelter, which purchased playground equipment and much-needed storage space • Collecting more than $30,000 to revitalize the Village Square Theater • Improving the property and providing bedding and computer equipment for Samaritan’s Well, a local shelter for women with children • Constructing the 9/11 monument next to the Lexington County Courthouse In 1998, the LLC class initiated the first youth course for rising high school juniors and seniors, which is a modified, one-week version of the adults’ program. This continues to be an opportunity available for local young people each summer, and those who complete it can also apply for a $1,000 college scholarship. Perhaps the most historical project was undertaken by 1999’s class when it buried a time capsule on the property of the Lexington County Museum. The capsule is reported to contain 117 items, donated from each municipality within the county, which are representative of the public life during that year. Slated to be unearthed in 2019, the ceremony was unfortunately delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once officially rescheduled, LLC’s Facebook page will promote the upcoming event. “In my association with LLC, one of the things that I am most proud of are the relationships that class members form with each other,” says Kelly. “Folks who would never have had the opportunity to meet have become good friends. Business partnerships have been formed. LLC, through the participation of the class members, the community projects that they implement, and the support of our sponsors, all work together to create that extraordinary feeling of truly being a part of a community, not just living in a town.” “I have enjoyed my participation with LLC, and, as with anything you love, you must prepare for it to continue, with or without you,” says Kelly. “In 2020, I began transitioning Leadership Lexington

County’s administrative duties to Jennifer Hudson Staples, graduate of the LLC class of 2019. Jennifer has brought new and fresh ideas and implemented much needed technology applications as well as social media updates for LLC, which will take us well into the future.” “Leadership Lexington County exists and remains engaged because of the people who live, love, and give back to our community,” she concludes. “Jennifer and our volunteer board members and sponsors are evidence of Lexington County’s best and brightest!” n

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ternatively, you might want to take up a hobby such as chess, learning an instrument, or even study a new subject. Not only will these mentally engaging tasks help you burn calories, but they can also take your mind off of food and prevent you from excess snacking. 2. Start Intermittent Fasting One of the best ways to burn excess fat doesn’t require any physical effort at all, nor does it require you to make any major changes to what you eat. All you have to do is change the timings of when you eat so that you end up fasting for around 12 to 16 hours a day. This method is known as intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting involves eating windows where you can eat pretty much anything you want (within reason). The only requirement is that you follow this up by not eating or drinking anything but water for the next 12 to 16 hours. Not only does this prevent you from overeating, but your body will burn plenty of excess calories during the fasting period. Fasting for these short periods increases fat breakdown while simultaneously boosting HGH levels, reducing insulin, and helping with cellular repair. As such, many people find that they lose fat, gain muscle, and feel healthier after using this method daily. The most common approach is to have an 8-hour eating window followed by 16 hours of fasting, but this can be adapted based on your specific physical and medical needs as recommended by your physician. 3. Do Your Chores While you might not want to go on a run or hit the gym, you might still want to get up and move around. One of the

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A wedding is one of the most significant events in a couple’s life; it is the beginning of a foundation as “one.” Whether the event is simple or extravagant, it is a way to openly express deep commitment to a partner for life. The details of a wedding can be dauting – choosing a venue, making the guest list, deciding on attire, food, flowers, music, etc. In the South, religion, heritage, and tradition dictate the majority of these choices, but this is not always the case in today’s culture; there are many different situations, relationships, and dynamics to consider. Contrary to popular belief, people from all walks of life, age, race, and gender are still “tying the knot” and creating a moment to remember forever. Samantha A. Leitner of the SC Midlands Wedding Officiant is an “equal-opportunity love artist,” as she describes herself. “I like to design weddings tailored to the couple. For example, I married a couple at Guignard Park, and they had their own swing of things. I’m open 62 | LEXINGTON LIFE | September 2021

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Drive, Suite 101, Cayce. While her business has been in operation for about half a decade, she’s been doing notary work and officiating weddings since 1989. She was even in the wedding catering business but is most passionate when she can unite two partners as an ordained minister and wedding officiator. Leitner is a nondenominational minister qualified through Universal Life Church and American Marriage Ministries. “I did a lot of research regarding what worked for a lot of people, and I found a niche between people who wanted a slightly religious or spiritual wedding – not a formal church wedding. So I filled

in the gap; as an ordained minister, I can perform a formal religious wedding, and I can do a short and intimate wedding anywhere, even in people’s living rooms,” Leitner explains. While she has authority in South Carolina and even certain parts of Georgia to perform weddings, she knew she still needed a small space in the Midlands for people who wanted to have a simple and unique ceremony or an elopement. “It’s not about what I want but what they want,” she says. Her cozy Cayce suite is about 200 square feet and decorated with classic wedding memorabilia with three backdrops for pictures. There are rings available for purchase and several prop options, along with opportunities to broadcast the event live on social media. Due to limited space, she generally lexingtonlife.com

doesn’t have guests unless the couple has children. Choosing an Officiant How does someone choose an officiant for the ceremony or elopement? Unless the couple is marrying in a church in which the resident pastor performs the ceremony, people tend to forget about choosing an officiant until the last minute, which can be difficult to do under pressure. The officiant not only directs and supervises the event and handles the legal aspects, but he or she sets the tone for the once-in-a-lifetime occasion as well. Leitner respects that couples are different and that each one deserves their story to unfold how they want it to be presented. She takes every detail in account – from choosing certain outfits to fit the occasion, to choosing whether or not to don her ministerial robe, to perfecting the words based upon the couple’s personal wishes. Leitner goes out of her way to personalize each ceremony after talking with the couple. She explains, “I spend anywhere from two to eight hours writing a ceremony depending on what’s involved, every event is customized. Sometimes couples want something very specific like a poem or verse read.” She charges $75 for elopements, and ceremonies start at $125; there are many variables that play into weddings such as travel time, rehearsal, etc. One priority for Leitner is that she must have a minimum of 24 hours in advance to meet scheduling, production, and supply needs, along with other basic requirements. However, there are those unique situations in which she had one couple get married in less than the 24 hours’ notice, but they were already basically prepared upon the initial interview. Because of various rules and regulations within each county, an officiant must be experienced and knowledgeable, and Leitner periodically updates herself to stay current with each area’s specific protocol. She has performed at least 60 weddings within the past couple years, with elopements at an all-time high during the COVID-19 pandemic. As many facilities closed or were not fully operating during that time, weddings in general declined and more people considered eloping. For those searching for a wedding officiant, Leitner suggests answering the September 2021 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 63


TESTIMONIALS “I cannot speak highly enough about SC Midlands Wedding Officiant and neither can my bridesmaids! We all loved her. She was easy to communicate with, very flexible with what we wanted, and overall a joy to have with us on our special day. There were a few traditional features of the ceremony that I did not want, and I didn’t feel any type of way about vocalizing my concerns. Everything was a breeze with her. Aleea (last name withheld) “Samantha was wonderful to work with. She let us do a very small and informal ceremony at the park this past Friday. She is very open to less serious ceremonies.” Taylor Gable

following questions to become prepared and acquainted: • What kind of personalization can be made for the ceremony? • May we record or photograph the ceremony? • How will noisy guests or unexpected situations be handled? • How many pre-wedding sessions are allowed/required? • Is a rehearsal necessary? • What will the officiant wear? • What are the fees? Themes and Styles “I did an interesting spur-of-the-moment July 4th wedding in Camden, and everyone was in normal, everyday clothes. None of the guests knew the couple was getting married,” Leitner says. “It was very informal, no robe.” Another time, there was a bit of a Hawaiian theme with people wearing leis. The groom even showed up in a dinosaur costume – but he did take it off for the vows. Aside from a couple of themed weddings, about half of her ceremonies are large and formal, while the other half are simple – but not elopements. “Naturally, there are more extravagant traditional weddings in general each year, but I think there’s a big social shift in that people would much rather invest in a house or car, or they want to be more economical because they have children or want children.” Leitner continues, “People are also writing their own vows and are more definitive about what they want incorporated. When I send a

“Samantha was an absolute joy to work with. She gave us several examples and suggestions to craft the perfect ceremony for our wedding. She is respectful to our beliefs and said the most beautiful prayer at our ceremony. She’s responsive, kind, fun and reliable. She even recommended workbooks for premarital counseling which we completed and will always appreciate. I cannot be more thankful and I highly recommend her to any couple looking for an officiant.” Cynthia Andal

sample book, there are many alternative options for poems and readings if that what is desired.” Additionally, Leitner has also performed interfaith, interracial, and samesex gender ceremonies. Weddings and elopements aren’t Leitner’s only specialty, as she also officiates vow renewals and anniversaries. Anniversaries tend to be like weddings, Leitner explains, with people generally celebrating 25 or 50 years. In many instances, couples didn’t have a big wedding when they first married, so they decided to

throw a big party later. She recalls a vow renewal she officiated for a couple who were going through a divorce and decided to recommit. She spoke with them both separately, and they both told her relatively the same things they wanted. Being a notary public, officiant, and ordained minister allows Leitner to perform a wide array of ceremonies dependent on the client’s preferences. As a love artist, she recognizes the significance of each unique commitment and situation and has a passion for helping couples create a lasting foundation. n

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Lotsa Pasta! ROASTED CHERRY TOMATO PASTA 2 lb. red cherry tomatoes, halved 1/2 lb. tomatoes, roughly chopped 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 3 tbsp. chicken broth 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar 1 tsp. red pepper flakes 3/4 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper 1/4 c. julienned fresh basil leaves 2 tsp. chopped flat-leaf parsley 1 tsp. chopped fresh oregano 12 oz. whole wheat linguine 1/2 (16 oz.) container low-fat ricotta cheese 1/2 c. finely shredded Pecorino Romano cheese Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all tomatoes, garlic, chicken broth, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper in a large, glass baking dish; toss to coat. Roast in the middle of the preheated oven, stirring regularly, until tomatoes are tender, about 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir in basil, parsley, and oregano. When the tomatoes have been roasting for about 35 minutes, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook linguine at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and return to the pot. Add the roasted

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Dear Elizabeth ... You’ve reached a great place at work, spending four years learning the ropes. You’re approaching 50 -- a new stage of life. Priorities will change. Time will become precious. You’ve survived a period of enormous energy: the “mid-life crisis.” This energy causes many to believe their own lies and imagine they’re 16 again, when in fact they’re simply terrified of dying. Remember that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it can only be transformed. Mid-life-crisis energy destroys many people. Your group’s leadership is suddenly gone. Saying “the last leader was just a kid” shows your engagement in a different stage of life than someone ten years younger. There are different types of age. Calendar years count the number of trips around the sun. Then there’s the unexplainable yet evidently factual “Soul’s Age.” How else can we explain that many grownups retain an 8th-grade mentality exhibiting zero attention-span, constant sarcasm, and interrupting others? Avoid these types. You’re not a babysitter. Your assignment in the search for new leadership positions you to lead your workgroup. You’re wise to seek guidance. Your group’s mission is to serve the Lord with all your heart, your soul, and mind -- no matter what flowery variant the Board of Directors creates. God helps any group succeed at God’s work, but the workers must conduct themselves so they “needeth not to be ashamed.” Pay attention to the big and small picture. It is crucial to consider the implications of every possible choice several steps down the path where each choice leads. Most people will not make the mental effort to do this, which is why your group ended up in the current boggeyhole. Accept there are only so many types of people. Humanity lexingtonlife.com

hasn’t changed in centuries. Study the King James Version of the Sermon on the Mount and any other of Jesus’ instructions. Read them out loud and feel the depth He was trying to convey. Study the word origins. They will mystify you, challenge you, and guide you. This deepening understanding will create an internal compass by which you’ll compare all discussions, trends, and actions. If anything doesn’t line up with this compass, raise your hand and object. It doesn’t matter what “modern thinking” says. People will dislike you for bringing up these truths. You will know you’re on the right path because it’s morally straight and there will be dang few people on it. You are more intelligent than most. Don’t be a butt about it, just accept it’s so. Be patient with those who disagree, and listen close to what they say. If they’re being difficult for the sake of retaining an 8th-Grade mentality, avoid them. Don’t be afraid to be wrong, but don’t be afraid to be right. If you study hard, pray diligently, listen deeply, and pay close attention, you’ll formulate good thoughts which contribute to a good outcome. This is leadership. Direct your thoughts always towards serving God. You will not go wrong.

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

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