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Hooray, spring is here! Coinciding with the beginning of spring, we have the start of baseball season. Each year, youth, high school, college, and the professionals gear up with the hopes and dreams of winning a championship. My youngest son, Noah, 10, moves up to his second year of minors. He has aspirations of playing in the infield and helping lead his Larry Hutto State Farm teammates to the playoffs. Noah loves baseball, whether playing or practicing on the field, playing baseball games on the computer, or watching baseball on TV. We are Pittsburgh Pirates fans and unfortunately, during this off-season, they traded Andrew McCutchen who was their star player and the face of the franchise for the past nine years. “Cutch” Noah with Andrew M cCutchen brought respectability to a franchise that was terrible for the two decades before he made his debut in 2009. See, Andrew McCutchen is 31 years old, which is “ancient” by professional baseball standards, so the Pirates traded him to the San Francisco Giants. Cutch was Noah’s favorite player and tears rolled down his cheeks when I told him the unfortunate news. He sobbed and he was angry. I was too. I feel the Pirates let Andrew McCutchen down. He was cast away after giving his heart and soul to the Pirates for more than a decade, only to be shipped cross country like a FedEx package. In late November, Andrew McCutchen had his firstborn son and named him Steel. It makes me smile to think about all the joys they will experience together as father and son. I hugged Noah extra tight when I tucked him into bed that night. He asked if he could get an Andrew McCutchen Giants jersey. I said absolutely and told him I was going to get one too. He smiled and my heart was filled with joy. Baseball is great, but fatherhood is way better! Have a Happy Easter and thanks for reading. Todd Shevchik
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Saturday, March 10 St. Patrick’s Shamrock Parade 2018 Downtown Lexington, 2 p.m. The Lexington County Blowfish, Greater Lexington Chamber & Visitors Center and the Town of Lexington invite all families from Lexington County to enjoy the third annual St. Patrick’s Shamrock Parade in downtown Lexington. Admission is free. Saturday, March 17 - Sunday, March 18 SC State Gymnastics Competition River Bluff HIgh School, 320 Corley Mill Rd., Lexington, time TBD Palmetto Athletic Center (PAC) is hosting the South Carolina State Gymnastics Competition for Levels 8-10 and Xcel Gold at RBHS. Admission adults/$15; children 5 and under/FREE; family rate/$30 max. View schedule at paclexsc.com. firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thursday, March 29 Taste of Lake Murray 2018 Doubletree by Hilton, 2100 Bush River Rd., Columbia, 6:30 p.m. With a purchased ticket, guests receive food, drinks, and live entertainment from local bands “Men of Distinction” and “Tokyo Joe.” Tickets/$65. All proceeds go towards supporting the fireworks held on Lake Murray every 4th of July. Friday, March 30 Lexington Community Good Friday Service The Icehouse Ampitheater, 107 W Main St., Lexington, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Join the 5 Lexington (Presbyterian Church in America) churches at a Good Friday Service. Saturday, March 31 BBQ & Blues Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 W Main St., Lexington, 11 a.m. Event features Blues Hall of Famer Mac Arnold & Plate Full O Blues. Joining Mac on stage will be Columbia’s own Blues Deluxe. Along with the great blues music, enjoy samples of BBQ from Hudson’s, Old Mill Brew Pub, Roy’s Grille, PK BBQ and Keg Cowboy. Samples are included in the ticket price. Advance tickets/$15 and can be purchased at Keg Cowboy, located at 108 E Main St. in Lexington. Tickets/ $20 at the door.
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David Bennett Playing ball was great, coaching was wonderful, and having an impact on thousands of lives was the best of all. That about sums it up for David Bennett, athletic director for Lexington School District One. He loves ball games, the Midlands, kids from toddlers to teens, and his position as athletic director, which keeps him in touch with all of that. “It’s all about impact,” he says. “When I started coaching, I was involved with about 115 kids and maybe 10 coaches. Later, at River Bluff High School, there were 700 players and 90 coaches. Here at Lexington One, I oversee 26,000 students and 450 coaches. That’s a wide reach.” This sports fan says it’s in his blood. He started life in Greer, S.C., where his father was a mill worker and a recreational sports coach and his mother a teacher. They later moved to Cheraw, S.C. and young David found himself participating in football, tennis, basketball, and even track. “I remember advice from Coach Bourne there,” he recalls. “Since I was the football quarterback, I spent the spring semester with track rather than baseball, so I could be faster on the field.” His college career encompassed Presbyterian College with mentor Cally Gault, USC, and Clemson where he was a graduate assistant to Danny Ford. An accident in his freshman year of college caused a broken leg, which put him out of commission on the football field until his senior year, but he went on to parlay his knowledge and training into a successful coaching career. He coached at Goose Creek High, Newberry College, Catawba College in North Carolina, and Coastal Carolina, then on to River Bluff in Lexington, and now athletic director at Lexington One. “In sports and education, it’s all about impacting lives,” he says. “What can I do to make a difference? Every day we should strive to get better at influencing and helping our children. I’ve even heard our Superintendent Dr. Little say, ‘I don’t care about the wins and losses; it’s the culture we are passing along that matters.’” This South Carolina coach has been named coach of the year numerous times at the various schools where he coached, even at the regional and national levels. Coach Bennett and his wife Melanie have two children. Hayes has her undergraduate from Clemson, a master’s from Texas A & M and is studying for her doctorate in sports psychology. Jeb played two years of college golf and will graduate from Catawba College with a degree in marketing in May. n lexingtonlife.com
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After a cold winter, local high school sports turn to the outdoors again and the baseball diamond, where games are won or lost by great pitching, solid defense, or a well-placed base hit. “America’s pastime” enjoys a strong following in the Midlands, and our local area teams are perennially in the conversation
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Lexington� WILDCATS The Lexington Wildcats had another good season in 2017, bowing out of the playoffs in the Lower State game to crosstown rivals River Bluff. Head coach Brian Hucks says they’ll have a good portion of that team back on the field this year to try and finish the job. “We graduated many of last year’s team, but we’ll still be returning 11 seniors, nine of them with college commitments,” he says. “We have a good chance to get back there and win those last couple games.” They will do that with a veteran pitching staff that includes Jonathan Howlett, a USC Upstate commitment; Nathan Roof, a North Greenville College commitment; and junior Andrew Romanoli, along with Ty Watts, who could be either a starter or the lead in the Wildcats bullpen. “When you are strong on the mound it keeps you in every game,” Hucks says. On the field, they’ll have fourth-year starter Jared Kirven moving from catcher to shortstop (he is a College of Charleston commitment); Noah Huthmaker at third and Chase Crouch at first, both of whom are committed to Erskine.
“For high school coaches in general, it’s a calling,” he says. “My primary job is to mold these young men and teach them how to be successful long after their sports career has ended.” The Wildcats have a bright future ahead for many years, if inter-
“When you are strong on the mound it keeps you in every game.” Coach Brian Hucks “We will have to change our approach a little this season from being built on speed to hitting more extra bases,” Hucks says. “We’ll adjust and still play aggressive to force the issue and get in scoring position.” For Hucks, baseball is about more than just the game on the field. lexingtonlife.com
est in the sport locally is any indication. “We had 65 middle schoolers try out for our middle school team this year,” Hucks says. “Lexington is definitely a baseball community – look at last year’s playoffs, with us and River Bluff among the last four teams in the state championships.” n March 2018 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 19
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In only the fifth year of the program after River Bluff was formed from splitting off of Lexington High School, the Gators wound up playing for a state championship last season and ultimately losing to Northwestern in three games. Overall, the team has been hugely successful since the start, with three region championships and a Lower State championship to its credit, launching it into the elite programs statewide. “Making it to state officially gives us the respect for having a quality baseball program,” head coach Mark Bonnette says. “We’ve been fortunate to have good players, coaching staff, and an excellent facility and support from our school. We take pride in our accomplishments and have worked hard to get there, but every year is a new team; that’s the fun of high school sports.” With 10 seniors from last season graduated, including six starters and two of their top pitchers, it is indeed a brand-new team. They’ll still offer up some experience on the field, however. The pitching staff is depleted but will include seniors Hunter Garris and Grant Brittingham along with promising sophomore Ricky Williams and junior Cleburne Gray; the outfield will include USC Aiken commitment Jackson Hannon and Clemson commitment Alex Urban. The infield will be an area to watch with an allnew group, including junior Noah Lebron and senior Grey Burnett. “Our goal every year is to get the most out of the team we
have,” says Coach Bonnette. “We lost guys who had experience in those pressure situations like the playoffs, but this is a talented group that we’ll just have to see how far they can go. We think if we do things the right way, we can develop players and help them make the right choices on and off the field.” n
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As the largest private school sports program in the area, Northside Christian is in a growth mode that shows no sign of stopping any time soon. The program is now in the 2A level of the independent SCISA league statewide, within the Lower State region. They will also be playing on a brand-new field on the school campus, which is nearing completion and should be ready by opening home games in March. Prior to this, the school played on several different school and park fields, so having a home field finally should give the team and its fans a boost. “The school is growing and the team along with it,” says varsity baseball coach Matt Murphy. “We’re surrounded by the big public schools in 4A and 5A divisions where baseball is a big deal, but we are building a program here, too.” Murphy has two seniors returning in Joseph Chiles and Levi Peterson; juniors to watch for include Thornton Dykes, Brandon Pack, and Dean Harper. One advantage the private school setting has is its K-12 status, Murphy claims.
“I’ve had these players in most cases since they started in middle school, and they already know the program we are trying to build here,” he says. “It’s starting to click a little bit with them, that hard work pays off.” The new level they’ll play at means new teams to face, but Murphy says they will take whatever challenges arise in stride and just enjoy the games. “Every year you get excited about playing, no matter who it is you’re up against,” he says. “If not, you’d quit. I have really good kids on this team, and a great support system with parents and administration.” Being a private institution also means the approach he and fellow coaches can take is different than what’s allowed in the public school system. “It allows me a totally different avenue to reach these kids,” Murphy says. “We can pray before and after practice, and I’m here not just to teach them about baseball but about life, from the perspective of using it as a tool. I love on them and hold them to a high level of discipline at the same time; it’s those small details that matter.” n
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The White Knoll Timberwolves begin the 2018 season with a new head varsity baseball coach, Blake Roland. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Roland was a player at the school less than a decade ago; he was on JV when the Timberwolves won the state championship in 2010. After playing some college ball at Charleston Southern, Roland spent the last few seasons on the staff at Stratford High School in the Lowcountry before this
Roland is optimistic about the team’s chances this year but says it will be the basics that will get them there. “We have a young staff with an old school approach, so we will rely on pitching and defense to keep us in games, but at the end of the day we have to put an emphasis on putting the ball in play and getting runners on base and, with that, putting pressure on our opponents on the base paths.”
“The greatest thing we can do for our athletes is prepare them for life.” opportunity opened up for him, something he says just seemed meant to happen. “It was all God’s timing,” Roland says. “A lot of doors opened up that led me back home, and I’m looking to grow the program with the support of the administration and the students and staff.” Roland plans to have the team looking inward, not outward, for their success going forward. “Our goals are to be who we are and focus less on opponents and more on what we are able to accomplish and the things we are able to control.” The 2018 lineup promises to be a mixture of experience and new faces, Roland says. “We’re going to rely on a heavy dose of upperclassmen to provide offensive results as well as a couple of sophomores who will have a chance to contribute early on from the plate,” he says. “Defensively we have some depth in the outfield, and we’ll have some new faces on the mound for us.” The team’s only college commitment so far this year is for senior Parker Wieder, headed to Erskine College. lexingtonlife.com
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Roland may be a new head coach, but his philosophy echoes that of his more veteran peers. “The greatest thing we can do for our athletes is prepare them for life, attempting to make them better young men; that’s our goal at White Knoll,” Roland says. n
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different sign now stands in front of the dental office located at 110 Charter Oak Road on the outskirts of Lexington. More than just a name change, this recent unveiling of the updated moniker â€œSouthern Shores Dentalâ€? also represents new developments within the customer-centric care already provided by a longstanding and respected family practice. The conscientiousness of the practice is immediately apparent as soon as one enters the spacious, high-ceilinged waiting room, which is designed with the patients in mind. Furnished with comfortable leather couches, a gas fireplace and a large flat-screen television, this cozy
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“The most rewarding part of dentistry is having those relationships and touching people’s lives” they decided to move to Lexington and closer to her family. “I wanted to be a dentist since I was five,” says Dr. Smith. He contemplated medical school while working as a clinical researcher for an anesthesiologist as an undergrad, but “I just liked the idea of owning your own practice and creating those relationships that I get to have with my patients,” he says. “The most rewarding part of dentistry is having those relationships and touching people’s lives, particularly when you get to really fix someone’s smile and the
impact that has on them.” Until recently, “The name of his practice was ‘Dr. Jon D. Smith, Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry, LLC,’” he explains, but when the practice began to grow, he decided to change the name to “Southern Shores Dental.” About a year ago, Dr. Caroline Hartley, a married mother of three who is from Aiken and has been practicing dentistry for 10 years, joined the Southern Shores’ team. The terms “restorative dentistry” in the original name are defined as “any type of dentistry that restores the natural dentition
to its original function,” explains Dr. Smith, and the practice also provides general dentistry services for every member of the family. The office even has some extended hours and is currently open on one Saturday and two Fridays each month and two evenings during the week. The website at southernshoresdental.com offers additional details about the office hours and location, contact information, staff members, procedures, etc., or potential patients can call the office directly at (803) 939-5920. “We cater to our patients’ needs, and we really do feel like our patients are our family,” says Dr. Smith. “I’ve been in practice for 20 years, and a lot of these patients have been with me for 20 years, and they all send their friends and family here because they are friends and family. It really is a sense of community within the practice, as it is within the town.” “We’re proud to be part of Lexington and the community,” he adds, and for many years he has supported various Lexington School District One activities and has been personally involved in coaching youth soccer and baseball teams. Southern Shores Dental won the popular vote for the Best of Lexington Life in 2017 and 2018. Some time ago, it was also featured on WOLO’s local version of Extreme Makeover. About this opportunity, Dr. Smith clarified that the only “extreme” was having so much work done at once. “The surgical part is not extreme,” he explains. “That’s what those guys do every day … We go to work and we fix smiles … You don’t have to go to LA to get this done … We have outstanding people right here.” “We want to continue to grow and serve the people of Lexington with convenience and excellent care,” he concludes. “To me, that’s what it all comes down to … is doing good work and standing behind it.” n
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t was a warm summer’s afternoon in 1937. The two boys had worked in the family field most of the morning. Guiding the reins of their patient mule, they followed behind while he plowed furrows along the fertile soil. Lunch was a sweet potato, harvested from the field, then baked and smothered in warm butter. On most afternoons, the boys rested after lunch on the small knoll overlooking the road, hoping to see a car. They kept careful count, comparing their figures to previous days. Today was different. Their mother’s discarded pocketbook had sparked an idea. It caught their eye from the old metal trash can behind the house. Raymond saw it first, calling out to his twin to bring the ball of string their father kept in the barn. After tying one end of string to the purse handle, they placed it in a visible position on the road. The string played out as the boys found their hiding place among the pecan trees. They focused their attention on the empty country road. Before long, a car appeared. The driver braked for a closer look but moved on. Twenty minutes later, the next driver pulled over and approached the purse. With a slow, steady tug, the boys reeled the bait across the field and out of sight, leaving the witless driver none the richer. Most found the boys hard to tell apart, especially their fourth-grade teacher. On one occasion, she got lucky when one of the twins arrived missing a button from his
shirt. The teacher’s relief was short-lived when the remaining twin removed the identical button from his own shirt. Character Building When twin brothers Hampton and Raymond Caughman were born on January 10, 1927, they were the last of 10 children and the second set of twins. America’s Roaring Twenties were drawing to a close, the Great Depression just two years away. Calvin Coolidge, the son of a Vermont farmer, was the Republican president, and Charles Lindbergh made the first solo nonstop trans-Atlantic flight, from New York to Paris in the Spirit of St. Louis. Life in Lexington was much different in those years. There were a little over a thousand inhabitants, and, like the Caughmans, most were farmers. The Caughmans inherited the industrious character of their German immigrants, known for their independence and ability to grow numerous varieties of crops. The Caughmans raised “everything you could think of” year-round: mustard greens, collards, radishes, gooseberries, blackberries, peaches, pecans, apples, and much more. Their original property encompassed 1000 acres, running from the railroad tracks across Highway 378, to what is now part of the Woodcreek neighborhood. It was common practice in those days for mothers to have their children at home. lexingtonlife.com
Adjacent to Ray’s property stands the family home where all of the Caughman children were born. The twins’ father was out pruning peach trees when they were born on a cold January Monday. When told of their birth, his single question was, “How are they doing?” “They’re doing fine,” was the response. Mother and babies were healthy. “So, he went back to pruning peach trees,” Ray says. With 10 children to feed, and a meager annual farming income of $300, their father took employment as the Lexington County coroner, which he held for 28 of his 30-year term, until his death in 1965. The Caughman children developed resilience, self-sufficiency, persistence, and ingenuity: qualities that have sustained them throughout their lives. Although the country was in the thick of the Great Depression during the boys’ early years, they were already adept at living within their means. When asked how the Depression affected them, both men agreed that their frugal lifestyle was deep-rooted by then. The brothers earned money to help purchase some of their possessions. They bought their first bicycle with funds earned from gathering Catawba worms, a favorite fishing bait, plucked from the leaves of the Catawba trees. Once the bike was theirs, the boys wasted no time pedaling to West Columbia’s Buff Pond for a swim. When the boys started school at age six, their teacher watched them strain to see the blackboard. She sent home a note, advising their parents that both needed eyeglasses. Six dollars for one pair of eyeglasses was costly in those days. So, Raymond and Hampton raised the money to buy their own eyeglasses by selling bantam eggs. Coming of Age, Raymond Hamp and Raymond entered the army together after graduation in 1945, serving for a year and a half. Both were sent to China as part of the occupation forces; both received three promotions together; and both returned home together in 1946. The military’s “Sole Survivor Policy” was not officially implemented until two years later. One day, soon after the twins’ return from the army, a bank cashier named Jake stopped by the farm. Raymond and his dad were in the field, breaking corn. “I want your boy to come work at the bank,” Jake told Ray’s father. lexingtonlife.com
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groups. On January 17, 2008, the first annual “Heart of Lexington One” event was held to honor Ray. He was recognized for his love and commitment to his Lexington community throughout his personal and professional life. Raymond and his wife Elizabeth, who celebrated their 66th anniversary in 2017, had three children. When asked how Raymond and Elizabeth, whom Ray calls “Libby,” celebrated their anniversary, Hampton interjected, “They celebrate every day!” *** At one time, Ray, Hamp, and their families owned eight Tennessee Walking Horses, which they trained and showed in exhibitions. A large red barn on the property housed the elegant horses. A lovely painting of the barn and numerous framed photos of their performing show horses adorn the living room walls. Hampton organized the Lexington Rotary Horse Show for the club he co-founded in 1968.
Ray remembers, “Daddy said if I wanted to, I could. He knew that farming was a hard way to make a living.” So, Ray went to work for the Bank of Lexington. As an assistant cashier, Ray was one of only three bank employees at the only bank in town. During his tenure, the bank went through several mergers. Raymond organized the Lexington State Bank where he served as president, chief executive officer and member of the board of directors from 1966–1994 when The Lexington State Bank merged with BB&T. Ray says, “I didn’t apply for that first job. lexingtonlife.com
Many years have passed since then. I have had several different jobs in banking, for which I didn’t apply. I’ve never had to apply for any of my jobs.” Raymond was in banking in Lexington for 50 years and eight and a half months. Upon his father’s death, he completed his father’s remaining two years as coroner. He then ran for a four-year term unopposed, during which time he served as a banker, sold life insurance, farmed, and even worked at a service station. After his retirement in 1999, Raymond remained active in local planning boards, restoration, committees, church, and civic
Hampton In 1940, 13-year-old Hampton began working for his Uncle Hamp at his Columbia grocery store. He worked from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., earning $1.75/day. In those days, Hamp says, you could buy a bowl of vegetable soup, an RC Cola, and a hamburger for just 35 cents. Hamp’s experience was excellent training for his post-war business venture. In 1948, Hamp and his brother-in-law borrowed $4,000 to purchase another grocery store in West Columbia’s Triangle City, raising an additional $35 to pay the light meter deposit. Hamp married the following year, in 1949, and the couple would raise two children. Eventually, in 1964, Hamp moved the store to Lexington. At the time, “Hamp’s Red & White” was the only chain grocery store in town and provided excellent service to its customers. In numerous interviews with Lexington residents from those days, everyone mentions Hamp’s Red & White as one of the town’s mainstays. Hamp eventually sold the store in 1982 as other supermarkets began opening in town. Today, the Lexington Sears store occupies the former site of Hamp’s Red and White. Hamp went into catering for several years, followed by two years’ employment March 2018 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 43
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(Author’s note) I was pleasantly surprised to meet Raymond and Hampton Caughman. Both are gentlemen from a time when men helped escort women out doors, down steps, and back to their vehicles, especially in a drenching rain when an interviewer comes to visit. Both wore the same colored suspenders on the day of my visit. Was it planned? There were no shirt buttons missing, and as long as they weren’t sitting side-by-side, I could tell the two apart. I miss the generation that raised us. My parents were among them. Ray and Hamp will turn 91 on January 10. They live their lives with strength, grace, humor, and love, and they have a great deal to teach those of us who think we know it all. Our interview was a day I will not soon forget, and I am most grateful for the opportunity to spend time with both of them, and Raymond’s wife, Libby, too.
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children to hold and read. 6. Her first book was “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.” It was originally written as a letter to a boy called Noel Moore, who was the son of an ex-governess. A few years later, she decided to turn it into a book and sent it to six publishers—all of whom turned it down. 7. Not put off, Beatrix decided to pay to have the story published and so privately ordered 250 copies. They were so popular that the print run had to be repeated. 8. A friend of Beatrix’s, Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, vicar of Wray Church, eventually persuaded the publishers Frederick Warne to look at the book again, and they decided to take it on—on the condition that she re-draw the pictures in color. 9. “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” was published commercially in October 1902, with a print run of 8000. Each book cost one shilling each. It’s believed by many to have been the first-ever picture story book for children. 10. By 1903, “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” had sold over 50,000 copies. She used the money she earned to buy a field in Cumbria; one of her key interests was real estate investment. 11. The publishing company, Frederick Warne, was run in Beatrix’s time by his three sons. The youngest was called Norman, and he became Beatrix’s editor. 12. Her book, “The Tailor of Gloucester,” was based on a story that her cousin, Caroline Hutton, had told her. She self-published it in 1903, paying for 500 copies to be printed, but, after sending one to Norman Warne, he published it as a follow-up to “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.” This book was said to be her favorite. 13. “The Tailor of Gloucester” was published in time for Christmas in 1903, along with “The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin.” 14. The original story about Squirrel Nutkin had been sent in a letter to Norah Moore, the sister of Noel Moore. Beatrix had to borrow it back to use it as the basis for her book. 15. Beatrix became good friends with Mille (Amelia) Warne, the unmarried sister of the Warne brothers. She lived in the family home in Bedford Square, along with Norman and their widowed mother. 16. The inspiration for the book “The Tale of Two Bad Mice” came from a doll’s house, which Norman Warne had made for his niece Winifred. 17. “The Tale of Two Bad Mice” and “The Tale of Benjamin Bunny” were both published in September 1904. 18. The book “The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle” was based on Kitty MacDonald, the washerwoman at Beatrix’s holiday home in Dalguise, and Beatrix’s own pet hedgehog, Mrs Tiggy. 19. On July 25, 1905, Norman Warne wrote to Beatrix with a marriage proposal. Although Beatrix wanted to accept, her parents disapproved. lexingtonlife.com
20. Norman and Beatrix did become engaged, but sadly Norman soon became ill and died from pernicious anaemia. 21. Just before Norman’s death, Beatrix bought a small farm in the Lake District called Hill Top, and she began to spend a lot more time there. 22. At the age of 47 in October 1913, Beatrix married William Heelis, a solicitor. 23. Beatrix was a breeder of prize-winning Herwick sheep. She was the first woman to be elected president-designate of the Herdwick Sheepbreeders’ Association 24. In 1943, Beatrix gave her collection of over 450 fungi, natural history, microscopic and archaeology watercolors to the Armitt Library and Museum in Ambleside, Cumbria. 25. Beatrix died aged 77, on December 22, 1943 at Near Sawrey, Ambleside Cumbria. 26. She left a total of 14 farms and 4,000 acres of land to the National Trust. 27. “The World of Beatrix Potter” is a visitor attraction center in Bowness-on-Windermere, in Cumbria. 28. Flopsy is one of Peter Rabbit’s sisters and features in several books, such as “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” “The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies,” and “The Tale of Mr Tod.” Another sister is Mopsy. 29. Peter Rabbit’s third sister is Cotton-Tail. She features in “The Tale of Mr Tod” and as an adult in “Appley Dapply’s Nursery Rhymes.” 30. “The Tale of Mr Jeremy Fisher” was published in 1906. Like many of the other books, the story began as an illustrated letter to a child, this time a boy called Eric Moore. She wrote it on holiday in Scotland. 31. “The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck” was published in 1908. It draws on the Lake District for inspiration and is based on a real duck that lived at Hill Top Farm. 32. “The Tale of Pigling Bland” was published in 1913. It was also the year that Beatrix got married and became involved in farming. Her own farmyard was the setting for this story. 33. Beatrix had to borrow a kitten in order to draw the illustration for the kitten character called Miss Moppet. 34. The human character, Mr McGregor, appears in several books. He’s best remembered for chasing Peter Rabbit out of his garden but also appears in “The Tale of Benjamin Bunny” and “The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies.” 35. “The Tale of Mr Tod” was published in 1912 and tells the story of Mr Tod the fox who’s an enemy of the rabbit family. 36. The principal mouse in “The Tale of Two bad mice” was based on Beatrix’s own pet mouse, called Hunca Muna. 37. Frederick Warne and Company is now an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. 38. In the film Miss Potter, actress Renee Zellweger plays the character of Beatrix Potter. March 2018 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 49
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39. The Beatrix Potter Society was founded in 1980 to study and appreciate the life and works of Beatrix Potter. 40. Best known as a writer, Beatrix was also a landscape and natural history artist, a diarist, farmer, and conservationist. 41. Hill Top farm, Beatrix’s first house in the Lake District is now in the care of the National Trust. It is open to the public on a seasonal basis. 42. The Beatrix Potter Gallery can be found at Hawkshead, Cumbria. It’s home to an exhibition of Beatrix’s watercolors, which change on an annual basis. 43. The Beatrix Pottery Gallery is located in the restored premises of her husband, William Heelis’s offices in the Main Street at Hawkshead. The building has been recreated with some original furnishings and furniture. 44. Many of Beatrix’s watercolors, childhood sketches, letters and photographs can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. 45. The historic building in Gloucester which Beatrix used as inspiration for the tailor’s house in “The Tailor of Gloucester” is open to the public. It’s close to Gloucester cathedral. n
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he awesome destructive power of nuclear weapons has hung over the world since the end of World War II. Despite their unimaginable destructive potential, nuclear-armed countries managed to lose up to 50 nuclear weapons during the Cold War. Most of these incidents were covered up by authoritarian regimes in the USSR and China, but the United States, being a more open country, admits to the loss of 11 weapons, reports Spiegel Online. Of the 11 nuclear weapons lost by the United States, here are the five most interesting. The Nuke Lost in North Carolina As part of nuclear deterrence, the United States operated its nuclear-armed B-52 Stratofortress bombers on constant alert during most of the 1950s and 60s. These planes flew in large circles around North America at all times, creating a “Chrome Dome.” They refueled in the air and only returned to base for crew lexingtonlife.com
changes. They were the vanguard of American nuclear deterrence, providing immediate response capabilities in the event of nuclear attack, but having nuclear-armed bombers in constant rotation lead to multiple accidents. On January 24, 1961, a B-52 crashed in North Carolina swampland after a mid-air explosion caused by a fuel leak,
killing three of eight crew members. The bomber’s two Mark 39 thermonuclear weapons released. One bomb went through multiple arming stages, including releasing its parachute, which eventually saved it from destruction. However, the other bomb plowed into the ground, disintegrating on impact. Despite their best efforts, the U.S. Air Force only found parts of the second bomb. They were hampered by the dense, wet ground and decided to simply purchase the land, turning it into a permanent easement and no-go zone for the general public. To this day most of the thermonuclear fusion stage remains lost deep below the surface.
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on January 21, 1968, killing one of the seven crew members. As the crash in North Carolina, this bomber was part of the Chrome Dome deterrence program. Far within the Arctic Circle in the dead of winter, the B-52’s inefficient heating systems were pushed to the limit to keep the crew warm. One crew member sitting right above a heating vent plugged it with his coat, which quickly caught fire, forcing the team to abandon the bomber. This B-52 was carrying four hydrogen bombs, and as the pilot brought the plane in for a crash landing, the conventional explosives on board detonated, rupturing the nuclear weapons. Large areas contaminated with radioactive debris would’ve caused major problems had they not been so sparsely populated. After a massive cleanup operation, the Air Force managed to recover most of the four bombs. However, the secondary stage of one weapon remained lost after it buried its way through the sea ice, landing somewhere on the floor of the Arctic Ocean. The Air Force ended Chrome Dome operations after this failure, fearing the results of further poten-
tial accidents in more populated areas.
The Nuke That Fell Off the Deck of an Aircraft Carrier Most nuclear weapons were lost at sea, where they were often hard to locate and recover in deep waters. One of the first happened on December 5, 1965, when an A-4E Skyhawk carrying a hydrogen bomb fell off the side of the USS Ticonderoga aircraft carrier, sinking like a rock to the bottom of the Pacific, over 16,000 feet down. The cause of the accident remains unclear. Though the Skyhawk was reported lost in 1965, the United States did not reveal the full extent of the accident until 1989, admitting to both the loss of the hydrogen bomb and that the incident occurred only 80 miles from Japan.
The Two Nukes Lost on the USS Scorpion Sometime between May 21 and May 27, 1968, the nuclear submarine USS Scorpion ended up strewn across the floor of the Atlantic, over 10,000 feet down. Onboard had been two Mark
45 Astor nuclear torpedoes. Rumors abound over the cause, with most suggesting mechanical malfunction or battery explosion, but some claim the submarine crashed with a Soviet vessel. No one knows the reason for sure, and reports declassified in 1993 did not clarify the situation. The U.S. Navy last heard from the Scorpion on May 21, 1968. When it didn’t arrive at its intended destination on May 27, they started a search. It took over five months before they found the vessel’s wreckage about 400 miles off the Azores, where the Scorpion’s two nuclear-tipped torpedoes remain on to this day. The United States was not the only country to lose nuclear weapons on submarines. In one well-known incident, the USSR lost three to four nuclear missiles at sea after one of their submarines sank in the Pacific in 1968. The Chrome Dome program may be long gone, but many American submarines still carry armed nuclear missiles that could be lost if another incident occurs at sea. Nuclear weapons require immense care, yet they remain in the hands of fallible humans. n
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On Saturday, February 10, a sold-out crowd of just over 1,150 fathers and daughters danced the night away at Lexington High School, creating lasting memories while benefitting the Lexington Main Library. There are no age restrictions for dance guests, but most daughters in attendance range in age from three to fourteen years old. The event had a Valentine’s theme and music selections ranged from beach, to hip-hop, to country and pop. Light appetizers and desserts were served along with punch and the event’s signature tea cakes. At the end of the evening, each girl received a pink carnation as a souvenir. This event started in 2006 as a way to raise money and awareness for the Lexington Main Library, but it has become a Lexington tradition for fathers and daughters. Proceeds from the dance benefit the Youth Services Department at the Lexington Main Library. For more information on Friends events and how to support the Lexington Main Library, visit lmlfriends.org.
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I dug a hole in my flower garden at Thursday’s first light. I piled the good, soft dirt to one side. The earthworms which transform all things into life wriggled in the sun. I remembered when a woman in town asked if I wanted a dog. I’d been thinking about getting one. “Her mom was a Jack Russell and her dad was a yellow Lab.” She went to her car and returned with a little khaki-colored puppy. “She ought to be a good dog.” I cradled the little pup and rubbed her tummy. She looked at me and stuck her tongue out. Her little brown eyes twinkled and she burrowed the side of her face against my chest. “I reckon so.”
When we got home, I put the tiny little khaki-colored puppy who would fit in my boot down on the ground. She wagged her tail. I said: “Sit.” She sat right down. “You’re already a good dog.” Daddy told me: “Son, walk a new puppy around your property line three times. Keep telling him ‘this is the line, this is the line, good dog.’ If you do that, he will always know what to do.” I remembered that first walk as I piled the flower-garden hole’s hard clay in a separate pile. I was no longer chilly with the morning now. And I remembered walking the little pup around the line. I was searching for an easily-hollered, short, snappy name. The little khaki-colored pup was tired. I stopped and said “Sit.” She sat right down. I tested by hollering: “Khaki!” It was perfect. I whistled low and looked her in the eye. “Good dog, Khaki, good dog.” She liked her name, and we finished our three laps. After I finished the hole, I took Khaki to my shop in town. She loved to ride. We walked slowly around the shop yard. Khaki watched intentDavid Clark writes and ly with her graying ears works in Cochran, GA. pricked up tall when a Connect with him at email@example.com. train came by. I gave her half a piece of sausage. Her tail wagged and she enjoyed every bite. We resumed our short walk around the yard, but she stopped after ten steps. Her tailed still wagged, but the Mighty Khaki was tired. I carried her to the truck and Christine drove us out to Doc John’s. Khaki couldn’t stand on the exam table. Doc John looked at me close and put his hand on my arm. I could not speak. I nodded, and two seconds later Khaki was sitting on Heaven’s Back Porch giving Daddy a full report about all we’d done together for the last four thousand-odd days. I gently placed the soft, good dirt over her. I packed the clay tight on top, and covered it with old bricks. The hole was filled now and mounded over. Now the flower-garden hole was full. Another hole opened deep down in my old, hard clay. I whispered out: “Good Dog, Khaki, good dog.” And I cried like I hadn’t cried in a long, long time. n March 2018 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 61
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