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Give Thanks! 803-359-5393 • 520 29072 2 | LEXINGTON LIFE | November 2021 Columbia Ave • Lexington, SC

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We value your trust and confidence in us for the care of your loved one. Our individualized services help your loved one remain safe and comfortable in their own home, while providing you peace-of-mind. Let our caregivers help you or your loved one with activities of daily living • Bathing, dressing, and grooming • Medication reminders • Light housekeeping

• Meal planning and preparation • Walking and transfer assistance • Respite care services

• Transportation to appointments • Shopping and errands • Companionship and more

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We are immeasurably grateful to you for your kind and generous support that has allowed us to provide 30 years of services to the Midlands and surrounding communities. We wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving! In addition to rescue and adoptions, our services and programs include: VET CLINIC - Full-service, low-cost vet clinic and online pharmacy  GROOMING - Full-service grooming services (dogs and cats)  ALTERNATIVE VET MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION THERAPIES - Alternative veterinary medicine and therapies including chiropractic, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, cool laser light, CBD, essential oils  BOARDING - Overnight dog boarding and care  CANINE COMPANIONS - Companion pets program for Military Veterans  MUTTS WITH MANNERS - Certified positive reinforcement behavioral modification dog training, including group classes, private classes, boarding training camp, and workshops  CAT COTTAGE - Boarding facility for felines currently under construction  THRIFT STORE - Thrift Avenue (1217 Sunset Blvd, W. Columbia) supports our mission and rescues  OTHER - Volunteerism, planned giving, employer matches, peer-to-peer support, AmazonSmile, advertising, events 

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VET CLINIC: M - Sa: 9am - 5pm ADOPTION CENTER: M - Sa: 9am - 5pm; Sun: 12pm-5pm 300 Orchard Dr., W. Columbia  803-739-9333 

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Are you and your family planning to have turkey this Thanksgiving? At our house I will be deep frying our family’s gobble gobbler. It is a good bit of prep work to get ready for the turkey day fry. The propane tank needs re-filled and the frying oil needs to be purchased in bulk. The turkey needs injected and scrubbed with dry rub seasoning to insure the maximum in fried turkey skin delectability. I enjoy being in charge of the turkey fry on Thanksgiving because it keeps me busy. With so much responsibility entrusted to me, aka the turkey fry daddy, I am not able to lounge on the sofa and watch television. This usually results in me yelling inside for updates on the football scores or for someone to bring me something to snack on. However, you prepare your Thanksgiving feast, I hope you enjoy both the preparation and the consumption of your meal. Congratulations to all the nominees in the Best of Lexington Life 2022 competition. You can still vote for your favorites on our website at Running a small business is no easy task, especially in these current times, and I am thankful we have so many dedicated and talented business owners invested in our Lexington community. I want to take a moment and say how thankful I am for my family and especially my wife Donna. We just celebrated our twenty-fourth anniversary and I’m fortunate she tolerates me. Deep down I think she just keeps me around for my Thanksgiving turkey frying, but please keep that between us. Thanks for reading, Todd Shevchik


DIRECTOR OF SALES Donna Shevchik 803-518-8853


EDITOR Kristi Antley

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Colleen McMahon, Marcy Roberts, Natalie Szrajer, Marilyn Thomas, Jackie Perrone

EDITOR EMERITUS Allison Caldwell

STAFF PHOTO BY Clark Berry Photography

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contents Features


14 Gibson Pond 17 Best of Lexington Nominees 30 Homeless No More Helping Families in Need 36 5 Ways to Protect Your Leather Boots 42 Lexington vs. River Bluff 46 One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure 52 Low Cost Holiday Entrées 61 What can Cure a Cold?

9 From the Publisher 10 Calendar of Events 13 Lexington Leader 59 Spice of Life

Columns 11 Faith Matters

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NOVEMBER Sunday, November 7th Lexington County Veteran’s Day Parade Main St. and Southlake Dr., Lexington, 3:00 p.m. Bring the family to watch the 19th Annual Lexington County Veteran’s Day Parade honoring Mr. Murray Price and Mr. Hugh Rogers. (Rain date is Nov. 14th) Saturday, November 13th and Sunday, November 14th Christmas Arts & Crafts Market S.C. State Farmers Market, 3484 Charleston Hwy, West Columbia Sat. 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00.-4:00 p.m. There is something for everyone at this free event-food, crafts, demonstrations, plants, homemade goods, etc. For more details visit Thursday, November 18th 36th Annual Vista Lights Gervais and Lincoln Streets, Columbia, time to be determined Be a part of the neighborhood’s signature open house with live entertainment and performances that will get you into the Christmas spirit! Visit for specific schedule information.

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Sunday, December 12th Lexington County Museum Christmas Open House 231 Fox St., Lexington, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Explore historic structures decorated in period fashion and experience live cooking demonstrations. For more information call 803359-8369.

Submit your event info five weeks in advance to Events will be included as space permits. 10 | LEXINGTON LIFE | November 2021

Kevin Thumpston Watershed Fellowship

711 E. Main St., Lexington (803)738-5335 WHAT DID JESUS GIVE THANKS FOR? It is shocking how little the Scriptures speak of Jesus giving thanks, but it is even more astounding at why he gave thanks. The meager occurrences don’t minimize Jesus’ thankfulness but magnify it. Jesus gave thanks at the tomb of Lazarus, the feeding of the multitudes, the Passover, and on the Emmaus Road. Jesus’ thanksgiving reveals much about the nature of giving thanks. Jesus gave thanks to reveal his allegiance to the Father and to those under his care. “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I know that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” Jesus wanted those under his care to have no doubts about whom he was serving and to whom they should put their trust. He was not just a miracle worker, but the Son of God committed to do the will of his Heavenly Father. Jesus gave thanks as an act of faith. We typically thank God after we have received something, but Jesus gave thanks as an act of faith before God’s provision. “Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves.” Jesus gave thanks for the opportunity to display God’s generosity and his faithfulness to provide for his people. Likewise, we should be thankful that God is always faithful to give us all that we need. Jesus gave thanks for the opportunity to sacrifice himself. Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to disciples, saying, “Take and eat, this is my body.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Jesus thanked God that he could sacrifice himself for sinners like us. We ask God not to bring suffering into our lives, but Jesus thanked the Father for the opportunity to give his life away for others. May we learn to give thanks this Thanksgiving to reveal our allegiance to Christ, for the opportunity to display his glorious provision, and to give our lives away for others. n

Coffee @ 10:00 | Worship Gathering @ 10:30 Live streaming on Facebook Live @watershedfellowship

Happy Holidays from our family to yours. Stay safe on the roads this season!

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Get your home ready for the holidays!

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by Jackie Perrone

Ronnie Sox If Ronnie Sox had a logo, it would be a “wheel.” He’s been rolling along at full speed for just about all his life, and in his so-called “retirement,” it’s all big rigs and drag racing. Plenty of good causes have benefited from his drives, and he enjoys photography, recording a lot of big events and volunteering. This Lexington citizen comes from a family that has near200-year-old roots here. His father was a farmer who went into the well-drilling business and passed away at the age of 51; his mother is doing well these days at age 92. “My first paycheck came at age 12,” he recalls. “This was working in the family business, well-drilling. In high school, I drove school buses; then, while I was a student at Midlands Tech, I got a job with UPS unloading trailers after school. Soon a full-time delivery job came open, and several years later I moved into a full-time tractor-trailer position where I stayed until retirement.” Although he retired from UPS in 2014, he continued that affiliation by doing seasonal Christmas delivery for several more years. (Note the Wheels.) Here’s how Ronnie Sox describes his current activities: “I spend my time working with FASS Big Rig Racing, following

big rig truck shows and old gasser drag racing. I take pictures at all these events and donate them to the groups to use for publicity for future events.” For the past five years, he has helped with The SC World’s Largest Convoy for the Special Olympics. This group raises some $40,000 to $50,000 each year. And while you’re watching Santa Claus in local Christmas parades, sneak a look at Santa’s driver. There’s Ronnie, at the wheel of a 1951 American LaFrance ladder fire truck. This kid is still working on growing up! He enjoys looking back on the big changes he has seen in this community over his lifetime. “I-20 went through my dad’s farm,” he says. “Mineral Springs Road went from dirt to pavement; Hwy 1 and 378 went from two lanes to five. Two police cars for the town, fire service was voluntary back then. In 1983, I was one of the three UPS drivers serving all Lexington addresses.” Ronnie has been married to Angela Griggs Sox since 1983. n November 2021 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 13

Photography by Clark Berry

Gibson Pond Park

241 Gibson Rd., Lexington

Gibson Pond Park has a rich history in the Lexington community. The pond is fed by Twelve Mile Creek and was once a site for gristmills, sawmills, and a small cotton mill. Formerly known as George’s Pond, the property was purchased from the George family by Murray Gibson in 1943. For nearly 30 years, Gibson Pond was a community recreational area, featuring a pavilion known as “the best dance hall in the county,” picnic tables, swimming, fishing, canoeing, paddleboats, camping and rental cabins. The property was closed to the public in 1972, but in 2007 the Town of Lexington redeveloped Gibson Pond into a park to allow the public to enjoy it once again The Town of Lexington has worked diligently to bring the park back to life, including recent repairs after the 2015 flooding. Bring the family (and the dog) and enjoy the updated park in this beautiful fall weather. 14 | LEXINGTON LIFE | November 2021

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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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We handle residential and commercial real estate matters, including contracts, closings, title searches and title curative matters

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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 • Dr. Garrison Morgan, MUSC 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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Happy Thanksgiving! Dr. Sherry Powell 120 Midlands Court West Columbia, SC 29169 Call today! (803) 739-0390 M-Th 8AM–5PM

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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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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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Best Party Shop: Happy Hour Wine and Spirits • Lexington Beverage Outlet • Sam’s Wine and Spirits Best Pediatric Practice: Lexington Pediatric Practice • Palmetto Pediatrics • Sandhills Pediatrics Best Periodontist: Columbia Periodontal • Southern Roots Periodontics • Sunset Periodontics and Implant Dentistry Best Personal Trainer: Center Fit • Rockbox Fitness • Simply Fit Best Pet Groomer: Kristi’s Fancy K-9s • Lexington Pet Lodge • Paws for Applause Best Pet Hospital: Cherokee Trail Veterinarian • Grace Animal Hospital • White Knoll Veterinary Hospital & Pet Resort Best Pet Kennel or Boarding Facility: Grace Animal Hospital • Lexington Pet Lodge • Sutton’s Southern Pet Retreat Best Pharmacy-Local: Medicine Mart of Lexington • My Pharmacy • Riley’s Drugs Best Physical Therapy Practice: Drayer Physical Therapy • Fyzical Therapy & Balance • Lexington Rehab Best Pizza: Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders • Clara & Ray’s Restaurant Italiano • Knead Pizza Best Place for a Birthday Party: Fox Farm • Stars and Stripes • Three Fountains Skating Rink Best Place to Buy Bath or Kitchen Fixtures: Capital Kitchen & Bath • Gateway Supply • KB Kitchen & Bath Best Place to Buy a Boat: Captain’s Choice • Mountaintop Marina • Tidewater Boats Best Place to Buy a Car-New: Herndon Chevrolet • Jim Hudson Ford • Love Chevrolet Best Place to Buy a Car-Used: Rock and Roll Auto Sales • Luxury Cars of Lexington • Meeting Street Motors Best Place to Buy Eyeglasses: Eye Associates of Lexington • My Optical • Sansbury Eye Center

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Homeless No More: A Continuum of Care for Families in Need

By Marilyn Thomas


amilies who are homeless are a particularly vulnerable population, but Homeless No More, a local organization in Columbia, is partnering with the community to solve this serious issue. Backed by data and proven best practices, this nonprofit offers its participants a “continuum of care,” which includes emergency services, life skills training, and transitional accommodations with the ultimate goal of helping its residents to achieve self-sufficiency in permanent, affordable housing. The basic definition of homelessness, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is an “individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” HUD data from 2020 indicates that approximately 4,287 South Carolinians had experienced homelessness on any given day; of that total, 279 were family households. Furthermore, in the 2017–2018 school year, the U.S. Department of Education approximated that about 12,426 South Carolina public school students had experienced homelessness during that time frame. “Formerly known as Trinity Housing 30 | LEXINGTON LIFE | November 2021

Corporation, Homeless No More (HNM) was created in 1989, in response to the rising number of homeless families in the Midlands of central South Carolina,” says Lindsey Pitts, the administrative coordinator of HNM. “The organization built its reputation for serving homeless families through its transitional housing program, St. Lawrence Place.” In 2005, Lila Anna Sauls joined the staff as a part-time employee of St. Lawrence Place in response to a friend’s request for help. “I set foot on that campus, and I will never forget,” recalls Ms. Sauls. “It was around Easter, and they were unloading bicycles that someone had donated. I watched the kids and their reactions to the bicycles, and I thought, I’m never leaving this place.” With an extensive background in the nonprofit sector, Ms. Sauls accepted the role of chief executive officer of HNM two years later. “We became what you call a ‘best practice’ at St. Lawrence Place,” she says. “We were working with families; we had done a million-dollar rehab of the property, and we were presenting at conferences nationally.” Although St. Lawrence Place was proven successful in its mission, in 2016, Ms. Sauls and the organization’s board of directors realized that “something was missing” and envisioned a more comprehensive approach. In response to this, a study was commissioned with the University of South Carolina to identify effective methods for addressing homelessness.

The “data-driven” findings from that research indicated that families needed programs related to the underlying contributors of homelessness as well as more affordable, permanent housing options once stabilization is achieved, to achieve and sustain positive outcomes. As a next step, the board recommend-

the Family Shelter to provide emergency housing for up to 30 days for as many as 17 families at a time. They also initiated Live Oak Place, an approach that directs families to affordable housing options. To that end, HNM secured a number of residences throughout the region within existing neighborhoods; they also constructed a brand-new, 15-unit apartment community known as Myrtle Grove. Those who move into the Live Oak Place homes have completed the programs of Family Shelter and St. Lawrence Place and are able to work and live independently there with their families. After the intake process, which is usually initiated by phone, new participants receive food and housing, are assigned to case managers, and receive life-skills training. “We’ve never just been about the roof,” explains Ms. Sauls. “We’re very much about those wrap-around services.” These sessions cover “soft skills” such as budgeting, communicating effectively, résumé writing, managing stress, obtaining health care, etc. “During lifeskill classes, we also provide childcare,” she adds, “so there’s never a reason for a family to not be able to participate in a program fully.” According to Ms. Sauls, if a resident has a specific need that can-

I love it when they come back, and they have jobs, and they have these incredible lives – that’s our goal!” ed finding a model program to emulate. “I spent time researching and making phone calls and identified HomeFront [in Lawrenceville, New Jersey] as what we need to be,” says Ms. Sauls. “We cross-trained, my board members visited and asked tough budget questions, and Homeless No More was born.” This innovative program was “a continuum for homeless families,’” she explains. “What that means is it’s step-by-step, depending on where you are in your journey of homelessness, and we have a program that will walk with you.” In addition to the existing St. Lawrence Place program, which accommodates 26 families, they then acquired

not be addressed directly with HNM’s inhouse resources, they will outsource that case to an appropriate service provider. For example, they may contact Sistercare about domestic violence situations or Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc., for its assistance. Moreover, HNM is unique in that “We’re the only shelter system that takes fathers or boys over 12,” explains Ms. Sauls. “The guiding rule is that there has to be one child in custody, and a child is defined as 18 and under, but our mission, our goal, is to keep that entire family together.” Because she has five boys of her own who have grown up on the campus of HNM, “Everything I do, November 2021 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 31

when I come into work, I want to protect the most vulnerable,” says Ms. Sauls. “I want to teach their parents how to be able to do it once they are away from us. The whole thought behind any of our programs is that we give the parents what they need to be independent. I love it when they come back, and they have jobs, and they have these incredible lives – that’s our goal!” “Carrie” and her young daughter “Ashlyn” have been residents of St. Lawrence Place. [These are not their real names, but Carrie’s story is used with her permission.] Before entering the program, finding affordable childcare, while in a job with limited hours, had become a challenge for Carrie, which affected their ability to live independently. “When I first got here, I felt scared, desperate, and alone. It was like I couldn’t do enough to support Ashlyn or myself,” Carrie recalls. “I didn’t think I could find a place like St. Lawrence Place that could help me do the things I needed to make things better for my daughter.” At HNM, Carrie was assigned to a staff case manager and a job coach, Sommers Sims, who assisted her in developing stronger occupational skills and helped her enroll in a childcare program designed to give parents the flexibility to work more hours. “When we get new clients, we connect the resources with the person who needs them,” Ms. Sims says. Carrie’s experience at HNM has been described as “transformational.” In addition to spending quality time with her daughter, her self-confidence has grown, and she is able to work more and has been seeking other job opportunities with better hours and wages.

Another key component of HMN’s success is its Community Bridge program, which involves the coordination of local organizations who voluntarily meet in a group called The RoundTable. Together, they endeavor to discuss and successfully resolve issues that may negatively affect the homeless population. Past concerns they have addressed include barriers to obtaining childcare and using the public transportation system in Columbia. The local community can assist HMN in other ways, and Ms. Sauls summarizes this as “time, talent, and treasure.” For time and talent, volunteer groups, individuals, and businesses are welcome to help with property maintenance. Also, educators and other professionals can tutor the children or teach life-skill classes. As for treasure, monetary donations are always helpful. Additionally, the HMN website posts specific needs that the shelter uses every day as well as seasonably (e.g., snacks, school supplies, comforters, towels, toiletries, dishes, etc.). This nonprofit also hosts special activities in which the public is encouraged to participate. The Hope for Homes fundraiser on November 17 sells luminaries with which supporters can light up their front yards to bring awareness to the organization and homelessness. Other events include a Race for the Place 5K in February, an Angel’s Tea luncheon and silent auction in the spring, and an annual Rent Party in September. To find out more information about volunteering or upcoming events or to seek assistance with housing, the HNM staff can be reached by calling 803.602.6379 or by visiting their website at n

“We have lots of incredible stories,” says Ms. Sauls. “But all the decisions we make are based on that data because it’s all based on our success. We track everything, we have a database, and everything we do is quantitative.” For example, notable statistics from HNM’s 2021 fiscal year include: n Four hundred and thirty-nine homeless and at-risk individuals were served. n Ninety-five percent of families who participated in the St. Lawrence Place transitional housing program moved into permanent housing after completing the program. n One hundred and thirty-one children and youth were served through the afterschool, day camp, and other programs offered at St. Lawrence Place. n Ninety-eight percent of HMN’s school children were promoted to the next grade level and 90% maintained or increased their reading levels. 32 | LEXINGTON LIFE | November 2021

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Ways to Keep Your Leather Boots Looking Fabulous

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Dreary weather, short days, cold temperatures­ — there’s a lot to dislike about winter. But winter has one advantage over summer: boots! The right leather boot can make you look and feel fabulous even on the gloomiest of winter days, and they keep your feet warm and protected as well.

On the downside, beautiful leather boots are not cheap, and winter conditions can really take a toll on them. However, a little TLC and attention can protect your investment and keep your boots looking their best for many seasons. Remember to test all cleaning and protection products on an inconspicuous part of your boots before using them. Even when you have used a product successfully in the past, test it again on any new boots. Manufacturers use a variety of treatment and dye processes, so different boots can have many different reactions to a particular product.

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1. Clean your boots regularly. Be sure to clean your boots periodically, even if the weather has been nice. Maintenance is important. Wipe them down with a soft cloth to remove dirt and debris, then use saddle soap to clean and condition the leather. Dampen your cloth and rub it in the saddle soap, then rub the soap into the boots and let it sit for a few moments. Wipe off the soap with a clean cloth. When you wear your boots in bad weather, clean them as soon as you cantime is of the essence in this case. This is especially important if you have been

walking on sidewalks or through parking lots where salt is used on snow and ice. Salt and deicing chemicals will eat away at the leather. Keep a cloth handy in your bag or car to quickly wipe off the salty sludge before it has a chance to dry. If the salt does dry on the boot, it can form rings or stains, especially around the edges of the sole. To clean these stains, mix equal parts of water and white vinegar, then dip a clean cloth into the mixture and wipe the stains off the boot. Be careful not to use this cloth in any of the other cleaning steps, so you don’t put salt back on the boots! Once the salt is removed, let the boots dry and then buff them. 2. Remove scuffs. Don’t spend money on special products to remove scuffs from your leather boots -- you already have what you need in your house! Put some baking soda in a dish and dip a clean, soft cloth in water, then into the baking soda. Rub the cloth to make a paste, then use the cloth to gently rub the scuffs until they are gone. Wipe the boot clean, allow it to dry, and buff it. 3. Add a protective coating. When you purchase new boots, and at the beginning and end of each wearing season, apply a waterproofing coat to protect the leather and help prevent permanent damage. You can get waterproofing sprays or waxes. Using wax takes more time and effort but provides a thicker protective coating. If you don’t have much time or have a lot of boots, it’s often easier to line them up and give them a quick spray. You can also use the spray to refresh the protective coat after cleaning. 4. Let your boots dry properly. Whether your boots are moist from

weather or from cleaning them, it’s important to let them dry before storing or wearing them again. Put them in a warm location to dry -- but away from direct heat. Don’t dry them in front of a fireplace or heater, and don’t use a hair dryer or boot dryer to dry them faster. Too much heat causes leather to dry out, become brittle, and crack. Filling boots with cedar chips are also a great way to soak up any excess moisture while providing a pleasant scent. 5. Use care in storing boots. When spring arrives, be sure to store your boots correctly so they don’t break your heart when you get them out in the fall. First, give your boots and good cleaning and refresh the protective coating. Putting away your boots with dirt or salt on them can allow contaminants to eat away at the leather for months. If you must put them in storage, keep your boots in fabric bags or boxes with loose lids. Don’t use plastic bags or sealed plastic containers, as the leather won’t be able to breathe. Your boots can dry out and crack or become damp and grow mold. Allow plenty of room for each pair of boots. Don’t cram multiple pairs in a box or fold them to fit as they may come out of storage with permanent creases or dents. If at all possible, allow the boots to rest on a shelf standing up or lying down with a few rolledup newspapers or magazines inserted in each boot to preserve their shape. Leather boots keep your feet warm and look great doing it, making the cold and gloom of winter a bit easier to get through. Take the few minutes of effort required to care for your boots, and they will reward you with years of wear. n

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One Man’s Trash Is

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“Wow! I love your outfit. Where did you get it from?” You might just answer: “I scored it at a consignment shop.” Chances are that you or someone you know is intrigued with the idea of chasing down a bargain at a small fraction of the retail price for personal use or profit. Secondhand shopping is a fast-growing trend of both the rich and the poor; the concept in itself generates a repurposing cycle that is beneficial for the wallet, the closet, and the environment. No two secondhand shops are alike because donations or consignments are based upon an individual’s specific preference and taste. Besides the fact of finding something unique, there’s also the benefit of saving money. While some people browse through gently used items to save money on household staples, dec-

orations, clothing, and furniture, many are on a good steward mission to recycle and repurpose. As we part with unused or unwanted items by donating or cosigning, we are also clearing our minds by purging and reducing stress – a minimalist concept in action. Before any used purchase, know what you are looking at, i.e., research the item first online or in stores. Can you buy it new at almost the same price? Has the item been marked up for resale? How long will you use the item? Is it quality material? Are there any distinctive markings, labels, or pattern that give you a hint as to the original manufacturer and value?

Thrifting vs. Consigning Thrifting Thrifting is done at used clothing stores, donation centers, church outreach facilities, or charity shops. Customers plunder through racks of random clothes or stacks upon stacks of housewares and various items waiting to find that one treasure bargain that brings an adrenalin rush. This can include anything from silverware to shoes to lamps to door frames. Thrifting essentially requires patience, creativity, and diligence. You must be willing to repair, refresh, sanitize, or clean most items. Thrift stores take in what is received from the public and display those items for sale. Many thrift

stores tend to be run by nonprofits or churches such as Mission Lexington and Calvary Chapel in Lexington and St. Francis Community Thrift Shop in Chapin. Thrift stores can also belong to national chains such as Salvation Army and Goodwill. If you’re in search of items for your house, Habitat for Humanity’s Restore in West Columbia has discounted furniture, gently used appliances, and even renovation supplies donated from businesses and individuals.

Consignment Consignment stores accept gently used clothes that are clean and practically like new; these items must meet the store’s specific requirements and fit within the niche. Some consignment stores offer money on the spot, while others pay the seller a portion of the proceeds after the item is sold. Consignment stores tend to be run more like retail stores in that they accept items based on seasons, purpose, style, and whatever happens to be in higher demand at the moment. Lexington has a couple of consignment stores: Magnolia Boutique and High Class Consignments. Magnolia Boutique resells men’s, women’s, and kids’ items and even has a boutique side of the store with brand-new items. Heather Harrison, manager at Magnolia Boutique, says she wanted to combine her love of boutique and used materials, so Magnolia was born. Her store accepts all brands for men, women, and kids, and she still has opportunities to search for new clothes and other boutique items. High Class Consignments has been a longstanding staple offering designer-name brand clothes and accessories for women. There are five sweet, retired ladies who take turns working the shop and have fun doing what they love by offering gently worn designer styles for ladies. Other area consignment stores include Plato’s Closet in Harbison, Good as New in Lexington, and Main Street Home in Irmo. When shopping at consignment stores, you will find better organization and labeling, as employees are constantly taking in consignments, organizing, and putting them on the shelf or rack after pricing them. The turnaround from receiving items to put in the store is not as quick as thrift stores due to these logistics. Keep in mind that consignment

clothing styles must be modern and current; thrift stores will have styles and materials from all generations, as this is where you will most likely find those oneof-a-kind vintage items that your friends will drool over. However, since fashion seems to repeat itself, just find what you like and wear what you adore.

Tips Once you get your feet wet in the world of secondhand shopping, it’s hard to wade back to traditional retail – it can be very addicting! Talk with anyone who enjoys thrifting or consigning; they might tell you it’s like a wild treasure hunt and the reward is worthwhile. “I love looking around here,” says one Lexington consigner. “I come in here about once a week just to see what they have.” She also consigns with them because it’s just so easy. Not only does she bring in her used items but other friends’ items as well. When it comes to consigning or thrifting, you won’t always find something. In fact, there are times you will walk out of the store empty-handed. Then there are times you’ll hit the jackpot and score something – or many things – amazing. If you’re new to shopping at resale shops, first find a local shop or two to visit early during the week or on the weekend. Thrift stores may have unusual schedules based on employees and various other reasons, so always call or check the website or social media page. Consignment stores schedules are more traditional. After you verify the schedule, set aside time where you can visit. It’s good to allow at least 30 minutes to an hour to browse; if you have more time to spend, that’s always a bonus. Start small and get a feel for secondhand shopping and remember to not have any expectations. It takes time and research. When you find clothes, housewares, or furniture that pique your interest, examine the item for stains, rips, and tears. If it’s a small issue such as a clothing item needing a quick stitch or a purse or shoes that can be fixed with a little polish, you can work with that if you are willing and have the necessary resources. Another tip for when you are shopping is to browse the racks and to browse again. It’s fairly easy to overlook items the first go-around. When shopping, especially at thrift stores, things may be in front or stacked upon each other and clothing

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racks are often squeezed tight, limiting visibility. You can also buy items with slightly more damage and put as much work into it as you have time and effort. For instance, there are fashion bloggers who buy oversized items and completely revamp and restyle outdated items. Sometimes this may turn into a hobby, or it can even morph into a side hustle if the passion and dedication stick with it. Be creative and free with your choices and selections. Be a trendsetter! Anytime you shop thrift stores, you can expect to pay on average less than $10 per clothing item or accessory. If you happen to find an item with tags on, which is quite common, then you’ve scored a winner. Shopping at consignment stores will cost a little more than thrift stores depending on the item and what season it’s in. If you want to save more, you can shop for out-of-season clothes as the season’s changing because consignment stores tend to discount these as seasons start to change. Keep in mind that consignment stores are a tad more expensive than thrift because these stores have to pay the donor a portion. Secondhand shopping is a win-win situation on all sides, i.e., donor and customer. Ultimately, the key is to only hold onto those items that are essential in your daily routine or that evoke joy and memories. The more stuff you own, the more your stuff “owns” you – let go of things that consume your time with cleaning, storing, or maintaining. People are quickly discovering how to be more productive by finding what is needed at home in less time, leading to less anxiety and stress. Local shopping helps stimulate your community’s economy and keeps businesses running. If you shop at thrift stores, you may in turn also help an unfortunate family or someone who is disabled, as thrift stores often support shelters and nonprofit foundations. Many thrift stores also may accept donations or employee tips. So, what are YOU waiting for? n 48 | LEXINGTON LIFE | November 2021

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HolidayEntrées by Marcy Roberts

Are the holidays becoming a little predictable? Try something different this year with some delicious and thrifty alternatives to the same old tired menu. Here are some cost-saving entrée ideas that work equally well for intimate family celebrations or a buffet spread. With some creativity, imagination and willingness to try something new, it’s possible to save time and cut entrée costs without sacrificing flavor. Since some of these ideas are far from traditional, also included are recipe and cooking tips. Not the Same Old Bird Holidays come with an expected cycle. People expect, and often dread, turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas. It can be expensive and takes a lot of work in the kitchen for certain family members. If this year’s Thanksgiving celebration becomes a more intimate affair, that 15-20 pound turkey probably isn’t the best choice--not unless you really love leftovers. Think quality, not quantity. Add a few exotic twists to traditional turkey, chicken and wings that are sure to produce more flavor and ‘zing’; flavorful marinades, spices and rubs are your secret weapons. Here are some cost-saving Thanksgiving turkey alternatives that can cost less for a delicious change of pace. Downsize Your Bird If you really want turkey, try a smaller turkey breast served with new and interesting side dishes. For the same great taste with less time cooking, consider the benefits of a baking hen or split chicken halves. There are dozens of new and interesting ways to season and cook chicken to make it an exciting holiday entrée. A 5-10 pound baking hen is especially good for intimate family celebrations. Making the holidays a special family 52 | LEXINGTON LIFE | November 2021

bonding time matters, especially when times are tough. A baking hen is a wonderful solution because it takes less time to cook. It’s also a cost-saver, with whole hens averaging around $10 in most supermarkets. Try Sweet & Spicy Rubs and Glazes Try this rub recipe, and don’t fear experimenting with this. Add exotic spices, substitute maple syrup for the brown sugar, or add cinnamon for a delicious Moroccan taste. Here is a very basic rub mix that goes well with chicken. 1 tsp. smoky paprika 1 tsp. cumin 2 tsp. salt 2 tbsp. dark brown sugar 1 tsp. onion powder 1 tsp. dried sage 1 tbsp. garlic powder 1 tsp. sweet paprika 1/2 tsp. black pepper For enhanced flavor, soak the bird in a brine mixture (4 tablespoons salt per quart of cold water) for up to two hours. Rinse the chicken, pat dry with paper towels and let it sit in the fridge an hour to finish drying the skin. Before roasting, rub the bird with olive oil and apply the rub thoroughly. This cooks well in the oven or on the grill for a delicious smoky flavor. Applewood charcoal is great if you don’t want a hickory BBQ taste. In the oven or on your grill, cook at 375F for an hour, then check the bird every 15 minutes with an instant-read thermometer until done. Food-safe is 165F. Mix it up. Be different. Serve two or more cost-saving entrées to add variety. Put out a smallsliced turkey breast, as well as smoked pork tenderloin or sweet and spicy wings.

Easy to grab dishes add visual appeal combined with creative breads, sides and appetizers. It works to add more flavors and interesting visual appeal, transforming a tired tradition into a celebration of taste and color. More Interesting Sides • Bacon garlic mashed potatoes • Cilantro lime corn • Mixed beans with ham chunks • Butternut squash Imagine platters full of roasted corn, hot biscuits, bacon, cheese and jalapeno corn muffins, and twice-baked potatoes surrounding your mouth-watering entrées. Best of all, these are foods that are fairly inexpensive to make and don’t take a long time to prepare. Make it special and get your children involved with prep and cooking. It might surprise you to see some of their ideas. Try These Interesting Second Entree Options: • Cheese and Italian sausage stuffed pasta shells • Smoked sausage links, cajun sausages, or kielbasa • Stuffed pastry rolls or meat pies • Crusty crab rolls (easy to make with inexpensive surimi crab) • Smoky, glazed turkey wings Turkey Wings You probably don’t think of turkey wings when planning holiday meals. You should, especially for buffet spreads. Many local and online butcher shops offer case prices on this undervalued part of the bird. You can find a 30-pound case of them for $30 to $40. Turkey wings are big and meaty, great for grilling or frying up. Here are two good basic sauces for smoking wings on your grill or for oven roasting. They are easy to adapt by adding different sweet, hot or savory spices. These have a distinct holiday flavor, with maple syrup and seasonal spice tastes. Note: Many cooks clip the wing tip off for a more attractive look. You sacrifice very little meat by doing so.

1 c. maple syrup Saute onion and garlic in oil until soft and translucent. Mix in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the temperature and simmer 10-15 minutes until the glaze reaches the thickness you want. Sweet & Spicy Bourbon Grilling Sauce 2 tsp. onion powder 2 tsp. garlic powder 1/2 c. apple cider or juice 1 tbsp. cider vinegar 1/2 tsp. cayenne powder 1/2 c. maple syrup 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 2 c. honey BBQ sauce 1/2 c. bourbon Mix ingredients well and store in a covered jar until needed. Cooking Tips Roasting turkey wings is simple and quick. The day before you cook, put the glaze into a large plastic storage bag. Add wings to the bag, seal it and shake to cover thoroughly. Refrigerate overnight to allow the meat to absorb the flavors. Cooking time! Place the marinated turkey wings into a deep casserole dish and bake at 350F for around 30 minutes. While the wings roast, pour leftover glaze mix into a small saucepan and cook 3-4 minutes over medium heat to thicken. Raise oven temp to 425F and brush wings with the thickened glaze. Cook for ten minutes more and then you are ready to serve these delicious, sticky glazed wings. Get creative! You’ve seen some possibilities with the dishes shown, but that is just the beginning of what you can do. Ditch the same old tired bird this year. Use your imagination to make cost-saving holiday meals as much fun to make as they are to eat. Your family will love it. n

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Comfort Food Favorites OLD FASHIONED CHICKEN POT PIE 1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cubed 1 c. sliced carrots 1 c. frozen green peas 1/2 c. sliced celery 1/3 c. butter 1/3 c. chopped onion 1/3 c. all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. black pepper 1/4 tsp. celery seed 1 3/4 c. chicken broth 2/3 c. milk 2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a saucepan, combine chicken, carrots, peas, and celery. Add water to cover and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and set aside. In the saucepan over medium heat, cook onions in butter until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Remove from heat and set aside. Place the chicken mixture in bottom pie crust. Pour hot liquid mixture over. Cover with top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving. SMOKED PORK CHOPS IN BROWN GRAVY 4 tbsp. butter 1 onion, thinly sliced and quartered 4 cloves garlic, minced 4 tbsp. all-purpose flour 2 c. beef broth 1 1/2 c. sliced baby bella mushrooms, or more to taste 1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley 4 center-cut pork chops 1/2 tsp. salt, or to taste 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper, or to taste cooking spray Melt butter in a 3-quart saucepan over

dium-low heat. Cook onion and garlic in the butter, stirring occasionally, until is browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove onion and garlic and set aside. Stir flour slowly into butter. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until flour is deep brown, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Gradually stir in broth. Add onion, garlic, mushrooms, and parsley. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Season pork chops with salt and pepper and brown in the hot pan, 5 to 7 minutes per side. Add gravy mixture from the saucepan. Cover and cook over low heat until tender and no longer pink in the centers, 30 to 40 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 145 degrees. APPLE COBBLER 4 c. thinly sliced apples 1/2 c. white sugar 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 c. chopped pecans 1 c. all-purpose flour 1 c. white sugar 1 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1 egg, beaten 1/2 c. evaporated milk 1/3 c. butter, melted 1/4 c. chopped pecans Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Generously grease a 2-quart baking dish. Arrange apple slices in an even layer in the baking dish. In a small bowl, mix 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon, and 1/2 cup pecans. Sprinkle mixture over apples. In a medium bowl, mix flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl whisk together egg, evaporated milk, and melted butter. Pour milk mixture into flour mixture and stir until smooth. Pour mixture over apples, and sprinkle top with 1/4 cup pecans. Bake in the preheated oven for 55 minutes. Top with ice cream or whipping cream if desired. November 2021 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 59

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What Can Actually Prevent and

Cure a Cold?

by Becky Lowman

No one likes coming down with the common cold, but most people get one at least on an annual basis, often in the winter. There’s a lot of information out there on how to prevent colds or how to cure them, but much of that information is either inaccurate or not totally proven. Here’s the truth on what can help prevent the common cold, as well as the truth for the cure. The first advice usually given on how to prevent a cold is to wash your hands well and to not touch your face; mainly your eyes, nose, and mouth. Washing your hands thoroughly has been irrefutably proven to get rid of the majority of germs from viruses. Other common suggestions are to take vitamin C supplements, and to regularly eat foods like ginger and garlic. There is also traditional advice on what to do when you first feel a cold coming on, like eating chicken noodle soup or drinking tea with honey. This information is often posed or misunderstood as a cure for the common cold or a way to end it earlier, when in fact they’re just ways to help you feel better. None have been proven to shorten the duration of a cold.

Any claim of a cure for a cold is false. There are things you can do to soothe the symptoms, but nothing cures the sickness itself. Time and overall care for yourself will help you feel better. This includes resting more than usual and drinking more water. Tea or broth are good choices too. Drinking something hot will open up your sinuses and can temporarily clear out a stuffy nose. There is also always traditional cold medicine that can aid symptoms such as sore throats, congestion, fevers, and sneezing. These medicines come in a variety of forms like throat sprays, lozenges (cough drops), pills, and syrup. Washing your hands well and often throughout the day is, hands down, the best way to avoid coming down with a cold. If the germs aren’t there in the first place, then your body has nothing to fight off. Remember to also keep away from other people who are sick. Their proximity can easily spread the cold germs through the air into your respiratory tract, despite the strictest of handwashing habits. Start practicing good hand hygiene today and you’ll rarely get a cold again. n November 2021 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 61

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