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A walk in the woods Spend the day in Congaree National Park

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THE MAGAZINE FOR COOPERATIVE MEMBERS VOLUME 74 • NUMBER 1 1 (ISSN 0047-486X, USPS 316-240) Read in more than 615,000 homes and businesses and published monthly except in December by The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. 808 Knox Abbott Drive Cayce, SC 29033

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Tel: (803) 926‑3175 Fax: (803) 796‑6064 Email: letters@scliving.coop EDITOR

Keith Phillips Tel: (803) 739‑3040 Email: Keith.Phillips@ecsc.org FIELD EDITOR

Josh Crotzer

12 Harvesting hope South Carolina’s largest food bank responds to the COVID-19 pandemic and a record demand for assistance with an army of caring volunteers.

PUBLICATION COORDINATOR

Travis Ward ART DIRECTOR

Sharri Harris Wolfgang DESIGNER

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Andrew Chapman WEB EDITOR

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Trevor Bauknight, Jennifer Jas, Jim Poindexter CONTRIBUTORS

Mike Couick, Dena DiOrio, Tim Hanson, Andrew Haworth, Jan A. Igoe, Sydney Patterson, Belinda Smith-Sullivan

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Updates from your cooperative

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Lou Green

The staff and contributors of South Carolina Living wish you happy holidays.

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10 DIALOGUE A season of gratitude As we close the books on a tumultuous year, let’s all take time to count our blessings.

When he’s not officiating NCAA men’s basketball games, the always-entertaining referee known as “TV Teddy” calls Charleston home.

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17 TRAVELS Much to see at Congaree Boasting the largest old-growth floodplain forest in the country, Congaree National Park offers fourseason fun for nature lovers.

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Visitors explore the boardwalk winding through the oldgrowth floodplain forest of Congaree National Park. Photo by Andrew Haworth.


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The mission of Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative, Inc., a not-for-profit member-owned electric distribution utility, is to improve the quality of life of our members by providing quality electric services at competitive costs with a commitment to member satisfaction. CO-OP CONNECTION EDITOR

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you’ve probably heard about the many ways in which Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative gives back to the communities it serves. Our commitment to putting the needs of our members first is one of the guiding principles that sets us apart. It’s who we are as a co-op. As members of the cooperative, you have the opportunity to give back when you participate in our Operation Round Up program. Each month these funds are distributed to those in need in and around our service territory. Another way that our members give back is through the WIRE (Women Involved in Rural Electrification) program. Over the last 21 years, these ladies have raised more than $180,000 to benefit Becky’s Place at Lexington Medical Center, as well as fostering a number of other philanthropic programs. Our Bright Ideas grant program provides funding to local educators who have innovative ideas they’d like to implement in the classroom. High school students benefit from the seven $3,000 scholarships we award each year and have the opportunity to participate in the Washington Youth Tour and Cooperative Youth Summit. These are just a few of the many ways in which we give back to the communities in which we live and work. We have a strong commitment to safety—not just for our employees, but for members of our community as well. We visit schools to teach children of all ages how to stay safe around electricity, and hold safety demonstrations at community meetings and other gatherings. We support our local fire departments, law enforcement and other organizations that work to keep us healthy and safe.

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Mid-Carolina Electric plays an important role in the economic development of the community. Our partnership with the South Carolina Power Team and investments in crucial infrastructure help to attract new industry and keep existing industries in our area. We also play an active role in our local Chambers of Commerce and other civic clubs. You will see our employees serving on local boards, coaching youth sports, volunteering at charitable events or helping out a neighbor in need. When you work at a co-op, you understand the importance of a strong community—after all, without you, the co-op wouldn’t exist. Although our purpose as a not-forprofit electric utility is to provide reliable electric services at competitive costs, our passion for helping others remains a key commitment. Over the past few months, we’ve risen to meet new challenges and strengthen the safety net for our community, particularly for those who are most vulnerable. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve made numerous adjustments to our day-to-day operations while staying focused on the bigger mission of helping our members during this turbulent time. If there’s anything we can do to help you—whether providing energy-saving advice to help lower your monthly bill or discussing payment plan options during these difficult times—please reach out to us at (803) 749-6400. Concern for community is the heart and soul of who we are. No matter what the future brings, you can count on your electric co-op to care about you.

KENNETH V. FRICK

Trustee


Annual Meeting Date April 9, 2021 Nomination Process for Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees for Districts 4, 5 and 6 will be elected at the 2021 Annual Meeting Petitions for Trustee Candidates Due No Later Than January 9, 2021 —AND— Nomination Process for Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative Nominating and Qualifications Committee Representatives for Districts 7, 8, and 9 will be elected at the 2021 Annual Meeting Petitions for Committee Representatives Due No Later Than January 9, 2021 The following is an excerpt from Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative’s current Bylaws: Section 4. Nominations. A candidate for Trustee must be nominated by the Nominating and Qualifications Committee or by member petition and then qualified as a Trustee candidate as provided in this Section in order to appear on the ballot. (a) The Nominating and Qualifications Committee shall consist of nine members. All members of the Committee must agree to keep the personal information of Trustee candidates confidential. Members serving on the Committee must have at least a high school education, must not be past due on any obligation to the Cooperative, and cannot be employed by the Cooperative nor have a spouse, parent or child employed by the Cooperative. Each member of the Committee must have a primary residence in the Trustee District which the member represents.

(1) The members of the Committee shall initially be appointed by the Board after the 2012 annual meeting. One Committee member shall come from each Trustee electoral district. The Committee members from Districts 1, 2 and 3 shall be designated as CLASS A and their terms expire at the 2013 annual meeting. The Committee members from Districts 4, 5 and 6 shall be designated as CLASS B and their terms expire at the 2014 annual meeting. The Committee members from Districts 7, 8 and 9 shall be designated as CLASS C and their terms expire at the 2015 annual meeting.

(2) Thereafter, the elected members of the Committee shall serve for three years. At least 90 days prior to each annual meeting after 2012, the Board shall nominate at least one member of the Cooperative to be presented to the membership for election to the Committee for each District whose member’s terms is expiring. The names and addresses of these candidates shall be included in the notice of annual meeting. Any 50 members of the Cooperative may, by written petition signed by each and delivered to the principal office of the Cooperative at least 90 days prior to an annual meeting, nominate a member for a place on the Nominating and Qualifications Committee. The name and address of any petition candidate shall also be included in the notice of annual meeting.

(3) Members of the Nominating and Qualifications Committee shall receive their expenses and a reasonable per diem fee for each meeting of the Committee, as set by the Board.

(4) The attorney/general counsel of the Cooperative shall be a non-voting member of the Committee to provide information, advice and counsel.

(5) The CEO of the Cooperative shall be a non-voting member of the Committee to provide information, data and advice.

(b) The Nominating and Qualifications Committee shall give public notice of the Board seats up for election at the upcoming annual meeting at least 120 days prior to the annual meeting.

(1) The Committee shall provide to all candidates who submit their names for consideration as a Trustee candidate the required qualifications to be a Trustee stated in these Bylaws and any additional requirements established by the Board pursuant to these Bylaws.

(2) The Committee shall receive information from and gather information about each person who submits his or her name for consideration as a Trustee candidate so that the committee can investigate the candidate’s ability to meet the qualifications enumerated in Article IV, Section 3 of these Bylaws and additional qualifications enacted by the Board pursuant to Article IV, Section 3(k) of these Bylaws.

(3) The Committee will interview each candidate.

(4) After gathering and considering information on each candidate and the interviews, the Committee shall determine each candidate to be either qualified or unqualified to meet the qualifications enumerated in Article IV, Section 3 of these Bylaws and additional qualifications enacted by the Board pursuant to Article IV, Section 3(k) of these Bylaws. From the qualified candidates, at least 45 days before the annual meeting, the committee shall select and post the name(s) of at least one person nominated for each district up for election.

(c) Any 50 members of the Cooperative may, by written petition signed by each and delivered to the principal office of the Cooperative at least 90 days prior to an annual meeting, nominate a member in good standing to be considered by the Nominating and Qualifications Committee to be a Trustee candidate for any Board seat being filled by election at the upcoming annual meeting. The Nominating and Qualifications Committee shall interview the petition candidate, gather and receive information relevant to the petition candidate’s ability to meet the qualifications enumerated in Article IV, Section 3 of these Bylaws and additional qualifications enacted by the Board pursuant to Article IV, Section 3(k) of these Bylaws. At least 45 days prior to the annual meeting, the committee will find the petition candidate qualified or unqualified. If the petition candidate is found qualified then the Committee will list the petition candidate as one of its nominations for that petition candidate’s district of residence.

(d) The Secretary shall be responsible for mailing to the members with the notice of the annual meeting, or separately, but at least ten (10) days before the date of the meeting, a statement of the total number of Trustees to be elected at the meeting. This statement shall include a list of the names and addresses of the candidate or candidates from each district nominated by the Committee, including those petition candidates found qualified. Nothing in this statement shall indicate a difference between candidates nominated by petition and those nominated directly by the Nominating and Qualifications Committee.


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Happy holidays! We’ll see you next year! AS WE HEAD INTO THE HOLIDAY SEASON ,

the staff and contributors of South Carolina Living hope you enjoy this combined November/ December issue of your co-op magazine. We’ll be back in your mailbox in January with more co-op news, tips on wise energy use, festivals and events, profiles of interesting South Carolinians, award-winning stories and photos—and of course, lots of delicious recipes. We invite you to keep in touch during December by signing up for our email newsletter at SCLiving.coop/newsletter and visiting SCLiving.coop. On Dec. 1, we’ll post new web-exclusive stories to help you enjoy the holidays with family and friends. Take care and God bless. —KEITH PHILLIPS

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A season of gratitude we loved visiting my aunt and uncle’s farm outside of Monroe, North Carolina. During one visit, Uncle George gave us two Catawba Indian arrowheads he’d found while plowing his corn field. At ages eight and 10, our sibling rivalry quickly manifested in the moment. No sooner had the prized artifacts touched our hands, than we were arguing about which was whose. My dad knew just how to settle the dispute. Since neither one of us had thought to thank Uncle George, the arrowheads could just stay at the farm with him. It was two great lessons: Always start with a thank you and never respond to a gift with discontentment. Saying “thank you” not only fulfills one of our parents’ primary edicts of good manners, it makes us feel better. As we reflect upon a year that has been a struggle for mental, social and physical well-being, it seems like a good time to make a gratitude list. Since I am so encouraged by the way cooperatives and our state have met 2020’s epic challenges, I’ve made a cooperative gratitude list.

WHEN MY BROTHER AND I WERE YOUNG,

✓Local cooperative service I am thankful for every distribution cooperative that continued to deliver safe and reliable energy to their members during a global pandemic. They may have shut down their office lobbies, altered hours or canceled community events, but the essential service was never disrupted. Whether working the drive-thru windows or climbing the poles, they kept our power on.

✓CARES Act I am thankful that electric cooperatives were recognized as small businesses essential in their communities and were able to receive support from the CARES Act, allowing Newberry Electric, Aiken Electric and Lynches River Electric to bring broadband internet to more people in their communities this year.

✓Broadband legislation COVID-19 further exposed the dire need for broadband internet access in our rural communities. Although South Carolina has more steps to take, I am thankful that the General Assembly has opened the door for electric cooperatives to be a part of filling that gap. The Broadband Accessibility Act gives cooperatives the authority to provide broadband in and around their assigned territories.

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✓Virtual Youth Experience Although the Rural Electric Youth Tour—an annual c­ ooperative-sponsored trip for high school juniors to our nation’s capital—fell victim to COVID-19, I’m thankful we were able to provide a different opportunity to some of our South Carolina teens. The Virtual Youth Experience was a week-long web conference that allowed students selected by their local cooperatives to engage with state leaders. They even produced their own podcasts where they discussed how the events of 2020 have impacted their lives.

✓Annual meetings Another cooperative tradition that required a significant adjustment this year was the cooperative annual meeting. This year’s meetings were especially important as many cooperatives were changing their bylaws to adhere to the state’s new transparency and accountability statutes. I am thankful that some were able to have a new and safer kind of annual meeting that featured an online business presentation, drive-thru voting and registration and, in some cases, record levels of participation.

✓Hurricane aid As tough as it has been for many of us in South Carolina, we’ve escaped the terrible consequences of a natural ­disaster. The same cannot be said for those on the Gulf Coast. I’m sure the victims of Hurricanes Laura, Sally and Delta in Louisiana and Florida are thankful for the South Carolina cooperative linemen who have helped to restore their power. I am thankful the linemen returned safely after working under harsh conditions hundreds of miles away. I hope you feel grateful for these cooperative blessings, as well. I also hope you’ll take the opportunity to make your own gratitude list and keep it handy. Within the burdens and challenges of our time, there is always bravery, innovation and hope. It is for our own benefit to find it and be appreciative of it.

MIKE COUICK

President and CEO, The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina


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A HARVEST OF HOPE South Carolina’s largest food bank steps up in a time of crisis

STORY AND PHOTOS BY ANDREW HAWORTH

“We’re seeing anywhere Enthusiastic “good mornfrom 250 to 300 families ings” ring out like wind a day,” she says. “We top chimes as more than a over 1,000 individuals a dozen volunteers welcome day, easily.” visitors to Harvest Hope, The numbers are on the the state’s largest food rise throughout the state. bank, on a Monday Harvest Hope mobile panmorning in mid-July. Each masked voluntries in Florence served teer is carrying an armload more than 90,423 families of food—cases of bottled from March to September, compared to just 2,291 for water, dairy products, the same period last year. boxes of fresh produce, The Greenville ­location selections of canned goods is also doing curbside and more—to clients service. Since the beginwaiting in cars just off the curb of the Shop Road ning of the pandemic, they PATIENCE HAS ITS REWARD A line of cars stretches a quarter mile along Columbia’s facility in Columbia. have helped an average of Shop Road as clients wait for Harvest Hope to open one morning this past summer. It’s already a sweltering 1,445 individuals daily on day, and heat is rising in waves off the freshly paved blacktop. days when the pantry is open. For perspective, that location Temperatures are approaching 95 degrees, and still, the cars served an average of 384 people daily during the spring and keep coming. Even before the facility opened that morning, summer period last year. the line of cars waiting to enter was backed up a quarter mile. Harvest Hope began in 1981 as a collaboration between There are more friendly greetings, more cars, and more business leaders and the faith community, who wanted to food items safely tucked away in trunks, truck beds or back provide for the hungry in Columbia. The agency grew and seats. Some volunteers break down boxes, others unpack palnow provides help to families in 20 counties in the Midlands, Pee Dee and Upstate. lets. Everyone is sweating. Food bank staff haul away the empty Harvest Hope accepts donations from individuals, canned pallets and piles of cardboard and bring more crates of food food drives and “rescues” food from stores. The food, after from around back, up to the curb. The operation will last until being inspected to ensure it’s safe, is distributed to other food 1 p.m. and volunteers will return on Wednesday to do it again. pantries, shelters and soup kitchens. They also operate proSERVING OTHERS grams to feed vulnerable citizens, such as children, the elderly and rural residents. Harvest Hope estimates there are norThis is life at Harvest Hope during the COVID-19 pandemic, mally about 700,000 people in South Carolina who don’t have where safety concerns have resulted in contact-free curbside enough food. pickup as demand for the food bank’s services has soared. The Greenville and Columbia emergency pantries, where This summer, Harvest Hope was supporting nearly double families in need can get a week’s supply of groceries for free, the number of families it did before the pandemic, says have become even more important to the organization’s Taylor Davids, development and communications specialist. 12

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This summer, Harvest Hope was supporting nearly double the number of families it did before the pandemic.

p CURBSIDE SERVICE Volunteers bring food to the cars in an effort to keep everyone safe during the pandemic. t READY TO HELP Harvest Hope

volunteer coordinator Kara Pippin gives assignments during a morning shift this past July.

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p EVERY JOB MATTERS Volunteers John Evans and Rosa Creech break down cardboard during a morning shift last July. u LEAVE NOTHING TO WASTE Volunteers distribute boxes of

produce provided by the USDA Farmers to Families initiative.

q RAIN OR SHINE Volunteers, from left, Caroline Clarkson, Susan Gums and high school senior Taylor Hamilton-Hankins prepare to load food into waiting cars on a stormy August morning.

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mission in the wake of “It’s a pretty COVID-19. In March, the humbling agency switched to curbside service to ensure famexperience to see ilies get their food safely. Then they had to deal how many people with a shortage of non-­ are involved in perishable goods, foods like canned fruits and veghelping to feed etables and peanut butter, people.” —TALAE WHITE owing to the grocery-­ buying frenzy during the first months of the pandemic. the volunteer response “It was hairy there at “awe-inspiring.” the beginning,” Davids says. “The COVID-19 crisis “The panic buying dropped has presented many our retail donations down. ­challenges for Harvest NO TIME TO LOSE A volunteer zips through a distribution area with a cartload of food We were down 100,000 Hope,” Broderick says. for clients waiting outside during curbside service at Harvest Hope. pounds of food compared “One of these challenges to last year in March, so we had to figure that out real quick.” was seeking volunteers for the increased demand of our She credits government grants, local farms, regular donors ­services. We have seen hundreds of volunteers, many who and the Farmers to Food Banks initiative for helping them were volunteering with us for the first time, who have dedirestock their pantry. The S.C. Department of Agriculture cated their time to help feed our neighbors in need.” created the partnership to help farmers donate excess Talae White, senior manager of the Columbia emergency produce to places like Harvest Hope. food pantry, says the emergency food pantry operation has a lot of moving parts. Harvest Hope staff work ­primarily inside VOLUNTEERS WANTED the warehouse—keeping track of incoming and out­going food, organizing the freezers and shelves of items, taking In addition to the challenges involved in keeping the pantry orders from other agencies, inspecting inventory and more. stocked, there was also an early volunteer shortage, so Volunteers primarily serve on the front lines greeting clients the S.C. State Guard pitched in to help until the commuand delivering food, careful to follow safe social distancing nity responded. Harvest Hope CEO Wendy Broderick calls procedures. “It’s a pretty humbling experience to see how many people are involved in helping to feed people,” White says. “South Carolinians just have a tremendous heart for helping.” For many of the volunteers, the opportunity to serve— Volunteers and donations are always needed to support to get out of the house and help others in the middle of the ­pandemic—is a gift in its own right. Harvest Hope’s operations. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old, in good health, and should be able to lift at least Spring Valley High School senior Taylor Hamilton-Hankins, drenched from a rainstorm on one recent morning, main15 pounds and stand for the duration of a two-hour shift. Schedules are posted every Friday. A face mask is required. tained a smile as she filled a cart with groceries and queued Visit harvesthope.org to learn how you can help. up to make a mad dash outside into the rain. Harvest Hope also accepts monetary donations on the She started volunteering weekly simply to “help out the website, and select food items from their Amazon.com wishlist. community,” but found a powerful connection with other Links to the Midlands, Pee Dee and Upstate wishlists are on the ­volunteers and the people they serve. “It makes me feel good Harvest Hope COVID-19 response page—harvesthope.org/ when I see people of different races and genders coming out about/news/how-you-can-help-during-covid-19-crisis. to help.” For other volunteers, like Richland 2 educator Susan “People don’t have to participate in a food drive,” Midlands Gums, volunteering fills a social and spiritual need. emergency pantry senior manager Talae White says. “They can “It’s the camaraderie,” says Gums, who began volunteering do it virtually on the website, or when they are ordering food in March after schools shut down. “It’s nice to share the joy of for their family, they can donate to us too.” Jesus. I’m serving; you can’t beat it.”

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Court is in session If someone buys coffee for you and everyone else in line at Starbucks one day, take a closer look at who is picking up the tab. Your benefactor might be Ted Valentine, the celebrated NCAA basketball referee known as TV Teddy. “I always buy something for somebody behind me,” says Valentine. “I might never see them again, but I will know that I did something good for them.” That gesture might not square with the image some people have of Valentine as the tough, sometimes-flamboyant referee who has been a familiar figure in college basketball for nearly 40 years. Fans have watched Valentine officiate hundreds of games, including more than two dozen NCAA tournaments and four NCAA championships. “I have worked every championship in every conference on the East Coast,” says Valentine. “A lot of guys can’t say that.” His fame skyrocketed in 1998 when he ejected the mercurial Indiana Hoosiers coach Bobby Knight for an unprecedented three technical fouls during a game. The legendary Knight, known for his temper, stalked off the court in a rage. The moment remains one of the most oft-told tales in NCAA history. While players and coaches invariably dispute some of Valentine’s calls, most agree that few referees work harder than TV Teddy. “Ted Valentine is passionate about the game and about doing his job the right way,” says University of South Carolina men’s basketball coach Frank Martin. “He takes great pride in what he does. I have tremendous respect for him.” —TIM HANSON | PHOTO BY MIC SMITH

Ted Valentine AGE:

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Charleston. He’s “TV Teddy,” the always-entertaining ref who officiates the biggest NCAA basketball games. HOW IT ALL BEGAN: While earning a BA in physical education from Glenville State College in West Virginia, “I took a class to learn how to be a referee and started refereeing intramurals for a little bit of money.” He went full time as a ref in the Big Ten Conference in the 1980s. THE MOVE SOUTH: Fed up with cold winters, he moved to Charleston in 2003. “I am the only Division I basketball referee who lives here. I kind of like that.” OFF DUTY: “I don’t want to talk hoops all the time. I try to get away from it. I read books. I watch movies. I haven’t watched a whole college basketball game on TV in years.” GIVING BACK: He sometimes works youth basketball events for the North Charleston Parks and Recreation Department. HOMETOWN:

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needed now more than ever, especially in the classroom. That’s why Mid-Carolina Electric has awarded education grants worth $13,000 to 14 local teachers who are innovating and overcoming obstacles to educate their students. The grants come from MCEC’s Bright Ideas program, which for the past 13 years has supported inventive

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Lacy Ridgell (standing, left) presents Saluda Elementary teacher Megan Schulte and her class with the Bright Ideas grant for their Coding Around Every Corner program.

classroom projects in the cooperative’s service territory. A portion of this year’s grants allowed teachers to create their ideal virtual classroom environment. “Once again, our local teachers impressed us with their creativity and dedication,” says Lacy Ridgell, public relations coordinator for MCEC. “We are proud to be able to support them and their energizing ideas.” Visit “mymcec” on Facebook to see more photos of this year’s winners and their students.

Bright Ideas grant winners Elizabeth Stevenson Centerville   Elementary My Story, My Voice Kary Dufault CrossRoads Intermediate Calm Down Box Renae Aman Pleasant Hill Elementary STEM Projects Mark Romano Saluda High Music For All Lauren Garner Pelion High Creating Tomorrow’s Teachers Today Haylee Boltjes Saxe Gotha Elementary Books, Books, Books! Craig Andrysczyk Oak Pointe Elementary Online Engineers

Lois Byars Beechwood Middle Can’t Touch This! Amanda Youmans Pleasant Hill Elementary PAWsitive Parent Connections Erica Gambrell Lexington High Teacher Destress Room Megan Schulte Saluda Elementary Coding Around Every Corner Paula Bartholomew Chapin High The Biology of Backyard Birds Emily Ray Oak Pointe Elementary COVID Appropriate Book Clubs Karissa Cockrell Carolina Springs   Elementary Learning in a Kinder”garden” Classroom

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MCEC awards $13,000 to 14 local teachers

Students who went on the Washington Youth Tour in 2019 got to meet and get a selfie with U.S. Senator Tim Scott.

Two unforgettable experiences for local teens MID-CAROLINA ELECTRIC is now accepting online applications for its two youth experiences, the Washington Youth Tour and the Cooperative Youth Summit. Visit mcecoop.com or see your school guidance counselor to apply. The deadline for applications is Jan. 31, 2021. The free trip to our nation’s capital with dozens of other South Carolina high school juniors, and thousands from across the country, takes place June 21-26, 2021. The Cooperative Youth Summit, an all-expense paid trip to Columbia for high school sophomores, is scheduled for July 12–15, 2021. While we expect the Washington Youth Tour and Cooperative Youth Summit to take place in 2021, circumstances related to COVID-19 may prevent one or both from safely taking place. In the event of cancellation, selected students will be offered the opportunity to attend the Virtual Youth Experience in June—a five-day virtual leadership program that will connect students with state and federal leaders. Mid-Carolina Electric sponsors these trips each year to give select students an opportunity to experience democracy in action, meet lawmakers and understand the importance of cooperatives in their communities.

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Cooperative celebrates employees

Ayers, Micol and Burgess have served members for 123 years AT THE END of each year, Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative celebrates the commitment of the team that serves our members each day with safe, reliable electricity and service. This year, we’re featuring three employees who have served the longest—Janice Ayers, Larry Micol and Mike Burgess, whose combined experience totals 123 years.

Janice Ayers, 42 years

Ayers began her career at Mid-Carolina in human resources and transitioned to corporate relations in 2016. In her current role, Ayers is responsible for events that keep community partners, employees and retirees engaged in the cooperative. “I now have the distinct honor of exemplifying Mid-Carolina’s Janice Ayers positive reputation everywhere I go,” says Ayers. “The best part of working at Mid-Carolina Electric for so long is the relationships and networks I’ve developed, not only with fellow employees and retirees but other community business partners.” Ayers knows that her main responsibility is looking out for members. It’s an attitude the entire team at Mid-Carolina shares. “We work hard to earn their respect and are diligent gatekeepers of the cooperative they own,” says Ayers. “I feel so fortunate to be a part of Mid-Carolina’s 80-year legacy.”

Larry Micol, 42 years

Micol’s tenure at Mid-Carolina Electric will come to an end upon his retirement at the end of 2020. The line superintendent at MCEC began his career as a temporary map assistant before claiming an open dispatch job and then moving onto a line crew. He eventually became crew foreman

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and has been the line superintendent at the Dutch Fork office for the last seven years. Micol, whose day typically starts at 6 a.m., says it’s a sense of responsibility that Larry Micol has gotten him and his crews up in the morning for the past four decades. “Everybody is on the same page when it comes to providing reliable, quality service to our members,” says Micol. “When they experience a power outage, we know we’re the people they are depending on.”

Mike Burgess, 39 years

Burgess started out in Mid-Carolina Electric’s shop as a mechanic’s assistant. He then moved to meter reading before becoming the cooperative’s engineering tech. Burgess says being able to have a role in designing and laying out how best to provide power to members is fulfilling. “I love being able Mike Burgess to see something come to life that I’ve put down on paper,” he says. “I love being able to work the storms and then throw the fuse, so people have power.” Burgess adds that working directly with members has also been gratifying. “I try to treat them like someone I’ve known a long time,” says Burgess. “Being kind to people and explaining to them what we’re doing, they appreciate that.” Mid-Carolina Electric has 140 employees serving approximately 56,600 accounts over 4,350 miles of line.

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Employees reach milestones Many other members of the Mid-Carolina Electric’s team celebrated milestones this year. We thank them for their continued service to the cooperative members.

5 years

Stephanie Berger Mark Bisset Aaron Hatfield Jill Parker Brittany Quattlebaum

10 years

Latish McCollum Justin Smith

15 years

Bryan Addy Bob Paulling James Rushton

20 years

Emmett Maynor Eric Price Bobby Wilbur

25 years

Jerry Crowell Vicki Ross-Bell Brian Williamson

30 years

Lori Moore Reggie White

Over 30 years Lee Ayers (34) Jean Tate (34) Kenny Bickley (34) Lisa Dawkins (33) Lew DuBose (31) Mark Kirkland (31) Prissy Williams (31)


‘Every drive they make, they are helping’

Annual golf tournament raises $15,000 for Becky’s Place Boutique weather for golfing on Oct. 26 didn’t always produce low scores at Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative’s WIRE Charity Tournament. But the annual fundraiser at Golden Hills Country Club in Lexington once again hit high marks by generating $15,000 for Lexington Medical Center Foundation and Becky’s Place Boutique. Proceeds from sponsors and more than 100 players help the boutique provide wigs, mastectomy bras, prosthetics and other items to women undergoing cancer treatment. In the 21 years that Mid-Carolina Electric’s chapter of Women Involved in Rural Electrification (WIRE) has put on the tournament, $170,000 has been raised for Becky’s Place Boutique. “(Cancer patients) are trying to get their self-confidence back,” says Amy Lanier, executive director of the foundation. “Because of this funding, we’re able to see survivors go into the boutique and restore some of that. “Working with Mid-Carolina Electric

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Elizabeth Wingard (left) and Amy Lanier of the Lexington Medical Foundation thank golfers who participated in the tournament that benefits Becky’s Place Boutique.

and WIRE is an absolute thrill. Every putt these golfers take, every drive they make, they are helping someone.” The boutique is located at Lexington Medical Park 1 at Lexington Medical Center and is open Monday through Friday. Mid-Carolina Electric’s WIRE members serve together to touch

Wolfline Construction’s team of (from left) Chris Butler, Graham Farmer, Keaton Butler and JonMichael Kubu won this year’s tournament with a captain’s choice score of 54.

the lives of many across the cooperative’s service territory by participating in a variety of community projects throughout the year.

Alex Kamaris lines up a pressure putt under the watchful eyes of his teammates, (from left) Eddie Richardson, Johnny Curry and George Rabon.


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Much to see at Congaree BY DENA J. DIORIO | PHOTOS BY ANDREW HAWORTH

“MAPLES ARE IN SEED!”

exclaims Steve Dennis, our volunteer tour guide on the Nature Discovery Walk at Congaree National Park. Our small group of visitors is zigzagging down the trail away from the Harry Hampton Visitor Center on a chilly Saturday morning, looking for the first signs of spring. Situated 16 miles southeast of Columbia, Congaree National Park is one of 62 national parks and the only one in South Carolina. Boasting the largest oldgrowth floodplain forest in the country, Congaree is home to some of the country’s tallest trees of their species, known as “champion trees.” One such tree, endearingly referred to as the Richland County Pine, stands approximately 159 feet tall and holds the national champion status for a loblolly pine. With 27,000 acres of designated wilderness area and a natural southern border created by the Congaree River,

this majestic landscape offers adventures for outdoor enthusiasts, birders, naturalists and families alike. Hiking, biking, birding, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, q Searching for first signs of spring, camping and ranger- and volunteer-led volunteer Steve Dennis shows off excursions are just some of the available a maple seed and inspects a pool activities, all of which are free of charge. during a nature hike last February. Our gentle hike led by senior volunteer guide Dennis, who was accompanied by fellow volunteer Jim Wilson, was the perfect way to revisit the park. Devoted naturalists, both men have been leading tours at Congaree for over 12 years. Along the trail, the unmistakable song of a Carolina wren could be heard off in the distance. “They sing all the time; they have several songs,” Dennis explains. A tufted titmouse of the chickadee family chimed in, and the two birds serenaded us as we strolled. “People come [to Congaree] from all over the world for birding,” he continues. “There are over 200 species in the park, and it is especially important for breeding and neotropical migratory birds.” According to Jon Manchester, park ranger and volunteer program manager, p Mary Lou Popolizio and Art Dee, “fans of national parks,” take a break on their trip from the Florida Keys home to Rochester, New York.

EDITOR’S NOTE: As this issue went to press, South Carolina was still in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check with the Congaree National Park Visitor Center for the latest updates on programs and access to the park by calling (803) 776-4396 or nps.gov/cong. For current health recommendations to stop the spread of the coronavirus, visit scdhec.gov/covid19.

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q Photographers Joe Long, left, and Ron Aull pause on the boardwalk to chat about birds they’ve spotted during a bird count at the park.

Congaree is “a major stopover for a number of migratory birds during the spring and fall. Neotropical migratory birds can be any species of bird that winters in Central or South America or the Caribbean and breeds in North America.” As the seasons change, they bring annual events that make Congaree truly unique: the flooding of its floodplain in December and April, and the synchronous fireflies that light up the sky for two weeks in May and June. Both events tend to draw a crowd. Our tour proceeded to the elevated boardwalk where there was unmistakable

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Congaree National Park is located at 100 National Park Road in Hopkins. HOURS: The park is open 24 hours a day year-round. The Harry Hampton Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but closed on all federal holidays. Trail maps, brochures, restroom facilities and water refilling stations are available in the Visitor Center breezeway 24 hours a day. ADMISSION: Entrance to the park is free. There is no charge for camping or any ranger-led programs. DETAILS: Call (803) 776-4396 or visit nps.gov/cong.

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As the seasons change, they bring annual events that make Congaree truly unique. evidence of flooding. A higher than usual rainfall caused the Congaree River to overflow just one week before, and coincidentally, led to the second highest crest record in the park’s history. We came to an area completely flooded with turbid water, the tops of dwarf ­palmettos poking up through the mire. This ­brownish-blackish, nutrient-rich murky water gets its color from the tannins in decomposing leaves and other floating organic and inorganic matter. Lucky for us, the water had receded enough so that visitors could now pass along the boardwalk. Truly a sight to behold and unlike anything I had seen before. After two hours of taking in the sights and sounds of these enchanted woods, our tour concluded back at the visitor center, the preferred gathering spot to begin or end an excursion. If you go, be sure to grab a trail guide, read the ­placards detailing the park’s rich history and catch a glimpse of the prominent mural painted by Columbia-based artist Blue Sky.


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3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature 1 cup peanut butter, natural with salt and peanuts only ¾ cup sugar

N cup brown sugar 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract 4 large eggs N cup sour cream

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8 Reese’s Peanut Butter Mini Cups (more if desired) N cup Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips Chocolate ganache (recipe follows)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Blend three crust ingredients and press firmly into a 9-inch springform pan, wrapped on the bottom and sides with foil.

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In the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese and peanut butter for 3 minutes. Add both sugars; beat 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla, then eggs, one at a time, then beat in sour cream. Pour into prepared pan.

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Place cheesecake pan inside a larger pan and place in oven. Fill the larger pan halfway with hot water—this prevents the cheesecake from cracking or falling on top. Bake 60–70 minutes or until barely firm. The center should still be shaky. Turn off oven, leaving door ajar about 6 inches, and cool for 1 hour. Remove from oven and cool completely in pan. Chill in fridge overnight or at least 8 hours. TOPPING Remove the side of the springform pan. Halve the peanut butter cups and arrange over cheesecake, followed by peanut butter chips. Drizzle with chocolate ganache.

CHOCOLATE GANACHE MAKES APPROXIMATELY 1½ CUPS

8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces ¾ cup heavy whipping cream 1 tablespoon cognac or brandy (optional)

Place the chopped chocolate in a medium bowl and set aside. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring just to a boil, but do not allow cream to boil. Immediately pour the hot cream over the chocolate and allow to stand for 1 minute. Stir with a whisk until smooth. If desired, add the liqueur. Allow to cool until slightly thickened, then drizzle over prepared cheesecake.

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2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground allspice or nutmeg ½ teaspoon kosher salt 4 large eggs ¾ cup vegetable oil ¾ cup sugar

1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar ½ cup buttermilk 3 cups peeled, shredded carrots CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

1 pound (16 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 1 ½ cups powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 ½ cups chopped walnuts, optional

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(843) 641‑0011 or 14  Hartness Half Marathon and jazz@charlestonjazz.com. visit scdhec.gov/covid19. 5K, Hartness Living, Greenville. 8  Virtual Cook-Along with Chef jdavis@setupevents.com. Hugo Vidal: Empanadas, virtual event JANUARY 30  Spartanburg Wedding Festival, 21  Mike Super, Magic & Illusion, 16–22  The Laramie Project, hosted by Morris Center for Lowcountry Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, Newberry Opera House, Newberry. 11–12, 14  Auditions for virtual event hosted by Clemson Heritage, Ridgeland. (843) 284‑9227 or Spartanburg. (864) 235‑5555 or (803) 276‑5179. Forgiven: A Fairy Tale, Ritz Theatre, Players, Clemson. (864) 656‑7787 or info@morrisheritagecenter.org. weddingfestivals@gmail.com. Newberry. (803) 597‑1636 or 22  Harlem Quartet, Newberry Opera nmartin@clemson.edu. theritzncp@gmail.com. 11–14  31st Annual Singing House, Newberry. (803) 276‑5179. O NG O ING 17  “Your Land” Webinar Series: Christmas Tree, First Baptist 14  Keb’ Mo’, Newberry Opera House, 27–28  McConnells Christmas Craft Getting the Most from Your Land, Daily from Nov. 13–Jan. 18  Church of Georgetown, Show, McConnells Community Center, Newberry. (803) 276‑5179. virtual event hosted by Women Owning Ice on Main, Main Street Ice Rink, Georgetown. (843) 546‑5187 or McConnells. (803) 230‑3845. Woodlands, Clemson. (803) 534‑6280 15  John Denver Tribute, Newberry Greenville. (864) 467‑5751. jay@fbcgeorgetown.org. or jmwatt@clemson.edu. Opera House, Newberry. (803) 276‑5179. Daily from Nov. 28–Dec. 31  12  Surfside Beach Christmas DECEMBER 20–21  Easy Bend IPRA Rodeo, T. ’Burg Bound: A Stay-At-Home Parade, Ocean Boulevard, North ONGOING Ed Garrison Livestock Arena, Pendleton. Holiday Concert, virtual event hosted 3  The Gatlin Brothers, Myrtle Beach. (843) 913‑6111 or Daily until Nov. 30  Mimi Inman (864) 918‑7633 or easybend@aol.com. by Spartanburg Philharmonic, based in Newberry Opera House, Newberry. dellis@surfsidebeach.org. (803) 276‑5179. Exhibit, Aiken County Visitors Spartanburg. (864) 948‑9020. 20–21  Holiday Open House, 15  Virtually Speaking: How We Center, Aiken. (803) 642‑7557 or 4  Invoke: A Multi-String Quartet, multiple uptown locations, Greenwood. Fridays through Sundays, until Celebrate the Holidays, virtual event lbusbee@aikencountysc.gov. Newberry Opera House, Newberry. (864) 223‑8431. Dec. 20  Indie Craft Parade: The hosted by Morris Center for Lowcountry (803) 276‑5179. Daily until Dec. 31  Laurie Shop Edition, 2909 Old Buncombe Heritage, Ridgeland. (843) 284‑9227 21  Native American Celebration Adamson Exhibit, Aiken County 4  North Pole Nights, Memorial Park, Rd., Greenville. (864) 406‑6253. info@morrisheritagecenter.org. Selugadu, Hagood Mill Visitors Center, Aiken. (803) 642‑7557 Newberry. (803) 321‑1015. 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THE PLEA WASN’T UNUSUAL. It’s the same one I’d seen hundreds of times: “Foster desperately needed for two homeless pups. Let us know if you can help.” There were a zillion reasons to keep scrolling and forget I read that post, but my fingers typed three little words before my brain could apply the brakes. “I can help.” This particular rescue group usually ignores me, so I was surprised to get a text begging me to pick them up right away. Sonny and Cher were brother and sister terriers with no known history, just some crazy rumor that mom was a German shepherd and dad was a Yorkie who owned a ladder. The pups were scrawny, maybe 7 pounds apiece, and only a few months old. They had pointy ears, unruly tan coats and skinny little faces, like wolf cubs. No one knew if they were housebroken, but Sonny left a personal puddle in the hallway before I could wrangle them into a crate. So now we know. “Mom, what have you done?” my grown daughter asked, referring to our new houseguests. “Can’t you ever say no?” Since she’s living with me, too, that must be a rhetorical question. I’ve come to the conclusion that ­nature made puppies fuzzy and adorable ­because otherwise, you might strangle them. Cher liked to start her day by ­ferociously ­gnawing on a tasty power cord. Suicide attempts take priority, so while I prevented her electrocution, Sonny would seize the opportunity to scramble up on my desk and eat the mail. Between the two of them, my house looked like the home team won the Super Bowl and the ticker tape parade cut straight through my ­living room. A champion shredder, Sonny was more efficient than any high-speed cross-cut machine. At least he kept my identity safe. But Sonny never stopped barking. He

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