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The pursuit of happiness Humor Me

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THE MAGAZINE FOR COOPERATIVE MEMBERS Vol. 67 • No. 8 (ISSN 0047-486X, USPS 316-240) Read in more than 450,000 homes and businesses and published monthly except in December by The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. 808 Knox Abbott Drive Cayce, SC 29033 Tel:  (803) 926-3 1 75 Fax:  (803) 796-6064 Email: letters@scliving.coop EDITOR

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FEATURE

Wanted: College seniors and recent graduates with proven leadership skills and a desire to make a difference in the lives of South Carolina’s children. Darlington Middle School science teacher Justin Dunham embraces Teach for America’s challenge to raise student achievement in his classes.

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August 2013 • Volume 67, Number 8

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© COPYRIGHT 201 3. The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. No portion of South Carolina Living may be reproduced without permission of the Editor. SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING is brought to you by your member-owned, taxpaying, not-for-profit electric cooperative to inform you about your cooperative, wise energy use and the faces and places that identify the Palmetto State. Electric cooperatives are South Carolina’s — and America’s — largest utility network.

Celebrate the season with 45,000 of your closest friends at York Summerfest. Plus: Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are gaining popularity as a replacement for old-fashioned incandescent lightbulbs, at home and on the farm.

POWER USER DIALOGUE

10 Affordable power in

a changing climate

South Carolina’s electric cooperatives are leading the search for effective and affordable ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. ENERGY Q&A

12 How to insulate an

attic-access cover

Sealing and insulating the attic entryway is an easy way to improve your home’s efficiency. SMART CHOICE

14 Conquer the crease

Whether you’re heading back to school or out on the town, you can always look your best with these tools designed to keep you proudly pressed.

For Greenville luthier Russ Morin, joy is found in making his own line of hand-crafted ukuleles. SC SCENE

22 Today’s youth, tomorrow’s leaders See what happens when 49 of South Carolina’s brightest high school students spend five days together in the nation’s capital.

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GARDENER

26 Growing healthy soils

Revitalizing your garden soil can be as simple as planting the right cover crops. TR AVELS

28 Tut’s buried treasure

Take a glittering journey into ancient history with the S.C. State Museum’s newest exhibit, Tutankhamun: Return of the King. RECIPE

30 Fresh from the garden

Asparagus and tomato stir fry Pickled okra Vegetable casserole Bea’s tomato pie

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CHEF’S CHOICE

32 Belly up to a big ol’ burger

The burger menu at Rock Hill’s Grumpy Brothers Grill and Bakery runs the gamut from classics to the mildly exotic to the just plain crazy. HUMOR ME

Teach for

38 The java made me do it

america

The first step to beating a caffeine addiction is admitting you have a problem. The second step is putting your lawyer on speed dial.

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STORIES

21 The pursuit of happiness

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Becky Billingsley, Martha Carney, Mike Couick, Reid Creager, Jim Dulley, Carrie B. Hirsch, Jan A. Igoe, Charles Joyner, Michael W. Khan, Brian Sloboda, Shandi Stevenson, S. Cory Tanner, Mark Quinn

SC LIFE

Annie Ciechanowski, a math teacher at Clio Elementary Middle School, is one of more than 100 Teach for America corps members working to ensure all South Carolina students have an equal shot at a great education. Photo by Milton Morris


On the Agenda For a listing p m co lete s, see of Event 6 page 3

Highlights

TOP PICK FOR KIDS AUGUST 23–24

Sandy Oaks Pro Rodeo

With $6,000 in prize money at stake, not to mention coveted points needed to compete for a world championship title, you can bet some of the best cowboys and cowgirls will show off their skills at this Edgefield rodeo, sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association. The family-friendly, two-night event features bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, team roping, steer wrestling, calf roping and cowgirl breakaway roping. Also on tap at the Lazy J Arena: twotime rodeo clown of the year Mike Wentworth, pony rides and a kids’ boot scramble, where one-shoed contestants compete for prizes. AUGUST 24

Jubilee: Festival of Heritage

On the very spot in downtown Columbia where freed slave and midwife Celia Mann and her descendants lived and worked for more than a century, Jubilee is back for its 35th celebration. The festival is a natural draw for kids—hands-on crafts and costumed artists bring traditional African-American culture and skills to life before their eyes. This year’s event offers discounted $1 tours of the grounds and cottage at the Mann-Simons Site, plus how-tos of sweetgrass basketry, Gullah quilting, broom making, printmaking and more. Entertaining the crowds will be drummers, dancers, storytellers, gospel music and the Black Cowboys of Rembert with their horses. For details, visit historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-7742.

AUGUST 31–SEPTEMBER 1

Dacusville Farm Show

Brand-new name, brand-new location— but this traditional Labor Day weekend event in Pickens County is still all about celebrating Dacusville’s agricultural past. The Dacusville Heritage Association promises antique tractors, such as the 1950 Oliver HG high-crop crawler pictured at left, farm equipment and steam engines that offer a glimpse into how it used to be done down on the farm. A “parade of power” will show off every piece of farm equipment you can drive. You can also jump aboard a hayride, play in the kids’ zone or enjoy live music. Find it all at the Turner farm at 3147 Earls Bridge Rd./Highway 186, Easley. Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative is a sponsor. For details, visit facebook.com/dacusvilleheritageassociation or call (864) 423-3239 or (864) 380-3337.

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For details, visit sandyoaksprorodeo.org or call (803) 637-5369, (803) 480-0045 or (803) 480-1944.

AUGUST 24

Summerfest

Prepare to party if you’re in York for Summerfest. This celebration of summer packs the downtown historic district with four stages of concerts, one of the biggest classic car shows in the region, and all the food and crafts that 45,000-plus visitors can handle. Back by popular demand are Little Blue Choo-Choo rides, monster water balls and bungee jumping. Find a little shade in historic Sylvia Theater, where aspiring singers will compete in the Texas Country Showdown. Local favorites the Oneppo Brothers, from Edgemoor, will bring their mix of classic rock and Chicago blues to the Market Stage. York Electric Cooperative is a sponsor. For details, visit greateryorkchamber.com or call (803) 684-2590.

SEPTEMBER 6–7

Aiken’s Makin’ Festival

Whatever Aiken’s makin’, it’s almost certain to be out of the ordinary. Crafters from Aiken County and across the Southeast will cover four downtown blocks of Park Avenue, from Chesterfield to Union streets, with their intriguing creations, including jewelry, quirky yard art, wooden pens, unique furniture and personalized art. New this year is a culinary crew from The Willcox, the historic Aiken inn, to feed the crowds from their new food truck. For details, visit aikensmakin.net or call (803) 641-1111.


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The $2,000 question Would you be willing to spend

Heat pump clothes dryers undergo testing at a German test lab.

Siemens

$2,000 on a new clothes dryer in the name of energy efficiency? The opportunity could present itself within the next few years as the United States prepares for the arrival of heat pump clothes dryers. Popular in Europe for the last five years, heat pump dryers use half the energy of a regular model, but there are two big downsides to overcome. “First, there’s the price—typically anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000, whereas your regular clothes dryer is generally under $500,” says Brian Sloboda, senior program manager at Cooperative Research Network. “It’s not a slam-dunk economic case.” Experts estimate it would take about five years to make back a $500 price premium, depending on the number of loads dried. The second big issue is that drying time is typically double that of standard machines. “You’re going to be attracted to this device if you really, really feel strongly about the environment or about

“You’re going to be attracted to this device if you really, really feel strongly about the environment or about energy efficiency.” energy efficiency,” Sloboda says. “If you have a large family, no way in the world can you get a device that takes twice as long to dry your clothes.” Sloboda says a better investment might be an energy-efficient washing machine with a very high spin rate, so clothes need less drying time. Of course, there’s also the old-fashioned

way to save money and energy when drying clothes: “Hang them outside.” —michael w. kahn Source: Electric Co-op Today

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Milton Morris

The pursuit of ­happiness: Turn to page 21 for this month’s S.C. Stories profile of Greenville luthier Russ Morin, then visit SCLiving.coop for a video tour of the basement workshop where he builds custom-made ukuleles like the one at left. Bonus recipe: Man cannot live by burgers alone, so once you’ve read this month’s Chef’s Choice profile of Grumpy Brothers Grill and Bakery in Rock Hill (page 32), visit SCLiving.coop/Food/ChefsChoice.aspx for a spicy bonus recipe— Cajun shrimp tacos with wasabi coleslaw. Teaching from the heart: If this month’s cover feature has inspired you to help South Carolina children get a quality education, learn more about Teach for America from corps members Annie Ciechanowski, Justin Dunham and Naajaya Leak in our web extra video.

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When shopping for a new appliance, consider lifetime operation costs as well as the up-front purchase price. Refrigerators last an average of 12 years, clothes washers about 11, and dishwashers about 10. Check the Energy Guide label for the appliance’s estimated yearly operating cost, and look for Energy Star units, which usually exceed minimum federal standards for efficiency and quality. To learn more, visit energysavers.gov. Source: U.S. Department of Energy

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On the Agenda Shining a light on LEDs One of the biggest

­ evelopments in lighting d our homes, businesses and streets involves the use of light-emitting diode (LED) technology. LEDs convert electricity directly into bright, white light far more efficiently than other lighting options, and Americans are taking notice. The number of LED lamps and fixtures installed in the United States has increased tenfold over the last two years—from

LED installations made in the last two years are expected to save about $675 million in annual energy costs. 4.5 million units in 2010 to 49 million units in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). These installations, which include common indoor and outdoor applications such as recessed

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Letters

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Fishing for compliments Congratulations on the June issue. Your cover grabbed me The Winds of right away. The handsome face of fo rTune The past, present Rocky Magwood staring out over and uncertain futur of S.C. shrimping e the ocean with his hands on the shrimp net was so perfect. He looked as if he came right out of Armed and stylish A family adventure central casting. Turning the page, Hot-weather veggies I had the same feeling seeing Wayne Magwood, leaning back in his captain’s chair while driving the shrimp boat with his foot. I loved the story right away. The pictures put me right on the boat, and I wanted to know more. The writing was lively, chatty, informative, and more important, highlighted the economic problems for the area shrimpers.  June 2013

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lighting and streetlights, are expected to save about $675 million in annual energy costs. During the same period, the cost of an LED replacement bulb has fallen by about 54 percent. By 2030, the DOE estimates that LED lighting will account for almost 75 percent of all lighting sales, saving enough energy to power approximately 26 million U.S. households. LED fixtures are also being tested on farms across America to see how they hold up to the dirt, dust, heat, humidity and other harsh conditions. Thanks to their durable construction, LEDs may offer farmers a way to save on both energy and maintenance costs. With a rated life of 35,000 to 50,000 hours, LEDs can last up to 33 times longer than

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Letters to the editor

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traditional incandescent bulbs, four to eight times longer than linear fluorescent bulbs and compact fluorescent lamps, and more than twice the time of highintensity discharge lamps. —brian sloboda & martha carney

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Dialogue

Affordable power in a changing climate Conquering climate change is expensive. To whom shall we give the invoice? President Obama recently announced executive action to curb the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Many scientists say those gases create a dome over the earth that holds in warm air, raising the average temperature. The carbon dioxide from coal- and gas-fired power plants and automobile tailpipes is a greenhouse gas. We didn’t get to this point quickly, and we won’t improve the environment without decades of commitment. The cost is almost incalculable. That’s why electric cooperatives started long before now: XX We partnered with the Coastal Conservation League and others in the environmental community to look for substantive ways we can work together toward affordable, reliable and environmentally responsible power supplies. Through such consensus building, electric cooperatives effectively pulled the plug on the proposed coal-fired power plant in Florence County in 2009. XX We

researched the real potential of renewable energy— solar, wind and others—in the Palmetto State. There’s more potential than is operating now, but the amount that is practically available is less than some would have you believe. We currently sell renewable energy generated from methane-gas-fired power plants on landfills.

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examined the potential for real energy savings through improved energy efficiency of homes and businesses. We recently completed a 125-home pilot program testing the feasibility of financing energy-efficiency improvements in homes for those who cannot afford the up-front cost.

What did we learn? Using more renewable resources now and achieving greater energy efficiency in South Carolina homes is possible, but it’s not cheap. Hence my question: To whom shall we give the invoice for changing the climate in the way the president hopes to do? The South Carolinians we serve in rural areas are 50 percent more likely to live below the poverty line than those in urban or suburban areas, and one in four of our members resides in a manufactured home, frequently challenged by energy inefficiency. No matter how well you think the public good will be served by the president’s plan, the plan will be costly to implement. 

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An $8 billion pledge to research cleaner-burning coal plants? Bring it on. South Carolina already has some of the best “scrubbed” coal plants in the country. Santee Cooper, a significant source of electric cooperative electricity, added emissions scrubbers to its coal plants years ago. New coalfired power plants may not be built, but with more than 500 coal-fired power plants in the U.S. (South Carolina’s electric cooperatives get nearly 70 percent of their power from coal), solar and wind energy won’t replace them anytime soon, nor will my personal favorite, energy efficiency, or what I call “replacing megawatts with negawatts.” Directing the EPA to work with us to limit carbon dioxide emissions? We welcome it, as long as EPA does as much listening as talking. Telling us to get rid of more carbon emissions without hearing of and planning for the pain consumers will feel is not sufficient. Support for local climate-resilient investment by removing barriers? Yes, help us. Our research on our state’s energy-efficiency potential already has national recognition. Our ideas have been presented to Congress. Our field tests have shown good potential, too. Again, we partnered with the Coastal Conservation League to successfully urge our state’s policymakers to upgrade our state’s building codes to improve the efficiency of new home construction. Lead international efforts to address global climate change? That’s a must, because America can’t fix a worldwide climate issue alone, and neither can bill-paying South Carolina co-op members. The president alluded to some exceptions for the poorest countries. Mr. President, electric cooperative trustees will be concerned also about poor South Carolinians for whom we believe cost will be a biggerthan-expected issue. We agree that we cannot use challenges as excuses. They can be used as opportunities. The 1.3 million South Carolinians who use power from electric cooperatives today—and our children and grandchildren—are counting on us to do so. But, we still have to deal with that invoice.

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EnergyQ&A

BY jim Dulley

How to insulate an attic-access cover

Q

I just discovered my new house has no insulation on the attic opening cover. Shouldn’t the cover be insulated and sealed? If I add folding stairs, how can I insulate them?

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Builders don’t always insulate and seal the attic-access opening cover. Often just a scrap piece of plywood or drywall is cut somewhat close to the correct size and placed in the opening, resting on a strip of molding. That type of cover’s insulation value is less than R-1, and it leaks air like a sieve. Attic opening covers should be insulated and sealed for energy savings. Because the attic access is often in the ceiling of a bedroom closet or a hallway, the air leakage and heat loss/gain are less noticeable. In a well-insulated house, even just several square feet of uninsulated space can lose a considerable amount of heat. The simplest fix is to attach insulation to the top of the cover and add weatherstripping underneath where the cover rests on the lip of the

After you lower the folding stairs, you can climb up and unzip this cover to enter the attic. Notice how well it is attached to the attic floor.

opening. The insulation on the top of the cover should be up to the recommended code ceiling R-value for your area—that’s R-38 for South Carolina attics. Measure the cover to make sure it fits the GetMore opening well, with the cover n TogetherWeSave.com, an energy-efficiency website overlapping the molding lip from the nation’s electric cooperatives, has two videos so the weatherstripping will on this subject as part of its Watch & Learn series; visit seal it. If you have to make energysavings.togetherwesave.com/watch-and-learn and a new cover, a piece of halfclick on the Sealing and Insulation tab, then scroll down inch drywall works well and to find how-to videos on insulating attic hatches and attic is fire resistant. pull-down stairs. In my own house, I first n Download do-it-yourself instructions for sealing attic nailed a piece of half-inch hatches at scliving.coop/Files/AtticAccess.pdf. drywall to the front of the n The following companies offer attic entrance products: plywood cover to give it Atticap, (781) 259-9099, draftcap.com some additional weight. Attic Tent, (877) 660-5640, attictent.com Next, I glued four layers of Battic Door, (508) 320-9082, batticdoor.com three-quarter-inch polyureCalvert Stairs, (866) 477-8455, calvertusa.com thane foam sheets to the Rainbow Attic Stairs, (877) 369-6996, rainbowatticstairs.com back, to get three inches of 12

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foam insulation. I used foil-faced insulation that will reflect heat from a hot roof back up. The next step is to attach ­adhesive-​ backed foam weatherstripping to the top edge of the lip around the opening. Before you start, place the cover on the lip to make sure it’s even. The lip often consists of molding pieces nailed to the sides of the opening. If they aren’t level, you may have to pry pieces loose and reattach them. An uneven fit makes it difficult to get a good seal under the cover. Use as thick a foam as you can find to accommodate any out-of-level edges. The weight of the plywood and drywall should be adequate to compress the foam weatherstripping. If you want to install pull-down stairs or a ladder, or if your attic currently has one, buy a special insulated cover for the attic-access opening. One of the least expensive options is basically a three-sided, heavy-duty cardboard box. It’s easy to open and assemble, and then you can attach your own insulation to the top and sides. It’s lightweight and easy to lift when you enter the attic on the stairs. Another option is a lightweight, large, rigid-foam domed device that covers the folded stairs or ladder from above. It’s strong, and the foam provides adequate insulation. Another design uses a flexible, zippered, insulated cover that is permanently attached to the attic floor for an airtight seal. The zipper provides a large opening for easy access to the attic. Send questions to Energy Q&A, South Carolina Living, 808 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, SC 29033, email energyqa@scliving.coop or fax (803) 739-3041.


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“I didn’t do nothing but try to save a few people.” Tomie Gaines of Greenville, S.C., served as a medic in Italy during World War II and later went into nursing. Today, Mr. Gaines visits elementary schools to teach children about WWII and how war is as much about saving lives as taking them.

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Participating in Teach for America has convinced

Annie Ciechanowski , posing with some of her

eighth-grade math students at Clio Elementary Middle School this past spring, to pursue a career in education.


Wanted: College seniors and recent

graduates with proven leadership skills and a desire to make a difference in the lives of South Carolina’s children

photography by Milton Morris

When Greenville native Josh Bell graduated from Clemson University in 2008, he had no shortage of career options. The former student body president considered going to law school, and he was being wooed by corporate management programs. Then he heard about Teach for America.

TFA

Teach for America (TFA) is a national Assigned to a Charlotte middle nonprofit organization that recruits school, Bell’s job was to help close the young leaders to serve as classroom achievement gap, get students reading teachers in school systems seeking and writing at (or above) grade level, to improve the education opportuniand inspire them to pursue academic excellence. He and another TFA corps ties for all students. Intrigued by the member worked alongside their fellow TFA mission, Bell applied and made teachers, creating new academic the cut. After an intensive summer programs, setting high standards for training program, he found himself Josh Bell students and encouraging a passion in front of a seventh-grade classroom “It’s undeniable that educational opportunity for learning among kids who often introducing himself as Mr. Bell, the can open doors like faced the burden of low expectations. new language arts teacher. nothing else can.” Soon the students were “on a “Although I never thought of teachmission for their own academic success,” Bell ing before, this really is a social justice issue, says. “Once that momentum got going, students and I didn’t want to look back in 30 years and pushed us. I had students who would call me on regret not being a part of something that I think Sunday night and ask me about the lesson plan our country will remember as a pretty imporfor the coming week.” tant movement—making sure that all kids get a Today, Bell is the executive director of the great education,” Bell says of his decision to join South Carolina region of TFA, working to bring TFA. “It’s undeniable that educational opportusimilar results to schools across the Palmetto nity can open doors like nothing else can.”

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The year TFA began working with S.C. school systems Number of partner school districts in South Carolina during the 2012–13 school year

“We don’t do it because it’s easy, but because it’s challenging.”

Number of schools with TFA corps members in the classroom during the 2012–13 school year Number of TFA corps members scheduled to teach in S.C. during the 2013–14 school year Estimated number of S.C. students who will be reached by TFA corps members during the 2013–14 school year Number of TFA alumni working in education in South Carolina

Clio Elementary Middle School As Annie Ciechanowski sees it, tackling Teach for America’s goal to transform education is not unlike embracing President Kennedy’s vision of putting an American on the moon. “We don’t do it because it’s easy, but because it’s challenging,” the petite, 27-year-old teacher says. After one year of teaching math at Clio Elementary Middle School in Marlboro County, Ciechanowski is having exactly the kind of personal impact that attracted her to TFA. In August 2012, Ciechanowski’s seventh graders were counting on their fingers for basic math. By spring, that class had achieved 90 percent mastery of multiplication and division. Last fall, one of her eighth graders was working at a second-grade level; by year’s end, his skills rose to sixth-grade level—“still behind,” she concedes, “but to see him do well and take pride in that, that’s been amazing.” A year ago, when she asked her students to tell her what colleges they hoped to attend, she got “push back”: not everyone can go to college, they told her. A few months later, each one could list four or five schools they aspired to—maybe a four-year college, maybe vocational or technical school—each a possible avenue to their personal goals. A native Midwesterner, Ciechanowski was working in Miami for a defense contractor, tracking the impact of economic factors on drug trafficking, when she decided TFA was a way she could come out from behind a computer and help build stronger communities. At just 5 feet 1 inch tall, Ciechanowski lacks an obvious physical authority over her taller adolescent students, but she confidently maintains classroom order in a firm voice, applauding positive behaviors (“I love how this group is discussing the problem; I hear really good questions”) and managing dissenters (“It’s okay to not like it; you still have to do it”). Ciechanowski is now committed to a future in education—a graduate degree in education policy or advanced teaching, possibly. “I’m trying to figure out where I can make the biggest impact,” she says. For now, that’s Clio. Ciechanowski is the first math teacher to complete a full year at her school in the past five years. “It was good to be able to come in and tell the students that not only will I be here all year, I’ll be here next year, too,” she says. —diane veto parham

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State. Since 2011, the group has placed more than 100 young teachers in partner schools in Orangeburg, Charleston, Florence, Clarendon, Darlington and Marlboro counties (see teacher profiles with this story), and in the coming academic year, TFA expects to have 200 motivated corps members in South Carolina schools. Bell describes his organization as a “human capital pipeline,” helping schools find energetic teachers who commit to a minimum of two years in the classroom but who also seek to make their mark on education for the long term. Nationally, two-thirds of TFA corps members stay involved with education either as teachers or by doing the policy work and administrative tasks necessary to help strengthen school systems outside the classroom. Many others use the skills and experience of being a TFA corps member to succeed in a variety of other privatesector and public-service careers. The next application period to join TFA opens this month (see “How to get involved,” p. 20), and while applicants may request placement in any of the more than 36 states served by the organization, Bell’s goal is to recruit South Carolinians to work right here at home, closing the achievement gap for Palmetto State students. l l


Darlington Middle School

“By the time I leave at 5:30 that afternoon, I know what I’ve done has touched somebody and helped somebody to success.”

Justin Dunham’s Earth science class is studying the phases of the moon. But watching the 24-year-old teacher work is like an extra lesson in kinetic energy. Evidence of his stepping days with his college fraternity can be seen in the bounce in his walk, the fluid movements of his body, the rhythm in his speech. While he teaches, he moves. As he moves, his Darlington Middle School students watch. And listen. “I’m sure a lot of them haven’t had a 6-foot-1 black male with dreads teaching them,” he says of his hold on their attention. Not so long ago, Dunham remembers, he was much like his students. He grew up in nearby Florence. He played basket­ball, was in the school band, worked after school at Pizza Hut. After his father died when Dunham was 9, his mother kept a firm hand on Dunham and his older brother, immersing them in books, church and strong morals. “She was a buffer between me and my environment,” Dunham says. Dunham was studying exercise science and psychology at the University of South Carolina when he heard South Carolina TFA executive director Josh Bell speak about the organization’s mission. Already passionate about community service, Dunham decided on the spot to apply. He requested placement near his hometown, where he could be that same kind of buffer and inspiration for his middle schoolers. In interactive lessons, Dunham challenges his single-­ gender classes to reason through the information so they can explain not just what they know, but why it’s so. He strides through a class of boys, quizzing them on tides and eclipses, tossing a small plastic football at each student whose turn it is to answer. They toss the ball back with their responses; if they hesitate, he helps them think it through. “Y’all got that, y’all got that,” he says encouragingly. “Tell me why you’re right, man.” As they work at their desks, he plays a song he pulled from the Internet about the moon’s phases, with lyrics set to Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You”: “I see it hanging all around, in the sky above, and I’m like, the moon, oo, oo, oo.” He feeds them acronyms and images to use as memory devices while they learn the material they must know for upcoming standardized tests. But he’s also focused on their future beyond the classroom. Test scores are important, he says, but so are developing good behavior and setting goals. Whether his students are aiming for college, the military or professional sports, Dunham wants them to cultivate the skills to get there. “I know why I get up every morning at 5:15—because I have 142 students who are waiting for me,” Dunham says. “By the time I leave at 5:30 that afternoon, I know what I’ve done has touched somebody and helped somebody to ­success.” —diane veto parham

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“I just felt like I personally needed to be here. That was my motivation.”

Excel Academy, Morningside Elementary Naajaya Leak’s fourth-period class files into the classroom all giggles and motion, and from the moment the 11- and 12-year-old girls step through the door, Leak is primed and ready to channel that energy into sixth-grade math. A first-year TFA teacher at Excel Academy, the “girls’ side” of Morningside Elementary in North Charleston, Leak handles the kids with the authority one would expect from a seasoned classroom teacher and the accessible poise of a young woman who could very well be an older sister to her students. Today’s classroom exercises include just that—exercise. Working in teams of two, the girls tackle a worksheet of math problems based on how many times they can hop or perform jumping jacks to snippets of popular music. As the students take turns performing the exercises and recording the data, Leak prowls the room, joining in right alongside her students, playfully critiquing their jumping skills (“That’s not a hop. This is a hop!”). When the girls take their seats and begin quietly working the equations, Leak makes the rounds again, offering encouragement and constructive tips for thinking through solutions. “When kids get up and they’re moving, they are less focused on the fact that they are actually doing work,” Leak explains after the students are dismissed for the day. “They’re using energy to do math, and that’s what they remember. They remember the things they got up and did.” These students also happen to be Leak’s homeroom class, so the girls begin and end their day with the 23-year-old teacher, who never misses an opportunity to coach, encourage and lead by example. “Much of my teaching is based on the relationship I have with my students,” Leak says. “I try to show them, as a young woman, this is how I behave.” Like many TFA corps members, Leak never thought she’d become a classroom teacher. A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., she majored in public health at the University of North Carolina–Charlotte and demonstrated the leadership skills TFA looks for by volunteering with health education programs and serving as a resident assistant in her dorm. When her residence hall supervisor told her about TFA, the opportunity to have an impact on the next generation just clicked. “I’ve been through a lot in my life. I’ve learned a lot, I’ve seen a lot, I’ve done a lot, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to be able to share my experience,” she says. “I just felt like I personally needed to be here. That was my motivation. I felt there was no better person to come in and talk to these kids than me.” —keith phillips

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This fall, TFA recruiters will hit the state’s college campuses, spreading the word about the program and looking for seniors with the right combination of heart, idealism, critical thinking skills and leadership abilities. Those accepted into the program (nationally just 6,000 people were selected from last year’s pool of 57,000 applicants) will receive intensive training and work with mentors to become, as Bell says, “the leader that a classroom full of students deserves.” To potential TFA applicants, Bell asks this simple question to gauge their motivation: “Is our country living up to its fullest potential, and if it’s not, what role do you play in making that happen?”

GetMore How to get involved Teach: Apply to join the teaching corps

at teachforamerica.org/application.

Donate: Make a tax-deductible

donation at teachforamerica.org/donate. Partner: Contact Charles McDonald at charles.mcdonald@teachforamerica.org to learn more about bringing Teach for America to your school or community. Engage: Connect with Teach for America S.C. on Facebook or Twitter (@TFA_SC) to get the latest updates.


SC Life

Stories

The pursuit of happiness

Russ Morin

AGE:

51

Born in Charleston; now lives in Greenville Morin is a self-taught luthier who specializes in making custom-made resonator ukuleles. Hobbies: Enjoys shopping for antique sewing machines with his wife and playing bass ukulele in a band called Blue Studio. Hometown:

Milton Morris

Claim to fame:

Web Extra Watch, listen and learn: Russ Morin demonstrates the difference between a traditional ukulele and a resonator ukulele in a web extra video at SCLiving.coop.

You will never meet anyone as excited about ukuleles as Russ Morin. “I just love ’em,” he says. The versatile instruments can be used to play anything from nursery rhymes to Bach, and most people can learn the basics in a weekend. It’s hard not to smile when strumming a ukulele, and Morin believes if more people played them, more people would be happy. Ukuleles have certainly brought happiness into Morin’s own life. A former furniture maker and Montessori school teacher, he began to reexamine his priorities when his older brother passed away from cancer. Feeling permanently stressed out by his teaching job, Morin decided to see if he could make a living doing something he loved—making ukuleles. Today, he specializes in built-to-order resonator ukuleles, which include a spun aluminum cone inside the body of the instrument. The cones work like a passive speaker, creating a much stronger sound, and they allow Morin to build his handcrafted instruments from a variety of woods, including poplar, walnut, black locust and mahogany, often scrounged from dumpsters, scrap piles and fallen trees he spots beside the road. Morin sells his ukuleles online (russmorin.com) to buyers as distant as Australia, Germany and Africa. Prices start at $625 for a traditional ukulele or $950 for a resonator model, but each instrument is made entirely by hand, a process that takes approximately a month. While his ukulele business is not generating much income yet, it is gathering momentum and paying off in other ways. “Guess who’s happy?” Morin says. “I’m excited these days.” —Shandi Stevenson

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Scene

BY Mark Quinn

See what happens when 49 of South Carolina’s brightest high school students spend five days together in the nation’s capital Photos by Luis Gomez

This page, clockwise from left: U.S. Sen. Tim Scott takes a moment to speak with Kevin Dean, a rising senior at Laurens District 55 High School, who aspires to a career in education. The students also had an opportunity to visit briefly with South Carolina’s senior senator, Lindsey Graham. Pictured from left to right: Leah Dollard of Hemingway, Amber Horton of Abbeville, Kristin Crowley of Clio, Lauren Roland of St. Matthews and Malik McGill of Mullins near the entrance of the World War II Memorial. “I’ve seen pictures of all the memorials, but it’s so much more inspiring when you can see them in person,” Horton said. “They’re amazing.”

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Today’s youth,

tomorrow’s leaders offer high school juniors a remarkable opportunity: an all-expensepaid trip to Washington, D.C., called Youth Tour. A thorough interview process at each cooperative identifies students who display dedication in the classroom as well as a commitment to their community. Forty-nine students from every corner of South Carolina participated in this year’s trip, which began on June 15. The group arrived at the airport as strangers, unsure of what lay ahead. Some had never flown before. A handful had never left the state’s borders. Once the group reached Washington, D.C., the South Carolina delegation joined more than 1,500 students repre­ senting 42 states—all participants in the national Youth Tour program created by the nation’s electric cooperatives 49 years ago. The idea behind the event is still as relevant as it was in 1964. It is a belief that textbooks and lectures alone are not enough to help young people understand the democratic process. They must see it firsthand. The five-day trip is a whirlwind tour of Washington, D.C., and includes visits with lawmakers as well as tours of national memorials, museums, the U.S. Capitol and Arlington National Cemetery. As the days race by, students begin to broaden their view of the world, inspiring a select number to embrace opportunities for Each spring, South Carolina’s 20 electric cooperatives

This page, clockwise from top left: Hannah Coker of Pomaria, a member of Newberry Electric Cooperative, takes a turn standing at the podium U.S. senators use to address the Capitol Hill press corps. Evan Reier, left, of Hilton Head, and Kevin Dean, right, of Laurens, look on as “Secret Service” agents. Rep. Jim Clyburn welcomed students from his congressional district before sitting down with the group to discuss leadership. Youth Tour students had the opportunity to visit the offices of their respective congressmen, followed by customized tours of the U.S. Capitol. “The fact you’ve given up part of your summer to come to Washington to learn how politics works speaks highly of each of you,” Clyburn told the group. Scott Harvin poses for a Capitol Hill photo with fellow Black River Electric Cooperative member Alexis Belton. Harvin, who was elected to serve as South Carolina’s delegate to the Youth Leadership Council (YLC) of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), returned to Washington, D.C., in July for a week of advanced leadership training with 42 other Youth Tour students from across the country. Philip Habib of Summerville, a member of Berkeley Electric Cooperative, is all smiles as he’s joined in the Senate Rotunda by Carly Watt, left, and Taylor Burris. Both young women live in Iva and are members of Little River Electric Cooperative. scliving.coop   | AUGUST 2013   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING

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South Carolina’s Youth Tour contingent in their aqua “Oklahoma Proud” T-shirts. Sales of the shirt have raised more than $29,000 for relief efforts in the wake of devastating summer storms.

A s h o w o f s o lid a ri t y The devastating May tornado that flattened much of Moore, Okla., produced shock and sadness across the country. Immediately, America’s family of electric cooperatives began to help. In an effort to raise money for recovery efforts, Kay Electric Cooperative in Oklahoma designed “Oklahoma Proud” T-shirts and sold them for $15. South Carolina bought 57 shirts—one for every Youth Tour student and chaperone. When all 1,570 Youth Tour students gathered for

Youth Day, the South Carolina delegation wore their “Oklahoma Proud” T-shirts to the program. “I thought it was a great way for our students to show their support for the folks who lost so much in Oklahoma,” said Van O’Cain, South Carolina’s Youth Tour coordinator. On the first day of Youth Tour, students created their own cooperative named The Soda Pop Co-op. At each stop along the tour, the co-op sold drinks for $1—

60 percent cheaper than the average concession price in Washington, D.C. When the co-op closed on the last night of Youth Tour, general manager Scott Harvin announced profits of $435. Instead of returning the proceeds as capital credits, the co-op members voted to donate the money to Oklahoma storm victims. “I know we could have all taken a share of the money, but I think we should be proud to pass this along to Oklahoma,” Harvin said.

personal growth. Scott Harvin, a rising senior at Wilson Hall Academy in Sumter, was elected by the students to represent South Carolina at the national Youth Leadership Conference. For Melody Wright of Laurens, Youth Tour’s lasting impact means assistance a year from now when she goes to college. Wright is the recipient of the 2013 Robert D. Bennett Scholarship, a $2,500 award to help offset the cost of tuition. When the five-day tour came to a close, students who were complete strangers a week before had formed lasting friendships. Learning about the nation’s history and heritage is fundamental, but the most valuable lessons may be those they learn from one another—that students from diverse backgrounds can create a trip that inspires, informs and helps prepare them for the world that awaits them after high school.

Melody Wright, recipient of the Robert D. Bennett Scholarship, addresses fellow students during Youth Tour orientation. “Thank you to all of the electric cooperatives for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime,” Wright said. “This scholarship will help with my plans to study journalism and mass communication at Bob Jones University next fall.”

GetThere For information on applying for the 2014 Washington Youth Tour, contact your local electric cooperative.

Students:

Hannah Coker, left, and Amanda Crayne, right, both members of Newberry Electric Cooperative, are joined by chaperone Debra Shaw at the World War II Memorial. Shaw, an employee of Newberry Electric, was making her second trip as a Youth Tour chaperone.

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BY S. CORY TANNER

Growing healthy soils One of the best things gardeners

can do for their soil is add organic matter. Compost, manure and rotted leaves are all great soil amendments​ —but have you considered growing organic matter in place? This ancient technique of improving soil is called cover cropping. Growing cover crops, sometimes called green manures, is fairly simple. Plant a crop you do not intend to harvest, and when it reaches a certain level of maturity, mow it down and till it into the soil. The crop decomposes in the soil, feeding soil microbes, improving soil structure and releasing nutrients that future garden plants can use. Cover crops also prevent soil erosion, suppress weeds, reduce pest and disease problems, and capture and recycle nutrients left over from previous crops. Typically, cover crops are combina-

tion plantings of grains and legumes (bean relatives). The grain provides bulk roughage, sometimes referred to as biomass, while the legume captures nitrogen from the air and “fixes” it into the soil, making it available for later plantings. Cover crops are annual plants, living for only one season, and are broken out into summer and winter crops (see Table 1). Seeds for these crops are usually available at your local feed-andseed store but can also be purchased online. Obviously this technique is best suited to vegetable gardens, where crops are changed out each season,

TABLE 1 Cover crop

Season

Type

Winter

Legume

Crimson clover, vetch, Austrian winter peas Oats, wheat, winter rye

Winter

Grain

Cowpea, soybean

Summer

Legume

Buckwheat, millet, sudangrass

Summer

Grain

TABLE 2 Vegetable families for crop rotation

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Beet family

Beets, chard, spinach

Cole crops (brassicas)

Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, mustard, radish, turnip

Grass family

Cereal grains (corn, wheat, rye, oats, etc.)

Legume family

All beans and peas

Nightshade family

Eggplant, pepper, potato, tomato

Onion family

Chives, garlic, leeks, onion

Salad greens

Endive, escarole, lettuce

Vine crops (cucurbits)

Cantaloupe, cucumber, pumpkin, squash, watermelon, zucchini

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Buckwheat and cowpeas (center row, above) combine to make a great summer cover crop in the vegetable garden and help build healthy garden soil (left).

but it can be used to build soil for flower and perennial beds. Crop rotation is an important component of managing plant diseases in a vegetable garden. I use cover crops as a part of my overall rotation plan. To manage crop rotation, group your vegetables into related families (see Table 2). Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and Irish potatoes, for example, are all members of the nightshade family and share similar pests and diseases. To minimize these problems, family members should not be planted in a particular spot in the garden more than once every three years. Cover cropping provides a season or even a whole year of nonproduction while improving the soil. Here’s how I do it. In the spring, I plant all my nightshade crops together. Once they finish producing, I pull them out and prepare the soil for a winter cover crop. My go-to for this season is a mix of oats and crimson clover, broadcast over the rows in September. They slow their growth in winter and start producing


Plants have the highest amount of nutrients just before they flower, so tilling them in at this time provides the greatest soil benefit. soil to rebuild. My preferred summer cover crop is a mixture of buckwheat and cowpeas; in a typical summer, this combo can be planted and plowed under twice. In subsequent seasons, I rotate through other non-­ nightshade vegetable families, so I’m not replanting tomato relatives in that area until the three-year rotation is complete. Even in my small vegetable garden, this strategy keeps my soil and plants healthy and productive. is an area horticulture agent and Master Gardener coordinator for Clemson Extension based in Greenville County. Contact him at shannt@clemson.edu.

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flower buds in early spring; this is the time to mow them down and till them into the soil. Plants have the highest amount of nutrients just before they flower, so tilling them in at this time provides the greatest soil benefit. Plow your cover crop under at least a month before your desired planting date so it will decompose before planting. I like to follow a winter cover crop with a summer cover. This gives a full year for diseases to dissipate and

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BY DIANE VETO PARHAM

Tut’s buried treasures King Tut doesn’t rank highly for his legendary adventures or worldchanging triumphs. But after the boy king died, he became quite the newsmaker. Until Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered in 1922—more than 3,000 years after the young pharaoh’s death—the contents of Egyptian royal tombs were mostly a topic of speculation, as tombs were commonly emptied by grave robbers, according to JoAnn Zeise, curator of history at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia. Illustrations of the treasures buried with rulers were visible on temple walls, but the graves themselves were frequently looted. Then, with English archaeologist Howard Carter’s discovery, the buried treasures were at last revealed—to touch, to examine, to study. The world was fascinated. Crowds thronged to see the treasures wherever they were displayed. Revelations about Egyptian royalty, culture and burial practices spilled forth. Now on exhibit at the State Museum, Tutankhamun: Return of the King displays 124 replicas of the

GetThere The South Carolina State Museum is located at 301 Gervais St. in Columbia. Tutankhamun: Return of the King runs through March 23, 2014. Exhibit hours: Monday–Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Ticket prices, including general museum admission, are $15 for adults (ages 13–61), $13 for seniors and $11 for children (ages 3–12). Details: (803) 898-4921; scmuseum.org

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treasure cache buried with King Tut after his untimely death at age 18 or 19. While the originals remain on permanent exhibit in Cairo, these meticulously crafted replicas give modern audiences an up-close view of royal possessions, sacred burial objects and Tut’s African heritage. “Unless you’re one of the few who are going to fly to Cairo to see the originals, this is the closest you can get to seeing them,” says Tut Underwood, the museum’s director of public information and marketing. Crafted by Egyptian artists using techniques that are thousands of years old, each replica is, Zeise says, “still a work of art.” Carter himself was overwhelmed by the burial objects when he first peered into the tomb by candlelight. In his diary, he wrote: “It was sometime before one could see...but as soon as one’s eyes became accustomed to the glimmer of light the interior of the chamber gradually loomed before one, with its strange and wonderful medley of extraordinary and beautiful objects heaped upon one another.” High on most visitors’ must-see lists is Tut’s well-known golden funerary mask, depicting the face of the young king. Found covering the head and shoulders of Tut’s mummy, the original mask was created from two sheets of gold, hammered into shape and colorfully decorated. Crowds also flock to the linenwrapped mummy, adorned with jewels, amulets and gold ornamental

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Two nearly identical, life-size guardian figures flanked the entrance to Tut’s burial chamber, representing his ka, or soul.

photos courtesy of S.C. State Museum

Among history’s great leaders,

The golden funerary mask of Tutankhamun is probably the most recognizable object from the tomb. This detailed depiction of the young man’s face wearing a royal headpiece was found on Tut’s linen-wrapped mummy.

sandals. Nearby is a replica of the elaborately decorated coffin in which Tut’s mummy was found—the original was solid gold, weighing nearly 300 pounds, nested inside two other magnificent coffins. Also intriguing, Zeise says, is the ceremonial footrest that ­accompanies Tut’s golden throne, as well as the ­pharaoh’s ornate wooden court sandals. On the footrest and on the bottom of the sandals are images of the pharaoh’s


t Archaeologist

Howard Carter called the gilded wooden shrine “the most beautiful monument that I have ever seen— so lovely that it made one gasp with wonder and amazement.” Topped on every side with a line of cobras and guarded by four goddesses, it held the embalmed organs of the dead King Tut.

u The scene on the

back of the golden throne shows the royal couple, Tutankhamun and Ankhesenamun, in a tender moment together. Lions’ heads and serpents adorn the chair’s seat and armrests. The ceremonial footrest depicts conquered enemy chieftains under the pharaoh’s feet.

t One of the most

artistically detailed pieces in the tomb, the painted linen chest held sequined robes, a headrest and golden court sandals. The hunting scenes on the exterior show the pharaoh in a chariot, conquering African and Asian enemies.

u A funerary collar and

earrings dating back to Egypt’s 26th Dynasty (circa 600 B.C., several centuries after Tut’s time) are among a handful of artifacts in the exhibit that are not replicas. These are made with faience beads and cowrie shells.

enemies—“so the king always had them under his feet,” she says. Some behind-the-scenes stories reveal more about Tut’s world and Carter’s discovery, according to Zeise: XX Tut’s young wife feared that, as his widow, she would be married off to an older man, so she wrote to a neighboring king to ask that he send one of his sons to marry her instead. “She wrote, ‘Send me a son, and I will make him a king,’ ” Zeise

says. Sadly, the prince was killed on his way to Egypt, and the young woman was married to Tut’s older successor. XX The unsung first discoverer of Tut’s tomb was actually a young local boy who brought water to the excavation team, Zeise says. The boy noticed a stone step and pointed it out to Carter—it was the first step leading to the tomb. XX The rumored curse associated with

Tut’s tomb, played up in the media for years after the discovery, was just a titillating story. “Hundreds of people went through the tomb in the first year, and only a couple died,” Zeise notes. The exhibit is making a return appearance to the State Museum, where it drew more than 120,000 visitors 10 years ago—the most popular exhibit in the museum’s 25-year history.

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Recipe

EDITED BY CArrie Hirsch

Fresh from the garden ASPARAGUS AND TOMATO STIR FRY SERVES 4

¾ pound asparagus 1 tablespoon cooking oil ½ teaspoon fresh ginger, grated ½ cup green onions, bias sliced into 1-inch pieces 1 ½ cups button mushrooms, sliced ¼ cup chicken broth 2 teaspoons soy sauce 1 teaspoon cornstarch 2 small tomatoes, cut in wedges

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Cut woody parts from asparagus, then bias slice into 1-inch pieces. Pour oil in wok or large frying pan, then heat over medium heat. Stir-fry ginger for 30 seconds, add asparagus and green onions and stir-fry for an additional 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and stir-fry 2 minutes more or until asparagus is tender. In a small bowl, combine broth, soy sauce and cornstarch. Push vegetables to outer edge of pan and add sauce in center of pan. Cook until thick and bubbly, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, then stir all vegetables, coating with sauce to heat through. GAILE BOOMHOWER, BLUFFTON

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PICKLED OKRA MAKES 10 PINTS

80–90 fresh okra (enough to fill 10 pint jars), ends left on 10 jalapeno peppers, whole 10 garlic cloves, peeled 10 fresh pearl onions, peeled 2 32-ounce jars white vinegar with 5 percent acidity 1 cup water ½ cup salt 10 teaspoons dried dill weed 10 16-ounce canning jars and lids Canner or large pot Jar lifter

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SERVES 8–10

3 medium red potatoes, unpeeled 3 medium yellow squash 3 medium zucchini squash 2 medium onions (purple or Vidalia), peeled 3 medium tomatoes, unpeeled ¼ cup olive oil 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash and thinly slice the vegetables, then arrange in order given in an oiled 9-by-13-by-2-inch casserole dish. Drizzle with olive oil and seasonings. Bake for 45 minutes or until potatoes are tender. GINNY NORWOOD, SIMPSONVILLE

BEA’S TOMATO PIE SERVES 8

1 cup Bisquick pancake and baking mix ¼ cup cold water 1 heaping tablespoon butter, softened 4–5 medium tomatoes, peeled and sliced ½-inch thick 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded ½ cup mayonnaise 2 green onions, minced 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine Bisquick, water and butter with fork. Press into a 9-inch pie pan. Layer tomatoes on crust and sprinkle with cheese. In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, green onions and parsley, then spread over cheese. Bake for 30–35 minutes. MARY WILLIS, SPARTANBURG

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Sterilize glass pint jars and lids by washing in very hot, soapy water, then simmering in hot water or by running through a dishwasher cycle. Divide okra equally into jars. Place one jalapeno pepper, one garlic clove and one pearl onion into each jar. In a medium pot, bring vinegar, water and salt to a boil and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Pour over packed okra and other ingredients. Add 1 teaspoon dill weed into each jar. Place lids on jars and close tightly—there should be about ½ inch of headspace between the surface of the liquid and the top. Place jars in a canner or large pot, then add water to a level that rises at least 1 to 2 inches above the tops of the jars. Bring to boil, then allow it to continue boiling vigorously for 15 minutes (10 pints will typically need to be done in two batches). Carefully remove jars with jar lifter, set on a towel or rack and allow to cool. Date jars and store in a dark, cool place. Allow to set at least 1 month before opening.

VEGETABLE CASSEROLE

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SCChef’s Choice

BY REID CREAGER

Belly up to a big ol’ burger This summer, Charlie and David

Swiss and sauerkraut burger 1 pretzel burger bun ½ pound 75/25 ground beef Salt Black pepper Paprika

2 slices Swiss cheese Spicy brown mustard Sauerkraut Sliced dill pickles

Form ground beef into a patty and place an indentation in middle so it will not swell when cooked. Season both sides of patty with salt, pepper and paprika before pan frying at medium-high heat (about 400 degrees). Let burger cook at least halfway before you flip it. Flip just once and do not mash! Butter inside of the top and bottom bun and put into another pan on medium-high heat. Put 1/2 cup sauerkraut into pan. When the patty is cooked to your desired temperature, put hot sauerkraut on burger and top with Swiss cheese. Put a lid over pan for a few moments until cheese is melted. Assemble your burger with spicy mustard on bottom bun.

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The new options are meant to complement the original slate of hand-made classics, many of which reflect the culinary traditions of the Carolinas. These include the Carolina Slaw Burger, the Endy Burger (originating from their uncle Otha Morgan, who ran a restaurant for decades in Albemarle, N.C.) and the Piedmont Patty Melt. Both old and new burgers were conceived “to provide a broad mix of flavors, appeal to all tastes,” Charlie Harward says. The brothers emphasize that the added quantity won’t come at the expense of quality—especially when it comes to ingredients. “The quality of the ingredients is the absolute key to everything,” says Charlie, who has been cooking in the region for two decades. “You can’t shortcut on the quality. Especially on something like a burger, it really stands out if you use something

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Photos by Rick Smoak

Harward are expanding their burger menu in a big way. Make that a big ol’ way. The co-owners of Grumpy Brothers Grill and Bakery in Rock Hill are doubling the selection of their signa­ ture “Big Ol’ Burgers” to 20, Charlie Harward says. Choices on the menu will now run from classics to the mildly exotic to the just plain crazy. Among the new offerings: South of the Burger (basically a taco on a bun), a Swiss cheese and sauerkraut burger (served on pretzel-dough bun), a barbecue

burger (this is South Carolina, after all), and an Elvis Burger (featuring peanut butter and bacon, thankyouverymuch). “Burgers are one of the things we do best,” says David Harward.

Brothers David (left) and Charlie Harward can’t help but smile at the success of their Rock Hill eatery.

inferior. The fresher the better, and that quality has to go from the meat to the condiments to the bun.” At Grumpy Brothers, special ingredients and local ingredients are often synonymous. “On our pimento cheeseburger, we make our own pimento cheese,” Charlie says. In fact, practically everything served—including salads, salad dressings, chili, slaw and soups— is prepared from family recipes. David and Charlie are especially proud of their Adluh stone-ground grits from Columbia in the Shem Creek shrimp ’n’ grits. Even the coffee is a regional specialty—Iron Brew, from the gourmet coffee roasters in Blythewood. David says the down-home flavor works from both a community and product standpoint. Whether it’s a burger or another menu item, “We don’t have just good food; we have great food,” he says.

Bonus recipe: View this article online for a second Grumpy Brothers recipe—Cajun shrimp tacos with wasabi coleslaw. Visit SCLiving.coop/food/chefschoice.aspx.


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16–25 • “Oliver,” the musical, Oconee Community Theatre, Seneca. (864) 882-1910. 22 • Welcome Back Limestone Celebration, downtown, Gaffney. (864) 487-6244. 23 • Turtle Trail Naturalist Hike for families, Paris Mountain State Park, Greenville. (864) 244-5565. 23–24 • Sooie’t Relief BBQ Benefit, downtown, Greer. (864) 848-5355. 23–24 • Spring Water Festival, Mineral Spring Park, Williamston. (864) 847-7473. 23–25 • SHE, TD Convention Center, Greenville. (864) 250-9713. 24 • Mutt Strut, 847 Cleveland St. to Cleveland Park, Greenville. (864) 242-3626. 24 • The Beach Ball, Hartness estate, Greenville. (864) 334-6223. 24 • Flight of the Dove, Presbyterian College, Clinton. (864) 833-6287. 30 • Midnight Flight, Anderson Area YMCA, Anderson. (864) 716-6260. 31–Sept. 1 • Dacusville Farm Show, 3147 Earls Bridge Rd./Highway 186, Easley. (864) 423-3239. SEPTEMBER

3–7 • South Carolina Apple Festival, Main Street, Westminster. (864) 647-7223. 5 • Jazz on the Alley, Ram Cat Alley Historic District, Seneca. (864) 888-1933. 7 • Labors, interactive exhibits of slave tasks, Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site, Union. (864) 427-5966. 7–8 • Indie Craft Parade, Huguenot Mill at the Peace Center, Greenville. (864) 918-8730. 13–14 • Uniquely Union Festival, downtown, Union. (864) 441-2426. 13–15 • 20 x 20 Invitational Clay Exhibit and Sale, The ARTS Center of Clemson, Clemson. (864) 633-5051. 14 • Setting the Pace 5K and 10K, Whitten Center, Clinton. (864) 938-3407. 14 • Upstate Forever’s Preservation Bicycle Ride, Strawberry Hill, Chesnee. (864) 250-0500. 14 • David LaMotte in concert, Georgia Baptist Conference Center, Toccoa, Ga. (706) 886-9622.

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ONGOING

Daily • Art Gallery at the Fran Hanson Discovery Center, South Carolina Botanical Garden, Clemson. (864) 656-3405. Wednesdays through August • Reedy River Concerts, Peace Center Amphitheater, Greenville. (864) 467-4484. Thursdays through August • Music on Main, downtown on Main Street near the Clock Tower, Spartanburg. (864) 562-4195. Thursdays through August • Downtown Alive! Main Street at Hyatt Regency Plaza, Greenville. (864) 467-4484. Fridays, through Labor Day • Bluegrass Music and Square Dancing, Oconee State Park, Mountain Rest. (864) 638-5353. Saturdays through November • Hub City Farmers Market, Magnolia Street Train Station, Spartanburg. (864) 585-0905. Saturdays and Sundays • Historic Building Tour, Oconee Station State Historic Site, Walhalla. (864) 638-0079. Second Saturdays • Music on the Mountain Bluegrass Jams, Table Rock State Park, Pickens. (864) 878-9813. Sundays through September • Sundays Unplugged, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 542-2787.

MIDLANDS AUGUST

15 • Movies Under the Stars, downtown, Winnsboro. (803) 635-4242. 15 • Garden Tour, Robert Mills House and Garden, Columbia. (803) 252-7742. 16–17 • Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, Newberry Hall, Aiken. (803) 649-2221. 16–18 • Home Improvement Show, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia. (803) 256-6238. 17 • Springdale 5K at Sunset, Springdale Race Course, Camden. (803) 600-1800. 23 • The Tams concert, Main Street by Sumter Opera House, Sumter. (800) 688-4748. 23–24 • Sandy Oaks Professional Rodeo, Lazy J Arena, Edgefield. (803) 480-0045. 24 • Summerfest, downtown, York. (803) 684-2590.

24 • Jubilee: Festival of Heritage, Mann-Simons site, Columbia. (803) 252-1770. 29–31 • Sidewalk Sale, downtown, Aiken. (803) 649-2221. 30 • S’mores at Sunset, Lee State Park, Bishopville. (803) 428-5307. 30–Sept. 1 • Labor Day Bluegrass Hoe Down, Lone Star Barbecue & Mercantile, Santee. (803) 854-2000. 31 • Harvest Day, Kings Mountain State Park Living History Farm, Blacksburg. (803) 222-3209. 31 • International Vulture Awareness Day, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia. (803) 779-8717. SEPTEMBER

2 • Blythewood Labor Day Run, Blythewood Middle School, Blythewood. (803) 600-1800. 6–7 • 43-Mile Big Grab Yard Sale, highways from Blythewood to Ridgeway and Winnsboro. (803) 635-4242. 6–7 • Aiken’s Makin’, downtown, Aiken. (803) 641-1111. 7 • Trash to Treasures, townwide, Elloree. (803) 897-2821. 10 • Chill Out in the Ice Age! Museum of York County, Rock Hill. (803) 329-2121. 10 • Snakes of the Southeast, Birds & Butterflies, Aiken. (803) 649-7999. 11 • Run for Our Troops, West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater, West Columbia. (803) 409-9139. 13 • Main Street Live, East Main Street, Rock Hill. (803) 324-7500. 13–15 • Women’s Outdoor Retreat, Hickory Knob State Resort Park, McCormick. (803) 609-4778. 14 • Bike with a Park Ranger, Lee State Park, Bishopville. (803) 428-5307. ONGOING

Daily, except Mondays • Living History Days, Historic Brattonsville, McConnells. (803) 684-2327. Daily, except Mondays and major holidays • Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, Camden. (803) 432-9841. Daily, by appointment • Overnights and Night Howls, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia. (803) 779-8717, ext. 1113. First Thursdays • Art Crawl and Streetfest, Main Street, Columbia. (803) 988-1065. Thursdays and Saturdays through August • Old Town Market, 115 Caldwell St., Rock Hill. (803) 417-4067.

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16 • Dog Days of Summer, Bluffton Oyster Factory Park, Bluffton. (843) 757-8520. 16 • The Pam Taylor Band, McLean Park, North Myrtle Beach. (843) 280-5570. 17 • Swamp Safari, Cypress Gardens, Moncks Corner. (843) 553-0515. 17 • Open Float on the Edisto River, Colleton State Park, Walterboro. (843) 538-8206. 17 • Hobcaw Barony Tour, Hobcaw Barony, Georgetown. (843) 546-4623. 17 • Shaggin’ on the Cooper, Mount Pleasant Pier, Mount Pleasant. (843) 762-9946. 20 • Art and Soul, Hobcaw Barony, Georgetown. (843) 546-4623. 24 • Race for The ARK, downtown, Summerville. (843) 832-2357.

24 • ARTworks 5-Year Celebration and Annual Meeting, ARTworks, Beaufort. (843) 379-2787. 24–25 • Beach Music and Shag Festival, North Charleston Convention Center, North Charleston. (843) 814-0101. 28 • Arts & Crafts Market, Bay Creek Park, Edisto Island. (843) 869-3867. 29–30 • Masters of Motown, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head Island. (843) 686-3945. 30–31 • Edisto Beach Music & Shag Fest, Bay Creek Park, Edisto Island. (843) 869-3867. 30–31 • Lands End Woodland Fish Fry and River Festival, Lands End Beach, St. Helena Island. (843) 838-2834. 30–Sept. 1 • Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival, Grand Park, Myrtle Beach. (800) 356-3016. 30–Sept. 1 • Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament, 7D Greenwood Dr., Hilton Head Island. (843) 842-7711. 31 • Family Freshwater Fishing Tournament, Sea Pines Forest Preserve, Hilton Head Island. (843) 842-1979. SEPTEMBER

4 • Birding at Pinckney Island, Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge, Hilton Head Island. (843) 689-6767, ext. 223. 7 • South Carolina’s Largest Garage Sale, Myrtle Beach Area Convention Center, Myrtle Beach. (843) 918-1235. 7 • Shaggin’ on the Cooper, Mount Pleasant Pier, Mount Pleasant. (843) 762-9946. 12 • Hip Pocket concert, 11 S. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach. (843) 280-5570. 13 • “Brave,” the movie, McLean Park, North Myrtle Beach. (843) 280-5570. 13–15 • Mayor’s Cup Men’s Amateur Golf Championship, Whispering Pines Golf Course, Myrtle Beach. (843) 918-2305. 13–22 • SOS Fall Migration, various venues, North Myrtle Beach. (803) 366-5506.

15 • Bulls Island Beach Drop, Garris Landing, Awendaw. (843) 884-7684. ONGOING

Daily • Enchanted Storybook Forest, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet. (843) 235-6000. Daily, except major holidays • Parris Island Museum, Beaufort. (843) 228-2166. Daily, except Christmas • Day in the Life of a Sailor, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Charleston. (843) 852-4200. Mondays • Free Blues Concert, Med Bistro, Charleston. (843) 762-9125. Tuesdays through Oct. 8 • Mount Pleasant Farmers Market, Coleman Boulevard, Mount Pleasant. (843) 884-8517. Tuesdays and Saturdays • Shag Lessons, Beach Music & Shag Preservation Society Clubhouse, Charleston. (843) 814-0101. Tuesdays through Saturdays • Education Center Displays and Programs, Myrtle Beach State Park, Myrtle Beach. (843) 238-5325. Wednesdays through Oct. 30 • Shelter Cove Park Farmers Market, Shelter Cove Community Park, Hilton Head Island. (843) 681-7273. Wednesdays through Oct. 31 • Coastal Birding, Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet. (843) 235-8755. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays • Myrtle’s Market, Mr. Joe White Avenue at Oak Street, Myrtle Beach. (843) 997-1716. Thursdays • Farmers Market of Bluffton, Calhoun Street, downtown Bluffton. (843) 415-2447. Thursdays through October • Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise, Charleston Maritime Center, Charleston. (843) 722-1112. Third Saturdays • Birding on the Barony, Hobcaw Barony, Georgetown. (843) 546-4623. Third Saturdays through Aug. 17 • Keeper’s Choice, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Charleston. (843) 852-4200. Saturdays through Tuesdays • Mansion Tours, Hampton Plantation State Historic Site, McClellanville. (843) 546-9361.


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By Jan A. Igoe

The java made me do it If you’re ever lucky enough to move in with me, we’ll need to have

one basic understanding. It’s just a tiny morsel of information, but it could save your life: I am not a morning person. (Note: This has been brought to you as a public service announcement.) Although I can sometimes impersonate a calm, peace-loving, non-knifewielding writer, the only reason my resume isn’t a rap sheet is because no one has been dumb enough to get between me and my first vat of coffee. That’s one time you don’t want to be first. Remember when the Stay Puft marshmallow man from Ghostbusters attacked petrified New Yorkers? We have an equally frightening scenario at my house. In early-morning, precaffeine videos—which loving family members have preserved for posterity on YouTube—an Old World chameleon wearing a terry robe that should have gone to Goodwill during the Clinton administration is invading our kitchen. As the mutant lizard known as “Mom” gropes her way toward the coffee pot, she sends camera girl the death glare with one revolving eye, while the other homes in on a java receptacle. Bystanders make every effort to stay out of swatting range. They are wise to stay back. Now that caffeine intoxication and withdrawal have been classified as legitimate mental health disorders, anybody with a Starbucks cup in his 38

or her trash can get away with murder. Say you happen to tackle some idiot who prevented you from sticking your head under Mr. Coffee when he wasn’t dripping fast enough, just tell

the nice judge the caffeine made you do it. That’s how one quick-thinking lawyer defended a client who allegedly chopped his wife’s head off to get her to stop talking. Official defense strategy: “He ran out of decaf.” This tactic actually worked for a guy who drank two cups of coffee before bowling down several bystanders with his car. He pleaded “caffeine intoxication” and got off. Those pesky, uncaffeinated pedestrians should have moved faster. If they’d had as much caffeine as the driver, they could have flown out of the way. If you fly because you are a bee, caffeine might be especially good for

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you. According to National Geographic, caffeinated plants improve bees’ long-term memories so they can fly further from the hive and remember what the heck they were pollinating before they turned left. It’s unclear what else needs remembering if you’re a bee, but they’re 50 percent more likely to send your anniversary card on time than other insects. Even if we agree to quit caffeine before more innocent bystanders are harmed, it would be easier to switch to an all-yak-meat diet than to avoid caffeine in America. We bee buzzed from sea to shining sea. You won’t be safe in Iowa, home of “hypercaffeinated cookie squares” at Snack in the Face bakery. If you move to Washington, the Wired Waffles will get you. And forget Wisconsin. That’s home to Bang!! Caffeinated Ice Cream. Maybe Colorado … No, wait. That’s Perky Jerky headquarters. If you need help kicking the caffeine habit, come to my house. We’ll do it together. Now that we’ve got a legit mental disorder and aren’t just nuts given to homicidal rages, we can form a support group. Maybe Starbucks will deliver. One more PSA: No cracks about the robe, OK? is happy to find that her caffeine addiction is a legitimate disorder. Reach Jan at HumorMe@SCLiving.coop.

JAN A. IGOE


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