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LakeWylie TODAY Fall 2010 | Issue 3

Falling into Lake Wylie From bird watching to boating, Lake Wylie is the place to be in the fall

Roving Palate Area restaurants serve up family and football-friendly favorites

Chamber Spotlight Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce news and information

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Lake Wylie, South Carolina, is a vibrant and thriving community where geography, people and economic vitality have fashioned a distinctive Southern lifestyle. Lake Wylie Today, a quarterly magazine, highlights the leisure and excitement of lakeside living, our comfortable, small-town atmosphere and convenient proximity to regional commercial and cultural centers.

Distribution includes: Top residential neighborhoods • Over 75 retail locations • Relocation efforts through local real estate agents • The Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center

For more information contact Jane DuBois McCarthy at (704) 287-8668 or the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce at (803) 831-2827

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Our View A message from York County District 2 Councilman Tom Smith


opics like planning and zoning, parks and recreation, expanded and improved utility service, road improvements and expansions, recycling, litter, unified ordinances and improving systems for efficient permitting processes are just some of the topics that have been at the forefront during my tenure as your representative on the York County Council. In response to citizens’ concerns about future growth and having consistent standards for new commercial and residential developments, the Unified Development Ordinance, or UDO, will be adopted in 2010. Included in the UDO will be the Lake Wylie Overlay District, which will be expanded in content and area. The expanded area will go from Three Points (Highways 49, 274 and 557) south to Five Points (Lake Wylie Road, and Highways 274, 49 and 55) and tie in with the borders of the Allison Creek planned development. It will also extend north towards the North Carolina / Gaston County border. The overlay district will help with architectural and development standards, which will include more green space for compact developments. With the growth of the area, comes the growth of lit-ter and need for a plan to address this issue. The “Keep York County Beautiful Program” recently adopted by the York County Council will help strengthen our volunteer litter collection programs. New programs like the Adopt a Cove and Stream Program, in conjunction with the Adopt A Highway and recycling programs across the county, will be of great value. Volunteers are needed to step up to the plate to organize and help support these countywide efforts. The Lake Wylie Civic Association and Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce are expected to help promote these efforts at Lake Wylie. The Pennies for Progress program (1 cent sales tax) for road infrastructure expansion and safety improvements has been a great asset in handling our transportation needs and attracting new business and industry to our area. This means more jobs for York County. The 2011 extension of Pennies for Progress has already been introduced to stake holder groups in our area and the support next year will be an important part of staying ahead of the growth curve. Another need in the area and across York County is a plan for parks and recreational areas. In District 2, a plan has been developed to partner with the Clover School District and York County to create ball fields and recreational areas. The county will also be expanding resources and plans to ensure the citizens in the unincorporated areas of the county have recreational areas for walking trails, kayaking and open space to enjoy for generations to come. As chairman of the planning committee to council, I have encouraged our planning staff to develop more efficient processes for new and existing businesses when they apply for expansion and construction permits. Recognizing that time is money for both York County and for its citizens, efficiency in the process will benefit all parties. Another goal of the council and county management is to coordinate the utilities and have a countywide plan so providers are not stacked on top of each other. Through possible acquisitions and partnerships, that goal will be achieved so we can offer the best rates to the citizens of York County. Hopefully, all will come to fruition by the end of 2010. I will finish my service on the county council at the end of this year. I appreciate your support and it has been rewarding to be part of the progress made for District 2 and York County during my years on the York County Council. I have confidence the voters of this area will vote for someone who has the experience and knowledge to do what is in the best interest of District 2 and York County. Please feel welcome to call me any time at 803-631-4110. Tom Smith York County Councilman District 2

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Fall is the perfect time for enjoying nature at Lake Wylie

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From pizza to subs, area restaurants are the answer for busy families and football fanatics

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Ron Hunter unveils his renovated 1970s ranch-style home

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28 Falling for Lake Wylie There are so many options for hiking, camping and simply enjoying the outdoors

Jane DuBois McCarthy • 704.287.8668 Contributing Writers Susan Bromfield, Lisabeth Currie, Holly Fisher, Marsha Guerard, Jane McCarthy, Allison Cooke Oliverius, Leigh Pressley

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Mailbag Did you just celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary? Are you participating in a charity event or community fundraiser? Where did you go on your last family outing? Whether you just celebrated a major milestone or are gearing up to give back, part of our goal with Lake Wylie Today is to provide a platform for our community to share what’s happening in the community through stories and photos. We want to celebrate with you, laugh with you and build memories with you. See page 10 for information on how to submit photos and stories. Mary Kate Peabody, of Lake Wylie Retirement and Assisted Living, and Ron Wright, of Clover School District, show the van load of school supplies collected when the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce and Lake Wylie Retirement and Assisted Living held a school supply drive in August. A special thank you goes out to the Catawba Nuclear Plant employees for their generous contribution.

Diana Grubenhoff, manager of Long Cove Marina, helped collect money July 4th to contribute to Lake Wylie Community Fireworks Fund. Long Cove contributed almost $2,000 towards this year’s fireworks show.

Top left: Three soups are made and served by volunteers each week. Beef barley and summer vegetable are some of the favorites. Top right: Volunteers prepare desserts at the Community Café. Right: Neighbors enjoy lunch at the Community Café.

Each Wednesday from 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m., the River Hills Community Church Family Life Center is transformed into the “Community Café,” a volunteer operated café offering free lunch to friends, neighbors – anyone! Each week three soups are made from scratch and served with sandwiches and dessert. Donations are accepted and volunteers welcome. River Hills Community Church is located at 104 Hamilton’s Ferry Road.

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Mailbag The charter members of the new Lake Wylie Rotary Club Charter are shown here at the charter dinner event that was held on July 30, 2010 at River Hills Country Club. Photo by Rachel George On June 19, 2010, Peg Jones ffrom Rock k Hillll celebrated her 96th birthday with her daughter and son-in-law at The Concord Cove.

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DON’T WAIT X RENOVATE! Over 30 years of building experience in the Carolinas! X Room Additions X Kitchen & Bath Upgrades X Decks & Screened Porches X Rec Rooms X Master Suites X Garages X Pool Cabanas Dwayne McClure (left) is congratulated by Fred Freiberger, the Oasis Red Fez Shrine Club Community Ambassador, for his outstanding effort in collecting more than 50 stuffed animal toys for the Shriners Childrens Hospital in Greenville, S.C. Dwayne took time to promote the program in addition to being a member of this year’s Clover High School Graduating Class. Dwayne has also been accepted to attend Clemson University this fall. After Dwayne learned about the Shriners Hospitals for Children through his mother, Melanie McClure of Lakeside Insurance, a Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Member, Dwayne took on the project as his own. Hospitalization for a child is usually an emotional and frightening experience. The stuffed animal gift is intended to be a token “friend” given to comfort each new patient. Nearly 300 toys were collected during this first annual drive, which was originated by Freiberger in the Lake Wylie and greater Charlotte areas. Readers who know of a child who may need the special medical help provided at the Shriners Hospitals for Children are invited to call 1-800-237-5055 or visit the website http://www. The Shriners Hospitals for Children includes a nationwide network of 22 hospitals. According to the organization’s website, each hospital provides state-of-the-art support to children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. The children receive care in a familycentered environment regardless of the family’s ability to pay.

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Mailbag The Club Fitness Kidzone recently held its grand opening. The Kidzone is great for birthday parties. It is now available for 2-hour party rentals. For more info call 704-295-7900.

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Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce board member, and former chairman, Andy Kane retired from YMCA Camp Thunderbird in September after more than 20 years at Camp T. The Chamber sends best wishes to Andy for his future endeavors.

8th annual concert to benefit cancer foundation Justin Mychals Child Cancer Foundation Inc. presents the 8th annual We Can Make it Happen benefit concert Oct. 3 at T-Bones on the Lake. Each annual concert raises funds to help support families with a child that is undergoing medical treatment. This year’s concert will benefit Nicholas and Nathan Cooper, brothers who have both been diagnosed with myleodysplastic syndrome, a bone marrow disease that progresses into leukemia. The event will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 3 at T-Bones on the Lake. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Organizers are also accepting items that will be sold during a silent auction as well as offering event sponsorship opportunities. The event will include a silent auction, kids zone, live bands, food and concessions. Coolers are allowed. For more information, contact Justin Mychals at

Submissions for the Mailbag section are on a first come, first served basis. Lake Wylie Today welcomes all events, stories and photos about your family, neighborhood and businesses. Please e-mail high-resolution photos along with a 75-word description to

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Fall is the perfect time for enjoying nature at the lake By Susan Bromfield, Photography by George Holt


all is a beautiful time of year at Lake Wylie. As Labor Day passes, it becomes quieter on the lake and a wonderful time for kayaking, canoeing and sailing. The slower movement on the water allows for seeing nature and the beauty up close. The early mornings are spectacular with still water and the simple sounds of nature. The evenings with the colorful sunsets can’t be beat. The lake takes on a more natural feel with birds, egrets, turtles and visible wildlife on the shoreline.

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Fall is also one of the best times of the year for camping by the lake. The days are mild and beautiful. The evenings are cooler than summer and nearly bug free. A little “urban camping” could be good for the soul and rejuvenate the spirit. What could be nicer than to pack up the family or meet with friends to enjoy a bit of nature, an evening campfire, perhaps some fishing and making s’mores? McDowell Park, Ebenezer Park and Kings Mountain State and National Parks all have very nice campgrounds and are close

to home. A fall adventure is just minutes away from our everyday routine. As the temperature cools and the leaves begin to turn from green to reds and gold, the lake and surrounding areas take on a different and more natural feel than summer. It is an opportunity to plan an outing to soak up the beauty and reconnect with nature and family and friends. Whether it is an evening sunset cruse on the lake or an overnight camping outing, the memories could last a lifetime. LW


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River Sweep success depends on volunteers By Susan Bromfield President, Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce


t’s time to clean up Lake Wylie and its shoreline at this year’s River Sweep, which will be held on Oct. 2. The event, which is sponsored by Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce, the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation and Lake Wylie Marine Commission, will run from 9 a.m. until noon. An after-event will be held for volunteers at T-Bones on the Lake until 4 p.m. Gloves and bags will be available at key locations. The Buster Boyd Bridge Public boat landing will serve as the base location for the event. Lake Wylie is our “Main Street” and is referred to as the “lifeblood” of the region. The Catawba River has been called the “workhorse” in the region for providing drinking water for approximately 2 million people in the region and is used to produce the region’s power. It is also utilized for the region’s sewage treatment


plants as well as for recreation. The Catawba River water is used over and over again for a variety of uses. We are asking neighborhood and community leaders in three counties and two states to come together to organize their areas and arrange for volunteers to collectively make a difference by cleaning up the lake shoreline at this year’s River Sweep. There will be dumpsters at the Buster Boyd Boat Landing, McDowell Park, Ebenezer Park and Allison Creek. It is an opportunity for lakeside neighbors to join forces and clean up coves and areas where debris has collected and dispose of large objects and junk in the provided dumpsters. LW Please call CD Collins at 704-825-3588 or the Chamber office at 803-831-2827 if you would like more information, or if you would Photo/Steve Fields like to help.

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4551 Summerside: This one’s a peach! 3BR cottage in the heart of Lake Wylie, big open view. $450,000 MLS 940059

317 Paradise Circle: Fishing Cabin and third acre homesite. Big big view, big big value! $199,999 MLS 967414

6216 North Road: Magnificent custom home, built in 2008, spectacular view, Clover schools! $1,375,000 MLS 837151

5580 Beaver Creek: Peaceful Lake Wylie living in this 3BR home with finished basement, Clover schools. $599,000 MLS 923495

2295 Sussex Rd: Well maintained 2BR cabin with new dock, 1.6 acre lot, 490’ shoreline. Allison Creek area $399,000 MLS 960514

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As kids head back to school and the fall football season heats up, Lake Wylie restaurants provide fuel for the masses

By Leigh Pressley Photography by Richard Rudisill Autumn is arguably the most beautiful season of the year on Lake Wylie. Skies turn azure blue; falling temperatures make boating a true pleasure; and the changing leaves reflect on the lake’s surface like vibrant confetti. With school back in session and fall sports such as football and soccer returning, local restaurants offer a great alternative to cooking for the family every night.

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A supreme pizza at Lake Wylie Pizza & Italian Restaurant. (Photo/Richard Rudisill) Fall 2010 |


Roving Palate Lake Wylie Pizza & Italian Restaurant

Top: Lasagna and garlic rolls at Lake Wylie Pizza & Italian Restaurant. Bottom: Owner Yem Huseyin and manager Teresa Woods in the bar area. (Photos/Richard Rudisill)

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Lake Wylie Pizza & Italian Restaurant opened 15 years ago and, despite the arrival of several national pizza chains, it has thrived thanks to its focus on fresh ingredients and homemade dishes. “We make our dough every day, along with our own pastas, marinara and alfredo sauces,” says manager Teresa Woods, a 13-year veteran of Lake Wylie Pizza. “All our vegetables are cut fresh everyday. We use the best and most expensive cheese. Nothing is frozen. Every morning, we slice and bake big sheets of eggplant and bread our own chicken. All of those details add up to make our food taste like what you’d get at someone’s home.” The comforts of an inviting home also extend to the atmosphere at Lake Wylie Pizza, which is known for a low-key family friendly feel. Expect comfortable furnishings where kids are welcome, plates heaping with homemade food and service that’s both friendly and efficient. “We have customers who started coming here when their kids were in kindergarten and now they’re sending them off to college,” says Woods. “Our customers are loyal because they know they’re going to get great, fresh food at a good price. We’re glad that people feel at home here.” In the mood to stay at home and order in? Lake Wylie Pizza can handle that too, with delivery of its entire menu within a 10-mile radius. “Most Italian places just do pizza, breadsticks and wings, but we deliver all our pastas, subs and salads too,” she says. Lake Wylie Pizza recently added an Italian Pasta Feast option, with meals for four or more at competitive prices. The menu includes baked ziti ($18.99), spaghetti with meat balls ($19.99), lasagna and fettuccine alfredo ($20.99). Other pasta dishes like chicken parmigiana with spaghetti and house specialties such as blackened chicken penne also can be priced for four. “It’s a lot of food for four people,” says Woods. “And with it being homemade, a great price and delivered too, it has become very popular.” In addition to pizza and pasta, the restaurant offers tasty sub sandwiches and salads too. Among the most popular is the Mona Lisa ($5.95), a sub built with pepperoni, salami and ham, baked and topped with lettuce, tomato, red onions, mayonnaise and Italian dressing. “It’s the house specialty and the biggest

seller we have,” says Woods. The Greek salad ($6.95) also draws raves with a mixture of romaine and iceberg lettuce, feta cheese, kalamata olives, pepperoncini, red onions and a homemade Greek dressing. Most locals know about Lake Wylie Pizza’s great coupon deals, but you don’t have to be a long-timer to take advantage. The restaurant places sheets of coupons on top of its pizza boxes and in local mailboxes, but will extend the offer to anybody who asks. Lake Wylie Pizza also accepts coupons from Pizza Hut, Dominos and Papa John’s. “People are always saying our prices are a good deal,” says Woods. “We try to stay competitive so even in this economy, everybody has a chance to come out to eat.” Details: Lake Wylie Pizza & Italian Restaurant, 4074 Charlotte Highway (SC 49), 803831-0855.

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You know a restaurant is football friendly – make that football fanatical – when fans tailgate in the parking lot before it even opens. That’s what you’ll find at Wylie Gators, a sports pub and grill with food that’s far from standard bar fare. Owned by Palisades residents Bobby and Kim Dieffenbach, Wylie Gators attracts gridiron gurus who set up grills and coolers in the parking lot before Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers and other NFL Sunday games. Saturdays are popular with college football games including South Carolina, Clemson and other ACC schools. “They go nuts,” laughs Dieffenbach, who’s best known as Bobby Dee. “The fans are diehard and loyal.” Wylie Gators opened last October and, after just nine months in business, has expanded with additional interior space and a patio that’s enclosed seasonally. Housed in a simple metal building, the restaurant features framed jerseys, helmets and other football memorabilia. Nine large flat-screen televisions and additional monitors on the enclosed patio offer a game for every interest. Wylie Gators’ menu will surprise most folks with its unique offerings and twists on old favorites. For starters, there are gator bites ($8.99), sliced medallions served with remoulade and sweet chili sauce; alligator crab dip ($6.95), a creamy crab and onion concoction baked with crispy toast points and garnished with gator; and fried pickle chips ($4.99) served with ranch dressing.

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Roving Palate A native of Binghampton, N.Y., Dieffenbach smartly peppers his menu with regional favorites that reflect the hometowns of transplanted Lake Wylie residents. Pittsburgh fans rave about the Steelers’ stuffed sandwiches ($7.95), which feature two slices of hearty Italian bread, stuffed with everything from pastrami to a beef patty, then topped with cheese, cole slaw, tomato and fries. That’s right, fries. Upstate New Yorkers adore the chicken

spiedie ($7.95), a delicious marinated chicken that’s grilled and served on Italian bread with lettuce and tomato. To “Upstate” it even more, add hot sauce, bleu cheese, mushrooms or peppers. Philly folks can’t believe a pub in the South serves their city’s Philly steak Southstreet style ($7.95) complete with Cheese Whiz sauce. Every few weeks, Dieffenbach drives more than five hours to meet his brother halfway from Binghampton to pick up a load of Cortese Pizza ($9.95 plus toppings). This hometown treat for

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upstate New Yorkers is a unique, square sliced pie that features homemade dough and sauce, topped with pepperoni, ham, green peppers, mushrooms, onions or diced tomatoes. “I try to make sure everybody tries at least a slice of the Cortese pizza,” he says. “But the customers who grew up eating it will drive from even a few hours away to get one here. They can’t believe we have it.” In addition, Wylie Gators offers live music, cornhole tournaments, patio parties and community benefits. Details: Wylie Gators Sports Pub & Grill, 4582 Charlotte Highway (SC 49), 803-6312667,

Subway Lake Wylie’s second Subway location opens Sept. 15 in the new Wal-Mart at Mill Creek Commons. John Houston and his father, Vance, own the new Subway, along with 12 other local shops including another Subway across Highway 57 in the Food Lion shopping center. Tailgaters and football fans entertaining at home are big business for Subway, which is known for its piled-high sub sandwiches prepared to order on bread baked in the store. Last spring, Subway also added breakfast service beginning at 7 a.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. Sundays. “You can get egg sandwiches, sausage, bacon, English muffins and Seattle’s Best Coffee on your way to a game at South Carolina or Clemson, plus pick up a party platter for your tailgate,” says John Houston. “Only 20 to 30 percent of our breakfast business is actually breakfast food at this point. A lot of people are picking up sandwiches and platters for later.” Party platters ($25 and up) include 5- to 7-foot-long subs cut into thirds that feed 12 people. Chips and platters of cookies also are available. On football weekends, Subway sees a distinct uptick in business, says Houston. For large parties, the store can prepare 3-foot-long subs to serve 12 to 15 or even 6-foot-long subs to serve 25-30 people. Prices range from $35 to $70. Delivery on large orders also is available. “That’s something to see,” he says of the sixfoot sub. “We braid four pieces of bread together and bake it in a large oven, so it’s four times the size of what you see when you buy a foot-long in the store. It’s huge and pretty impressive.” Details: Subway, 5245 Highway 557 in Bethel Commons and inside Wal-Mart, Mill Creek Commons, Highway 557 and Highway 274 in Lake Wylie. 803-831-0143, LW

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Left: Ron Hunter sits with his wire-haired fox terriers, Bonnie and Raz, on the front porch of his River Hills home. Right: Hunter’s living room is full of light and collectibles.

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Interior designer Ron Hunter used natural light and treasured antiques to renovate and update a 1970s ranch-style home.

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Interior designer Ron Hunter, co-owner of The Estate Boys in Lake Wylie Plaza, makes his living finding treasures in dusty attics and long lived-in homes. After years in the business, he’s developed an eye for beauty and long-term value. So when he stumbled upon a 1970s ranch in River Hills seven years ago, Hunter immediately saw the possibilities. “I love this house because it sits back far from the road, it’s a nice level lot and it gets light all day long,” he says. “I love all the glass and all the light that shines in throughout the day.” Already a River Hills resident at the time, Hunter threw a “before” party and invited guests to rip down the wallpaper. Renovations took 13 months and the decorating is a constant evolution. “It’s always a work in progress for me,” he says. Structurally, Hunter kept the same footprint and square footage, but took out interior walls to create a large open area that includes a kitchen, casual den and formal living room in one space. He installed larger windows and French doors along the back of the house. In

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the front, walls in the foyer and gallery hall were replaced with white columns to add to the airy feel. The kitchen received a complete overhaul, with white cabinets, modern appliances and an enormous granite island. A dark flat rock fireplace in the den was covered with drywall, and cased openings were created to the living room. Beautiful leaded glass double doors on the front of the house offer privacy, light and a unique texture. Hunter installed the same leaded glass in the kitchen corner cabinet and in small windows on two garage doors. About 100 new can lights illuminate Hunter’s treasures, including a 5-foot oil on canvas painting of his wirehaired fox terriers, Raz and Bonnie. It took artist Kirk Fanelly a year to complete the piece that now hangs above a late 1800s mahogany pianoforte that Hunter converted into a bar. Hunter’s living room also features a green and gold ornate Italian mirror that’s 200 years old, an antique Italian crystal chandelier, a century-old French painting, cherub-adorned Capodimonte porcelain and Victorian bronze altar candles converted into lion claw lamps.

“I really fell into the antique business,” Hunter says. “I went to Atlanta to visit a friend when I was in college and we went to an antique auction. I saw two bronze pieces that I just had to have. I waited until 2 a.m. for them to come up for auction. You just develop an eye for what you love and learn as you go.” Hunter specializes in helping clients downsize and select the best antiques, furniture and accessories for their new homes. As his older clients moved into upscale assisted living, Hunter began offering to sell the items they could no longer use. The abundance of furniture and estate items led to Traditions: Good Byes, which is now called The Estate Boys and is co-owned by Paul Bayer. “Business has really boomed,” Hunter says about their recent move to Lake Wylie Plaza. “Our new location is three times the size of our first store beside The Knothole. We can display so much more. Everyone who comes in says we have one of the nicest shops around.” Outside Hunter’s home on Apple Orchard Lane, he faced as much renovation as inside. But like the house, the yard featured good bones with its flat lawn, mature shade trees

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and clusters of original azaleas. Jeff Brown of JBR Landworks in Charlotte helped Hunter determine what would grow well and how to pull it all together. First, he thinned out the yard’s mass of azaleas, installed an irrigation system and brought in sod to create a lush lawn. Then he created a sweeping natural area of azaleas and begonias under several large shade trees. Next came a modern sphere fountain and thick rows of begonias in the summer and pansies in the fall. To fill empty spaces on the front of the house, Hunter commissioned treated lumber trellises that incorporate three architectural elements – pointed gables, small Craftsmanstyle panes like the leaded glass front doors and the sphere in the front yard fountain. A pale pink sasanqua, a climbing camellia that blooms in early spring, is a nice contrast to the slate gray color of the trellis. Pyramidal hollies, dwarf gardenias and English laurel fill foundation beds around the trellises. Flanking the Tennessee stone walkway leading to the front porch, Hunter placed two large pots that hold two-tier ligustrum topiaries. In an azalea bed on the right edge of the

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property, Hunter added an iron armillary sphere on a 1,000-pound Tennessee stone base. On the left, Hunter built an arbor covered in confederate jasmine onto a narrow porch stripped down the side of the house. Bill Lane of Rock Hill installed a beautiful rose garden with 16 tea roses and six climbing roses in a variety of shades. A drip irrigation system waters the tender beauties properly and Lane sprays the roses weekly. “We have hundreds and hundreds of blooms in every color,” says Hunter. “The tea roses have longer stems that I use as cutting roses. They look like old-fashioned heirloom roses they get so big. I use them in my house and I give them away to clients.” At night, Hunter showcases the home’s landscaping with spotlights on the trellises, trees and the fountain. LW

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as it my imagination or did summer just fly by? The kids are back at school and all I can think of is my favorite season is approaching: Fall! All the labor pains of summer gardening are slowing down and now the great weather is calling me outside again. Fall is the perfect time to begin laying the groundwork for your spring garden. Think bulbs — flowering bulbs like daffodils, hyacinths and tulips. Their vibrant colors will lift us up after a cold winter. Bulbs will grow in almost any soil but must have good drainage. Plant your bulbs in the fall from Oct.1 to Nov. 1. This allows them to develop a good root system before the cold weather sets in. Most bulbs grow best in full sun to partial shade, which will extend their bloom time. Bulbs are best left undisturbed for years until overcrowding occurs. When this happens, you will see smaller flowers or maybe none at all. Daffodils and crocus will multiply fairly fast, so it’s a good idea to divide these every 3-4 years. When planting any bulb or plant, always amend the soil. Adding compost to red clay will break up that compaction. Adding a fertilizer like 10-10-10, usually 1-2 pounds per 100 square feet, will also be helpful. Make sure you plant your bulbs according to depth on the package. If they are not planted deep enough or placed upright, you’re wasting your time and money. Bulbs should be firm and not dried out. If you can’t plant them immediately, store them in a cool place. My suggestion is to purchase a hand-held or long-handle bulb digger. It will save your back and your knees! My favorite perennial in my yard is the hel-

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f you’re hoping to enjoy nature as temperatures cool for fall, Lake Wylie is just the spot. Whether your plans include a relaxing day fishing on the lake or a vigorous hike in a nearby park, the area has a

little something for everyone who likes to appreciate the great outdoors.

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Photo/George Holt Lake Wylie – a sprawling 13,443 acres – has plenty of room for boating, fishing, water skiing and sailing. Originally named Lake Catawba, Lake Wylie is a man-made lake, created when Catawba Power Co. built a dam and power plant near India Hook, S.C., in the early 20th century. Although located in York County, S.C., its North Carolina border makes it a great spot for travelers across the Carolinas. And less than 20 miles from Charlotte, it makes the perfect fall weekend getaway to escape the city to commune with nature without even using up a tank of gas. In the Lake Wylie community, locals know it’s all about the water. Cast a line into the lake

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and catch largemouth bass, catfish and white perch. If you are age 16 and older, you will need a valid South Carolina fishing license to fish at Lake Wylie. These are available at area convenience stores, sporting goods stores and bait and tackle shops. If you prefer to be surrounded by water rather than standing on the 325 miles of shoreline, grab a lifejacket and fire up the motor. Boats, canoes, kayaks and jet skis are available for rental. Duke Energy maintains the public boat access areas and is the one to issue permits for any private docks on the lake. If you prefer to set your feet on solid ground, not far from Lake Wylie are amazing mountain views and camping sites. The

adjacent Kings Mountain National Park and Kings Mountain State Park have 16 miles of hiking trails and 16 miles of horse trails combined. For the adventurous campers, Garner Creek Campsite offers a rustic backpack experience, accessible only by a 3-mile hike. Crowders Mountain also has primitive campsites and one of the highest points in the area with cliff drop-offs of 150 feet and views stretching for miles. Appreciate the fall colors during a round of golf. River Hills Country Club is located inside a gated lakeside community. The private club boasts a challenging championship course that is one of the best in the South. The terraced tennis courts overlook Lake Wylie Preparing 7th – 12th grade students for: • College Admission • Scholarships • Financial Aid Offering Workshops and Private Consulting Scholarship Gold Consulting

Elizabeth Hartley 248 Latitude Lane Lake Wylie, SC 29710 704-608-1807 College Tour Adventures! October 21-24, 2010 for great views while making great serves. Carolina Crossing Golf Club in York is a semi-private club surrounded by woodlands, covered with Bermuda grass and sure to offer a challenge with its water hazards and sand traps. Daily play is available at Tega Cay Golf Club, which sits on 200 acres surrounding Lake Wylie. It is the region’s only 27-hole golf course. Round out a visit to Lake Wylie with a stop at the McDowell Nature Preserve with 56 camping sites, 7 miles of hiking trails and 119 species of birds all in its 1,108 acres. The adjacent Copperhead Island is the only public boat launch to Lake Wylie in Mecklenburg County. Pier fishing, trails, primitive camping and picnic shelters are also available. LW

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The great outdoors Feel like camping, hiking or just enjoying a day outdoors? Here are a few parks you should put on your fall “to do” list. By Holly Fisher Crowders Mountain State Park, N.C. Located in Kings Mountain, N.C., Crowders Mountain is the second highest point in the county. Views stretch for 25 miles and cliffs drop 150 feet. Get up close and personal with nature on the trails through unique animal habitats, woods and streams. Canoes are available for rent at the park lake. The park has 10 primitive campsites about a 1-mile hike from the visitor center. They are available year-round and reservations are recommended. Another six primitive group sites are available for up to 15 people per site. Reservations are required. The park is open all year (except Christmas Day) with varying seasonal hours. 704-853-5375; www.ncparks. gov/Visit/parks/crmo

on the shores of Lake Wylie. Open every day from 6 a.m. until dusk, visitors can camp, picnic, swim, fish and boat. The park has 69 campsites with electrical, water and sewer hookups. Campsites are available on a first come, first served basis. Fee is $15 for nonYork County residents. The swimming area is open Memorial Day through Labor Day; swimming is not allowed when lifeguards aren’t on duty. The park has three public boat ramps. Fishing is allowed except from the piers or in the swimming area. 803-366-6620;

Kings Mountain, S.C. This national military park in Blacksburg commemorates the battle of Kings Mountain on Oct. 7, 1780, an important victory for Ebenezer Park, S.C. America during the Revolutionary War. It North of Rock Hill, this 26-acre park sits was the first major victory since the British

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invasion of Charleston in May of that year. The park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (excluding Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) with extended summer weekend hours. Each year on Oct. 7, a ceremony honors those who fought in the battle. The national park is adjacent to Kings Mountain State Park, developed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the President’s Roosevelt’s New Deal program. Combined, the two parks offer 16 miles of hiking trails and 16 miles of horse trails. Camping is available at Garner Creek Campsite, accessible only by a 3-mile hike. Campsites are free but require a permit. Kings Mountain State Park has 116 camping sites for tents, RVs and groups. National Park: 864-936-7921; www. State Park: 803-222-3209; state-park/945.aspx


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Going green at home can add some green to your wallet By Jeff DeSart


his article is not about conserving energy to be green, it’s about conserving energy to make green. It’s about making an investment in your home that increases the health and value of the home while paying you a monthly dividend. Here are six efficiency measures that represent some of the best investments you can make in your home. Seal air leaks – Micro leaks in your floors, walls, ceilings, doors and windows are everywhere and when you add up their collective effect, it’s like keeping two or three windows open year-round. Have an energy professional perform a blower door test to measure your leakage, and a thermal scan to find the leaks, and then have them install foam, caulk and weather stripping to stop the leaks. Savings: $200-$800 per year. Payback period: 1 1/2 years. Homeowner tip: Turn off your Jeff DeSart, president, Energy Smart Homes. lights during the day and inspect doors and windows for visible light passing through. stripping and door/window adjustments to Use caulk, mechanically fastened weather seal gaps. Install a solar hot water heater – While they are expensive, solar hot water heaters are one of the best investments you can make. And although the payback period isn’t great, the substantial savings it offers makes this an attractive option. Savings: $600-$900 per year. Payback period: 4 years. Homeowner tip: If solar costs more than you’d like to spend, consider a heat pump water heater (about 10% of the cost of a solar system) or at least drain your water tank every three months to remove scaling, install a weather blanket on the tank and make sure hot water lines are insulated. Seal the crawlspace – With substantial savings and multiple benefits, this measure could be the best overall investment you can make in your home. Sealing the crawlspace can under your home includes putting down a s L F C Using $100 – reinforced moisture barrier on the ground, u save yo r year closing your vents and sealing the foundae $400 p tion walls with closed cell high expansion foam. Savings: $500-$1,200 per year. Payback period: 2 1/2 years. Homeowner tip: If you do not have ground water issues in your

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crawlspace, close your vents. They are more likely to be a source of moisture infiltration than a way to vent moisture. Make sure you have adequate ground cover — no earth should be visible — and make sure the floor is insulated. Insulate – If you have insulation everywhere you should, this may not be a good measure for you, but if you don’t, this could have the best payback period of any measure. Adding insulation to walls, ceilings or crawlspaces represents your best option to start saving money. Savings: $400-$1,500 per year. Payback period: 1 year. Homeowner Tip: Use radiant barrier where batt insulation cannot be easily installed or where your current insulation levels are too low. This can be bought in rolls at any home improvement store and the joints can be taped to provide a decent air barrier. Replace light bulbs – Replacing your current light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamp, or CFL, pays for itself in as little as 3 months. The reliability, color and cost of CFLs have increased significantly over the past 3 years and it’s time to give them a try. Savings: $100-$400 per year. Payback period: 6 months. Homeowner tip: A variety of color temperatures are available so don’t let the color of fluorescent lighting detour you. You may also want to consider LED lighting for a greater life cycle benefit. Seal duct work – You might as well have a leak in your in car’s gas tank. Air that you have paid to condition and move is going right outside and your air conditioner has to run longer to make up for it. This includes sealing the joints in your duct work and any leaks around the air handling unit with mastic (best sealer) or foil tape (next best option). Savings: $400-$800 per year. Payback period: 2 years. Homeowner tip: This can be a dirty, messy project, but if you only address the worst and easiest to find leaks, you will still recognize considerable savings. Jeff DeSart is the president Energy Smart Homes in Lake Wylie. For more information, go to


Green home improvements By Duane Stanek


ost of us would like to be “greener,” providing the project cost is not overly traumatic to our pocketbooks. Green building does not have to mean installing the latest high-tech products like geo-thermal systems and solar panels. It can have just as much to do with the insulation you choose, how well your home is caulked and the efficiency of your air conditioning and heating system. If your goal is an energy-efficient house, focus first on the small stuff by choosing the greenest versions of things that are absolutely required: appliances, water heaters, insulation, windows, caulk and weather stripping. Here are 10 easy inexpensive “green” improvements that you can do yourself to improve the energy and water consumption along with improving the environment in your home. 1. Get a home energy audit to help you understand your home’s energy usage. Energy audits are offered in our area by Energy Smart Homes (, Duke Energy and York Electric Cooperative. 2. Plug air leaks around windows and doors with caulk and weather stripping. 3. Insulate your hot water heater. Insulation blankets for your hot water heater should have a minimum rating of R-8 and are sometimes are provided free-of-charge by utility companies. 4. Install a programmable thermostat.

5. Install low-flow shower heads. They are stylish, comfortable and they work! 6. Install solar blinds or screens. They will block up to 80% of the sun’s heat and glare. 7. Consider installing ceiling fans. They circulate hot air in the winter and cold air in the summer. 8. Painting? Look for paints with a low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) rating. They are healthier for you, as well as bright, beautiful and durable. 9. Plant trees that provide summer shade to prevent solar heat gain. 10. Compost rather than throw out scraps. Save landfill space and make your own potting soil using a composter.

Duane Stanek, a licensed and bonded South Carolina residential builder, is with Dana Anthony Custom Homes. He recently earned his Certified Green Professional (CGP) designation. For more information, visit www.

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For a greener business … RECYCLE! By Lee and Barbara Rowley


ecycling is one of the easiest ways to make your business greener. It rarely costs anything, but is certainly rewarding and really just takes a little planning and legwork to get it going. Corrugated boxes. If you receive products in corrugated boxes, then you have a couple of choices. First, reusing them for your own shipping is a great option. If you think a “used” box gives a bad impression, then print up some labels that say something like “Real Men Recycle” or something so your customer understands. If you don’t ship anything, then break down the boxes and take them to one of our York County Convenience Centers for recycling and they will do the work for you! Packing materials. Again, if you ship items, you can easily reuse packing materials such as bubble wrap and peanuts. If not, then there are a couple of options. One is to find a “Recycling Business Partner,” which is another local business that needs shipping and packing supplies and is happy and willing to take these off of your hands. You might already know of another lo- Lee and Barbara Rowley cal business that this would actually help! In our area, AIM Mail Center will take your “clean” packing peanuts for reuse. (AIM Mail Center is located at 168 Highway 274, Suite 90 in Lake Wylie, 803-631-5300.) Delivery and installation. Does your business deliver to the customer and take their “old” product away – such as cabinetry, flooring, appliances, (or in our case blinds/window treatments)? In many cases, the “old” product could still be of use and could be donated to a local charity (such as Habitat for Humanity) where they will be greatly appreciated. Vehicles. Another way to be greener is to extend the life of your vehicles. Consistent and timely maintenance of your vehicles keeps them running longer and more efficiently. Also, a little planning can go a long way: Coordinate business errands and appointments so you don’t have to make multiple trips. Lee and Barbara Rowley are the owners of Frugal Blinds and Shutters in Lake Wylie. They are passionate about recycling and have been recycling 100% in their business for more than 8 years. For more information, visit

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here is truth the old saying that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. We all have items in our homes and storage areas that we no longer need. But rather than throw away these things, which is so wasteful, why not give items a new lease on life by selling or donating the items to nonprofits or businesses that are focused on finding gently-used items a new home. Sweet Repeat is an example of such a business. Operated by Minerva Sarver, president of the Lioness Club, Sweet Repeat is one of the most successful “recycling” projects in the area. Staffed with volunteers from the Lioness Club, the business accepts donations from the community ranging from furniture. Volunteers clean up the donated items, if needed, display them and then feature them in an all-day sale each Saturday. More than $1,200 is typically collected during the weekly sales, which translates into more than $50,000 that is raised each year and donated to a variety of charities. A luncheon is held each fall to announce the organizations that will benefit from Sweet Repeat’s sales. Past recipients include Wayne Patrick Hospice House, York Place, Pilgrims Inn, River Hills Emergency Squad, as well as Habitat for Humanity. Sweet Repeat is located in Lake Wylie Plaza at 4094 Charlotte Highway. 803-831-0722. Call for hours of operation. The Estate Boys, owned by Ron Hunter and Paul Bayer, created this business out of a need they saw in the community. Hunter and Bayer started out offering estate liquidation services, but soon expanded their business to include a retail store. They recently moved into a large space in Lake Wylie Plaza where they display and sell second-hand items. The Estate Boys have also begun to help customers who are relocating to retirement communities make their new space feel like home. By decorating their new space with favorite items from home, it often helps make the transition to assisted living a bit easier. The Estate Boys is located at 4110 Charlotte Highway in Lake Wylie Plaza. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. For details, visit

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Making an impact Steve Kelly has focused his career on creating ways to save energy By Marsha Guerard


teve Kelly tends to shy away from being seen as an apostle of the “green” movement. Kelly was passionate about energy conservation long before being green was cool, but the 61-year-old Lake Wylie resident never has seen himself as anything other than an engineer who boiled down energy cost-cutting to a set of sophisticated mathematical formulas. “People have to understand that saving energy is not just a theory, it’s a calculation, a science,” said Kelly, the founder of The Kelly Group, an engineering and energy analysis firm that serves 12 states in the Southeast. “Nowadays, much of this new energysaving technology is being marketed by nonengineers. That’s not to say they’re not true believers,” he said, but conserving energy is much more of a real-world decision making process than it is a political statement or ideology. “It’s funny that it’s just now in vogue.” Duke Power recruited Kelly when he graduated from the University of Kansas in 1972, and by 1974 he worked in the company’s home office in Charlotte. Within six months, the country was in the midst of its first energy crisis, and Kelly was in charge of training young engineers on the design and analysis of commercial and industrial heating and air conditioning systems. Kelly and a computer programmer from General Electric worked together for a year building a program they called SABER, Simulated Annual Building Energy Requirements. The program allowed companies to analyze the cost of operating a building before construction had even begun. “My whole background has been heating and air conditioning and energy analysis,” Kelly said. Heat and air systems are designed to accommodate an area’s hottest temperatures and coldest temperatures. “But an energy engineer has to be able to tell what happens in between those two points all day and all night.

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“There are so many factors that can have an impact: when people are there and are not there, when motors are running. There are all kinds of things you can do with lighting, air conditioning and electrical. You can’t make any blanket statements about saving energy.” Kelly’s business gives a company or municipality a survey of all the buildings they own using data that’s automatically drawn from the different power companies that might serve them. Kelly’s formula factors in regional weather extremes, building types and varying power rate structures. That way, energy costs across a wildly varying series of buildings – from fire stations to a city planning department – can be brought down to the lowest common denominator. Once the playing field is leveled so that true comparisons can be made, it’s easier for a manager to see which buildings are operating most efficiently and which need to be targeted for improvement. It’s basically a method of cutting through the con-

fusion. The city of Charlotte has used Kelly’s firm for energy management for the last 13 years. “I’ve worked on it over the last 30 years. I just knew that sooner or later, something involving the energy crisis would come back,” Kelly said. “In this current crisis, the time of saying ‘change all your light bulbs’ is over. Everyone knows to do that. Now, you’ve got to find the best-operating buildings and the worst-operating buildings.” Because of the high cost of energy, technology that has been around for years but little used may be getting a second look from power companies, Kelly said. For a power company, 73% of its expense is related to building new power plants, he said. So any technology that can increase the efficiency of an existing power plant and put off the demand to build a new one is being re-examined. For instance, the idea of thermal energy storage is an old one that was viewed as not being very cost-effective when energy was

A view of the marina from the River Hills Technology Center. (Photo/Jane McCarthy)

Faces cheap and plentiful. Most power plants operate at peak demand in the daytime when a city’s heating, air conditioning and power demands are highest. At night, the demand and the power production slack off. But with thermal energy storage, the power plant continues to operate more fully at night, essentially creating ice or chilled water that is then used during the day to meet cooling demands. “It shares the load on a power Kelly’s firm, The Kelly Group, recently leased The Tech Center is already the home of several the former River Hills Conference Center and entrepreneurial and local businesses. (Photos/ company more evenly,” Kelly explained. Jane McCarthy) It’s important to think through energy de- has renamed it the River Hills Tech Center. cisions we’re making, Kelly said, because one technology might offer cost savings in the short-term, but have an unexpected impact in the long-term. “Go find a bank that will give you a mortgage on a home with solar power without also having a conventional power backup,” Kelly said. “Sure, you can save energy using solar power when it’s working. But when it malfunctions, you’ve got to have a backup energy source. And that means a power company needs to build a plant that’s essentially on standby. Then your cost per kilowatt hour goes sky high because you’re selling fewer hours.” Kelly, who is married and has a stepson, said he has lived in Lake Wylie since 1983. His firm recently leased the former River Hills Conference Center at the River Hills Marina. Kelly has renamed it the River Hills Technology Center to better reflect his firm’s plan to upgrade the center and to shift its emphasis to serve entrepreneurs and other local businesses. Kelly said he’s hard-pressed to describe his life outside his career. When he’s not thinking about energy cost-cutting, he said, he’s staring out his office window enjoying the view of Lake Wylie. “Energy is my whole life. Engineering is my whole life. I’m doing what I love,” Kelly said. And it’s an exciting time for a business like The Kelly Group. Americans are at a crossroads where energy costs are concerned, Kelly said. “We don’t want any new power plants and pollution, but we don’t want our energy prices to go up either,” he said. Decisions about energy consumption can put a company or a city between a rock and a hard place: “Are you going to pay me now, or pay me later?” And each energy decision has an impact on all the rest of us, Kelly said. “It really comes down 5288 Hwy 557 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803.656.7000 to whether we are ‘we,’ or we are ‘me.’” LW

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oing “green” is the trend in Lake Wylie development circles these days. Here’s a look at what’s going on in the community. The River Hills Conference Center, a three-building office complex overlooking Lake Wylie at River Hills Marina, is being renovated into the River Hills Technology Center. The year-long project began in July and is set to be finished next summer. Led by The Kelly Group, a green-focused commercial engineering firm and the center’s largest tenant, the project will cluster environmentally focused businesses into one complex. “We’re trying to get tenants in the building that are green and neighborhood friendly – that’s the whole concept of the center,” says Steve Kelly, president of The Kelly Group. The Technology Center is being renovated and redecorated utilizing green products and techniques. For example, the conference center will be equipped with LED lighting, Smart Board technology, video conferencing and the latest in IT, heating, air conditioning and security. The remaining two buildings will be modified to house businesses including The Kelly Group, TKG Engineering, the Allen Agency and a computer programming firm. Energy Smart Homes, a Lake Wylie company that specializes in energy assessments and efficiency plans for homes and light commercial buildings, also will relocate to the Technology Center. Space is available for five more tenants. “I’m not sure that anyone has put all these green-focused businesses together in this way before,” says Kelly. “It’s a way to have independent businesses in a single location that

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can also work together to help clients achieve their goals. Within one building, we’ll have engineering, energy analysis, computer programming, human resources and public relations.” Renovations also will give tenants a chance to demonstrate their own abilities to go green. Incandescent lighting will be converted to LED, and energy consumption old building versus new renovation energy consumption will be documented. The Conference Center will remain open to the entire River Hills community for meetings, conferences and workshops. River Hills Marina, adjacent to the new Technology Center, plans to overhaul its seawall and boardwalk by the end of the year. The project is expected to cost $300,000 to $400,000. Designated as a Clean Marina, the facility completed renovation of its footbridge last winter. Dilworth Coffee at Lake Wylie was recently bought by local residents Greg and Amy Gardner. Located on S.C. 49 in Riverside Pavilion

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Greg and Amy Gardner, and their children Josh, Jamie and Sara, at Dilworth Coffee. near Bojangle’s, the coffeehouse has operated in Lake Wylie since 2003. “I’ve been a customer since it first opened and I’ve always enjoyed the coffee,” says Greg Gardner. Gardner previously owned a local sign company, which he sold three years ago. After his house burned down last fall, he utilized the coffeehouse and its free WiFi access to run his Internet consulting business. “Everyone loves Dilworth coffee, so that is obviously going to stay the same,” he says.

Development Update “We’re going to continue with cappuccinos, espressos, lattes, hot chocolate and Tony’s Ice Cream as well.” The coffeehouse added a lunch menu that includes garden and grilled chicken salads, tuna and egg salad sandwiches and paninis. “People come here to work for six to eight hours and they were having to walk next door to Bojangle’s to get something to eat,” says Gardner. “It didn’t make sense to lose those customers.” Dilworth Coffee also expanded its breakfast menu with croissants and added childfriendly cookies, candy bars, sodas and fruit juice. The Gardners envision the coffeehouse becoming a go-to for family-friendly entertainment in Lake Wylie, too. Plans include live music every Friday, along with karaoke, stand-up comedians, murder mystery nights, bingo and singles gatherings. “We’re going to try to be something for a variety of people,” he says. “We’re even going to have online cameras where parents can use their phones to check in with their teenagers hanging out here.” By January, Gardner hopes to move the coffeehouse a few doors down to two units at the end of the same shopping center. “That would double our size and let us add a drive-through,” he says. In addition, Gardner has added a new website at The Lake Wylie Post Office, originally located in Jac-Lyn’s Hallmark in Lake Wylie Plaza, is moving to the strip shopping center adjacent to Bi-Lo on S.C. 49.

31 years ago. He added the post office branch nine years ago. “We’ll have the front of the space that used to be the Hobby Shop and another owner will have his international trade business in the back,” says Allen, 82. Allen will offer 205 post office rental boxes, as well as counter service for mailing letters and packages. The post office will close at 5 p.m., but Allen hopes to have box access

until 6:30 p.m. Lake Wylie is the last postal pickup in York County. “Everyone in the community was having an absolute fit about us leaving,” Allen says of the post office. “It’s a 22-mile round trip to Clover to the next post office, so people have been really concerned and unhappy about it. Dozens of people approached me, asking what I needed to get this thing to continue.” A customer who runs the international

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Development Update trade business in the new location offered Allen a deal. Allen estimates his post office serves about 25,000 households, including 5,000 outside of the 29710 Lake Wylie zip code. “I’m excited that we’re going to be able to continue and to give good service to the community,” he says. “Because of our location, we get a lot of business from outside the 29710 zip code. We get customers from the lower end of Gaston County down near the South

Carolina line, as well as a lot of business from ment. the other side of the lake in Charlotte. A lot Crescent property manager Elizabeth Mcof people can’t believe we don’t have our own Millan was quoted in the Lake Wylie Pilot, free-standing post office at Lake Wylie.” saying the pending deal should close by the end of the year. Waterside Marketplace, on S.C. 49 at Blucher Circle, is under discussion for a deal Anytime Fitness on S.C. 49 in Anchor between Crescent Resources and an unnamed Shops Place added a 1,200-square-foot buyer. group fitness room in August. Known for its The 6-acre property was rumored to be 24/7 access, the facility will offer both live fitheaded for condominium/retail develop- ness classes in zumba, yoga and Pilates as well

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as a unique surround sound system customers can utilize on demand. Customers log on to a computer to select a class, which is broadcast on a 10-foot screen that drops down from the ceiling. Yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, weight lifting and hundreds of other options are available on the computerized system. In addition to the expansion of Anytime Fitness and the recent opening of Vitamins 4 Less, Anchor Shops Place also has a space that is 3,100 square feet with a patio that the retail center’s Ohio-based developer says is perfect for a restaurant. “… Ideally, we’d like to have a sit-down restaurant with a full menu,” says Barry Rigby, vice president of development. The developer also plans a 10,200-squarefoot second building as well as two outparcels. Two other recent projects also are re-using existing space. Wal-Mart Super Center opens Sept. 15 as a co-anchor of Mill Creek Commons at the intersection of Highways 49, 557 and 274. The 117,000-square-foot Lake Wylie location will feature Wal-Mart’s latest prototype, which is an upgrade from its Tega Cay store and among the first of its kind in the state.

Wal-Mart Super Center Features include lower shelving and fewer merchandise displays in the aisles. Subway, SmartStyles Hair Salon and Regal Nails will operate within Wal-Mart. The Lake Wylie Wal-Mart utilizes energyefficient technology and environmentally friendly features to reduce energy and water consumption and minimize waste. The store’s skylights harvest daylight and reduce the amount of energy required to light the store by up to 75% daily. LED lighting in the store operates 70% more efficiently than traditional fluorescent lighting. Cement used in the concrete flooring is made with recycled materials, and the floor’s finish reduces the need for chemical cleaners. Low-flow toilets and faucets and

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Development Update recycled countertops in the pharmacy, customer service desk and photo lab are other green-friendly elements in the store. During construction, Wal-Mart recycled cardboard, plastic, wood and metal to the fullest extent possible. The store also will participate in Wal-Mart’s Landfill Waste Reduction Program, which as of this spring expanded to include organic composting. The new Wal-Mart also could bring 350 to 450 jobs to the area, about 60% of those full-

time with stock options, health insurance and benefits. Lowe’s, Wachovia Bank, McDonald’s and Walgreen’s are the other tenants in Mill Creek Commons. Journey Montessori Academy opens in the former Metro Greenscapes location on Bank of America N.C. 49 beside Christ the King Church this Bank of America plans to open its new fall. For details, visit Lake Wylie branch on Nov. 22 in Mill Creek Commons. The current branch on S.C. 49 across from Camp Thunderbird will close. Bank of America also opened a new branch this summer at the corner of N.C. 49 and Highway 160 on a corner outparcel in front of Harris Teeter.

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Lake Wylie also is seeing more new construction development from Steele Creek to Mill Creek Commons. Jersey Mike’s Subs is opening its first Lake Wylie location beside Strickland’s Frozen Custard on Nautical Drive in Shoppes at The Landing. AAA opened a new branch on N.C. 49 near Hickory Tavern and Luigi’s Pizza. The free-standing building offers travel, insurance and road assistance services. 124 N Main Street Clover, SC 29710 803-222-7660 46

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The Clover School District Board of Education recently approved the purchase of 172 acres in Lake Wylie for the county’s second high school site. The purchase price was just more than $6.83 million, or $39,750 an acre. Part of a larger planned development along S.C. 274 stretching from Crowders Creek to Big Allison Creek, the potential school site is near Windswept Cove across the highway from land owned by Daimler Trucks. The 172-acre parcel also gives the district the option of building more than one school. The decision to build a new high school comes after years of community division on the topic. In 2008, Lake Wylie residents voiced opposition to the board’s plan to increase capacity at Clover High School on S.C. 55 rather than build a new school in the high-growth area of the district. Officials now estimate the high school may be needed in five or six years. The York County Council and N.C. Department of Education must approve the purchase as well. LW

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At Carolina Dance Academy, there’s more to dancing than learning steps set to music. This school teaches about the joy and the spirit of dance.


ith locations in Charlotte and Clover, the Academy’s 10 teachers work to share their love of dance with more than 400 students from age 3 up to adult. The key is to offer a warm family atmosphere where students can reach their fullest potential and feel good about themselves.

education level of her teachers.

“After graduating from college with a degree in dance education, I decided it was time to pursue my dreams and open my own dance studio so I could share my love of dance with others,” said Jessica Salas, owner of the Academy. “I found out how much I not only loved teaching dance to children, but guiding and mentoring dance teachers to become the best instructors they could possibly be. I love being able to offer our students the opportunity to work with the highest quality teachers who share their love of dance in a professional, caring and fun environment.”

Parents appreciate her school’s conservative style, and its open explanation of fees.

Salas said her school does not accept children under 3 years old because “their bodies are not ready to handle it and they are not mature enough to get the most out of their class. We feel that 3 is the perfect age to ensure that the students have a positive experience and will continue to dance for many years.” Older students also do well in classes at the Academy — including adults who want to learn to dance. Salas said Carolina Dance Academy stands out because of the

“They are the cream of the crop and most have degrees in dance education, so they not only understand dance, but how to effectively teach dance,” she said.

“Many studios promote inappropriate costumes, movement and music. At CDA, we feel that our dancers are not only getting a dance education, but are learning how to be proper young ladies and gentlemen,” Salas said. “Our slogan is ‘Teaching Class Every Step of the Way.’ Kids need to be kids!” Some dance studios charge monthly tuition, but also later hit parents with fees for recital costumes, DVDs, recital tickets and so on. At the academy, all the fees are outlined at the beginning so parents can budget for their year. “We have plans to open a third location so we can continue to provide our community with the best dance experience in town,” Salas said. “We have seen many competitors come and go, but when you have a company that involves so many great families and such an amazing staff, it’s easy to continue to do our best.”

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New River Community Church creates a plan for growth

he last thing the leaders of New River Community Church would want to do is to send that famous Biblical message to anyone in Lake Wylie: “There’s no room at the inn.” But the church that began with only five members a few years ago is now bursting at the seams, juggling a weekly attendance of more than 1,200 at four different services on two different campuses with more services set to begin. In other words, the inn is a tad crowded, but it is adding more space.

Part of the church’s success can be chalked up to its popular children’s ministry. “People consistently tell us that they love our children’s ministry because of its relational and interactive approach to long-term life change,” Mace said. But Mace added there are other reasons as well: “The love and acceptance they experience at New River; the design of our buildings, which reinforces community; the Bible-based practical approach to teaching; and the celebrative yet intimate music that is found in all our worship services.”

The church’s North Campus is on Highway 49 across from Bi-Lo and Wendy’s and consists of almost 25 acres, including parking and a 14,000-square-foot building. The South Campus is on Highway 274 just before the Concord Road traffic light.

New River’s mission is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ through core values that include Biblical authority, intimacy with God, relevant environments, relational evangelism, intentional apprenticing, purposeful generosity, authentic community and strategic service.

“Our long-term solution for continuing to minister to more people in the Lake Wylie area is to sell our North Campus (nearly 25 acres on Highway 49 across from Bi-Lo and Wendy’s) and purchase more property in Lake Wylie as soon as possible,” Lead Pastor Arthur Mace said. “Then we will combine our two campuses into one campus that should allow us room for growth for the next 15-20 years. We don’t ever want to be at a point where we are so full that there is no room for people.”

Even with all those factors, Mace said, the church couldn’t have experienced such phenomenal growth without God’s help. “We really can’t explain it except to say that God has brought about more than we could have ever thought or imagined. We really want to try and do everything with excellence, but our efforts would be meaningless without God resting His hand on everything we are doing.”

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The story of Gaston Day School’s success can be told in numbers:

t a time when many schools must lay off teachers and increase class sizes, Gaston Day School boasts an average of one teacher for every 10 students. • The school’s Math, Science, English and History departments have garnered many regional and national awards. Students earned a remarkable 24 regional, state and national English writing awards in 2009-2010 alone. • Fine Arts students won 27 Gold and Silver Keys in the Scholastic Arts competition. • Standardized test scores place Gaston Day among the best schools in the nation, and students’ SAT scores are the highest in the region. • The Upper School’s pass rate on Advanced Placement Exams is 90 percent. • The 27 graduates in 2010 were offered more than $2.7 million in scholarships and financial aid from colleges that accepted them. Yet, those numbers don’t tell the whole story. At Gaston Day School, students are never treated like numbers. “Gaston Day has remained focused on our core values, and our students have always remained at the center of everything we do. For more than 40 years, our hallways have been filled with the voices of future leaders, musicians, poets, artists and doctors – each different, but all connected by tradition and a strong sense of pride in Gaston Day School,” said Kristin Paxton-Shaw, Director of Public Relations at the school. Founded in Belmont, N.C., in 1967, the school moved to its current 60-acre campus in Gastonia in 1971. Gaston Day has an enrollment of about 500 students in preschool through twelfth grade.

“We maintain small class sizes, so that teachers know their students and attend to their individual skills and needs,” Paxton-Shaw said. “Teachers form close relationships with students and their parents and go above and beyond to ensure each student’s success.” Teachers have the freedom to promote creative thinking in hands-on ways and to introduce students to exciting and challenging subjects including art, music, drama, foreign languages, global and environmental education, and technology. “We strive to inspire our students, develop their abilities, and instill a desire to make a positive difference in family, community, and the world,” Paxton-Shaw said. “We prepare our students with college preparatory courses and real-world internships, but more importantly we prepare our students by teaching them to love learning.”

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Company brings value, efficiency to homeowners eff DeSart is determined to save homeowners at least 15 percent on their energy bills. But his services at Energy Smart Homes go way beyond simply suggesting a new HVAC unit or windows as an easy – and often costly – fix. “Saving money can be easy if you have a lot of money to throw at it,” DeSart says. “Where our expertise is and where we can really help people is that we do the homework and the calculations to tell customers what it would cost to implement changes and what it will save them.” DeSart begins with a free home energy analysis by taking a look at 12 months of a customer’s energy bills. That energy usage profile reveals how the home is performing and how it could be performing if some changes were made. “From the onset, we can identify the savings, and that sets the tone for how far we will go,” he explains. Energy Smart Homes wants to save customers money through worthwhile investments. If a costly upgrade only saves a few hundred dollars a year, it may not be worth the expense. In situations where a significant savings is achievable, Energy Smart Homes then completes a full energy audit, assessing everything from heating and cooling, appliances, insulation

and lighting. Homeowners receive a 30-page, detailed report outlining exactly how much they can save, what needs to be done and how much it will cost to implement. Customers are armed with the information they need to do the upgrades themselves or hire a contractor. Energy Smart Homes also will do the work, bringing to the table the benefit of already knowing what needs to be done in the home as well as the fact that Energy Smart Homes tests the home as it completes the work. “We test as we go to make sure we’re solving the problem,” DeSart says. “We can verify our results.” Typically, DeSart says, homeowners can save 30 percent on their energy bills. He’s been working with a customer whose home is about 60 years old. He’s helped that homeowner save 65 percent on their annual electric bill. DeSart is focused on sharing those kinds of results with Lake Wylie and the surrounding areas. “I don’t think people realize what’s at stake and what significant savings there are.”

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Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic The Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce’s 12th Annual Golf Classic will be held Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010 at River Hills Country Club. The tournament begins at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start and captain’s choice. There will be prizes on nearly every hole, including the “Hula” hole and “Margarita” hole. The day promises to be one of good golf and great fun. Registration is $140 per player or $540 per foursome and includes a full day of hospitality, including a Business After Golf event from 5:30-8 p.m. on the terrace of the River Hills Country Club. Play is limited to 25 foursomes, so make your reservations early. Hole sponsorships are available and offer a great opportunity for businesses to promote themselves at this premier event. Registration forms are available on the Chamber’s website at or by contacting Susan Bromfield at the Chamber office at 803-831-2827 or The event is presented by Carolinas Medical Center-Steele Creek.

A look back at the Chamber’s 2009 Golf Classic

Chamber volunteers Irene Emery and Norma Wood welcome visitors at the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center located at 264 Latitude Lane.

Volunteers help at LWCC Visitor Center Since February, the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce has been operating with one staff member and several volunteers. Our thanks to Jack Haher, Bud Rother, David Cox, Linda Eiler, Johan Peers, Irene Emery, Norma Wood, Melanie McClure and Lisa McCarthy for assisting Chamber President Susan Bromfield in the Chamber’s Visitor Center. These volunteers have staffed the Center Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and helped provide information to more than 3,500 visitors that have called or come by to learn about the community. The Chamber provides customer service and information to visitors and the community for everything from where to rent a boat on the lake to where to dine. The Chamber also assists with relocation information and many special requests.

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Tom Smith, Larry Marracini, David Cox and a friend get ready to tee off at the Margarita Hole sponsored by the T-Bones on the Lake. Deli treats sponsored by Bi-Lo.

Business After Golf held on the terrace at River Hills Country Club is always a hit for golfers and members.

Refreshments were served by Mary Kate Peabody of Lake Wylie Retirement and Assisted Living and Shirley MacMillan of Home Helpers. Peabody and MacMillan were assisted by Melanie McClure, Jeani Rogers, Linda Eiler and John Ficker. The hole was another favorite sponsored by Home Helpers and Lake Wylie Retirement and Assisted Living.

Spotlight Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce 2010 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Charles Wood - Chairman ANCHOR SELF STORAGE

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Fred Wetherell – 2nd Vice Chairman STERLING SOURCE, INC. Joan Brom - Secretary PHP LOCKER CO. Michaelyn Sherrill - Treasurer WINGFOOT RESIDENTIAL Barbara Baker WACHOVIA BANK/WELLS FARGO Myron Boloyan, Esq. HASELDEN, OWEN, BOLOYAN & CORSON, LLC

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Golfer Gift Bag Donation (for 120 golfers, i.e. pens, tees, hats, balls, etc.). Don’t miss this great opportunity to showcase your business to participants.

Please return this registration form with your check to: Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 5233, Lake Wylie, SC 29710 Phone: 803-831-2827 • Fax: 803-831-2460 E-mail: • Web:

Andy Kane CAMP THUNDERBIRD David Mathein T-BONES ON THE LAKE Paige McCarter CLOVER COMMUNITY BANK Susan Bromfield, President P.O. Box 5233 264 Latitude Lane, Suite 101 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803.831.2827 Fax: 803.831.2460

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Spotlight River Hills Marina, T-Bones on the Lake, Sea Tow, Q-2-U Catering, Lake Wylie Marina, Pier 88 and Whippoorwill Ranch Carriage Tours Business After Hours • June 17, 2010 Photos by Diana Grubenhoff

Chamber volunteers, David Cox, Johan Peers and Jack Haher sit with Jeff DeSart at the registration area.


Rob Jewell, president of River Hills Marina Club, along with Buddy Thomas from T-Bones on the Lake smile for the camera at the June 17 event held at River Hills Marina.

Daniel and Miriam Barrett of Whipporwill Ranch Carriage Tours, and “Ted” the horse, gave carriage rides during the Business After Hours.

Chamber volunteer, Linda Eiler, with her mother June, enjoy the wonderful food catered by Q-2-U Catering.

Jeff Hall of Lake Wylie Marina at the June 17 Business After Hours. Lake Wylie Marina was one of the sponsors for this great annual event.

Kim Pope and her children enjoy a carriage ride with Whippoorwill Carriage Tours. Elrod Pope Law Firm is a new Chamber member.

Members of the Chamber enjoy the beautiful view from Lake Wylie Marina’s deck.

Steve Fields, Jane McCarthy and Mark Wright from Lake Wylie Today, the area’s newest magazine, pose in front of beautiful Lake Wylie. | Fall 2010

Spotlight Sportscenter Athletic Club, David Wysor Jewelry, Q-2-U Catering and Lake Wylie Plaza Business After Hours • May 27, 2010 Photos by Diana Grubenhoff

Ron Johnson, general manager of the Sportscenter Athletic Club, was one of the sponsors for the Business After Hours held May 27.

Doug McSpadden from McSpadden Custom Homes along with Perry Johnston from Dock Masters at the Business After Hours held at Lake Wylie Plaza.

Laurie McSpadden from McSpadden Homes, Donna Bordeaux from Bordeaux & Bordeaux CPAs and Allan Gregory from Edward Jones pose for the camera at the May 27 event.

“D” from the Sportscenter and Mike Miller from “Lightning PC” ham it up at Lake Wylie Plaza.

Two of Wachovia-Wells Fargo’s best: Barbara Baker and Deb Andres.

Jane McCarthy from Lake Wylie Today along with Brian Rich from Q-2-U Catering and Keith Spiro from Advi Coach at the May Business After Hours. Q-2-U Catering was one of the event sponsors.

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Spotlight Mercedes Homes Harpers Mill Townhomes Business After Hours • July 20, 2010 Photos by Diana Grubenhoff


Don and Kay Westmoreland from Alan Tate Realty and Susan Bryant from Rinehart Realty enjoy the evening at the Mercedes Homes Business After Hours.

Chamber members network and dine at the event held July 20 at Mercedes Homes in Lake Wylie.

The team at Mercedes Homes at the Business After Hours held in July.

Kathy Colclasure and Deborah Wright from Clover Community Bank with Petra Sutherland enjoyed the Mercedes Homes Business After Hours.

Joan Brom, Chamber board member, along with Millie Decker at the July After Hours.

New member Tommy Haughton, of Cleaners at Work, and his dad Tommy Haughton pay close attention to the guest speaker. They are joined by Myron Boloyan and his son Russell. Myron, of the law firm Haselden, Owen, Boloyan & Corson, is a Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce board member. | Fall 2010

Spotlight Thank You from the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce to our 2010 Splash Dash Sponsors CMC-Steele Creek Ledcor Construction, Inc. Lowe’s Anchor Self Storage-Climate Control Bank of York Bethel Commons BI-LO – Lake Wylie Bojangles Burger King Fred Caldwell Chevrolet Camp Thunderbird

Clover Community Bank Comporium Contagious Graphics Diamond Springs Duke Energy Frito Lay Gatorade Glaza Chiropractic Center Harris Teeter Keep York County Beautiful Lake Wylie Pilot Lake Wylie Plaza Lightning PC Solutions

Long Cove Marina and Yacht Club Mercedes Homes @ Harper’s Mill M.L. Ford & Sons Piedmont Medical Center Proactive Chiropractic and Rehab Queen City Timing Rey Azteca River Hills Community Association Senator Harvey Peeler Sportscenter Walgreens Watson Insurance York County Natural Gas

Please Patronize our Sponsors! 2010 Splash Dash results online at and

Runners of all ages participate in the annual Splash Dash. The scenic race route even includes horses at the finish line.

Ready, set, go! The Splash Dash was held on a beautiful summer day. Runners and walkers begin at the entrance of River Hills. More than 300 participated in this year’s event.

The 2010 Overall 10K Splash Dash winners were Danielle Crockford and Chad Crockford of Charlotte.

Chamber volunteer Shirley MacMillan helps present awards to the runners at Camp Thunderbird after the race.

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Members on the MOVE Anytime Fitness has expanded and doubled its space to offer group classes and activities like Yoga and Zumba. Jack Allen has relocated the Postal substation to Shops at the Landing on Latitude Lane near the Chamber office. River Hills Country Club Pro shop now offers an expanded selection of clothing, sporting items and gifts. Jeani Rogers, massage therapist with ACE, A Caring Environment, has moved into a new, expanded office at Executive Court in the Wilkerson Office building. Energy Smart Homes, owned by Jeff DeSart, has relocated its offices to the River Hills Technology Center formerly known as River Hills Conference Center at River Hills Marina. Elrod Pope Law Firm has opened a Lake Wylie Office at 264 Latitude Lane in the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Business Center. Walmart – Lake Wylie will open its new store in Mill Creek Commons at highways 274 and 557. Walmart has created more than 350 jobs for area workers. Bank of America is opening its new store this fall at Mill Creek Commons on Highway 557 next to Lowe’s. Ryan Homes is growing its new neighborhoods with a variety of new homes off of Evergreen Road at Lake Forest and Rosemont. A new model home is open on Evergreen Road. Steve Kelly of The Kelly Group has taken over the River Hills Conference Center and renamed it River Hills Technology Center. A new plan is in progress to update and create an energy efficient complex at this 30-year-old center located at River Hills Marina. Greg and Amy Gardner have purchased Dilworth Coffee located at River Edge Pavillion. Plans are underway to expand the space as well as add entertainment and activities for community. Dilworth offers some of the best fresh roasted coffee beans in Lake Wylie.

Clover School Board member Melanie Wood-Wilson welcomes former York County Solicitor Tommy Pope to the Lake Wylie Business Community. Elrod Pope Law Firm has opened an office at the Lake Wylie Business Centre on Latitude Lane.

Greg and Amy Gardner, and their children, at Dilworth Coffee.

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Spotlight Welcome New Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Members May 5 – August 3, 2010 Blend Inc. P.O. Box 5476 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 877-925-2536 Web design and development Cleaners at Work Tommy Haughton, Owner 5608 Murrayhill Road Charlotte, NC 28209 704-965-7114 Dry cleaning-pick up and delivery Clover Family Medicine Patty Perkins, Practice Manager 3420 Filbert Highway Clover, SC 29710 803-222-0600 803-222-6119, Fax Family medical practice

McClure Investment Company / DBA / Ameriprise Financial David McClure, Financial Advisor 264 Latitude Lane, Suite 102 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-619-5038 803-619-5086 Financial advisor - Financial services – Insurance Elrod Pope Law Firm Thomas E. Pope, Esq. 264 Latitude Lane #102 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-324-7574 803-324-7545, Fax Legal services

South Forty Farm Tim Reid 640 Highway 274 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 704-575-3550 Fresh produce – Ice cream TLC Your Way Home Care Services, Inc. Natalea Feely P.O. Box 1088 Clover, SC 29710 803-810-2060 803-810-6017, Fax Home health care Wal-Mart Russell Sinclair, Store Manager 175 Highway 274 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 Retail Store

Renewing Members Investing in our Lake Wylie Community May 5 – August 3, 2010 BUSINESSES ACE-A Caring Environment Bernard N. Ackerman, CPA, P.A. Anchor Self Storage AT&T Agape Senior Agape Hospice Bethel Commons Associates, LLC Carolina Family Dentistry-Lake Wylie CaroMont Health Clover Community Bank Creative Solutions Culture & Heritage Museums Custom Property Management Dana Anthony Custom Homes, LLC David Wysor Design DuBois and Company Duke Energy Farley Construction-Budget Roofing Fort Mill Ford

Gaston Memorial Hospital Good Samaritan United Methodist Church Hair Design 49 LLC Haselden, Owen, Boloyan & Corson, LLC Lake Wylie Auto Care Lake Wylie Doggie Daycare & Boutique Lake Wylie Eye Lake Wylie Plaza Lake Wylie Retirement and Assisted Living Lane Realty Long Cove Marina & Yacht Club McDonald’s – Lake Wylie McGee Enterprises O’Regan Communication Group Pak-Tec, Inc. Palisades Episcopal School Piedmont Regional Association of Realtors, Inc. Pier 88 Yacht Club, Inc. Pioneer Services Pest Control Presbyterian Hospital

Proactive Chiropractic and Rehab Remedics Restoration Carolinas River Construction Company, Inc. River Hills Marina Club Stateline Chrysler, Jeep Dodge Sweet Repeat Village at Lake Wylie Wachovia-Wells Fargo-Lake Wylie Wingate Inn by Wyndham York County Council York Technical College

INDIVIDUALS Ricardo O. Bach Kevin Brackett Lamont Goodman Donald “Mickey” Odom William Peters F.C. Tally Roberts Stuart D. “Bud” Rother

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Spotlight Nominations are now being accepted for 2010 Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Business Person and Citizen of the Year Candidates should have the following: • A history of long-time involvement in the community. • A positive impact on the Lake Wylie community. • Business person must be a Chamber member with a history of being supportive of community and chamber activities. • Citizen should be a person who makes a positive difference to the community as a whole. Past recipients include: Business Person Citizen 2009.......Rob Watson .....................................Elizabeth Hartley and Fred Nason-Watson Insurance 2008.......Al Powell .........................................Vince Mugavero 2007.......Ed Stewart .......................................Susan Bromfield (Milestone Award) 2006.......Diana Grubenhoff.............................Dr. Steve Miszkiewicz 2005.......Mark DeChant .................................Stacy Waddell-Blackmon 2004.......Andy Kane .......................................Fred Wetherell 2003.......Rod Hall ...........................................Roberta Spampinato 2002.......Leslie Hall ........................................Don Long 2001.......Paige McCarter ................................Charles Wood 2000.......David Mathein .................................S.C. Rep. Becky Meacham 1999 ......Myron Boloyan.................................S.C. Rep. Herb Kirsh 1998.......Tally Roberts ....................................Ruth Sheets 1997.......Jong and Po Liu ...............................Diane Roberts 1996.......Jack Allen ........................................Sen. Harvey Peeler 1995.......MaMa “C”........................................Nick and Joanne Jones 1994.......Mark Erwin ......................................Peggy Upchurch 1993.......John Wilkerson ...............................“Duck” Alexander 1992...............................................................Fire Chief Bill Johnston

2009 Citizen Citi off the th Year Y Elizabeth Eli b th Hartley H tl with ith her h h husband b d Dr. D Alan Hartley at the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Annual Holiday Gala at River Hills Country Club.

The Chamber would like to thank York County District 2 Councilman Tom Smith and his family for his time, commitment and service to our area. Pictured: Tom and Alice Smith and family.

Nominee for Business Person:___________________________________ Nominee for Citizen:__________________________________________ Please tell us about your nominee and his/or her contributions to the community: _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________

Deadline for nominees: Nov. 3, 2010 – 5 p.m. E-mail: 62 | Fall 2010

R bi Selby S lb and dT i l C t d and d catered t da Robin Triple Crown C Caterers sponsored lovely brunch at the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce to preview the summer issue of Lake Wylie Today magazine. Pictured are Robin Selby of Triple Crown Caterers and Jane McCarthy of Lake Wylie Today.

Spotlight Get the Edge in Business Members Benefits and Discounts Bordeaux & Bordeaux, CPAs Located at 548 Nautical Drive, Suite #202 in Lake Wylie, Bordeaux & Bordeaux Certified Public Accounts will provide a complimentary business consultation for all new members. DuBois and Company Don’t lose customers because of a poor Internet presence and website strategy! Our complimentary consultation will evaluate your current state and determine the best value for your individual business needs. (704) 287-8668. Watson Insurance of the Carolinas Chamber Members may receive 5-12% discount on Auto-Owners Insurance (home, life, car and business) through Watson Insurance. Join the chamber group coverage to take advantage of this membership benefit. For information, call the chamber office at (803) 831-2827. Haselden, Owen, Boloyan and Corson, LLC Complimentary legal consultation for chamber members. Get started in business on the right foot. (803) 831-2738. Lakeside Insurance & Consulting, LLC Let the pros take your info and goals and then shop the market of health, life, homeowners, auto and commercial insurance companies in the Carolinas. Determine the top 3-4 choices that meet your needs. Complimentary market analysis for chamber members. HSAs and affordable group benefits also available. Save money today. (803) 831-1570 or (704) 408-8363. ComPro Business Services ComPro takes care of your business while you take care of business. Small business accounting, payroll and quarterly tax service. Reasonable rates. Complimentary consultation. (704) 588-1040. Small Business Development Center Complimentary service for developing small businesses. Located at the Thurmond Business Center at Winthrop University. (803) 323-2283. Premier Financial Solutions Long-term care from Great American Life Insurance Company. Offering discounted rates to Lake Wylie Chamber members. Contact David Brantley at (704) 678-1535, (803) 831-2823 or

River Sweep success depends on volunteers By Susan Bromfield President, Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce It’s time to clean up Lake Wylie and its shoreline at this year’s River Sweep on Oct. 2. The event, which is sponsored by Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce, the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation and Lake Wylie Marine Commission, will be held from 9 a.m. until noon. An after-event will be held for volunteers at T-Bones on the Lake until 4 p.m. Gloves and bags will be available at key locations. The Buster Boyd Bridge Public boat landing will serve as the base location for the event. Lake Wylie is our “Main Street” and is referred to as the “lifeblood” of the region. The Catawba River has been called the “workhorse” in the region for providing drinking water for approximately 2 million people in the region and is used to produce the region’s power. It is also utilized for the region’s sewage treatment plants as well as for recreation. The Catawba River water is used over and over again for a variety of uses. We are asking neighborhood and community leaders in three counties and two states to come together to organize their areas and arrange for volunteers to collectively make a difference by cleaning up the lake shoreline at this year’s River Sweep. There will be dumpsters at the Buster Boyd Boat Landing, McDowell Park, Ebenezer Park and Allison Creek. It is an opportunity for lakeside neighbors to join forces and clean up coves and areas where debris has collected and dispose of large objects and junk in the provided dumpsters. Please call CD Collins at 704-825-3588 or the Chamber office at 803-831-2827 if you would like more information, or if you would like to help.

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Spotlight Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce

Upcoming Activities State of the State Report Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010 5:30-7 p.m. Presented by: S.C. Representative Ralph Norman and co-sponsored by the Lake Wylie Democratic and Republican committees Held at: River Hills Community Church Family Life Center

Business After Golf Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010 5:30-8 p.m. Sponsored by: Lake Wylie Business Centre; Watson Insurance; Lake Wylie Pilot; McGee Enterprises; Wachovia Bank, NA; Haselden, Owen, Boloyan & Corson; and River Hills Country Club Held at: River Hills Country Club, Lake Wylie

River Sweep Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010 9 a.m. until noon Held at: Lake Wylie marinas and boat landings “After Party” at T-Bones until 4 p.m.

Business After Hours Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010 5:30–7:30 p.m. Sponsored by: The Community Café, Forms and Supplies, Kodiak Mini Storage Held at: River Hills Community Church Family Life Center

Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010 Premiere sponsor: Carolinas Medical Center-Steele Creek 1 p.m. Shotgun Start, Captain’s Choice Held at: River Hills Country Club, Lake Wylie

Business After Hours Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sponsored by and held at: Fred Caldwell Chevrolet-Clover

11, 2010. Parade will be held Dec. This year’s’ Holiday Boat Thi

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Annual Holiday Gala Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 6:30 p.m. to midnight Cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, dinner and music. Seating limited. Festive attire. Held at: River Hills Country Club, Lake Wylie Holiday Business After Hours Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 5:30–7:30 p.m. Sponsored by: Lake Wylie Retirement & Assisted Living and Lake Wylie Liquors Held at: Lake Wylie Retirement & Assisted Living “Lights on the Lake” Holiday Boat Parade Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 6:30 p.m. Buster Boyd Bridge at T-Bones on the Lake

The Holiday Gala and An nual Meetin eti g wil illl be b held Dec. 2, 2010. David and Haven Mathein are pictured here at the 200 9 Holiday Gala.

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