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LakeWylie The Green Issue

Reduce your footprint and save money by using tips from our local experts

Alpaca Farming A pack of alpacas makes a family farm complete

Chamber Spotlight Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce news and information

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The area’s most trusted source for injury treatment and sports rehabilitation. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete, a weekend warrior or just tired of your aches and pains, Focus Physical Therapy + Fitness is here to help you get back in the game.

Husband and wife team, Dr.’s Monie Clifton & Nima Mazhari provide comprehensive eye care for the Lake Wylie community. Whether it’s time for your annual check-up or if you need care for issues such as cataracts, post-op follow-up, eye diseases, lasik evaluation and more, our focus is on you.






Chiropractic is proven to help treat a wide array of health issues including back pain, neck pain, migraines, auto accident injuries and more. Celebrating 25 years of service and voted Best of Lake Wylie multiple times, Dr. Al Glaza can help you feel better and function at your best.

Our practice’s top priority is to provide the highest quality orthodontic care in a friendly, comfortable environment. Dr.’s Kevin Miller and Spence Dixon work with children as well as adults to create beautiful smiles that will last a lifetime.




Located at the corner of Channel Road & Nautical Drive, Lake Wylie, SC

Our View

Celebrating fall’s treasures in Lake Wylie By Susan Bromfield, President, Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce


elcome to the fall edition of Lake Wylie Today. This issue is our “green issue” and in it we talk about ways to “go green,” as well as celebrate the natural beauty of the Lake Wylie area in autumn with an array of stories, articles and beautiful photos. Our main article, Living a green life, offers great tips from local experts on things you can do to reduce your environmental footprint. Some of the suggestions may not be what you expect! We also have several beautiful feature articles this issue that really reflect the many treasures in the Lake Wylie area. For starters, who knew that there is a lavender farm in this area? Read all about how a couple transformed their property into a picturesque farm that could have been transported directly from France. Love the smell of lavender? The owners of the farm hand harvest the plants and use them to create bouquets, soaps and sachets that they sell online and in select stores. Speaking of farms, we’re also featuring another family that raises alpacas. We’ve switched things up a bit this issue and are featuring a dining guide within Roving Palate. In addition, we’ve taken a special look at a few favorite dishes from around town, ranging from Roasted Red Pepper Soup to a cobbler made from scratch using seasonal fruits. Be sure to let us know what your favorite dishes are. They just might make it in an upcoming issue! In the fall, you simply must make time to 2 | Fall 2013

visit local farm stands to pick out a pumpkin. South Forty Farms and Windy Hill are great places to stop. Windy Hill offers a full experience for the family, with its apple farm (pick your own!), hayrides, baby farm animals, and plenty of apple cider and apple butter to go around. Don’t forget to pick out a pumpkin or two. Lake Wylie is hosting its own Classic and Antique Boat Show this September that will draw people from all over the Southeast to showcase and admire classic boats. Fall is also a time to clean up the lake, streams and creeks. RiverSweep, established by the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce more than a decade ago, will be held Oct. 5. You’ll find information about RiverSweep, as well as the Adopt a Stream and Adopt a Cove cleanup programs, in the Shoreline section. We’re excited development continues in the Lake Wylie area, including that of May Green Properties. May Green Properties develops neighborhoods with a lot of regard for the environment. Their neighborhoods include The Coves and Patrick’s Place. Find out more about their approach to developing lowimpact neighborhoods in this issue. As always, Mailbag is a fun mix of local events and people contributed by a variety of groups, clubs and individuals. We’re always looking for Mailbag photos, so please submit pictures of special occasions, events, beautiful scenery or other photos of interest to We hope you will enjoy this issue of Lake Wylie Today. LW

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Contents 2 Our View

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6 Mailbag 14 Shoreline

Make plans to attend the Antique Boat Show and RiverSweep

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Favorite dishes from local eateries

LakeWylie today Published by SC Biz News Director of Business Development - Mark Wright • 843.849.3143 Andy Owens - Managing Editor • 843.849.3141 Senior Copy Editor - Beverly Barfield • 843.849.3115 Creative Director - Ryan Wilcox • 843.849.3117 Senior Graphic Designer - Jane Mattingly • 843.849.3118 Graphic Designer - Andrew Sprague • 843.849.3128 Advertising Sales - Jane DuBois Coulter • 704.287.8668

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Event Manager - Kathy Allen • 843.849.3113

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Audience Development & IT Manager Kim McManus • 843.849.3116

CEO and Group Publisher - Grady Johnson • 843.849.3103

A visit to a lavender farm evokes the senses

Vice President of Sales - Steve Fields • 843.849.3110

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Ways to live a ‘greener’ life

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A local family raises alpacas on their farm

42 Community Connection

Visiting Windy Hill Orchard is a must in the fall

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May Green Properties develops low-impact communities

50 Development Update

Contributing Editors Susan Bromfield President, Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce • 803.831.2827 Jane DuBois Coulter • 704.287.8668 Project Manager - Allison Cooke Oliverius Contributing Writers Susan Bromfield, Jane DuBois Coulter, Allison Cooke Oliverius, Jan Todd Contributing Photographers Susan Bromfield, Jane DuBois Coulter, Diana Grubenhoff, Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce, Point of View Photography, Jim Stadnyck, Ed Stewart, Jan Todd, John Warner The entire contents of this publication are copyright by SC Biz News with all rights reserved. Any reproduction or use of the content within this publication without permission is prohibited.

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The magazine of the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce’s marketing and promotional efforts are supported by York County’s Hospitality Tax.

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Mailbag Did you just catch a fish? 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. Please email photos and stories to

Lake Wylie loves a luau

The Rotary’s annual luau attracts a big crowd for dinner, music, dancing, games and a silent charity auction.


he Lake Wylie Rotary Club is holding its third annual Lake Wylie Luau and Charity Auction Saturday, Sept. 7 from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at the Red Fez Club’s Outdoor Pavilion. In addition to the luau, the Rotary Club is holding a Poker Run on the lake that afternoon that will conclude at the luau. The luau will feature dinner, music, dancing, games and a large silent charity auction. The net proceeds will be donated back into the community, primarily to support the club’s Clover Area Assistance Center (CAAC) Full Choice Pantry initiative, with excess funds raised going to local educational and youth programs. The CAAC Full Choice Pantry enables its clients to choose food items for themselves. The new layout also allows for more refrigera-

tion, storage and a setting more like a grocery store. There will be more room for food to be selected and more room to store it. When complete, the project will greatly improve the efficiency in which CAAC is able to serve those in need. The Lake Wylie Rotary Club and the Clover Rotary Club each received matching grants from The Rotary Foundation to assist with this project. The Luau has been a great avenue of fundraising for local projects in the past, netting approximately $10,000 each of the last two years. Go to for more information or to purchase tickets. You can also purchase tickets from any Rotarian or at several locations around the Lake Wylie area including: Bordeaux & Bordeaux CPAs, K.A. Gregory Wealth Management and Rinehart

Realty, Lake Wylie. Tickets to the event are $30 per person in advance or $35 at the gate. For further information, contact Mary Sieck at 803-517-2190 or mls@rinehartrealty. com, or Chad Bordeaux at 704-968-8844 or For information on the Poker Run, contact Tommy Martin at 803-810-7118 or The club is currently seeking sponsorships and charity auction items. Contact Mary Sieck or Chad Bordeaux, or send an email to Donations are greatly appreciated and you will be recognized for your contribution. The Lake Wylie Rotary Club Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity. If you wish to donate to the event or to any of the Lake Wylie Rotary Club’s initiatives, send funds to Lake Wylie Rotary Club Foundation, c/o Bordeaux & Bordeaux CPAs, 548 Nautical Drive, Suite 202, Lake Wylie, SC 29710.

The Dash was a smash The Lake Wylie Splash Dash was held June 8 at Camp Thunderbird and River Hills Plantation. This year’s presenting sponsor was CHS-Steele Creek. More than 200 runners participated in the 5K and 10K races. For more information and photos from the Splash Dash, check out page 60 in Chamber Spotlight. 6 | Fall 2013

The Lake Wylie Splash Dash was held June 8 at Camp Thunderbird and River Hills Plantation.

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Be the best you can be

Lake Wylie Wellness Initiative features a wellness program seasonally at the Chamber of Commerce with a variety of speakers and presenters.


he Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Wylie Pilot have joined forces to create the Lake Wylie Wellness Initiative. The program, which kicked off last year, will feature a wellness program seasonally at the Chamber with a variety of speakers and presenters. In June, the Wellness Initiative’s spokesperson of the year, Rachel Gilmore of Wellness Ridge, led an event on healthy weight loss. “We have so many members with wellness focused businesses – and like everywhere else in the country, Lake Wylie has people with wellness issues and challenges and everyone is working to stay healthy and vibrant,” said Susan Bromfield, chamber president. Several local businesses have become partners in the initiative, including ACE Massage Therapy, Anytime Fitness, Lake Wylie Family Chiropractic, CMC - Steele Creek, Focus PTF Physical Therapy + Fitness, Lifestyle Physical Therapy, Wellness Ridge and Lake Wylie YMCA. Are you a member of the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce and would like to partner with the Wellness Initiative? Please contact Susan Bromfield at For more information, visit


effrey Cushing, guest writer of the wine column in Lake Wylie Today’s Roving Palate section, passed away this spring after a courageous battle with cancer. Always friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, Jeff was a well-known “Wine Guy” in our area with more than 20 years in the wine business. He owned The Village Cellar at Lake Wylie Plaza. We truly miss our colleague and friend. 8 | Fall 2013

Rotary club recognizes Paul Harris Fellow Award recipient

Chad Bordeaux with his family.


had Bordeaux was recently recognized by the Lake Wylie Rotary Club as a Paul Harris

Fellow. The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. The award is named for founder Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905. Rotarians often designate a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of The Rotary Foundation. “A world of peace and goodwill comes closer to reality today as Chad becomes a Paul Harris Fellow,” said Babette Sabia, assistant governor for District Rotary 7750. “It is because of gifts like the one made in Chad’s honor that The Rotary Foundation is able to carry out an array of programs that achieve beneficial changes in our world,” Sabia said. Sabia thanked Bordeaux during the ceremony for his commitment to the common goals of world understanding and peace and then commented on a few of his recent accomplishments:

· Helped Charter the Lake Wylie Rotary in 2010. · Single handedly obtained the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization certification. · Handled all finances for all of the Lake Wylie fundraisers. · Appointed to the position of Assistant Governor by the incoming Rotary District 7750 Governor. · Graduated from the Rotary Leadership Institute. · Awarded the 2012 Lake Wylie Citizen of the Year by the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce. · Led the Lake Wylie Rotary Club to its first ever Rotary International Presidential Citation Award. · Led the Lake Wylie Rotary Club to its first ever Club of Excellence Award from the Rotary District 7750 Governor.

July 4th festivities Boaters decorated their vessels as they celebrated Independence Day on Lake Wylie. (Photo/Jan Todd)

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Honor students recognized


he Lake Wylie and Clover chambers of commerce sponsored a luncheon May 22 to recognize the honor students of the Clover School Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 graduating class. It was held at the Lake Wylie Christian Assembly Church with Elizabeth Hartley as speaker.

York orchard awarded for hard ciders


orkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Windy Hill Orchard & Cidery has been awarded medals for its hard ciders at the annual Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition, which included more than 400 entrants. For more information, visit and

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Summerfest: A family friendly event

Mayday Project’s golf tournament to be held Oct. 14

Summerfest is the state’s largest one-day festival, held the fourth Saturday of August each year in downtown York. This free family friendly event has been named one of the top 10 tourism attractions in the state. Celebrating its 30th year, this year’s Sum-

merfest will include: a craft fair, food vendors, a classic car show, a 10-K and 5-K fun run, sports tournaments in golf, softball, and tennis, children’s activities, train rides, water ball excitement, robotics demonstrations, health fair for all ages, country music contest, music from several stages and much more. For more information, please visit


ark your calendar for Oct. 14 for the third annual golf event that raises money to aid homeless and disadvantaged children in the Lake Wylie area. The golf tournament is organized by the Lake Wylie/Clover Mayday Project, a 501(c) (3) organization founded in February 2011 to provide assistance to the needy. Last year, the tournament raised $23,000. Disbursement of funds raised so far has been to the Pack the Back Program, a nonperishable foods program for the homeless children. Funds have also been given to the Clover School nurses for supplies; gas cards for school transportation; Walmart gift cards for clothing and other essential personal needs; Steppin’ High, a nonprofit who supplies shoes for the needy; and summer day trips, such as Discovery Place and local water parks. Most importantly, a group was taken to visit Winthrop University and York Tech. As a result of that trip, three students have enrolled at Winthrop and one at York Tech. Mayday is assisting in setting up more trips to encourage these kids to pursue training in a trade, as well as for those qualify for possible acceptance to higher education. If you’d like to participate, the Lake Wylie/ Clover Mayday Project Charity Golf Tournament will be held Oct. 14 at River Hills Country Club. Check-in is from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Entry fee is $75 per player or $300 per team and includes lunch and awards party after golf. Proceeds help homeless children in York County. As a nonprofit, $30 of entry fee is tax deductible. Applications and sponsor forms are available at the club’s pro shop or call 803831-7374 or 803-831-7346. Donations to help homeless children also may be mailed to LW/Clover Mayday Project, P.O. Box 5123, Lake Wylie, SC 29710. Call 803-831-2249 for more information. Fall 2013 |


The annual concert is a fun family event that includes kids activities, bands and concessions.

Concert to benefit Lake Wylie Children’s Charity


ver the past 11 years, people in the Lake Wylie area have joined forces to raise money for a great cause. Last year, the group broadened its scope and vision and formed the Lake Wylie Children’s Charity. Although this organization is only a year old, its members’ experience and dedication has been years in the making. Local volunteers have raised almost $400,000 over the past decade to aid and support families whose children suffer from illnesses. A concert will be held Sunday, Sept. 29 to benefit the Lake Wylie Children’s Charity. The event begins at 12 noon and goes until dark. Details, including location, are still being worked out, but the benefit concert typically includes about six bands so there’s something to please everyone. In addition, the event also includes a silent auction, a kids’ zone, fan zone and concessions. For more information about the event and the organization, please visit

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adies from the Lake Wylie Lunch Bunch work on the Cosmetic Bag Project for disadvantaged and homeless teens. Toiletries, new toothbrushes, toothpaste, small soaps and other personal hygiene products are gathered by volunteers and then organized and placed in baggies by the lunch bunch group and given to the school nurses to distribute to students in need. Contributions are welcome and can be dropped off at the Lake Wylie Chamber office. For more info, contact Norma Wood at 803-831-1305.

Carowinds has two big events lined up for fall, Scarowinds and the Great Pumpkin Fest


he Great Pumpkin Fest is a brand new daytime event for families. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all the fun of Halloween without the scary parts. The Great Pumpkin Fest will feature puppet shows, Peter the Talking Pumpkin and The Foam Zone. It will also have coloring stations, pumpkins, appearances by the Peanuts characters, kiddie karaoke and of course, trick-or-treating. The Great Pumpkin Fest runs Sept. 14 through Oct. 27. The long-running Scarowinds event is for teenagers and adults. Select rides are open during this nighttime event, but the main attractions are the scary mazes and other creations. This event is rated PG-13 and may be too intense for young children. Scarowinds is open 7 p.m.-midnight, Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 14-Oct. 27. It stays open until 1 a.m. on Oct. 19 and 26. For more information, please visit www.

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Oldies but

Enthusiasts will be able to view classic and antique boats during the show. 14 | Fall 2013

goodies … at the boat show

Story and photos by Jan Todd


lassic boat collectors and enthusiasts in Lake Wylie are looking forward to an antique and classic boat show this fall, scheduled for Sept. 7. For the first time in a dozen or so years, antique boats (built between 1919 and 1942) and classic boats (built between 1943 and 1975) will be on display in this area for the public to see up close. Lake Wylie resident Dana Anthony, a member of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, is helping to coordinate the event. “As many as 2,000 of the public have attended past shows to see these boats displayed in and out of the water,” Anthony said. “We’re extremely happy to be teaming up with T-Bones on Lake Wylie for this show.” “This is a great opportunity for folks to talk with owners and learn a little bit about the history of recreational boating,” said co-coordinator David Coone. Owners will be onsite to share each craft’s history, explain restoration procedures and tell stories about the adventures of owning a piece of our nautical history. “Each of the boats has a unique story, and it is fun for everyone to see these beauties up close and chat with the owners,” Anthony said.

Fifteen docks will be dedicated to the show for the day, and some collectors will also have antique motors and other memorabilia on display. “We may even have some antique cars on display,” Coone said. Coone promises to bring a surprise boat in its original condition. This particular boat was built in 1950 and has been kept on Lake Wylie since it was new. Sponsors of this 2013 show include “The Lake Wylie Man” David Coone, along with Wilkinson and Associates Realty, Dana Anthony Custom Homes and Huntley Marine in Lake Wylie. “We’re hoping for a good turnout,” Anthony said. “It’s a great opportunity for our area to host this event.” LW

Want to go? Saturday, Sept. 7 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. T-Bones Steak House & Saloon 3990 Charlotte Highway

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RiverSweep’s success depends on volunteers Make plans to come out for the 12th annual RiverSweep By Susan Bromfield, President, Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce


t’s time to clean up Lake Wylie and its shoreline at this year’s RiverSweep Oct. 5. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and end by noon. 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. The water is also used to produce

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the region’s power, 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 in North and South Carolina to come together and organize their areas and arrange for volunteers to collectively make a difference by cleaning up the lake shoreline at this year’s RiverSweep. There will be dumpsters at the Buster Boyd Boat Landing, McDowell Park, Ebenezer Park, Allison Creek and other locations. It is an op-

Every year, approximately 30 tons of trash are dumped in and around Lake Wylie. Help keep Lake Wylie clean by volunteering for RiverSweep.

p or t u n it y 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. You may also visit


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Shoreline Tips for volunteering for RiverSweep • Come alone or bring your family, friends or neighbors. Kids are welcome, as they are often our hardest workers! • Wear comfortable, old clothing, closed-toe shoes that can get wet and muddy, and a hat or visor. Also wear sunscreen.

• Print, complete and sign the Work Glove Release and the Assumption of Risk & Release forms for each member of your group. Bring these forms to your site location. To get the forms, visit and type Lake Wylie RiverSweep in the search box. • Volunteers 18 and under are required to obtain a parent or guardian signature on these forms. • We will provide bottled water, work gloves and trash bags. LW

There are 13 RiverSweep locations this year 1. Tailrace Marina

Turn off Highway 273 to Tuckaseege Road and follow signs.

2. Dale’s Landing

Highway 74, Belmont side of Wilkinson Boulevard Bridge, gravel road to left of service lot.

3. Charlotte Yacht Club

Dixie River Road to Bracebridge Court to the end.

4. Gaston Wildlife Club

Located at end of South Point Road, south of Highway 273.

5. Harbourtown Marina

At the end of Commodore Court off Highway 273 or Armstrong Road.

6. Seven Oaks Bridge

Located on the North Carolina side of Seven Oaks Bridge on Route 273 or Pole Branch Road.

7. Copperhead Island

Highway 49, north on Shopton Road W., left on Pine Harbor Road, left on Soldier Road.

8. Buster Boyd Access Area

3990 Charlotte Highway 49.

9. River Hills Marina

Enter River Hills from Highway 49, stay on Heritage until you see the sign.

10. Tega Cay Marina

Highway 160, Gold Hill Road to Tega Cay, Tega Cay Drive to Marina Road.

11. Allison Creek Access

Highway 274, Allison Creek Road, Viesta.

12. Ebenezer Park

At the end of Bayshore off of Mt. Gallant between Highway 274 and Rock Hill.

13. Nivens Creek

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ground series of pipes that discharge directly into streams and creeks.

Lake Wylie Chamber partners with York County to help clean our waterways

What is the concern with stormwater?


As stormwater travels across the ground all is here and it the time to get involved it can pick up pollutants and carries them diand make a difference in our area. The rectly to the nearest creek or stream. Lake Wylie Chamber proudly continues its partnership with York County in support of Myth: Stormwater is treated. its Adopt-a-Stream and Storm Drain Marking Stormwater is not treated. Whatever goes programs. As part of its Green Initiative, the into a storm drain is discharged directly into chamber asks businesses, neighborhoods and our creeks, streams, rivers and lakes. LW individuals to support these programs to make our lake and our community a beautiful place. River Hills Marina, an award winning blue marina for its environmental efforts, was the first to adopt their cove, mark storm drains and provide recycling containers at the marina. Kodiak Mini Storage was among the very first businesses to clean and mark more than 20 drains at its facility in Lake Wylie. Lake Wylie Rotary adopted Mill Creek and a group of high school students have marked storm drains in neighborhoods like Autumn Cove. This is a great effort and project for a scout troop, business, neighborhood HOA, community club or church youth group. Get involved. Adopt a stream or cove and/or mark storm drains in your area.

More information If you would like more information, please contact Caci Nance, York County Engineering at 803-818-5145 or Visit the Environmental Compliance website at You may also call the Lake Wylie Chamber office at 803-831-2827.

Adopt-a-Stream benefits: • Keeps waterways litter-free. • Builds awareness of our watershed. • Participants learn how to monitor the health of streams. • Participating groups receive recognition on an Adopt-a-Stream sign and a certificate of appreciation • Builds community pride in our streams and coves.

Storm drain marking information: What is a storm drain? Storm drains are the drains that you see at street corners or low points in the street or parking lot.

What are they for? They are for transporting storm water.

What is storm water? Stormwater is water from rain, snow, sleet or hail that flows across the ground or pavement when it rains. Stormwater either seeps into the ground or it flows into storm drains. These drains are connected to an underFall 2013 |


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Taste of

Lake Wylie Story and photos by Jan Todd


weet, savory or sublime ... no matter your craving or mood, delightful dishes can be found in the Lake Wylie community that are sure to please. “Food service as a whole has reached a higher level in our area,” said Michael Bummel, assistant manager of the River Hills Country Club. With the influence of the culinary institute Johnson and Wales in Charlotte and the vocational training programs

available in the high schools, I’ve noticed an increase in the pool of talented professionals in the food industry. It shows up in the quality of the waitstaff, as well as in the kitchen.” Lake Wylie has certainly seen its share of new and exciting restaurants in the past few years and local diners have identified some of their favorite dishes. Here is a look at a few of the local favorites.

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Roasted Red Pepper Soup Patrons of the River Hills Country Club sing the praises of Chef Sean Sennet, who has served club members for several years. However, regardless of who is in the kitchen, one dish has never left the menu: Roasted Red Pepper Soup. “It’s a simple soup, really,” Sennet said. “It’s good any time of the year and the guests absolutely love it.” Roasted red peppers are pureed with heavy cream and chicken stock, then simmered with salt, pepper and a pinch of cumin. “If a chef tries to switch up the recipe and add his own twist, the customers revolt,” Sennet said laughing. “People are purists when it comes to the Red Pepper Soup.” River Hills Country Club, One Country Club Drive, Lake Wylie.

Peach Cobbler For traditional Southern sweetness, nothing beats the country comfort food of cobbler. Q2U BBQ boss Mark Cieslikowski brought a family favorite to the restaurant he owns with his wife, along with Brian and Linda Rich. Using fresh peaches, berries or apples from South Forty Farms, Q2U serves season22 | Fall 2013

Roving Palate Roasted Red Pepper Soup at the River Hills Country Club. Cobbler at Q2U BBQ.

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Old Susanna homemade pie at Concord Cove.

An assortment of bagels from the Bagel Boat.

The Dragon & Phoenix from Cherry. al cobblers that customers love. “In the spring we serve strawberry cobbler, add some chocolate chips and top it with a drizzle of chocolate sauce. Then in the summer, we’ll have berries and peaches. We’ll have apple cobbler in the fall and colder months,” Brian Rich said. Q2U BBQ, 4052 Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie. Open Wednesday-Saturday for lunch and dinner.

Bagels Who would have thought you could find authentic hand-rolled New York kosher bagels in a ZIP code this far south? Yet here in Lake Wylie, Davidovich Bagels, widely regarded as the top producer of artisan bagels, are available daily at the Bagel Boat. These bagels are kettle boiled, then turned by hand on wooden planks in old fashioned stoves, a practice that has been eliminated in other large production facilities. Frank Keefe, owner of The Bagel Boat, is passionate about using the best ingredients available in all of his menu items. Each morning, and throughout the day, customers stop in or visit the drive-thru to pick up bagels, bagel sandwiches, gourmet coffee and frozen yogurt treats. Bagel Boat, 4090 Charlotte Highway, Lake 24 | Fall 2013

Wylie. Open Monday-Saturday 6 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Dragon & Phoenix Lake Wylie residents are all abuzz about the new Cherry restaurant in Lake Wylie. Serving sushi, hibachi, Pad Thai and Chinese cuisine, the dishes display the Asian tradition of featuring diversified color, textures, aromatic flavor and visual appeal. Edible flowers garnish many of the dishes served. The Dragon & Phoenix, one of the Chef Selections, is a customer favorite. A spicy General Tso’s chicken is paired with a shrimp and vegetable in creamy white sauce, presenting a lovely and balanced meal that satisfies the eye as well as the palate. Cherry, 4304 Charlotte Highway, Suite 113, Lake Wylie. Open daily 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Restaurant partner Donna McSwain attributes this family recipe to her Aunt Francis, who hails from the backwoods of the Carolinas, McSwain said. Don’t worry, if you forget to save enough room for dessert, you’re welcome to take a slice home with you for later. “We even have some customers who take home a whole pie,” said owner Johnny Funderburk. “They’ll pick one up for a birthday party or other special occasion.” Concord Cove, 5303 Concord Road, York. Open Monday - Saturday for lunch and dinner. Brunch served on Saturday mornings beginning at 9 a.m. LW

Old Susanna With all of the elegant appetizers and entrees on the menu at Concord Cove, it takes deliberate effort to leave room for dessert. But just one taste of the signature homemade pie Old Susanna reveals that this treat is definitely worth the effort. Cream cheese and cool whip on a graham cracker crust, topped with toasted coconut and pecans, then drizzled in caramel sauce.

What’s your favorite dish at your favorite restaurant? Please let us know by sending us an email at

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Roving Palate Lake Wylie Dining Guide

The following are some of the restaurants in the Lake Wylie area. If you would like to be listed, please email the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce at

Azteca Grill

640 Nautical Drive Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-8930

Bagel Boat

4090 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-5995

Best China

5243 Highway 55 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-5540


4927 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-9346

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Café 49 – American Cuisine

Fuzzy Peach – Yogurt Shop

Cherry – Asian Cuisine

Jersey Mike’s

Christopher’s Bar and Grille

Lake Wylie Bowl N Bounce

Concord Cove

Lake Wylie Italian and Pizza

Domino’s Pizza


Fat Cat’s

Panda Hut

4516 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-631-5350 4034 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-9594

1500 Village Harbor Drive Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-2461 5303 Concord Road York, SC 29745 803-831-1036 148 Highway 274 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-7075 4555 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0037

4034 Charlotte Highway, Suite 106 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 910-262-2310 604 Nautical Drive, Suite 101 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0912 4034 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-2553 4074 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0855 5262 Highway 557 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0577 144 Highway 274 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-631-1988

Papa John’s Pizza

221 Latitude Lane Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0101

Pier 88 at River Hills Marina 54 Marina Road Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0088

Pizza Hut

5241 Highway 557 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-1188

Q2U BBQ and Catering 4052 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-8883

Rey Azteca Mexican

4052 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-9277

River Hills Country Club 1 Country Club Drive Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-2126

Shia Asian Bistro

4543 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710


5245 Highway 557 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0143

Sweetwater Grille

4582 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-1788

T-Bones on the Lake

3990 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0170

Twin Rivers (formerly the River Rat) 5301 Highway 557 Lake Wylie, SC 29710

Waffle House

5013 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0315


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Chris Pinard tends to the grape vines in the vegetable garden area of the farm.

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The Pinards raise a small herd of goats that seek shelter in a stone goat house built to complement the Pinards’ home.


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Story and photos by Jan Todd

assing through the gates of La Bastide Des Lavandes, or The Lavender Farmstead, in York is like stepping into the pages of a travel magazine straight into a Mediterranean world that delights the senses. With the lavender in full bloom, the soft aroma fills the air and the buzzing of bumblebees lulls you into a slower pace in which to wander through and enjoy the lush landscape. The “Old World” style of Chris Pinard’s villa, surrounded by mature gardens, gives the appearance of a home that has been around for a very long time. Yet four years ago, this entire scene was 9 acres of pasture and overgrown woods. Pinard, a native of Southern France, along with his wife Jackie, bought the property and transformed it into an estate reminiscent of his native country. Over a three-year period, the Pinards built their home and Chris planted more than 3,000 plants and trees, representing almost 500 different varieties. “Variety truly is the spice of life,” Pinard reflected. “Particularly in gardens.” “I have 22 varieties of lavender, 19 of rosemary and about 50 different kinds of salvia,” he continued. Pinard grew up with a love for gardening and started out designing landscapes for friends and

family. He eventually decided to pair this passion with a business plan, and created his landscape design business and lavender farm. Pinard is the owner and designer of European Gardens, serving York County, the greater Charlotte area, as well as the Upstate and Midlands of South Carolina. “I tell my clients that they are not limited to the plants they see in everyone else’s yards, or to those sold in area retailers. I order plants from all over the world, from the Southwestern U.S., Louisiana, Africa, Europe, everywhere.” Through trial and error, Pinard experiments in his own yard with different plants to see how they fare in our climate. “If they make it through two years and are still healthy, I know they’re good to go,” Pinard said. “Mediterranean plants are very adaptable to this area,” he explained. “They are very drought tolerant and even do well in poor soil. They actually thrive on neglect.” Pinard strives to create landscapes that are sustainable, requiring little if any fertilization, pest control or watering. The results are environmentally friendly and low maintenance landscapes that save time, money and energy. Though his farm is not open to the public, Pinard invites clients to tour his gardens for ideas and inspiration for their own homes.

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Pinard integrates art, sculptures and unique vases in his landscape to add color and interest.

Wandering down the paths from garden to garden, plants spill over into the walkways. “That’s classic Mediterranean design,” Pinard said. “As you brush against the plants while walking, the fragrance is released into the air.” Pinard’s landscape is divided into distinct sections. There is the front courtyard garden contained by a wall that is filled with flowers, a fountain and French vase planters. Then there’s a winding path in the front yard lined with rosemary, almond trees and evergreens. On one side of the house is the “White Garden” with a wide variety of plants bearing white blooms, including a white lavender. The back of the home has another walled courtyard with a fountain centerpiece, a variety of palms and an outdoor living area with fireplace for cool evenings. A cedar bridge is the focal point for the “Bridge Garden” surrounded by pineapple finials symbolizing hospitality. Pinard has a small vineyard and vegetable garden as well, where he employs vertical growing techniques and other innovative gardening ideas. “I try different methods to limit the amount of pest and weed control,” Pinard explained, pointing out his container potato plants. “The potatoes are planted in a mix of compost and mulch, so when they’re ready to harvest, I just dump the pot. No digging required.” Of course, the namesake of the farm occupies a prominent position on the estate. Lavender lines the long driveway leading to the house, and it is planted in the front field. Pinard grows

Lovely lavender The Lavender Farm Shop offers a number of products that will allow you to take advantage of the lovely lavender scent year-round. These items also make nice gifts.

Lavender sachet Home-grown lavender picked at the perfect time and naturally air dried, then hand-filled in traditional Provençal handmade fabric sachets. Squeeze the sachet gently to release the fragrance. The fragrance will last for years to come. Use it at home, at the office or in your car.

Lavender Marseille soap Lavender’s soothing and relaxing properties are well known. Melt away your stress every morning with our 3.5 oz lavender “Savon de Marseille,” made traditionally in Provence.

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five varieties for product production and has just begun commercializing culinary lavender. The lavender is hand harvested by Pinard and is used to make bath products, skin care items, natural insect repellent, candles and gifts. In addition, Pinard prepares fresh cut lavender bouquets for bridal parties and special occasions. “The scent of lavender is known to have calming effects, so it helps the bride relax. Plus, the bouquet can be dried afterwards and displayed as a keepsake.” The culinary lavender can be used in teas, chocolate, cookies, jams, honey and even in savory dishes using pork, chicken and beef. Pinard is working on a lavender cookbook featuring some of his favorite recipes. La Bastide Des Lavandes is the first official lavender farm certified “South Carolina Grown” by the S.C. Department of Agriculture. The products are available online, as well as at several boutique shops in the Carolinas, including The Garden Cafe Gift Shop in York. Pinard also sells plants and products at various farmers’ markets, including the Old Town Market in Rock Hill. His market schedule is posted on his website, Photo opportunities for bridal, anniversary, and special occasions are available at the farm. Private educational tours can also be arranged for garden clubs, groups and individuals. For more pictures and information on Mediterranean Landscape Design, please visit LW

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Fresh lavender bouquets Nothing relaxes the body and the mind more than freshly harvested lavender. Our home grown lavender is harvested at the perfect time and shipped directly to you. Approximately 100 stems of blue lavender. Our fresh lavender bouquets are only available for a limited time in June/ July and sometimes in September/October.

Lavender poison ivy healing salve With the perfect blend of pure lavender essential oil, aloe vera, wild impatient extract and other proven natural ingredients, our Lavender Poison Ivy Healing Salve will help your skin heal faster from the effects of poison ivy exposure. Apply over the affected area as needed. View these and other items at

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LIVING A GREEN LIFE Living green in your everyday life can come about in a multitude of ways. Here is a look at how a few local businesses can help you along.

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Awnings and other window coverings can reduce temperatures as much as 20 degrees.

Reduce energy usage by installing window coverings


indow coverings and exterior awnings can help make your house â&#x20AC;&#x153;greenerâ&#x20AC;? by reducing your energy bill through the control of light and heat entering your home. Direct sunlight into your home can warm the air and furnishings in its path. To maintain comfort, the warm room must be cooled, requiring the use of more electricity. According to Duke Energy, windows without shades or those with inadequate shades can account for 40% of unwanted heat and make your air conditioner work 2-3 times harder. Installing window coverings is one of the top recommendations made by Duke Energy when they 34 | Fall 2013

perform a home energy audit. Strategically placed awnings, solar screens, window shades and skylight shades can reduce temperatures by as much as 20 degrees in most cases. Exterior awnings can reduce heat gain by as much as 77% under the awning and 23% inside the house. Retractable awnings have the added benefit of providing relief from heat and light during the summer and providing full light in the winter for heat. Solar screens can reduce as much as 97% of the light while still allowing a view. These are great for lake homes or any property that has a view on the eastern or western exposure. They can be rolled down during the hottest time of the day, and rolled back up out of sight when no longer needed. Window shades are available in a number of fabrics and styles. Some of these have a combination of sheer and opaque components. The sheer component allows for light to enter a

room while still providing a level of heat reduction by diffusing the incoming sunlight. Skylights can also be covered to save energy. Skylights allow a lot of natural light into the house. The light, however, can heat up the room, fade furniture, flooring and fabrics. Skylight shades are available in semi-opaque fabrics, which will allow some light to pass through, as well as room-darkening opaque fabrics. In addition to manual operation, these items can be motorized for ease in opening and closing. Other window coverings that can reduce light and heat are shutters and vertical or horizontal blinds.

Frugal Window Fashions LLC Linda Eiler and Tom Wirth 29 Quayside Court Lake Wylie, SC 29710 704-576-2643

Regular window washing will prevent hard water spots from setting on the glass.

Preventative maintenance saves money on repairs


ave yourself some green by performing regular maintenance on your home. It may cost you a little up front to have windows, wood and concrete professionally cleaned, but it will save you money in the long run. Regular window washing will prevent hard water spots from setting into the glass causing costly cleaning and sometimes even replacement, depending on the extent of the stain. Pressure washing any wood on your home, including siding and decks, can extend the life of the wood by removing algae growth that wears down the protective treatment of the lumber. It can also ensure a safe environment

because algae is very slick. Pressure washing vinyl siding will prevent permanent stains from setting into the texture of the siding. Concrete can also be pressure washed to avoid stains setting into the pores of the concrete from oil, sap, algae and even red clay. Gutter cleaning is necessary to remove debris that causes clogs that result in overflow. This overflow will damage landscaping, soffits, eaves and more. Professional air conditioner cleaning can prolong the life of your unit by several years. As a rule of thumb, the filter should be changed monthly, make it a part of your routine by changing it every time you pay your power bill. Inspection of electrical components can help reveal if your unit is operating at its maximum capacity. One minor short can be costing you extra each month in your electric bill by when your unit is working harder than it needs to be. In addition to saving money on future re-

pairs, and making your sidewalks and decked areas safe for those who visit your home, pressure washing your home is one of the most affordable ways to increase the value of your home.

Pane in the Glass Window Washing Michael and Jessica Cooke 803-818-5536

Sweet Repeat Thrift Store


e green. Save the planet. Conserve our resources. Eat organic. Buy local. The list of ways to be part of the solution â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and not the problem â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is a long one. Of the things on the list you can do, recycling has to be the easiest one, to be sure. Fall 2013 |



Ways to go green! • Manage your computer’s power use. Program inactive monitors and computers to go into a low-power sleep mode and turn • Look for products marked with off peripheral devices when they are not be“Post-Consumer Content” and “Recycled ing used (speakers, scanners, printers, etc.). Content.” Source: Computer printer paper, notebooks, paper towels, toilet paper, plastic products and • Use your air-conditioning less. Keep window coverings closed during many other household items can be found that are made from at least partially recycled the day, set the thermostat to 72 degrees in the summer, raise the thermostat when you materials. leave your home, clean or replace filters once • Use reusable bags. a month or as needed, replace incandescent Rather than using paper or plastic disposal bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs, and for bags, use reusable bags instead. long term savings, consider purchasing programmable thermostats, ceiling fans, and En• Stop getting “junk mail.” Don’t let paper be wasted on mail that you ergy Star approved products. Source: DOE.


Easy ways to recycle and reduce waste:

do not want anyway. Just call the customer service number printed on the catalog or advertisement and ask to be removed from the mailing list. You can also use Catalog Choice, a free service that lets you decide what you receive in your mailbox. Visit for more info.

ENERGY Easy ways to save energy and money: • Unplug unused electronics. If an electronic device is plugged into an outlet it can still use electricity whether or not it is turned on. Unplug battery chargers and power adapters when they finish charging, or are not in use. Consider using a power strip that can be turned off when you’re done using (or at bedtime) your computers, printers, wireless routers, and other electronics. Source: EPA • Improve your car’s fuel economy. Keep your tires properly inflated, avoid excessive idling, remove any unnecessary objects from your car, drive sensibly, and observe the speed limit. For more ideas visit • Select Energy-Star approved electronics. Energy Star products are approved by the government to meet certain energy efficiency guidelines. In particular, many approved devices use less energy when turned off, but still plugged in. Go to the Energy Star website to find out more. Visit

WATER Easy ways to save water and money: • Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month. • Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street. • Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips. • Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time. • Plant in the fall when conditions are cooler and rainfall is more plentiful. • Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation. • Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap. Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, then reuse it to water houseplants. • Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month. If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a water-efficient model. Source:

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Everyone thinks about recycling plastics and paper, but consider the many other things you can recycle: clothes, furniture, electronics and more. Simply take gently used items to a thrift shop, where they can be sold … and set off a recycling chain of events that benefits so many. For example, recycling clothes by donating them to a thrift store is a big help on more than one level. When you donate gently used items, you purge items you and your family no longer need — items that could still be used by another family. For some, buying clothes at a fraction of the cost of new items is a necessity, especially for growing children. In addition, many single moms need affordable, appropriate clothing to wear to job interviews and then to the workplace. Recycled clothes really meet that need. Household items are great things to recycle, too. Kitchen items — both useful and decorative — are extremely popular. Do you have a set of dishes missing a saucer or two? Or maybe a funky, oversized spoon and fork set with a chip on the side? Is your garage full of sporting equipment that might be missing a ball or perhaps a net has holes in it? Do not throw these items away. Donate them. Many people are quite handy and can mend anything that’s broken. Or with the help of the popular website, Pinterest, they can make something amazing out of things that would otherwise be thrown away. Have faith that even though you are tired of it, someone else will be thrilled. And you will feel good knowing that you have done something “green.” What’s more, when the charity thrift store sells the items you donated, they will take that money and donate it for use in the community.

Sweet Repeat Thrift Store 4094 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC, 29710 803-831-0722

Feature The Sweet Repeat Thrift Store is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The store is staffed by volunteers. All profits support local charities, such as God’s Kitchen, Children’s Attention Home, Clover Area Assistance Center, River Hills/Lake Wylie EMS and Hospice.

Invest green now for your golden years


reparing for our “golden” years is something we don’t always want to contemplate. However, being prepared will not only make those days more enjoyable for you, but also for your loved ones. When planning for these days, you have to consider both financial and health issues. Below are the top 10 items to consider when planning for retirement and beyond. First, the top five tips related to your financial future. 1. Review your tax withholding. If you get a tax refund every year, you may need to adjust

your withholding. You can invest these additional dollars into an IRA. 2. Consider downsizing. Any additional money can also be used to support your retirement. 3. Pay off debt. 4. Visualize your future. You will be more committed if you can visualize the wonderful things you’ll be doing in retirement. Put a picture of a sandy beach or a grandchild in your wallet to view anytime you need encouragement. 5. Catch-up contributions. If you are 50 years of age, you may be able to make “catchup” contributions to your plan. Second, the top five tips related to important documentation you need to have completed and kept in a secure place. 1. A will. This is the most important document and one that every adult should possess. 2. Health care proxy. This proxy gives someone you trust the legal right to make medical care decisions on your behalf if you aren’t capable of making them yourself. 3. Living will. This is a legal document that speaks for you when you are unable to do so. A living will normally addresses whether extraordinary care medical treatment should be administered. 4. Durable power of attorney. With this document, you can name a person to serve as your “attorney-in-fact” to

act for you in handling your financial and legal affairs. 5. Emergency information sheet. This list will provide the information someone needs to contact Joe Silva with Allstate can your famihelp you plan for the future. ly members and locate important documents, including the four discussed above. (Editor’s note: All of these important papers can be printed on recycled paper and kept in eco-friendly packaging.) LW

Allstate Insurance Co. David Vickers Agency 4937 Charlotte Highway Suite 104 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-8958

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Life on the Farm A

fternoon activity is bustling on the Curtin farm. Hugh “Doc” Curtin is out in the fields, tending to the herd of beef cattle. His wife Cathy is working in one of her gardens. Teenagers Katelyn and Laird have just come home from their day at Clover High School and are settling in for homework and evening chores. The Curtins live in a 150-year-old farmhouse that has been updated to include modern conveniences while still retaining its historic charm. Much of the Curtins’ food is grown in two large vegetable patches near

Story and photos by Jan Todd

the house. “I can vegetables at the end of each summer and we use the food from the garden year-round,” Cathy said. Fresh eggs come from the dozen or so chickens that live on the farm. “We use the eggs ourselves, and sell a few to neighbors and friends who come by,” Cathy says. “Fresh eggs are wonderful to use in baking. You can really taste the difference!” Behind the farmhouse are quite a few barns and buildings. An old dairy processing house has been converted to a “clubhouse,” a free standing rec room where the family relaxes

and entertains. “The kids love to host parties there,” reveals Cathy. Their church’s youth group and school friends regularly enjoy the Curtins’ hospitality at their farm. “Doc built most of the other buildings,” Cathy continues, referring to the multiple structures. “He milled the wood himself and hand built the barns and sheds. It’s like a whole village out there,” she laughs. In addition to the income-producing cows, this 200-acre farm is home to ducks and chickens, a couple of peacocks, a few dogs and cats, two horses and a pack of alpacas.

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Feature The alpacas belong to 15-year-old Laird, who developed an interest in raising a herd after reading about them in one of his father’s farm publications. Alpaca fleece is naturally hypo-allergenic, very soft and is considered a premium yarn by knitters. Because the alpaca fiber is very fine, it provides excellent thermal insulation for the wearer. Its comfort is comparable to cashmere. It is superior in its durability, water resistance and wrinkle resistance. When Laird was in eighth grade, he decid-

ed he’d like to raise alpacas and discussed it with his parents. “We thought it would be a great way for Laird to learn about running a small business, marketing a product, managing costs and hopefully turning a profit. Also, it was an opportunity for Laird to have an investment in the farm and learn to take care of the animals,” Cathy said. Laird recalls, “My dad and I bought the first alpacas in Silar City, N.C. We bought four

females. Alpacas don’t like to be alone, so you have to raise several.” Laird became involved in a co-op of alpaca owners, a tremendous resource for him to learn about health care for the animals, as well as network with other breeders and farmers. Laird expanded his herd to include a male for breeding, as well as a couple of geldings. Two baby alpacas were born this past spring. Each spring, a groomer visits the farm to shear the alpacas. “That way, they get rid

Fun Facts About Alpacas • Alpacas are related to llamas and camels. • Alpacas were domesticated by the Incas more than 6,000 years ago and raised for their exquisite fleece. • Alpaca fiber is much like sheep’s wool, but warmer and not itchy. It is also naturally hypoallergenic, flame and water resistant. • Alpaca fiber comes in 16 different colors, ranging from white to light rose gray to dark fawn. • Humming is the most common sound that alpacas make, which has been described as a kind of musical purring. Alpacas hum when they are curious, content, worried, bored, fearful, distressed or cautious. Source: Mother Nature Network

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Feature of their long coats prior to the hot summer,” Laird said. “I send the fleece to a fiber mill, where they clean, spread and then spin the fleece into yarn. Once it is returned to me, I parcel it out and put my labels on it, ready to sell.” As the alpacas are sheared, Laird bags the fleece for each animal. “I have to keep the fleece separated according to the type,” Laird remarks. “The highest quality fleece, the longest strands, come from the animal’s torso.


That’s called the ‘blanket.’ That yarn will be used for sweaters, scarves, that sort of thing. The second cut comes from the thighs. It isn’t quite as soft as the blanket and is shorter. That fleece is used to make things like socks.” The third cut, from the neck, head and legs, is the coarsest and is used to make things like rugs, he said. To date, Laird has sold some of his finished product (yarn) on Internet sites such as Etsy and at co-op events.

“Alpacas are really pretty easy to raise,” Laird said. “Every day, I just feed them and give them water, and clean out the stall area in the barn. If it is really hot, I’ll turn on some fans for them to help them stay cool.” Like the rest of the Curtin family, Laird enjoys caring for his animals. The daily routines on the farm are reminiscent of simpler times and produce rewards that most people never get to experience, from the taste of a fresh-laid egg to the soft nuzzle of a baby alpaca. LW



1. The third cut shorn from the alpacas produces a coarse fiber used in rugs (left.) Roving (center) is fleece that has been cleaned and “carted” (combed out), but not spun. After the fiber has been carted, it is spun on a spinning wheel to produce yarn (right.) 2. The Curtins raise much of their own vegetables. 3. Relaxing and enjoying the sunshine are part of life on the Curtin farm. 4. Laird and the alpacas. 5. The Curtins also raise chickens for fresh eggs.



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Fritz Gusmer, also known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Johnny Appleseed,â&#x20AC;? entertains and educates as he demonstrates the cider press.

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Fall fun at

Windy Hill Orchard Story and photos by Jan Todd


aptivated children watch as Johnny Appleseed, Fritz Gusmer in real life, demonstrates a wooden apple press at Windy Hill Orchard in York, S.C. Dressed in character costume with well-worn overalls and a coonskin cap, Gusmer leads the group of school kids through an interactive story about the real Johnny Appleseed, the American pioneer who introduced apple trees and conservation techniques to some of the northern colonies during the early 1800s. During Gusmer’s demonstration, he says, “Around and around the grinder goes, where it stops, nobody knows. Around and around we’ll press it down. As pretty as you please, it gives the apples a squeeze.” Every year from mid-August through late December,

Windy Hill Orchard opens its gates for school tours, pickyour-own apples during harvest season, family hayrides and activities. The visitors love Windy Hill’s fresh apples, ciders and famous apple cider doughnuts, too. During select weekends in the fall, the “Johnny Appleseed Tour” is available for the general public to enjoy. Weekdays during the season, Gusmer dons his costume as the farm hosts school groups from all over the Carolinas. Busloads of students are divided into groups and move from station to station. They begin at the story arena, where the children march through a grove of apple trees and settle down on log benches to hear the story and learn about how apples are grown, harvested and processed to make products such as juice, applesauce and cider.

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Community Connection Mark your calendar for the Apple Harvest Festival at Windy Hill Orchard Oct. 19 Each year on the third Saturday of October, Windy Hill Orchard hosts an Apple Harvest Festival, a fun event for the whole family. Guests can enjoy cider and apple butter making demonstrations, a pumpkin patch, hayrides and plenty of entertainment.

The kids then move to other stations, marching to music and clapping their hands while being directed by Gusmer, who speaks in rhymes as he gives instructions. One group goes to a canopy covered pile of hay, where they stuff straw into pre-sewn outfits to make scarecrows. Another group loads onto a tractor pulled covered wagon to go on a hayride through the orchard. Others gather under the picnic shelter and dig into their bagged lunches. Once each group has visited each station, the kids gather for their dessert: an apple cider donut and a cup of apple juice. Finally, the students select a bag full of apples to take home with them. Apple cider donuts were actually one of the reasons that Gusmer and his wife, Catherine, opened Windy Hill Orchard in 1989. After moving to South Carolina in the late 1970s, Fritz Gusmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother gave them a wooden cider press as a Christmas gift. The Gusmer family enjoyed making cider with the press and reminisced about the apple cider donuts they had enjoyed while growing up in New Jersey. Inspired, they decided to open Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill to market these

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Above: Windy Hill has farm animals, including pigs and chickens, for guests to feed and pet. Inset: Children select apples to take home after a day at Windy Hill Orchard. treats as a business. Visitors to Windy Hill can actually watch the donuts being made in the donut making machine that is set up in the sales shelter. One taste of a hot, fresh apple donut makes it easy to understand why apple harvest season is so eagerly anticipated by donut fans from miles around. Each year on the third Saturday of October, Windy Hill Orchard hosts an Apple Harvest Festival, a fun event for the whole family. Guests can enjoy cider and apple butter making demonstrations, a pumpkin patch, hayrides and plenty of entertainment. While the kids are drinking their Apple Sippers, adults can sample the hard cider selections. Those who have never tried hard ci-

der before are surprised at the variety and different tastes available. Ranging from sparkling to dry to sweet or spicy, both beer drinkers and wine drinkers usually find one that appeals to their taste buds. Hard cider is made from the fermented juice of apples and generally has a lower alcohol content than wine. Windy Hill has been producing hand-crafted ciders since 1996, and the beverages are available throughout the Carolinas. Their offerings include “Ginger Gold,” made in the style of a traditional English draught cider with an effervescent ginger snap. “Strawberry Pippin” is their dry cider, a tart beverage with slight fruity undertones. “Gala Peach” is sweet, best served by itself or on the rocks. “Rusty Gold” is a spiced cider infused with cinna-

mon, nutmeg, orange peel, cloves and anise. “Rusty Gold” is particularly popular during the holiday season. Last summer, Windy Hill began growing hops in order to create their latest hard cider, “Hoppin’ Johnny.” Made from Stayman-Winesap apples, this new beverage was introduced at a beer festival in the spring. All of the hard ciders are on tap and available for tastings during the farm’s fall season. They can also be purchased year-round at local retailers listed on Windy Hill’s Hard Cider website, www. LW Hours and special event dates are available at The farm is located at 1860 Black Highway in York. Fall 2013 |






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Feature May Green Propertiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; developments feature custom homes on large homesites.

May Green Properties focuses on green building Story and photos by Jan Todd

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Tom and Tim Smith, two of the owners of May Green Properties, review plans for a development. Inset: May Green Properties’ developments include green spaces and areas for residents to enjoy the outdoors.


s Tom Smith of May Green Properties drives through his company’s newest development, The Coves on River Oaks, a four letter word brings a smile to his face: Sold. In fact, signs bearing the word “sold,” which are sprinkled on about half of the lots in the neighborhood located along the Pole Branch Road corridor, bring a smile to many faces: Those of builders, contractors, building material suppliers, local business people who depend on a growing community for their livelihood. There’s a building boom going on in The Coves on River Oaks, and like the company’s other projects, this development is having a high impact on the community in the way of jobs and economic development. However, May Green neighborhoods are developed with a common vision: low impact. May Green neighborhoods are low-density, environmentally sensitive communities that reflect thoughtful planning and good stewardship of the land. Low maintenance 48 | Fall 2013

amenities, such as walking trails, green space corridors and parks provide property owners recreational areas, as well as opportunities to commune with nature and with their neighbors. When possible, trees cleared for home sites are mulched onsite and used within the community. “We try to be environmentally conscious,” explained Tom Smith. “Reusing the resources from within the community to landscape and stabilize erosion means we don’t have big trucks hauling material up and down the highways.” May Green Properties is owned by Tom Smith, his father Tim Smith, and John Sarrough. The company has developed The Coves and Carolina Coves on Pole Branch Road, along with other neighborhoods in York County including Patrick Place, Vander Lakes, The Hylands and several others. May Green attempts to preserve the natural beauty of the land, offering large home sites separated by wooded areas. “You won’t see overhead power lines in our communi-

ties,” said Smith, who works closely with York Electric to obtain underground service. “That appeals to a lot of buyers.” Most of the homes in May Green communities are custom built by local contractors. “Business has changed since the recession,” Smith said. “We used to sell a lot of home sites to builders, who would buy them up, build a spec house as a model and then offer the sites to custom home buyers. That doesn’t happen too much anymore; most builders don’t have the funds to do that. These days, most of the sales happen one lot at a time, to individuals planning to have their homes custom built.” While buyers are free to choose any builder, they do have to follow architectural guidelines and adhere to minimum square footage and material requirements. “All of the homes in The Coves on River Oaks must have exteriors constructed of stone, brick or stucco,” Smith said. May Green promotes the use of local builders and contractors. They have strong working relationships with custom builders such as

Feature CWD Construction, M.J. Palmer Construction, Kuhlkin, Arthur Rutenberg and others. May Green has also formed a new relationship with Veranda Classic Homes out of Columbia, who will be picking up a few lots and building homes to provide a movein-ready option for buyers. May Green Properties recently opened a new phase of The Coves on River Oaks with 12 additional home sites, most of them approximately 2 acres in size. “The lots are large enough for the primary home, plus a guest house or in-law home,” said Smith. “With the recession, we noticed a trend of families moving in together,” he continued. Up until recently, York County didn’t allow multiple residences on a lot zoned for single family. Smith worked with the county to get an ordinance passed, allowing a second residence as long as it is allowed by the neighborhood covenants. The second residence must be no more than half the size of the primary home. This change will make it easier for families to care for aging parents. Family ties are top-of-mind for Smith, who has worked side-by-side with his father for most of his professional career. In fact, their company name is a tribute to Tom’s own grandmother, Beatrice Smith, who ran May Green Paint Store for 35 years in South Euclid, Ohio. Naming their company May Green honors her heritage. In a similar way, the Smiths honor and preserve the legacy of local families by naming some of their developments after the previous landowners, including Vander Lakes, Patrick’s Place, Campbell’s Crossing and The Hylands. May Green’s next project will begin in 2014, with the acquisition of the 130 acres beside The Landing along Highway 274 and continuing down Pole Branch Road to adjoin the River Oaks communities. Smith said the

new development will have large homesites, 2 to 5 acres each, with smaller home requirement (minimum 2,500 square feet) to offer a lower price point than currently offered in The Coves on River Oaks, where minimum home size is 3,000 square feet. Smith looks forward to the widening of Pole Branch Road, which is scheduled to happen in about two years. York County Engineer Mark Kettlewell confirms that the project will widen the road to three lanes, lined with curbs and gutters. Sidewalks will be installed on

the northwest side, and a 10-foot multi-purpose trail for hiking and biking will be on the southeast side of the road. These paved utility trails will extend from the Mill Creek Bridge up to the Catawba Cove Bridge and may become part of the Carolina Thread Trail. As Lake Wylie continues to grow, carefully planned communities, such as those developed by May Green Properties, will ensure a living environment where residents can enjoy the outdoors and natural resources that the Lake Wylie area has to offer. LW

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Development Update The Coves on River Oaks is the latest development from May Green Properties. (Photo/Jan Todd)

Development in Lake Wylie goes into high speed By Susan Bromfield, President, Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce


avid Weekley Homes, developers of The Cottages at the Landing, is moving full speed ahead. The development, which will feature 25 home sites, opened its first model home June 27. Buyers will be able to choose from six floor plans, including three ranch-style homes and three two-story homes. All homes feature an ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retreat (master bedroom) on the main floor. Homes are priced from the $220,000s and range between 1,700-2,600 square feet. The Cottages offer easy access to shopping, dining and medical care. The neighborhood is also convenient to Buster Boyd, Allison Creek 50 | Fall 2013

and South Pointe Landing for lake access. For more fun and recreation, the Cottages offer easy access to McDowell Park, Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Belmont, YMCA Camp Thunderbird and Carowinds Amusement Park. Not to mention, the neighborhood is within the Clover School District, which continues to soar to new heights year over year. For the last three years, it has received an excellent rating. Across the Buster Boyd Bridge at The Palisades, development also continues. The community, which spans 1,500 acres and 14 planned neighborhoods, offers residents

a plethora of amenities, including a private country club, golf course, soccer training center, equestrian center, more than 7 miles of walking trails, parks and more. The neighborhood has received recognition from Audubon International for the thoughtful nature, planning and respect that was given when developing the community. Construction is underway in The Palisades on a new 39-classroom elementary school that will be operated by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system. The school will be built on a 110-acre parcel that will also include a neighborhood park. According to Steelcreekresi-

Development Update A look inside The Cottages at the Landing, a new development from David Weekley Homes. (Photo provided), the school is expected to be finished in 2014. Once a principal is named, the public will be invited to participate in the process to name the new elementary school. Rosedale by DR Horton, a community tucked away off of Evergreen Road, has sold 50% of its homesites, which boast large, wooded lots. Rosedale will have 49 total homesites, spread between three culdesacs. Each homesite averages at about 1/3 acre with lots about 100 feet wide. Several different foundation options are available, including slab, crawl space and basement homesites. There are eight plans from which to choose when building a home in Rosedale. The plans range from ranch homes to three-story homes. The square footage ranges from 2,200-4,000. The sales team just moved into a new model home, the Franklin, which is 2,560 square foot, two-story home. It offers four bedrooms and a bonus room. While the quaint neighborhood does not have the amenities a larger neighborhood does, Rosedale does offer direct access to Lake Wylie. In addition, because Rosedaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s developer also helped develop River Hills, residents have the option of participating in a River

Twin Rivers restaurant is opening soon in a location formerly occupied by the River Rat. (Photo/Jan Todd)

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Development Update

An elementary school is being built in The Palisades. (Photo/Jan Todd) Hills membership. May Green Properties has opened phase two of The Coves where they are offering 1and 2-acre wooded lots near the lake. Infrastructure and newly paved roads have been added, making these beautiful lots ready for purchase and development. May Green is also working on a planned development at Five Points that will include residential and small businesses with a village feel to the development. May Green Properties has already developed several neighborhoods in the Lake Wylie area, including Patrick’s Place, Carolina Coves, The Coves, The Coves on River Oaks, Campbell’s Crossing, Derby Downs, The Lakes at Derby Downs, Shiloh Farms and The Timbers. For more details, call Tom Smith at 803-230-4938. Plans are underway to create a Crowders Creek Park complete with a playground, swimming pool and ballfields. The proposed 50-acre park could eventually grow to about 300 acres to include surrounding land, according to an article in The Herald. The park would be located in Lake Wylie near Crowders Creek School. Echo Consignment Boutique, a new consignment shop located by BI-LO, features women’s brand-name clothing as well as shoes, handbags, jewelry, accessories, maternity clothing and evening wear. Another new development is a new restaurant opening up in the former River Rat. The new establishment is called Twin Rivers and will be a full-service restaurant and bar. Plans are for the restaurant to serve everything from prime rib to grilled seafood, as well as feature a made-from-scratch kids’ menu. LW During 2012-2013 nine new restaurants have opened in the Lake Wylie area. Be sure to check out our Lake Wylie Dining guide in this issue of Lake Wylie Today. 52 | Fall 2013

Spotlight The magazine of the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce

e of year to enjoy Fall is a wonderful tim s to offer. all that Lake Wylie ha

CMC-Steele Creek Uncompromising Excellence. Commitment to Care.


Main: Golfers contemplate the 18th hole. Left: The hula-themed hole is always a popular stop in the tournament. Right: T-Bones’ margarita hole also attracts a crowd.

Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce to hold annual Golf Classic


ne of the best networking opportunities of the year is at the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Golf Classic. It will be held Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 at River Hills Country Club in Lake Wylie. This annual golf event is one of the best in the region. The tournament begins at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start and captain’s choice. There will

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be prizes and/or hospitality 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 to 8 p.m. Space is limited, so make 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 contact Susan Bromfield at the Chamber office (803-831-2827 or lakewyliechamber@yahoo. com) for forms or additional information.

Spotlight Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce

ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC - REGISTRATION FORM Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 1 p.m. Shotgun Start– Captain’s Choice River Hills Country Club

Contact Name:____________________________________________________________ Company:________________________________________________________________ Address:_________________________________________________________________ City:____________________________________ State:___________ Zip:_____________ Daytime Telephone: (

)______________________ Fax: (


Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce

2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Charles Wood - Chairman KODIAK MINI STORAGE Ed Stewart – Past Chairman M.L. FORD & SONS Susan Bromfield, President LAKE WYLIE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Donna Bordeaux BORDEAUX & BORDEAUX, CPAs, PA Myron Boloyan, Esq. HASELDEN, OWEN, BOLOYAN & CORSON, LLC



Golf - Includes box lunch, driving range privileges, golf, cart, hospitality and great net-


________ Individual Golfer(s) @ $140 per person


working! All player spots are reserved upon receipt of payment and registration form. Total $_______

________ Golf Team(s) – Four players @ $540 per team Total $_______ Golfer’s Name:_______________________Handicap:___E-mail:___________________

Diana Grubenhoff LONG COVE MARINA

Golfer’s Name:_______________________Handicap:___E-mail:___________________


Golfer’s Name:_______________________Handicap:___E-mail:___________________

Don Long

Golfers Name:________________________Handicap:___E-mail:__________________



_____Mulligan (s) – Limit 2 per player $5 each Total $_______

_____Mulligan (s) – For the team $40

Total $_______

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:

P.O. Box 5233 264 Latitude Lane, Suite 101 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803.831.2827 Fax: 803.831.2460

Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 5233, Lake Wylie, SC 29710 Phone: 803-831-2827 Fax: 803-831-2460 Email: Web:

Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce’s marketing and promotional efforts are supported by York County’s Hospitality Tax.

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Business After Hours May 17, 2013 Sponsored by Kodiak Mini Storage Photos by Diana Grubenhoff

Chad Bordeaux, Angie McCarter, Lee Rowley, Linda Eggers and Bob Stiger at the Kodiak BAH.

Julio and Shane of Goodyear Tire LW with Melanie McClure.

Diana Grubenhoff and Zack Bordeaux. 56

Charles and Norma Wood with S.C. Rep. Ralph Norman.

Kay and Bill Peters enjoy the event.

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Watt and Robin Roberson of Allen Tate Realtors.

Anita Seaford, Jeff and Lee Ellen Turnbull of Kodiak Mini Storage.

The Kodiak Team welcomed chamber members to the Business After Hours.


Business After Hours June 13, 2013 Sponsored by River Hills Marina Club, T-Bones on the Lake, SeaTow, Lake Wylie Business Centre, The Mosquito Authority, Q-2-U BBQ and Catering Photos by Diana Grubenhoff

Donna, Shelley and Debbie of Carolina Family Dentistry of Lake Wylie.

Fred Wetherell with Courtney Flynn.

Sheldon and Elizabeth Mellon of The Mosquito Authority, co-sponsors of the June 13 BAH.

Lindy Wetherell and Dianne Kehler.

Susan Bromfield, Marleea Sabol-Hall of Sherwin Williams and Marc Sosne of Clover School District.

Jennifer and Capt. Anthony of Sea Tow, co-sponsors of the Business After Hours.

The T-Bones on the Lake team, co-sponsors of the BAH, greeted the chamber members.

Fred Caldwell of Fred Caldwell Chevrolet and Mark Rouse of BB&T.

Hemingway Bromfield and Dwayne McClure.

Allen Tate Realtors were well represented by this group.

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Business After Hours June 27, 2013 • Grand Opening of Cottages at the Landing Sponsored by David Weekley Homes – Lake Wylie Photos by Diana Grubenhoff

The City Tavern team catered the June 27 Business After Hours and ribbon cutting at the Cottages at the Landing.

Preston Nowaski and Christine Manning prepare for the ribbon cutting of their new home development at LW.

Norma Wood, chamber volunteer, greets members.

Duane Stanek, Bill Stewart, Susan Bryant and Tony Parker at the BAH. 58 | Fall 2013

Taylor and Angie McCarter.

Members of the David Weekley Team, Christine Manning and Preston Nowaski, greet the LW Chamber.

The Lake Wylie Chamber assists with the ribbon cutting at David Weekley Homes’ The Cottages at the Landing at Lake Wylie.

The Bernie Drahola family at BAH.

Ray and Cheryl Petty, Jane Coulter and Mike Miller.

Spotlight David Weekley Homes held a grand opening and ribbon cutting its newest addition, The Cottages at the Landing.

Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce

Welcome New Members May 1, â&#x20AC;&#x201C; July 1, 2013 City Tavern Arthur Villarreal 14142 Rivergate Parkway Ste 100 Charlotte, NC 28278 704-504-8888 704-504-8833 Restaurant

A ribbon cutting was held at Echo Consignment to celebrate the opening of this new business in Lake Wylie.

Renewing Members May 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; July 1, 2013


ACE-Massage Agape Hospice Bank of York Boat Sales of Lake Wylie Clover Community Bank Clover School District CPMI Dana Anthony Custom Homes Duke Energy Elrod Pope Law Firm Forms and Supply Frugal Window Fashions Gala Affairs Gaston Day School Haselden, Owen, Boyolan and Corson KA Gregory Wealth Management Kodiak Mini Storage Lake Wylie Assisted Living

David Weekley Homes Cottages at The Landing Preston Nowaski 504 Channel Dr Lake Wylie, SC 29710 704-634-9592 Home Builders Lake Wylie Civic Association Lake Wylie Eye Lake Wylie Family Dentistry LKW Ventures Long Cove Marina Marlin Bay McDonalds McGee Enterprises ML Ford and Sons Newport Financial Palisades Episcopal School PHP Locker Pioneer Services Red Leaf Properties Remedics Restoration River Hills Marina Rotary of Lake Wylie T-Bones Walmart Waterside Partners York County Council York Electric York County Natural Gas

White Tiger Furniture Jim Wyatt 211 Hands Mill Hwy Rock Hill, SC 29732 803-328-6454 Furniture

Classical American Youth Choir Jessica Salas 14809 Lonesome Oak Circle Charlotte, NC 28278 704-957-8321 Music Education Fall 2013 |



Scenes from The Lake Wylie Splash Dash Held at Camp Thunderbird and River Hills Plantation June 8, 2013 Presenting sponsor CMC-Steele Creek Photos by Diana Grubenhoff

Participants gather before the run.

Diana Grubenhoff, chamber photographer at work.


The 10k winner. | Fall 2013

This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier sponsor was CMC-Steele Creek.

Jeani Rogers with her son Ezekial, the youngest participant, walk in the Splash Dash.


Larry Marracini and Bobbie Otto welcome Splash Dash participants.

Where else do you find horses at the finish line? Only at the Splash Dash!

Boy Scout Troop 333 volunteered and staffed the water tables at the Splash Dash.

Pace cars were provided by Fred Caldwell Chevrolet and driven by Kevin and Susan Bromfield.

A group of excited runners cross the finish line.

Lisa McCarthy and Shirley MacMillan greet the runners.

Overall female winner of 10K.

A team from Lifestyle Physical Therapy walked the race.

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Thank You!!!

2013 Splash Dash Sponsors Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce CMC-Steele Creek Lowe’s Anchor Self Storage Bank of York Bethel Commons BI-LO – Lake Wylie Bojangles Burger King Fred Caldwell Chevrolet Clover Community Bank Comporium Contagious Graphics Diamond Springs Duke Energy Focus Physical Therapy Frito Lay Gatorade Glaza Chiropractic Center Hannon Orthodontics Harris Teeter Kodiak Mini Storage Lake Wylie Business Centre Lake Wylie Pilot Lake Wylie Plaza Lifestyle Physical Therapy Lightning PC Solutions Long Cove Marina M.L. Ford & Sons Queen City Timing River Hills Community Association Sportscenter Walmart Watson Insurance YMCA Camp Thunderbird York County York County Natural Gas

– Please Patronize our Sponsors! – 62 | Fall 2013

Spotlight Nominations are now being accepted for

2013 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.

Nominee for Business Person: ________________________________________ Nominee for Citizen: _______________________________________________ Please tell us about your nominee and his/or her contributions to the community: __________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________

Deadline for nominees Oct. 13, 2013 by 5 p.m. Email:

Past Recipients include:

2012 Business of the Year was Q2U BBQ. The Riches and Cieslikowskis own Q2U.

2011 Business Person of the Year Doug McSpadden.

Business Person Citizen 2012 Q2U BBQ - Business of the Year Chad Bordeaux 2011 Doug McSpadden Rep. Ralph Norman 2010 Fred Caldwell Tom Smith 2009 Rob Watson and Fred Nason- Elizabeth Hartley Watson Insurance - Business of the Year 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 Senator Harvey Peeler 1995 MaMa “C” Nick and Joanne Jones 1994 Mark Erwin Peggy Upchurch 1993 John Wilkerson “Duck” Alexander 1992 Firechief Bill Johnston

2012 Citizen of the Year Chad Bordeaux with his wife Donna.

2011 Citizen of the Year Rep. Ralph Norman with his wife Elaine.

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Spotlight Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Nominations The Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its Board of Directors for three year terms and is requesting input from all members. The criteria for nominees are as follows:

QUALIFICATIONS FOR BOARD CANDIDATES • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Current membership in LWCC (see business directory online at LWCC website: Member in good standing with dues current. Willingness to serve and make commitment. Willingness to chair a committee, task force, project or event for multiple years while serving on the board. Consider prior involvement (recent). Should consider those that have come forward to volunteer to serve on the Board. Demonstrated/proven leadership. Good communication skills. Ability to work as a team. Actively works to promote the chamber and community. Positive attitude. Supports Chamber efforts and its mission. Consideration to how one will and can contribute to chamber. Nominees will be contacted in advance as to their willingness to serve on the board. Board meetings are on the third Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m.

Nominees shall be submitted to the Nominating Committee for its consideration in selecting five (5) candidates for membership to the Board of Directors. Deadline for nominees Sept. 4, 2013 by 5 p.m. Email: Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce

Fred Caldwell Chevrolet

Upcoming Activities

Nov. 14, 2013 5:30-7:30 p.m. Bethel St. – Highway 55 Clover

Grassroots Legislative Luncheon With S.C. Chamber of Commerce Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 Noon at The City Club in Rock Hill

Business After Hours

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Dana Anthony Customs Homes, The Lake Wylie Man and Sherwin Williams

Business After Hours

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sponsored by and held at Rivers Edge Pavilion Businesses 64 | Fall 2013

Annual Holiday Gala

Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 1 p.m. Shotgun Start, Captain’s Choice Held at River Hills Country Club Lake Wylie

Business After Golf

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 5:30-8 p.m. Held at River Hills Country Club Lake Wylie

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 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

Lake Wylie Today, Fall 2013  

Lake Wylie Today, a quarterly magazine, highlights the leisure and excitement of lakeside living, our comfortable, small-town atmosphere and...

Lake Wylie Today, Fall 2013  

Lake Wylie Today, a quarterly magazine, highlights the leisure and excitement of lakeside living, our comfortable, small-town atmosphere and...