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THE MAGAZINE FOR COOPERATIVE MEMBERS Vol. 69 • No. 2 (ISSN 0047-486X, USPS 316-240) Read in more than 470,000 homes and businesses and published monthly except in December by The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. 808 Knox Abbott Drive Cayce, SC 29033 Tel:  (803) 926-3 1 75 Fax:  (803) 796-6064 Email: EDITOR


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February 2015 • Volume 69, Number 2


12 Safe water, saved lives A Charleston couple’s mission delivers clean water around the world.


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Learn how your electric cooperative is supporting schools across the state with teacher training and state-ofthe-art educational tools in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

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America’s first AfricanAmerican airline captain looks back on a 30‑year career filled with milestones.

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Desperately needed clean drinking water comes to Haiti shortly after the 2010 earthquake.

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Water Missions International quenches the thirst for clean water in Haiti. Photo by Esther Havens.


30 It takes two to tangle

When trimming the budget collides with grooming the dog, chaos ensues.



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FEBRUARY 19 Three headliners make for one funny, family-friendly show when Broad River Electric Cooperative hosts its sixth annual comedy event. Bob Smiley, Kenn Kington and Robert G. Lee are the clean-comedy trio performing as The Stand Up Guys (left). The event at BREC Auditorium in Gaffney benefits senior hunger charities in Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union counties. Hilarity for Charity has raised more than $80,000 for community needs since 2010. For details, visit or call (866) 687-2667.



Civil War battle anniversaries

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s final battles, including the Confederacy’s last stands in S.C. against Sherman’s troops. At Rivers Bridge State Historic Site in Ehrhardt, commemorative events through April include tours of the preserved battlefield. On Feb. 28, Rivers Bridge spotlights the road-building and workmanship of African-Americans in battle. Joseph McGill (left), founder and director of The Slave Dwelling Project, will discuss the life of the African-American soldier at war. On Feb. 28 and March 1, Broxton Bridge Plantation in Ehrhardt hosts reenactments of the Battle for Broxton Bridge and displays the H.L. Hunley Traveling Exhibit.


As the Cat in the Hat says, “It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how.” At the Main Street Children’s Museum in Rock Hill, they know, and they celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday in style. Hear favorite Seuss stories, wear silly hats, go fishing for one fish, two fish, red fish and blue fish, and enjoy treats that include cupcakes, if not green eggs and ham. For details, visit or call (803) 327-6400.

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Geico Bassmaster Classic

They call it “the Super Bowl of bass fishing”—the national competition for the title of Bassmaster Classic champion. Two S.C. contestants—Casey Ashley of Donalds and Andy Montgomery of Blacksburg—are among the 56 professional anglers to compete at this year’s event, based in Greenville. Reigning champion Randy Howell of Alabama (below) will defend his title on Lake Hartwell. More than 75,000 fans are expected at daily weigh-ins for catches at Bon Secours Wellness Arena and at the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo at TD Convention Center. For details, visit or call (205) 313-0900.


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Heating and cooling costs for a manufactured home can be kept in check with proper maintenance.

Manufactured savings

Manufactured homes, sometimes called mobile homes, are an affordable housing option for many South Carolina families, but they often log disproportionately higher energy bills than traditional wood-frame or modular homes. Inexpensive building materials and construction defects are usually to blame. Here are common deficiencies to look for and tips for setting things right. Belly board damage. In most manufactured homes, the belly board holds the insulation in place under the floor and serves as a vapor barrier. Plumbing that runs under the floor is on the warm side of the insulation to keep it from freezing in winter. However, the belly board can be damaged by animals, deteriorate over time or become torn, allowing the floor insulation to become moisture laden or to simply fall out, exposing ductwork and dramatically increasing energy losses. Belly boards are particularly vulnerable to water damage from leaky pipes, toilets and showers. Repairing or replacing a damaged belly board should be a top repair priority. Air-infiltration points. Look for deteriorated weather stripping and insulation gaps in the “marriage wall” that joins multiple units making up the home. A careful inspection may also reveal gaps around doors, windows, and wall registers, behind washers and dryers, and around the electrical panel. Gaps can be filled with weather stripping and insulation. Consult your local hardware store for the exact type of insulation needed for the specific area of the home. Damaged crossover ducts. Crossover ducts found in doublewide homes can be a source of air leaks. Flexible tubing ducts are prone to collapse and easily damaged by animals. Even metal ducts can leak if not properly joined and sealed. Plug the leaks with duct sealant or metal tape. Both are available at home improvement stores. Lack of insulation. Insulation in manufactured homes can be woefully inadequate, usually far below the R-38 standard recommended for South Carolina. Upgrading insulation can be an easy, doit-yourself fix, but only after all other repairs have been completed. For more tips on evaluating and upgrading insulation, see the article “Wrap it up” at —thomas kirk

Beat the winter bills

can cause heating systems to work overtime, and since heating and cooling account for nearly half of your home’s energy use, you may experience sticker shock when you open that next electric bill. Try these seven tips to manage your energy use and keep costs under control.

Frigid winter temperatures

Wrap exposed pipes and water heaters that are in unconditioned spaces. Hardware stores and big-box home improvement centers sell tubular foam insulation split on one side, making it easy to install over the pipes. Make sure to change your air filter once a month. Clogged filters make your heating system work harder, adding as much as $82 to your annual electric bill. Open drapes on bright days to allow direct sunlight to heat your home naturally, but keep drapes closed at night to help prevent heat loss. Keep the fireplace damper closed when it is not in use. Keeping it open can bring cold air into the room. Caulk or weather strip around doors and windows. Unsealed holes and cracks create air leaks that diminish your home’s comfort and waste energy 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You’re paying good money to heat the air in your home. Don’t let it escape.

Related stories Visit for more money-saving tips and these bonus articles. l “Give your electric water heater an efficiency boost” l “Clearing the air” l “Is your house losing energy?” Dress for the weather, even if you are inside. Wearing proper clothing, like long sleeves and pants, or wrapping up in a cozy blanket will help combat the temptation of bumping up the thermostat. Keep the thermostat set at 68 degrees for the best mix of comfort and efficiency. —april lollar



Did you know that 90 percent of the energy used to operate a washing machine comes from using hot water? A simple switch from hot to cold can save a great deal of energy. Consider air drying or even line drying to save even more energy. Source: U.S. Department of Energy   | February 2015   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING


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In the zone. What should you do when some rooms are too warm and others are too cold? Energy Q&A columnist Jim Dulley recommends installing an automatic zone-control system to even things out. Be my valentine? Just in time for Valentine’s Day, our Smart Choice column features 10 gifts to let your sweetheart, family, friends and even your pets know how much you love them.

Your very own retirement home Home is where the heart is for most South Carolinians. It’s comforting, it’s safe and it’s where we make memories. But what about your home’s sustainability for the future? In January 2010, the first of the 80 million baby boomers turned 65 years old—which means nearly 30 percent of the U.S. population is now entering their retirement years. According to a recent survey conducted by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), 84 percent of baby boomers would like to stay in their current homes as they age, but only 16 percent have taken any steps to adapt their home for retirement. Enter the Home for Life project, a collaboration among AARP, designers and efficiency experts, hosted by Remodeling magazine. Anticipating the needs of this aging population, the project’s website features a virtual home tour that showcases design concepts and products created with the needs of seniors in mind. “We brought together experts in design, active adult lifestyle, energy and resource efficiency, as well as universal design to create Home for Life,” said Rick Strachan, group president at Hanley Wood, the parent company of Remodeling. “Our goal is to showcase what remodelers and baby boomers need to consider to adapt homes for the retirement years.” To take the tour and learn more about the Home for Life project, visit —abby berry

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Lowered work surfaces, wide passageways, and contrasting colors between counters and floors are three of the design features that make the Home for Life kitchen easier for seniors to enjoy.

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The power of education Co-ops across the state are ­supporting today’s teachers and school kids through EnlightenSC.

I grew up in the country, and through­out my childhood, 4-H Club was a big part of my life. In 1971, I participated in a 4-H Electricity Camp sponsored by York Electric Cooperative at the local county extension office. At the conclusion of the four-week program, I had crafted a lamp, learned about electrical safety and been exposed to the critical role rural electrifi­cation played in the development of our state. On the final day of camp, I entered the demonstration competition (4-H was always about the next demonstration). My choice was to illustrate safety in the charging of a car battery. Jumper cables and two batteries in hand, I showed the proper procedure and, I thought, wowed the audience. I knew I had won and would claim the $10 prize. However, the next contestant took the stage and clogged her way to first prize with a rendition of “Rocky Top.” I’m not sure exactly how her performance related to energy, but the judges must have believed it was electrifying. Just as York Electric invested in education by sponsoring that 1971 camp, co-ops across the state are ­supporting today’s teachers and school kids through EnlightenSC, a K–12 education initiative created to help students better understand energy, economics and related ­environ‑ mental issues. Thanks to EnlightenSC and its website——teachers have access to training opportunities and instructional resources, including classroom activities and age-appropriate lesson plans aligned with state education standards. Guided by a team of education professionals with more than 50 years of combined ­teaching experience, the initiative is working to make sure that lessons about energy become an integral part of each young person’s educational experience. Events and training opportunities for teachGetMore ers and students are also featured on the website. Learn more about EnlightenSC For example, EnlightenSC events and initiatives at sponsors regional workor shops for teachers—free half-day events hosted For information on the 2015 S.C. 4-H Engineering Challenge, visit by local co-ops. The grams, which begin this year in March, are designed


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to show teachers how to use the resources on to enhance the classroom ­learning experience. Teachers who attend earn credit-renewal points, which are required for their state recertification. Each summer, EnlightenSC offers a graduate-level course for teachers at the University of South Carolina. Taught by a Ph.D. with more than 20 years’ experience in regional and rural economic development, the three-week course includes classroom instruction, independent work and field trips to power-generating plants and renewableenergy ­facilities across the state. Teachers who complete the course earn three graduate course credits. This spring, EnlightenSC will sponsor the 2015 S.C. 4-H Engineering Challenge. Students will compete in individual and team demonstration projects ranging from bridge design and model rocketry to energy and electricity, robotics and GPS systems. With the knowledge and technology available to kids today, I’ll go out on a limb and predict that none of these 4-H’ers takes the stage with a set of jumper cables or clogging shoes. Open to students ages 9 to 19, the statewide ­competition is designed to get students thinking about—and working together to solve—tough STEM problems. If you have kids, you know that STEM stands for science, ­technology, engineering and math and that STEM courses are a top ­priority in education circles. They should be. These courses teach the fundamental skills that kids will need to secure the hightech jobs of tomorrow and to build an even brighter future for the Palmetto State. I’m excited to think about what will happen when the competition takes place on April 18 at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. Maybe some of these kids will be inspired to solve the world’s great energy, environmental and engineering challenges. EnlightenSC’s support for education is one more example of the co-op difference. South Carolina’s ­electric cooperatives seek to empower the communities we serve with something more than affordable and reliable electricity.

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Working with the state’s electric cooperatives and the South Carolina Power Team, Santee Cooper is an important resource for industries relocating and expanding here. Since 1988, we have helped bring more than $9.4 billion in industrial investment and more than 54,000 new jobs to our state. That’s a powerful partnership.

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A Charleston couple’s mission delivers clean water around the world BY DIANE VETO PARHAM

Enough to spend a week of vacation roughing it in a less-developed country, bringing clean water to poor communities devastated by Hurricane Mitch. Enough to feel content about helping those strangers, but then come home to a comfortable, everyday American life. But for George and Molly Greene, it was only the eye-opening beginning of a brand-new life. That oneweek trip in 1998 “turned our lives right side up,” George Greene says. “We saw things on that trip that we just had no comprehension of before we saw it,” he says. “People who were living in extreme poverty before the hurricane who had now been impacted by the hurricane. So it was the worst of the worst.” Profoundly moved by what they discovered, the Charleston couple sold their family-owned environmental engineering firm in 2001 and launched Water Missions International, a nonprofit Christian engineering ministry with a goal to provide 12

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sustainable safe-water solutions to people in developing countries. Since then, WMI has provided safewater systems for more than 2.5 million people in 50 countries. Worldwide, it runs 600 active projects a year; about 150 are new safe-water installations. The staggering need the Greenes encountered in Honduras was the tip of an iceberg. Twenty percent of the world’s population—more than one billion people—lacks access to safe water. “It impacts every aspect of their life,” George Greene says. “If you don’t have safe water, then you’re going to get sick. When you get sick in a developing country with a water-borne disease, there’s some probability that you’re going to die from that disease. And the younger you are, the higher that probability is.” The statistics are sobering: More than 1,000 people die every hour from water-borne illness. A child dies every 15 seconds. In disaster situations, the crisis escalates. l l

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It might have been enough—for most people— to make just that one mission trip to Honduras.

At Water Missions International headquarters in North Charleston, Molly and George Greene display before-and-after samples of river water and the chlorinator that helps make dirty water safe to drink. Residents in Uganda (opposite) have a reason to smile after installation of their new water-treatment system in 2011.   | February 2015   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING


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‘We like to say we’re powered by the sun and the Son.’

For their disaster-relief trip to Honduras, George channeled his engineering skills into designing a portable water-treatment system—what Molly calls “the grown-up science fair project that worked.” They installed six systems in Honduras, then came home and refined their patented Living Water Treatment System. The LWTS is described as “a mini water treatment plant and can purify 10,000 gallons of water per day”—enough to serve up to 5,000 people. Conveniently, the LWTS can be assembled at a disaster site in less than an hour. The system uses standard water-treatment technology: Raw water—from lakes, lagoons, rivers, wells—is pumped into the LWTS, where it is filtered to remove small and large particles. Chlorine is added to remove any diseasecausing organisms. The safe, treated water that comes out at the end of the process is as clean as what Americans expect from their tap water. “We should be able to drink that water wherever we go and not get sick,” Molly says. The Greenes also designed a unique packaging system for the portable LWTS units. All the parts and tools needed to assemble the project on site are delivered in three large, metal-framed “cages” that also function as part of the finished assembly. At WMI’s North Charleston headquarters, about 40 to 60 volunteers build and test eight to 10 LWTS units a week, working in efficient, assembly-line fashion. To house WMI’s growing operation, the Greenes

Charleston Walk for Water

On Saturday, March 21, Water Missions International will hold its ninth annual Charleston Walk for Water in observance of World Water Day. The annual walk increases awareness of the need for clean water around the world and raises funds for WMI’s safe-water projects. Starting in Brittlebank Park, walk participants will be given an empty twogallon bucket to carry. Halfway through the 3.5-mile walk, they will fill their buckets with dirty water, then carry the filled buckets to the end of the route. The journey simulates the trek that many people around the world make one or more times a day to fill buckets at an unsanitary water source. Last year, more than 3,200 people participated in the Walk for Water, raising $210,000. This year’s goals are 5,000 walkers and $250,000 in donations. To register as a walker or to make a donation, visit Readers of South Carolina Living magazine get a $5 discount off the $20 adult registration fee by entering the code “SCLIVING” at checkout. If you are registering multiple walkers, the discount will apply to each adult registration. For those who cannot walk in Charleston on March 21, the website also lists opportunities to join walks in other communities, including a March 7 Columbia Walk for Water organized by WMI volunteer Cathy Milejczak. For information on how to organize a walk in your own community, go to


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converted a derelict, 1940s-era Navy warehouse near the Cooper River into a solarpowered facility with offices and production space—43,000 square feet, with room to grow. Like this solar-powered structure, the ­portable LWTS units can also be run using solar panels. “We like to say we’re powered by the sun and the Son,” Molly says of the ministry and its team of paid staff and volunteers. The couple devoted many hours to prayer before deciding to sell the environmental consulting business they had built from the ground up and turn all their ­energies to this mission. Each workday at WMI begins with a ­company-wide “huddle”—a time for sharing victories, concerns and prayer. “The Christian component is what drives us,” she says. “Everyone here feels a real calling.”

Delivering relief around the globe

At the back of its warehouse, WMI keeps a revolving inventory of 50 LWTS units, ready to ship to its country programs or to disaster-response sites. “There was a cholera outbreak in a Ugandan community, on the shores of Lake Victoria,” George recalls. “I think 90 people got cholera over a one-day period; two died. We had a water system in there the next day—the cure for cholera is water. You don’t take antibiotics. All you have to do is drink water. A lot of it.” Recognizing the Ebola crisis in west Africa, WMI reached out with clean-water solutions, since safe water is critical in any disaster area, says Julie Johnson, WMI’s director of public relations and marketing. In Dolo Town, Liberia, hit hard by Ebola, WMI installed equipment to ensure safe water in that community. Across Liberia, WMI’s relief efforts provide chlorinated water for Ebola treatment units and hospitals. Safe water keeps recovering patients hydrated, helps the community with sanitation, and aids health-care workers in preventing the spread of the virus by disinfecting equipment and surfaces, Johnson says. In Tanzania, groups from the South Carolina Lutheran Synod had been working for several years to upgrade ­quality-of-life issues for the Uwanji tribe in the country’s remote mountainous regions. After learning about WMI, they partnered with the ministry to install water systems in two villages in 2014, with two more in the works. “We were digging trenches to provide water, but it wasn’t safe water,” says Cathy Milejczak of Columbia, who has volunteered on multiple trips to Tanzania with the synod. “It was definitely an upgrade, for sure. These people had no understanding of safe water at all.” Milejczak flipped the switch in July to turn on the Mlondwe village’s new water system for the first time. Water flowed out to five faucet platforms in the village. l l

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Beneficiaries include (clockwise from left): 2010: a woman delighted to tote clean water in Haiti; 2011: families in Honduras at the town’s new gathering point; 2014: children in Dolo Town, Liberia; and 2011: students in Palas, Indonesia.

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Water Missions International has brought watertreatment systems to communities around the world.   | February 2015   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING


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Staff and volunteers begin each workday at WMI with a ­companywide “huddle”—a time for sharing victories, concerns and prayer.

systems in Honduras, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru and Indonesia. “Everywhere we go, we see it—the health of the people has improved dramatically,” Lesesne says. When someone requests a water system, WMI staff members work alongside local leaders to assess the community’s unique needs. Community leaders must commit to the project, as they are the ones who will operate and maintain the system. Then, when funds are secured to finance the job, WMI staff work with local leaders to design and implement a sustainable water system that can continue to serve the community from then on. The nonprofit WMI relies on donors to finance its ­projects—“from little ladies in northern Minnesota who send you $10 a year to corporations that would give you a ­million-dollar grant,” George says—since the communities in need rarely have the funds to fix the problem. Building and implementing a comprehensive, ongoing, safe-water system for a community can cost between $25,000 and $30,000, Johnson says. And safe water is just one part of the picture. Lack of sanitation affects twice as many people as those who lack access to water, but the cost to provide solutions is four times more. WMI developed the Healthy Latrine as a low-cost way of providing sanitation access to individual homes lacking sewage facilities. One Healthy Latrine costs about $500. More than 16,000 are now being used in Haiti, Honduras and Peru. In addition to protecting against disease, Molly says, “it offers a sense of dignity.” Hygiene education is another key component—­teaching the residents of the communities they serve how to wash their hands, how to clean the buckets they use to tote water, and how contamination happens. “Most people don’t associate the dirty water with what’s making them sick—that’s all they’ve ever had,” Molly says. Although their environmental engineering business had always thrived, the Greenes, members of Berkeley Electric Cooperative, never before felt the satisfaction they now find in transforming communities with clean water—giving “the kids an opportunity to go to school and the parents an opportunity to work and just basically an opportunity to break that poverty cycle,” George says. “I think as long as God intends for us to be involved in this ministry, then that’s where we need to be,” he predicts. Molly Greene passionately voices her belief that the global water crisis is solvable. The technology exists; what’s needed are the funds and the partners to deliver sustainable safe-water solutions. “We don’t go home saying, ‘Look what a great job we’ve been able to do,’ ” she says. “We go home thinking, ‘Oh, man, there’s such an opportunity! There’s more to do!’ ”

‘Most people don’t associate the dirty water with what’s making them sick.’

“They were so excited, jumping up and down, singing and dancing,” she says. “Their youth group shared a poem saying how we had saved their lives.” In one African community, after WMI installed its clean-water system, the local health clinic shut down for lack of patients. “They didn’t have any sick kids!” Molly says. “The health clinic shut the doors and moved to another community. And that community came and said, ‘We want a water system, too!’” In Honduras, where residents feared drinking the water from their nearby “river of death,” it was Molly who proved to the wary community that WMI’s treated water from that dreaded river was now safe to drink by boldly sipping from a hose pumping water from a new LWTS. A 2009 health-impact study on a WMI project in Honduras found a decrease of more than 50 percent in clinic visits for diarrheal diseases after the community water system was introduced. “Now they know the connection between dirty water and disease,” George says. “And what impact have we had on their health on a long-term basis? And what impact does that have on things like education and economy?”

Water, hygiene and ‘a sense of dignity’

Gene Lesesne of Mount Pleasant, who attends church with the Greenes, was WMI’s first volunteer in 2001 and still works weekly on the LWTS assembly line. The retired pilot had been on several medical missions trips through his church and was eager to lend a hand with building the LWTS units. Lesesne has also helped install WMI water

Web Extra Visit this month and watch George and Molly Greene describe WMI’s ministry. Get More To learn more about Water Missions International and find out how your church or organization can get involved in supporting global water projects, visit or call (843) 769-7395.


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Country Haven, a fly-in community near Trenton Claim to fame: Harris was the first African-American pilot promoted to captain by a U.S. passenger airline Favorite toy: His 1984 Socata Trinidad single-engine airplane Side project: Mentoring kids on the importance of education Co-op affiliation: Aiken Electric Cooperative Milton Morris

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When David Harris left the U.S. Air Force in 1964 with the goal of becoming a c­ ommercial airline pilot, the skies were not exactly a friendly place for African-Americans. “I was perfectly aware that there weren’t any black pilots flying with the airlines,” Harris says of his determination to make a career in civilian aviation despite widespread discrimination. After 6 H years of flying nuclear-armed B-47 and B-52 bombers for the Strategic Air Command, Harris was more than qualified to be a commercial airline pilot. The real question was whether the airlines were serious about the fair hiring practices touted in the recruitment ads aimed at military pilots. Lest his light complexion create confusion, Harris closed his application letters with this declarative statement: “I’m married, I have two children and I’m black.” “I didn’t want to go with any airline that wasn’t really ready to hire blacks,” he says. Accepted into the American Airlines training program, Harris went on to enjoy a 30-year career with the carrier and in 1967 became the nation’s first African-American airline captain. Today, his uniform, hat and other memorabilia are part of the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum’s “Black Wings in Aviation” exhibit. Harris recalls his time with American as “the best job in the world.” Since retiring in 1994, he has maintained his interest in aviation. He keeps a single-engine Socata Trinidad at his home in the Country Haven fly-in community, where, from time to time, he helps mentor local kids. His advice: “Study hard and get as much packed into your head as you can, because nobody can take that away from you.”

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River just northwest of Charleston, Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site is a scenic retreat where archaeologists are uncovering the stories of South Carolina’s forgotten past. Above ground, the 325-acre park is known for its obvious ruins—a tabbywall fort, built with ­oyster-shell concrete, overlooking the river and the St. George’s Anglican Church bell tower, built in 1751. But for park ranger Ashley Chapman, the real points of ­interest are still buried in the soil. “It’s a dynamic, ever-­changing museum. There’s always a new story to be told,” Chapman says of his archaeological work. “An entire Colonial town is right beneath our feet.” Puritan Congregationalists from Massachusetts founded Dorchester in 1697. With a strategic location on the river, the small city became a ­thriving

Excavations to date have allowed park ranger Ashley Chapman to map the location of the Colonial city’s streets and buildings. Even mundane objects recovered during archaeological digs (left) help tell the forgotten history of the riverfront town.

inland seaport until trade was disrupted by the Revolutionary War and the town was abandoned in the 1770s. By carefully unearthing and conserving a wide collection of artifacts—even the trash villagers left behind—Chapman is piecing together a richly detailed picture of what life was like in Colonial South Carolina. “Dorchester as a scientific, historical backdrop is so important because it represents a good hundred years of American history that is absolutely intact,” he says. When they aren’t waist deep in ­excavation pits or hosting school groups during hands-on archeological education programs, Chapman and fellow ranger Mary Mikulla lead guided tours of the site. They show visitors some of the key artifacts discovered to date and explain how each new discovery provides a glimpse of what life was

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BY Belinda Smith-Sullivan

A special dinner for two

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2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar G teaspoon kosher salt J teaspoon freshly ground black pepper GwÉnaËl Le Vot / iStock


2 tablespoons butter, room temperature, separated 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, plus more for dredging 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons seasoned bread crumbs 2 tablespoons olive oil H cup dry white wine G cup fresh lemon juice G cup unsalted chicken stock 2 tablespoons drained capers 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley Lemon slices

Mix 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon flour in small bowl until smooth. Roll into 2 small balls (called beurre manié). Set aside. Place chicken halves between 2 large sheets of plastic wrap. Using meat pounder or bottom of a cast-iron skillet, lightly pound chicken to G-inch thickness. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place additional flour and bread crumbs in shallow dish. Dip chicken into flour mixture to coat; shake off excess. In a large skillet over medium heat, warm olive oil. Add chicken breasts to skillet and cook until golden and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to platter; tent with foil to keep warm. In the same skillet, bring wine, lemon juice and chicken stock to boil over medium-high heat. Whisk in the beurre manié, one at a time, and boil until sauce thickens slightly, about 2 minutes. (If sauce gets too thick, add more stock until sauce is desired consistency.) Stir in capers, parsley and the remaining tablespoon of butter. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Pour sauce over chicken, garnish with lemon slices and serve. 22

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G pound fresh goat cheese G cup dried bread crumbs G teaspoon kosher salt H teaspoon freshly ground black pepper H teaspoon fresh thyme leaves 2 cups baby arugula (or spring mix lettuce) 1 tablespoon olive oil

To make the vinaigrette, in a bowl, combine 2 tablespoons olive oil and the vinegar and gently whisk or mix with a fork. Add the salt and pepper. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Set aside. Shape the cheese into 2 equal rounds, each 3 inches in diameter and H-inch thick. In a bowl, stir together the bread crumbs, salt, pepper and thyme. Spread this mixture on a piece of waxed or parchment paper. Working with 1 round of cheese at a time, press both sides into the mixture to coat it. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine the arugula with the vinaigrette and toss to coat. Divide the salad on 2 salad plates. Set aside. In a small, nonstick skillet over medium heat, warm the remaining olive oil. Add the cheese rounds and cook until lightly golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Turn the rounds over and cook until the cheese begins to melt and spread slightly, about 1 minute more. Remove the skillet from the heat. Using a spatula, quickly transfer each browned cheese round to a salad, gently sliding it on top. Serve immediately.

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Whether you are planning a romantic dinner or just find yourself cooking for two, this is an easy menu that will leave you lots of time to enjoy the evening and your guest. You can prepare some parts of the dinner the day ahead, such as the vinaigrette salad dressing, the orzo and the panna cotta. You can even saute the chicken cutlets and refrigerate them, then warm and finish with the sauce the day you serve them.


1 H cups heavy cream 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin 1 H tablespoons sugar Pinch of salt 1 H ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate morsels Whipped cream (optional) 1 tablespoon crystallized ginger or candied orange peel, chopped (optional) Ground chocolate or cocoa (optional)

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ORZO WITH ROASTED RED PEPPERS H tablespoon organic butter H tablespoon olive oil H medium onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, minced Half of a 7-ounce jar roasted red peppers, chopped H teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon kosher salt, separated

Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes 1 H cups unsalted vegetable stock 1 H cups water H pound orzo pasta G cup coarsely chopped basil G cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, warm butter and olive oil. Add the onion, and saute until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, and saute another minute. Add the red peppers, H teaspoon salt and crushed red pepper flakes to the onion-and-garlic mixture. Saute an additional 3–4 minutes or until all ingredients are combined. Remove from heat. In another medium saucepan, combine vegetable stock and water, and bring to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon salt and the orzo pasta. Cook according to package directions, about 7–8 minutes. Reserve approximately 1 cup of cooking liquid before draining pasta. Add drained pasta to the pot containing the onion-and-pepper mixture. Stir with a rubber spatula, being sure to incorporate the vegetables throughout the pasta. Add the basil and Parmesan cheese, and stir to combine. If the pasta looks dry, gradually add some of the reserved cooking water until properly moistened. Serve hot. (If orzo is prepared the day ahead, reheat in the microwave.)

Into a small bowl, pour G cup of the heavy cream. Sprinkle the gelatin over it, and let stand until softened, about 10 minutes. Place the bowl into a larger bowl of hot water, and stir mixture until the gelatin is dissolved. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the remaining cream, sugar and salt just to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat, add the chocolate and whisk until smooth. Add the gelatin mixture to the chocolate mixture, and stir until well blended. Pour the custard through a strainer into a glass measuring cup or a bowl with a pour spout. Divide the mixture evenly between two 5- or 6-ounce custard cups, and let cool to room temperature. Cover loosely and refrigerate until set and thoroughly chilled, at least 3 hours or up to 1 day. Garnish with optional toppings such as whipped cream, crystallized ginger, candied orange peel and ground chocolate, if desired. W h at Õ s C oo k i n g at

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Going nuts for pecan trees I have fond childhood memories of

summer picnics under a majestic pecan tree on our family farm near Hemingway. Many generations have shared such memories, since these nut-bearing trees can live more than 200 years. Our tree’s life was cut short by Hurricane Hugo, but South Carolina is blessed with many picnicworthy pecan trees. Pecan trees (I say pee-can, not pe-kahn) are truly dual purpose. Besides being attractive, native shade trees, they also produce prized and valuable nuts. Requiring ample space to reach their standard 70-to-120-foot height and 80-to-120-foot spread, they are worthy of consideration for their beauty alone. That’s a plus, since it can be frustrating to produce a reliable harvest of quality nuts. If the savory nuts are your primary ambition for growing pecan trees, you can boost your chances of a good fall

Besides being attractive, native shade trees, pecan trees also produce prized and valuable nuts.


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Prevent the carryover of diseases, such as pecan scab (right), and insect pests by keeping the ground beneath pecan trees free of fallen leaves, stems and nuts.

harvest. Starting from scratch? Be sure to buy at least two varieties with overlapping bloom cycles. Choose ­varieties that are resistant to pecan scab, the major disease that limits nut produc­tion. Within these constraints, the best varieties include Cape Fear, Curtis, Elliot and Stuart. New plantings will need six to 12 years to become productive. The next step to ensure good pecan production is to fertilize properly. Improper soil fertility is the biggest factor in underperforming trees. It causes nonuniform bearing (on and off years) and early nut drop. The results of a soil test will help determine ­fertilizer recommendations and ensure a soil pH in the 6 to 6.5 range. For mature trees, follow the general rule of six pounds of 10-10-10 fertilizer per inch of trunk diameter (e.g., a tree with a 10-inch trunk diameter would receive 60 pounds of 10-10-10). Because pecan trees have a high zinc requirement, use specialty pecan fertilizers—­typically

10-10-10 with 2 percent zinc. Broadcast the fertilizer beneath the tree’s canopy in late February. Insects and ­diseases are the next biggest enemies to producing quality nuts. They’re also the most difficult to manage. Pest and disease control call for excellent sanitation practices, because the sheer size of mature pecan trees makes spraying them in the home landscape practically impossible. Be proactive with sanitation. Keep the area under trees clean by removing and destroying fallen leaves, twigs, nuts and shucks to prevent the carry­over of diseases, like pecan scab, from one season to the next and to break the life cycle of insect pests like the pecan weevil. Perform this work weekly during the growing season for best results. Despite our best efforts, a bountiful pecan harvest just isn’t possible every year. Some factors are out of our control. Pecans are wind pollinated, so rainy weather during bloom will reduce pollination and nut set. Summer droughts often result in improperly filled nuts and lead to early leaf drop, decreasing production the following year as well. Despite their challenges, pecan trees are a worthwhile investment in the landscape. Enjoy them for their shade and majestic form, and follow the tips above to be rewarded with tasty pecans most years.

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13–14, 20–21 and 27–28 • “Spider’s Web,” Abbeville Opera House, Abbeville. (864) 366-2157. 16 • President’s Day Camp, Children’s Museum of the Upstate, Spartanburg. (864) 233-7755. 17 • Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band, Peace Center, Greenville. (800) 888-7768. 19–22 • “Eurydice,” Brooks Center Theatre, Clemson. (864) 656-7787. 20–21 • Dansynergy VII, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 583-0339. 20–21 • Beast Mode Games, Caine Halter Family YMCA, Greenville. (864) 679-9622. 20–22 • Bassmaster Classic, Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville. (864) 241-3800. 21 • Deep Winter Blues, Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center, Pickens. (864) 898-2936. 21 • Extreme Couponing Workshop, Parkwood Baptist Church, Greenville. (864) 268-8624. 21 • Sportsmen’s Banquet, Morningside Baptist Church, Greenville. (864) 297-7890. 27 • Celebration of Story, The Arts Center of Clemson, Clemson. (864) 276-2166. 27 • Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 542-2787. 28 • Suminigashi & Sumi-e Art Lesson, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg. (864) 582-7616. 28 • Cultivate 2015— Grow*Cook*Network, Greenville Tech’s Culinary Institute of the Carolinas, Greenville. (864) 250-3600. 28 • Gathering on Appalachian Life, Hagood Community Center, Pickens. (864) 878-4257. 28–March 26 • Visual Arts Exhibition by Pickens County Youth Arts, Pickens County Museum of Art & History, Pickens. (864) 898-5963. MARCH

1 • Kathleen Madigan Standup Comedy, Tillman Auditorium, Clemson. (864) 656-1413. 5 • Chris Tomlin Love Ran Red Tour, Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville. (864) 241-3800. 6–7 • TD Bank Reedy River Run, Main Street north of Poinsett Hotel, Greenville. (864) 599-4619.


6–8 • Southern Home & Garden Show, TD Convention Center, Greenville. (864) 254-0133. 6–8 and 13–15 • “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” Spartanburg Little Theatre, Spartanburg. (864) 542-2787. 9 • “Swan Lake” by the Moscow City Ballet, Brooks Center Theatre, Clemson. (864) 656-7787. 12 • An Evening with Garrison Keillor, Peace Center, Greenville. (800) 888-7768. 12–14 • Reunion of Upcountry Families, multiple locations, Easley area. (864) 850-7077. 14 • St. Paddy’s Day Dash & Bash, Fluor Field, Greenville. (864) 879-6977. 14 • Irish Fest & Run for the Clovers, Gaffney Visitors Center and Art Gallery, Gaffney. (864) 487-6244. ONGOING

Tuesdays • Line Dancing, Sears Rec Center, McPherson Park, Greenville. (864) 467-4326. Tuesdays through Sundays, through Feb. 28 • “Civil War to Civil Rights,” Spartanburg Regional History Museum, Spartanburg. (864) 596-3501. Wednesdays through Feb. 25 • Things You Have Wanted to Make in Clay but Just Haven’t, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg. (864) 582-7616. Third Thursdays • Art Walk, downtown, Spartanburg. (864) 582-7616. Fridays in February • Sushi Party! Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg. (864) 582-7616. Third Saturdays through May • Super STEM Saturdays, Spartanburg Science Center, Spartanburg. (864) 583-2777.


15 • “Across the Footlights” by Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, Irmo. (803) 400-3540. 20 • Auntie Karen Foundation Legends of…Concert Series with Chaka Khan, Koger Center, Columbia. (803) 748-7124. 20 • Cypress After 5: The Heart and Soul Band, Cypress Center, Manning. (803) 435-5246. 20 • The Blind Boys of Alabama, Sumter Opera House, Sumter. (803) 436-2616.

20–21 • South Carolina Antique Bottle Show and Sale, Meadowlake Park, Columbia. (803) 755-9410. 20–28 • “Translations,” Long Street Theatre, Columbia. (803) 777-2551. 20–March 1 • “Bunnicula,” Columbia Children’s Theatre, Columbia. (803) 691-4548. 20–March 7 • “You Better Sit Down: Tales from My Parents’ Divorce,” Trustus Theatre, Columbia. (803) 254-9732. 21 • Big Western Dance, Shandon Presbyterian, Columbia. (803) 790-4423. 21 • “The Mountaintop,” Weldon Auditorium, Manning. (803) 433-7469. 21 • March for Meals 5K— The Wild Run, Timmerman Trail, Cayce. (803) 252-7734. 21 • The Lettermen, USC-Lancaster Bundy Auditorium, Lancaster. (803) 289-1486. 21–22 • Battle of Aiken, 1210 Powell Road, Aiken. (803) 293-7846. 27 • Lantern Walk, Camp Bob Cooper, Summerton. (803) 478-2645. 27 • Friends Night Gala, Stone River, West Columbia. (803) 256-7394. 27–March 1 • Battle for Broxton Bridge Reenactment, Broxton Bridge Plantation, Ehrhardt. (800) 437-4868. 27–March 1 • Palmetto Paint Horse, South Carolina Equine Park, Camden. (803) 486-4938. 28 • Clarendon County Junior Chamber Oyster Roast, S.C. National Guard Armory, Manning. (803) 435-4405. 28 • Francis Marion Living History Encampment, Camp Bob Cooper, Summerton. (803) 478-2645. 28 • Carolina One Stop Shop Hop, USC-Lancaster Bradley Arts and Sciences Building, Lancaster. (803) 273-3834. 28 • Joy of Gardening Symposium, Baxter Hood Center at York Technical College, Rock Hill. (803) 367-6427. 28 • Lexington’s Race Against Hunger, Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, Lexington. (803) 359-7770. MARCH

1 • Seuss-a-thon, Main Street Children’s Museum, Rock Hill. (803) 327-6400. 1 • “Mike Mulligan & His Steam Shovel,” USCLancaster Bundy Auditorium, Lancaster. (803) 289-1486. 6 • Craftsmen’s Spring Classic Art & Craft Festival, S.C. State Fairgrounds, Columbia. (336) 282-5550.

6–8 • Carolina Walkers, South Carolina Equine Park, Camden. (803) 486-4938. 6–27 • SpringFest, multiple locations, North Augusta. (803) 441-4310. 7 • Run Hard Columbia Marathon, Sumter Street to Main Street, Columbia. (803) 414-9508. 7 • Steep Canyon Rangers, McCelvey Center, York. (803) 909-7313. 7–14 • Juilliard in Aiken, multiple locations, Aiken. (803) 226-0016. 8 • “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, Irmo. (803) 407-5011. 13–15 • Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show, S.C. State Fairgrounds, Columbia. (803) 256-6238. 13–15 • Chesterville~1865, multiple locations, Chesterville. (803) 385-2332. 14 • St. Patrick’s Day Festival, Main Street, Clover. (803) 222-9493. 14 • St. Pat’s Get to the Green Road Race and Walk, Maxcy Gregg Park, Columbia. (803) 600-1800. 14 • St. Pat’s in Five Points, Five Points business district, Columbia. (803) 748-7373. 14 • Andrew Jackson Birthday Celebration, Andrew Jackson State Park, Lancaster. (803) 285-3344. ONGOING

Daily through March 15 • “Building a Universe,” South Carolina State Museum, Columbia. (803) 898-4921. Mondays through Saturdays, through July 25 • “Traditions, Change and Celebration: Native Artists of the Southeast,” McKissick Museum, Columbia. (803) 777-7251. Tuesdays through Sundays, through Feb. 22 • Snowville, EdVenture Children’s Museum, Columbia. (803) 779-3100. Tuesdays through Sundays, through May 17 • “Life: A Journey through Time,” Museum of York County, Rock Hill. (803) 329-2121. First Thursdays • First Thursdays on Main Street, 1200–1700 blocks on Main Street, Columbia. (803) 988-1065. Third Thursdays • Vista Nights, The Vista, Columbia. (803) 269-5946.


1–28 • Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration, multiple locations, Hilton Head Island. (843) 255-7304.

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10–15 • “The Book of Mormon,” North Charleston Performing Arts Center, North Charleston. (843) 202-2787. 11–15 • Beaufort International Film Festival, USC-Beaufort, Beaufort. (800) 889-6734. 13–15 • Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, multiple locations, Charleston. (843) 723-1748. 14–15 • Challenge of Charities Table Tennis Team Championship, Hanahan Table Tennis Training Center, Hanahan. (404) 939-4476. 15 • Surfrider Oyster Roast and Bloody Mary Contest, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach. (941) 932-6795. 22 • Chefs’ Feast, North Charleston Exhibit Hall, North Charleston. (843) 747-8146. 22–23 • Guitar Heroes by the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, First Presbyterian Church, Hilton Head Island. (843) 842-2055. 26–28 • FIRST Robotics Regional Competition, Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle Beach. (800) 871-8326. 27 • African American Heritage Festival, Wannamaker County Park, North Charleston. (843) 795-4386. 27 • General Francis Marion Memorial Celebration, Marion’s Tomb, Pineville. (843) 509-6404. 27–28 • Quilt Gala, Ocean Lakes Family Campground Recreation Center, Myrtle Beach. (843) 915-5320. 27–28 • Bands, Brews & BBQ, The Shed, Port Royal. (843) 525-6257. 28 • Brewvival, Coast Brewing Company, North Charleston. (843) 343-4727. 28 • LifePoint Race for Life, James Island County Park, Charleston. (800) 462-0755. MARCH

1 • Oyster Roast Commemorating 150th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Harvest Moon, S.C. Maritime Museum, Georgetown. (843) 520-0111. 4–8 • BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival, multiple locations, Charleston. (843) 727-9998. 6 • Moonlight Canoe Float, Cheraw State Park, Cheraw. (843) 537-9656. 7 • Art Museum Spring Tour of Homes, multiple locations, Myrtle Beach. (843) 238-2510. 7 • The Mullet Haul, Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, Johns Island. (843) 795-4386. 7 • Amazing Challenge Race, Myrtle Beach State Park, Myrtle Beach. (843) 238-0874. 7 • Hunting Island Adventure Biathlon, Hunting Island State Park, Saint Helena Island. (843) 384-5266.

7 • Money Rocks, Charleston Southern University, Charleston. (843) 735-7888. 10–15 • Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival, multiple locations, Hilton Head Island. (843) 686-4944. 12 • Catch the Leprechaun 5K, Memorial Waterfront Park, Mount Pleasant. (843) 849-6707. 12–14 • National Shag Dance Finals, Spanish Galleon, North Myrtle Beach. (843) 222-6706. 13 • A Journey through the Music of African Americans, dinner theater featuring vocalist Christal Brown-Gibson, Charleston Area Convention Center, North Charleston. (843) 740-5847. 13–14 • Charleston Tells Storytelling Festival, Wragg Square, downtown Charleston. (843) 805-6930. 14 • Rising Stars Youth Arts Festival, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head Island. (888) 860-2787. 14 • ArtFest, Towne Centre, Mount Pleasant. (843) 884-8517. 14 • St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, Main Street, North Myrtle Beach. (843) 280-5570. 14 • Shuckin’ in the Park, Old Santee Canal Park, Moncks Corner. (843) 899-5200. 15 • Opening Reception for Horry-Georgetown County High Schools Juried Art Exhibition, Franklin G. BurroughsSimeon B. Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach. (843) 238-2510. ONGOING

Daily through March 29 • “Through the Lens,” Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Island. (843) 689-6767. Daily through May 10 • “1920s–1960s: Five Decades of Style That Changed America,” The Charleston Museum, Charleston. (843) 722-2996. Tuesdays and Thursdays– Saturdays, starting March 1 • Bulls Island Ferry Service & Eco Tour, Garris Landing, Awendaw. (843) 881-4582. Tuesdays and Thursdays– Sundays, through March 5 • Silent Cities Cemetery Tours, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet. (843) 235-6038. Tuesdays through Sundays, through April 12 • “Kathleen Elliot: Imaginary Botanicals,” Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach. (843) 238-2510. Fridays through April 3 • Senior Dances, Base Recreation Center Ballroom, Myrtle Beach. (843) 918-1000.


By Jan A. Igoe

It takes two to tangle Tango, my little Maltese/Yorkie/

something mix, didn’t look right, possibly because he hadn’t seen the groomer in four months. When she gets through with him, every hair on his little 9-pound body aligns in rows so precise he could join the Marines. But yesterday, he looked more like a drummer in a reggae band. Tango has a magic coat. If it’s not brushed every 10 minutes, it revolts. Two hairs from his outer coat will join up with a couple of cottony friends from his undercoat to form a dangerous, unstable coalition called a mat. A mat is a snarled clump that looks like something you pulled out of a shower drain and glued on the dog. It only takes one mat to ignite a chain reaction of contagious knots, which can consume your dog overnight like kudzu. It’s ironic that manufacturers will caution us against holding a chainsaw by the moving side and putting close friends in the washing machine, but Tango came with no warning labels. Not even “Professional Cleaning Recommended.” Dog grooming has evolved from a simple bath and clip. Now it’s a sport. During extreme competitions, you’ll see groomers sculpt unsuspecting poodles into camels, roller derby queens, zebras, lions—you name it. The base dog is usually white, which is easiest to dye green, pink, 30

orange, purple or all of the above. Then the groomers go in with clippers and transform the original dog into something that resembles a shrub at Disney World. It’s amazing. Weird, but amazing.

I’m making 2015 my year to nix frivolous spending, so that means DIY grooming. While this commitment required an initial investment in professional clippers that cost more than my last lawn mower, I figured they’d pay for themselves in no time. All the YouTube videos made canine clipping look pretty easy, except for one detail they omitted: You’ll need six friends to hold the dog still. Without those nice restraints the pros have, dog grooming becomes a contact sport. When Tango sees me approach with scissors, he likes to run

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under the couch where he can laugh at the large, less-agile predator somer­ saulting over the coffee table. But I lurched under there and got my first snip. Three hours later, the battle ended in a spare bedroom, where I pronounced him “groomed.” My daughter noticed my work right away. “Ooooh nooo! You poor, sweet boy,” she cried, bending down to caress Tango in his hour of need. “Did Mom weed whack you? She used to do that to me.” Here it comes. The How My Mother’s Haircuts Landed Me in Therapy Saga: Part 16. I’ll admit his coat was a tad uneven and there were a few bald spots, but it was my first try. So we went back to the groomer for a little touch‑up. “Did you do this?” she asked, grabbing Tango and waving her shears at me. “This is animal cruelty. Now this poor baby has to have a summer cut in the middle of winter. If you ‘help’ me again, I’ll charge you double.” Now that’s my idea of a warning label. jan a. igoe will probably keep writing, since a career as an extreme dog groomer looks iffy. If you’re interested, she has some lovely clippers for sale. Stay in touch at



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