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HONOR

Change out

STUDENT Medal of Honor nominee Kyle Carpenter

SC SC E N E

Keep your cool this summer HUMOR ME

MAY 2014

Ratzilla invades Sweden


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THE MAGAZINE FOR COOPERATIVE MEMBERS Vol. 68 • No. 5 (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

May 2014 • Volume 68, Number 5

FEATURE

Tel:  (803) 926-3 1 75 Fax:  (803) 796-6064 Email: letters@scliving.coop

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EDITOR

Keith Phillips

Medal of Honor nominee Kyle Carpenter is giving his “new 100 percent” to civilian life.

ASSISTANT EDITOR

Diane Veto Parham FIELD EDITOR

Walter Allread PUBLICATION COORDINATOR

Pam Martin

ART DIRECTOR

Sharri Harris Wolfgang Mic Smith

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Susan Collins PRODUCTION

Andrew Chapman WEB EDITOR

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COPY EDITOR

Cooperative news

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Periodicals postage paid at Columbia, S.C., and additional mailing offices. © COPYRIGHT 201 4. The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. No portion of South Carolina Living may be reproduced without permission of the Editor. is brought to you by your member-owned, taxpaying, not-for-profit electric cooperative to inform you about your cooperative, wise energy use and the faces and places that identify the Palmetto State. Electric cooperatives are South Carolina’s — and America’s — largest utility network. SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING

DIALOGUE

With generosity and compassion, our readers are writing their own happy endings to three recent articles in South Carolina Living. ENERGY Q&A

12 Know the pros of

radiant barriers

Can a radiant barrier in your attic really help cut your summer cooling costs? SMART CHOICE

14 Small wonders

Turn your kitchen into a culinary playground with these innovative appliances.

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SC LIFE STORIES

Diane Veto Parham

Susan Scott Soyars

21 Mr. Marsh Tacky

Marsh tacky rancher D.P. Lowther shares his lifelong love of the state’s heritage horse.

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22 Keeping your cool

Make sure your air conditioner is ready for summer with our guide to HVAC maintenance. GARDENER

26 Pruning spring-flowering plants

Keep those azaleas and hydrangeas blooming year after year with these smart pruning tips. TR AVELS

28 Family farming traditions

Shopping at The Market at Inman Farms comes with an added bonus—a history lesson on family agriculture. RECIPE

30 Reviving vintage recipes

Poppy seed chicken Pot roast meatloaf Mom’s orange-pineapple Jell-O Grandma’s depression cake

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CHEF’S CHOICE

32 Dinner and a train

All aboard for a culinary journey to Branchville and The Eatery at the Depot. HUMOR ME

38 Ratzilla invades Sweden

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HONOR

Giant rats are making international headlines from Sweden to Papua New Guinea. Is South Carolina next?

nominee Kyle Carpenter

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Keep your cool this summer HUMOR ME

Ratzilla invades Sweden

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STUDENT Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor nominee Kyle Carpenter is enjoying his new civilian life as a University of South Carolina student. Photo by Mic Smith.


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

Highlights

TOP PICK FOR KIDS

MAY 17

Bovinoche

JUNE 6–8

Colonial Times: Under the Crown

Know where meat comes from? If your answer is “the grocery store,” then Bovinoche is for you. Organizer Jeff Bannister is on a mission to create a memorable learning experience for modern carnivores by roasting whole animals—a 1,000-pound cow, goats, lambs, pigs, alligator and more—over a custom outdoor rotisserie. Entertainment at Bovinoche (“night of the cow”) includes music, kid-friendly fun, and the firebreathing, stilt-walking TimTv and his Secret Cirkus. Head to City Park in Simpsonville with an appetite and an open mind.

For details, visit colonialtimes.us/undercrown.html or call (803) 279-7560.

For details, visit icookwholecows.com or facebook.com/Bovinoche or call (864) 346-3838.

If you don’t tell the kids it’s educational, they’ll probably be too busy having fun to notice they’re learning at this re-creation of life in British-occupied South Carolina and Georgia. The year is 1780, and King George is celebrating his 42nd birthday at a reservations-only dinner Friday night at North Augusta’s Living History Park. Visitors on Saturday and Sunday can meet the king and Benjamin Franklin, romp in colonial dances for all ages, march in a kids’ version of a militia drill, and learn 18th-century skills and trades from historical interpreters in period clothing.

MAY 23–25

Sumter Iris Festival

TV’s Cajun gator hunter Troy Landry, of “Swamp People” fame, will enjoy tamer surroundings as the featured guest at this year’s festival in Swan Lake Iris Gardens. A special ticket will get you into the Saturday meet-and-greet and photo op with Landry. Other treats include S.C. topiary artist Pearl Fryar demonstrating his skills, welded sculptures from Central Carolina Technical College, and the festival’s first-ever golf cart show. If you want to purchase any of those beautiful and coveted Japanese irises—the real star of the festival—be sure to arrive early. For details, visit irisfestival.org or call (803) 436-2640 or (800) 688-4748.

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MAY 23–24

Gallabrae and Greenville Scottish Games

Kilt up for Greenville’s annual celebration of Scottish culture. The Friday evening Great Scot! Parade down Main Street will feature more pipers, tartans, floats and faeries than ever, followed by the Ceilidh music-anddance party downtown. Saturday’s a full day for lasses and laddies at the Scottish Games at Furman University—traditional Scottish athletic competitions, with a Wee Scotland village area for the bairns. Three Celtic bands close out the festivities with a Saturday night jam. For details, visit gallabrae.com or call (864) 968-8801.


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Light shopping

Comparing bulb types

You used to buy

Your choices now

Least Efficient

Most Efficient

Standard incandescents

New halogen incandescents

CFLs

LEDs

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10 years

We’ve basked in the golden

National Archives and Records Administration

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glow of Thomas Edison’s incandescent lightbulb since the 1800s, but January 2014 marked the end of its run. That’s when

lumens lumens

15–25+ years

*Estimated energy use and costs per year. Actual costs depend on local rates and amount of use. **Rated life is based on three hours of use per day. Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

the federal government finalized its phase-out of general-purpose incandescent bulbs under the provisions of the 2007

Energy Independence and Security Act. The law mandated that screw-in bulbs for home use become, on average, 25 percent more efficient by January 2014 and 70 percent more efficient by 2020.

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The Department of Energy estimates that Americans will save between $6 billion and $10 billion a year in lighting costs as a result of the new standards. The most efficient replacements on the market today are halogen-­ incandescent bulbs, CFLs (compact fluorescent lights) and LEDs (light-emitting diodes), but be prepared for sticker shock. LED bulbs are the most expensive option, costing between $10 and $60 each, but lighting experts say they are a good long-term choice. They can last for up to two decades and save as much as 75 percent in energy costs. As incandescent bulbs disappear from store shelves, consumers can use the Lighting Facts label to comparison shop for the best new lighting options. The most important thing

Use the Lighting Facts label to comparison shop when purchasing new lightbulbs.

to look for is the lumens rating, or the amount of light a bulb emits. The higher the lumens, the brighter the light (see chart). The Lighting Facts label also contains information on estimated yearly costs, the estimated life of the product, the color temperature of the light emitted, the amount of energy used and, in the case of CFLs, information on mercury content. —b. denise hawkins

Web Extra Video Visit SCLiving.coop for more tips and the bonus video “Shopping for lightbulbs.”

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On the Agenda O n ly o n

Plant the right tree in the right place

SCLiving.coop

40-foot height or less

Tree pruning zone

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On patrol. Medal of Honor nominee Kyle Carpenter talks about life as a Marine under fire in Afghanistan. Born to be brave. Watch Kyle Carpenter’s interview with Katie Couric on the subject of bravery. Mr. Marsh Tacky. Lowcountry farmer D.P. Lowther shares his love of South Carolina’s heritage horse.

BONUS ARTICLES Anne McQuary

Local heroes. To date, 37 South Carolinians have received the Medal of Honor. Read the amazing stories of the five S.C. recipients honored during the 2010 Medal of Honor Convention in Charleston. A lifetime of service. Lewis Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston Ringer, a retired Newberry Electric of Mount Pleasant, now retired from the U.S. Marine Cooperative lineman, reflects on his career bringing power to rural Corps, was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1970. South Carolina.

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Plant taller trees away from overhead utility lines

Tall trees such as maple, oak, spruce and pine

50 ft.

Small- to mediumsize trees such as dogwood, redbud and hawthorn

Don’t plant under utility lines

Made in the shade

Want to save money on your energy bill without investing in expensive retrofits and renovations? Get a shovel. Strategically planting trees and shrubs around your home is a tried-and-true way to save. In summer months, a tree’s shade cools the surrounding air temperatures by 9 degrees, and carefully positioned trees can reduce a household’s energy consumption by an average of 25 percent, according to estimates from the U.S. Department of Energy. Using computer models, DOE has determined that proper placement of only three trees can save an average household between $100 and $250 in yearly energy costs. This spring, make your For more on using trees to save energy, visit yard work for you with energy.gov/public-services/homes/landscaping. these landscaping tips: n To block summer heat while letting sun filter through in the winter months, plant deciduous trees or those that lose their leaves seasonally. Evergreens and shrubs, on the other hand, are ideal for providing continuous shade and blocking heavy winds. n Shading a window air conditioner can increase its efficiency by as much as 10 percent, but position shade plants more than three feet from unit to allow for proper airflow. Shading the outdoor condenser unit of an HVAC unit is not recommended. Debris can build up and hamper HVAC performance. For more information, see “Keeping your cool,” page 22. n When selecting shade trees, keep in mind the mature height of the tree and the shape of its shade canopy in relation to the height of your home. n Shading takes time—a 6- to 8-foot deciduous tree planted near a house will begin shading windows in a year. Depending on the species and the home, the tree will shade the roof in five to 10 years. Important safety tip: Never plant trees beneath or near power lines. By maintaining a minimum 20-foot buffer zone between your trees and utility rights of way, you help your local electric cooperative prevent power outages during storms. —Kirk thomas and b. Denise hawkins Graphic: Arbor Day Foundation; Sources: U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Energy.gov

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The quality of

USC online.

Thanks to alert readers, we have two more Civil War reenactments to add to the list we published in the April issue.

The Battle of Congaree Creek

Location: 1215 Valley Ridge Road, Gaston Date: Dec. 5–7, 2014

This annual reenactment commemorates a four-hour battle that took place outside Columbia in the waning days of the war. On Feb. 15, 1865, advancing Union troops squared off against Confederate soldiers entrenched behind earthworks erected near Congaree Creek. Admission: $5. Veterans and children under 12 admitted free. Contact: battleatcongareecreek.com

The Battle of Honey Hill

Location: 66 Cypress Ridge Drive, Ridgeland Date: Nov. 21–23, 2014

This reenactment marks the 150th anniversary of a failed Union attempt to cut the Charleston & Savannah Railroad near Grahamville on Nov. 30, 1864. Determined Confederate troops under Col. Charles. J. Colcock successfully repelled the advance during a day of heavy fighting. Admission: $10 adults, $5 for kids 12 and up. Contact: colcock2100scv.org/events.html

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Dialogue The legend of Roscoe cRosby a former mr. Football’s unusual journey to success SC Tr av e l S

Over the river and through the woods

The rest of the story

SC STo r i e S

The art of justice Humor me

life, love and lettuce

It is always gratifying to see readers respond

with generosity and compassion to the articles we publish in South Carolina Living. Allow me to share updates from three recent issues.

SC Tr av e l S

King Tut’s buried treasures

SC STo r i e S

The pursuit of happiness Humor me

August 2013

The java made me do it

‘Teaching from the heart’

Our August 2013 cover feature profiled Teach for America (TFA), a nonprofit organization working to ensure all South Carolina children get a first-rate education. TFA recruits outstanding college graduates, trains them to work as classroom teachers and places them in schools seeking to dramatically improve the educational outcomes of their students. Josh Bell, executive director for the South Carolina region, describes the organization as a “human capital pipeline” matching motivated young teachers to the schools that need them. At the time of the article, TFA had 49 corps members teaching in six counties. Fast forward nine months, and TFA has placed 190 young teachers in 76 schools across 10 counties. Bell estimates that when school starts this fall, 225 corps members will be teaching in South Carolina classrooms. These young educators are making a real difference in the lives of their students. My heartfelt thanks go out to every reader who responded to our article by supporting TFA in your local community and steering young graduates to apply for the corps. SCScene

For our men and women in uniform, USO South Carolina offers a little taste of home (and a whole lot of snacks)

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‘Aid and comfort’

By Diane VeTo Parham PhoTos By mary ann ChasTain

The January 2014 issue included a feature on USO South Carolina’s work supporting military personnel and their families. Director Joanie Thresher, programs manager Katie Kennedy and 136 dedicated volunteers serve more than 7,000 people a month at the USO Center in the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. They also help soldiers relax and unwind with hot meals, video games and other free recreational facilities at Fort Jackson’s Camp McCrady. In response to the article, co-op members from across the state reached out to USO South Carolina with notes of encouragement, donations and offers to volunteer. “I am touched by the work you are doing,” a member of Laurens Electric Cooperative wrote to Thresher. “May God bless you richly for your love and support! … You are a part of a wonderful mission.” the MIDLanDS, SeVeRe enough FouL WeatheR RageD aCRoSS

Metropolitan to shut down flights out of Columbia that day in 2012 Airport. Joanie Thresher vividly recalls to tell. and the 19-year-old soldier with a story as usual, as director Thresher was on duty at the airport, nice-looking of USO South Carolina. She saw a quiet, Hours passed, and young man come in and settle himself. help, just glad for a he declined repeated offers of food or completed training comfy place to pass the time. He’d just assignment. next his to headed at Fort Jackson and was on funds, he was But his flight had been canceled; short two. stranded there for at least a day, maybe get him a hotel “So I told him, not a problem, we’d a goody bag with room,” Thresher remembers. She packed anxious but grateful snacks and toiletries and escorted the soldier to his hotel shuttle.

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america

exciting opportunities for young leaders

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‘The legend of Roscoe Crosby: Part 2’

College football fans were intrigued by “The legend of Roscoe Crosby: Part 2,” our cover story in the November/December 2013 issue. Growing up, Crosby excelled in baseball and football as a way to escape a troubled home life. By the time he graduated from Union High School in 2000, his skills as a running back earned him the prestigious “Mr. Football” award and status as one of the country’s top two college prospects. When he signed on to play football at Clemson while also earning a $1.7 million signing bonus to play professional baseball part-time, Crosby looked like he had it made. After a promising freshman season at Clemson, Crosby experienced a series of personal tragedies and off-season injuries that brought his college football days and his pro baseball career to an end. After extensive physical rehabilitation, Crosby signed on with the Indianapolis Colts in 2005 but soon realized his life needed a new direction, one free of the distractions found in professional ­athletics. He found new purpose working as a counselor at AMIKids White Pines, a wilderness camp for at-risk teens in Jonesville, and now his story has an inspiring Part 3. Through our article, Crosby’s work came to the attention of the running backs coach who helped recruit him to Clemson in 2000—Dabo Swinney, now head coach of the Tigers. Today, Roscoe Crosby is back on the Clemson sidelines as a student-coach, earning his degree and counseling athletes. “I’m still a competitor,” Crosby told Fox Carolina. “I’m still trying to win, but my game that I play now is the game of life.”

Tell us your story

These are just some of the examples of the co-op family in action, and they demonstrate how we can all help write the story of a better South Carolina. If you know co-op members who are making a difference in your community, tell us about it at letters@scliving.coop or by writing to South Carolina Living, 808 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, SC 29033.

President and CEO, The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina Mike Couick


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EnergyQ&A

BY jim Dulley

Know the pros of radiant barriers

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My air-conditioning costs were high last summer, and we still felt too warm at times. Ads for radiant barriers say they help save a lot, but I don’t know how they work. How much does one cost, and will it save much?

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Advertisements predict huge energy savings from installing attic radiant barriers. The savings claimed are often the maximum possible and exaggerated for a typical retrofit installation. But, having said this, proper installation can yield a reasonable payback and better comfort. The savings from installing a radiant barrier in the attic vary considerably, depending on your climate, your home’s orientation to the sun and other factors. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory estimates the airconditioning cost savings can range from about $150 annually for very hot climates to only $40 for cold climates. If your electric cooperative offers time-of-use rates, the savings may be somewhat higher. During heating seasons, attic radiant barriers provide little positive or negative effect. You need to know some basics about heat transfer—how a house loses and gains heat—to understand how radiant barriers can help in GetMore a home. Heat flows in These companies offer three ways: conducmaterials for installation tion, convection of radiant barriers and and radiation. radiation-control coatings: Conduction is SOLEC heat flow through (609) 883-7700 a solid object or solec.org through several Innovative Insulation, Inc. objects touching (800) 825-0123 one another. This radiantbarrier.com is how the handle

on an iron skillet gets hot on the stove. The walls and ceiling of a house also lose or gain heat this way, because the building materials are all nailed together. Convection is where heat flows through a moving fluid or gas. An example is how your skin loses heat faster during winter in the wind. Radiation is heat flow directly from one object to another through a vacuum (space), air, glass or other such medium. It is not dependent on touching or fluid flow. This is how the sun heats the Earth or how you feel warm sitting in front of a fire. What makes radiant energy unique is that it is much more affected by the temperature difference than the other types of heat flow. For conduction and convection, if the temperature difference between indoors and outdoors doubles, the heat flow also doubles. With radiation, the heat flow is 16 times greater when the temperature difference doubles. This is why radiant barriers are most often used in the attic to block heat flow through the roof. On a hot day, the temperature of a dark shingle roof can easily reach 150 degrees. This hot roof conducts heat to the roof sheathing; the heat is then carried down through the insulation, to your ceiling and into your house. Reinforced aluminum foil, which reflects heat, has typically been used as a radiant barrier, but now many barriers use plastic films with reflective surfaces. In addition to reflectivity, emittance is an important property of radiant barriers for inhibiting heat transfer. It should be lower than 0.25 (25 percent) to be an effective barrier. Aluminum foil is well below the 0.25 level. Another option is reflective paints, which can be sprayed

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory estimates that annual savings from installing radiant barriers can be about $150 for very hot climates to $40 for cold climates.

underneath the roof sheathing. Definitely check the emittance spec before signing a contract or making a purchase. A certified installer can install a radiant barrier in your home. Or, to get a better payback from the energy savings, you can install the radiant barrier yourself. You can buy doublesided reflective foil for about $130 for a 4-by-250-foot roll. You’ll need a hand construction stapler, a utility knife and a long straightedge to install it. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. The easiest method to install the radiant barrier is to cut it into lengths and staple it underneath the roof rafters. It is not important how neatly it is installed, but it is important to have adequate attic ventilation, preferably a combination of soffit and a ridge vent. Radiant barriers require an air gap to prevent them from touching a hot surface; otherwise, they become a conductor, just like any other building material. When installing single-sided foil, face the reflective side down to take advantage of its low emittance. Send questions to Energy Q&A, South Carolina Living, 808 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, SC 29033, email energyqa@scliving.coop or fax (803) 739-3041.


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By Becky BILLINGSLEY

Turn your kitchen into a culinary playg round with small appliance s that make cooking fun and convenient.

PROBLEM SOLVERS

CHOCOLATE WHIRL It’s chocolate milk the way you’ve dreamed it could be—no dirty spoons, no countertop drips, no chocolate wasted at the bottom of your glass. With the press of a button, a battery-powered nylon whisk stirs up chocolate milk safely inside the Messless Chocolate Milk Mixing Mug from Hammacher-Schlemmer. $15. (800) 321-1484; hammacher.com. PRONTO PUPS If the only kitchen appliance you’ve mastered is the toaster, the Pop-Up Hot Dog Toaster from Nostalgia Electrics lets you prepare dinner for two. It cooks two hot dogs and toasts two buns simultaneously, and a drip tray makes cleanup easy. $19; comes with mini tongs. (800) 466-3337; homedepot.com.

CULINARY CONVENIENCE SNACK ATTACK

POPCORN CART Recreate that tantalizing movie theater aroma with a Vintage Collection Old-Fashioned Movie Time Popcorn Cart from Nostalgia Electrics. Inspired by early-20th-century designs, it has a viewing window for watching the stainlesssteel kettle pop up to 10 cups of popcorn per batch. $119. (888) 237-8289; bestbuy.com.

DESSERT MELT Designed for desserts, the Kalorik Fun! Fondue Pot has a built-in lazy Susan that lets your guests access cake bites, marshmallows, apple slices or other treats to dip in melted chocolate or caramel. It even bakes brownies in 12 minutes or less. $80. (800) 734-0405; air-n-water.com.

CUPCAKE CRAVING Sudden cupcake craving? The Rival Mini Cupcake Maker can handle that hankering. It bakes six cupcakes in under eight minutes, so by the time you’re done frosting and devouring one batch, the next is hot and ready. $20. (800) 557-4825; rivalproducts.com. 14

SPUN FUN Serve up a whimsical after-dinner treat with the Back to Basics Cotton Candy Maker. Kids will also love turning granulated sugar or crushed hard candies into spun fun. $40. (800) 688-1989; westbend.com.

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EXTRA OVEN Make room for more casseroles, cakes and rolls in your conventional oven by roasting, baking, steaming or slow cooking entrees in the 18-quart Sandra Lee Electric Roaster Oven. It can handle a turkey up to 22 pounds and doubles as a buffet server that will keep three dishes warm. $75. (800) 697-3277; sears.com.

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Medal of Honor nominee Kyle Carpenter is giving his ‘new 100 percent’ to civilian life

BY DIK DASO and KEITH PHILLIPS | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MIC SMITH Afghanistan and recovery images courtesy of Kyle Carpenter

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hen Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter’s squad began setting up a forward patrol base in a mud-wall compound near Marjah, Afghanistan, the battlehardened Marines had no illusions about what to expect. It was Nov. 20, 2010, and since arriving in the Helmand Province more than four months earlier, the men of Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, had been engaged with Taliban fighters almost daily. “It wasn’t really a matter of are we going to get attacked today, it was more of a matter of when,” Carpenter says. “A lot of times our alarm clock was our base getting shot at.”

Since enrolling at the University of South Carolina in 2013, retired Marine Kyle Carpenter has embraced student life. “I gave the Marine Corps the best I had, and I gave it a 100 percent effort,” he says. “My next step, one that I am enjoying very much, is getting an education. Obviously a lot of people know my story, but when I’m hanging out with my buddies, it’s ‘Kyle—he’s a freshman here at USC,’ and that’s just awesome.”

Carpenter (above right) with fellow Fox Company Marine Jake Belote at Patrol Base Dakota the day before Carpenter was wounded.

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Lilly and hospital corpsman Christopher Frend—the first to arrive—saw a horrific scene. Carpenter had taken the brunt of the grenade and was lying atop the still-smoking blast zone. The explosion and resulting shrapnel had blown away most of the Marine’s jaw and teeth, and he was bleeding profusely. There was massive trauma to his right arm—severe tissue damage and more than two dozen fractures—as well as damage to his right leg and his right eye. Eufrazio was also hit by shrapnel, the most destructive fragments lodging in his brain, On patrols in Afghanistan, Carpenter and his fellow Marines often causing debilitating injuries that still affect him today. used rooftops as security posts. Carpenter’s last conscious thoughts were of the warm liquid flowing from Loaded down with supplies, weapCarpenter had taken the his wounds, his fear of disappointons and ammunition, the 10-man squad hiked into enemy territory near brunt of the grenade and was ing his parents, and “making my a trio of villages dubbed Shady, Shadier lying atop the still‑smoking peace with the man upstairs. I knew and Shadiest, Taliban strongholds I wasn’t leaving Afghanistan alive,” blast zone. The explosion had he says. where the insurgents fought from the shadows and blended in with the local He was almost right. Carpenter blown away most of the population. The attacks on their new nearly died three times during the Marine’s jaw and teeth, and next 24 hours as triage medics and base started almost as soon as the he was bleeding profusely. Marines arrived. Two of Carpenter’s doctors raced to keep him alive and buddies were wounded by grenade patch his body back together. fragments and evacuated by helicopter on the first day. Lilly later wrote of the incident, “I was the first one on Carpenter manned the security post atop a corner of the the roof, and I saw the aftermath. There is no doubt in my compound. With Taliban snipers targeting his position, he mind that Kyle jumped on that grenade.” kept his head down, staying as low as possible while buildBecoming a Gamecock ing a sandbag wall around a machine-gun emplacement. The squad worked through the night filling bags and tossing For his actions that day, Carpenter was nominated for the them up to the roof. The following afternoon, Carpenter Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor. But and Lance Cpl. Nick Eufrazio were on post behind the even after the Marine Corps Times reported in March that defensive wall when an enemy grenade landed on the he had been formally approved for the commendation, rooftop and their lives changed forever. it wasn’t something the 24-year-old University of South Carolina freshman talked about much. ‘I knew I wasn’t leaving Afghanistan alive’ After 40-plus surgeries, countless hours of physical therapy and more than two years in the hospital, Carpenter The Marines inside the compound heard the thud of the astounded his friends and family with his remarkable physgrenade landing on the roof, followed by scuffling. Then the blast cracked the ceiling of the room. The men inside ical rehabilitation, optimism and humility. He medically immediately climbed to the roof, where Lance Cpl. Jared retired from the Marine Corps in July 2013 after being promoted to the rank of corporal and enrolled at USC last fall to seek a degree. He excelled academically during his first Get More Visit SCLiving.coop for bonus videos and stories on Kyle Carpenter and South Carolina’s deep connection to the Medal of Honor. semester, earning a 3.9 GPA, and today describes himself as “a normal college kid that has been through a lot and is just On patrol: In our exclusive bonus video, Kyle Carpenter talks about life as a Marine under fire in Afghanistan. trying to live life to the fullest and figure everything out.” “I want to be successful, happy and make a posi‘Born to be brave’: Watch the video of Kyle Carpenter’s interview with Katie Couric. tive impact on people’s lives,” he says. “One thing I have learned from being injured is that life comes at you fast, Local heroes: Learn more about South Carolina’s plans change, and sometimes crazy, unexpected things Medal of Honor recipients, including the five men honored in Charleston during the 2010 Medal of Honor Convention. happen that you have to embrace. Those are the moments in life that you really learn from and that put your goals Heroism on display: Tour the Medal of Honor Museum in perspective.” at Patriots Point Military Park in Mount Pleasant. 16

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Born in Jackson, Miss., Carpenter moved with his family to Gilbert, S.C., during his junior year in high school. He played varsity baseball and football at W. Wyman King Academy in Batesburg-Leesville, graduating in 2008. In March 2009, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. “All I knew was that our country was at war, and whatever way I could, I wanted to contribute,” he says of his decision to become a Marine. “I wanted to do something that I knew would challenge me.”

Family and faith

Carpenter credits his family, his faith and the support of thousands of South Carolinians for seeing him through the long road to recovery, a journey that began when he first woke up in Walter Reed Army Medical Center four weeks after the attack. “I can’t even put into words how amazing my family has been,” Carpenter says. “Since the moment I was injured, the people of South Carolina have given me and my family continuous love and support. I don’t know where we would be without our amazing community and state.” His mom, Robin Carpenter, still has trouble talking about the moment she first saw the extent of her son’s wounds. For months, she put her life on hold to be by his side. His initial recovery took place at military hospitals in Maryland and Virginia, and the long drives gave a worried mother a lot of time to think and pray. By mid-February 2011, Robin Carpenter was getting over the initial shock of her son’s injuries.

Carpenter received his Purple Heart commendation from Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos and then-Sgt. Major of the Marine Corps Carlton Kent (above). His memories of the visit are hazy, but he does recall feeling a moment of panic that he was out of uniform. “As Marines, we’re extremely professional when it comes to uniforms and shaving and haircuts,” he says. “Obviously they understood, but I definitely didn’t have a haircut, I hadn’t had a shower in over four months and I didn’t even have a shirt. They just kind of laid it on my chest.” Rehabilitation from the extensive wounds he received

in Afghanistan was a slow process (below). At first, just sitting up was a challenge, but Carpenter attacked his recovery with the determination of an athlete by setting incremental goals for himself. His confidence soared when he completed the “bell lap,” one complete walk around his hospital floor, cheered on by his fellow wounded warriors (below left). Although Carpenter completed his physical rehabilitation before medically retiring from the Marine Corps in 2013, he still makes time for the gym nearly every day.

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Operation Kyle Facebook post from Thanksgiving 2013 “It’s hard to comprehend that three years ago today my life and body was torn apart by an enemy hand grenade on a hot dusty rooftop in Afghanistan. … I just want to thank and remind all of you how much it means and how truly appreciative I am for every comment, message, word of encouragement and prayer you have sent my way since that day in November 2010. You have helped get me to where I am today and for that I will be forever grateful. It took a life-changing event to get me to truly appreciate the precious and amazing life I have been blessed with. Please, take it from me … enjoy every day to the fullest, don’t take life too seriously, always try to make it count, appreciate the small and simple things, be kind and help others, let the ones you love always know you love them and when things get hard trust there is a bigger plan and that you will be stronger for it.”

“I was on my way back to Richmond and thinking … ‘You can’t be down, sad or doubting. He is such a joy and inspiration,’ ” she recalls. “And then I heard these words ... God is bigger than my mountain, bigger than my valley, bigger than my problem, bigger than my pain. God is faithful! Kyle is coming home soon, and maybe you will get the chance to be around this awesome person.” One of Carpenter’s fondest memories of those difficult early days is of his mom and her aversion to snow. “Mom hates cold weather, and every day I was awake in the hospital, she would walk through the snow across the base to get me a vanilla milkshake, because it was the only thing I could taste,” he recalls.

‘My new 100 percent’

Maybe it was the milkshakes that helped Carpenter through the pain, the drugs, the therapy and the fear of those early months in recovery. At first, just sitting up without vomiting was an achievement. Slowly, day by day,

‘I hope to eventually become jump certified. Just one more thing to drive Mom crazy.’

Skydiving, running adventure races and traveling the country were part of Carpenter’s recovery process, documented on the Operation Kyle Facebook page (left). Since medically retiring from the Marine Corps, Carpenter has learned to appreciate the simple things in life, including time playing with Ace, his family’s black lab.

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step by step, Carpenter was able to walk from his bed to the bathroom 5 feet away. The next objective became the door of his room, then the hallway, then the nurses’ station. After months of care, Carpenter made his first full lap around his hospital ward—the bell lap. Cheered on by the staff and the many other wounded warriors on the floor, it was then that Carpenter believed he was going to make a successful recovery. Today, Carpenter is physically active and strong— “ripped” would be an accurate description of his physique. While he completed formal physical rehabilitation before retiring from the Marine Corps, he still spends time in the gym nearly every day, using modified workouts to adjust for injured and rebuilt joints. Adventure travel and physical challenges have been part of his recovery process. Carpenter has completed a 6.2-mile mud run obstacle course and made a tandem parachute jump (“I hope to eventually become jump certified. Just one more thing to drive Mom crazy,” he says), and last fall he completed the Marine Corps Marathon. “We’re really, really proud of him, but it’s kind of surreal,” proud Along the way, he kept friends, family and supportmom Robin Carpenter says of her son’s nomination for the Medal of Honor. When she first heard he was wounded trying to save a fellow Marine, she says, ers updated through the Operation Kyle Facebook page “I was not surprised at all. That’s the kind of guy he is.” (facebook.com/OperationKyle), set up on his behalf by friends at Lexington Baptist Church, and via his Twitter Life ahead feed (@chiksdigscars). His post-marathon tweet was typical—humble and full of gratitude. What of the proverbial “elephant in the room”—the “It’s hard to believe I completed my first marathon on Medal of Honor? When the president hangs the powderSunday,” he tweeted. “I have been extremely fortunate blue ribbon around Carpenter’s neck, the retired Marine and blessed to have had such a great recovery, and I am will become the youngest living recipient of the Medal very proud of myself and the rest of Team Semper Fi for of Honor and the 38th recipient from South Carolina. continuing to inspire and push through obstacles and injuHe will join an elite group of fewer than 3,500 men (and one woman) who have earned the commendation ries. Thank you to all who support me and continue to be for valor since 1863. there almost 3 years later.” And as happened on Since getting out of ‘The light is on me right Nov. 21, 2010, in combat, the hospital, Carpenter now, but I’m hoping what his life will once again has also taken the time happened to me will help change forever. to travel the country. He The Marines who has walked the sands of remind people that things served with Carpenter the Pacific Northwest near like this happen every day.’ have made it clear that Haystack Rock, stood on he deserves the Medal the stone bridge at Oregon’s of Honor, and like many of the recipients before him, Multnomah Falls, gazed at the St. Louis Gateway Arch, Carpenter understands the enormous responsibility that reflected at the grandeur of Mount Rushmore and enjoyed comes with the commendation. a Nationals baseball game in Washington, D.C. In civilian “The light is on me right now, but I’m hoping what life, Carpenter is drinking in the magnitude of the country happened to me will help remind people that things like that he and his fellow Marines sacrificed to protect, deterthis happen every day and people don’t see it,” he says. mined to live life at what he calls “my new 100 percent.” “I’ll uphold its reputation and what it means to the best “When you fully experience death and you get a second of my ability. I’ll try to make the people who got it before chance to come back from that—in my opinion, I don’t me proud, and I’ll wear it for my buddies who didn’t really feel like I have a choice but to live life to the fullest, make it back.”  plus some,” he says.

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I n Co u n t ry

Afghanistan 2010

Carpenter served as an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) gunner. “When

things start going not so much your way, the SAW is there to suppress the enemy while your buddies can get out or make moves,” he says. “It’s linked 5.56 ammunition, belt-fed, carries a 200-round drum—and it feels really sexy when you shoot it.”

Even in a war zone, Lance Cpl. Nick Eufrazio (left) and Kyle Carpenter could find humor in their situation. “We were getting shot at, but Nick kept making me laugh,” Carpenter wrote of this photo on the Operation Kyle Facebook page. Carpenter, armed with an M4 rifle,

guards a CH-53 supply helicopter delivering food and water to Patrol Base Beatley. The arriving aircraft always attracted enemy fire. “You’re getting shot at, but the bird is so loud you can’t really hear it,” Carpenter says.

Carpenter and fellow Marine Brandon Stiles compare tattoos. Carpenter got his—Psalms 144:1—just before deploying to Afghanistan. “It talks about how the Lord trains your hands for battle and your fingers for war. A buddy mentioned it to me, and I started thinking, ‘There’s an OK chance we’re not coming back. … I’m going to need my faith over there.’ And I loved the Bible verse.”

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Like generations of Marines before them, the men of Fox Company bonded together in the harsh realities of combat deployment. “Over there, each other is really all you have,” Carpenter says. “We were in good spirits. We really cared and looked out for each other.” From left to right, Lance Cpls. Brad Skipper, Jared Lilly, Griff Welch and Nick Fitzpatrick.

Daily combat patrols usually led to firefights with the Taliban, and they were always uncomfortable. “Just imagine getting in full gear, long sleeves, long pants, all the weight of your gear and walking through the most flooded, muddy canal or farmland you can think of—in a sauna,” Carpenter says. “During the day, during peak heat hours, it was easily 115 to 120 degrees.”

Photos courtesy of Kyle Carpenter and facebook.com/OperationKyle


SC Life

Stories

Mr. Marsh Tacky

Milton Morris

D.P. Lowther is a smitten man. Praise comes easily when he speaks of his beloved Carolina marsh tackies, “the toughest horse that ever lived.” “You could ride some of these horses all day long in the bushes and briars and swamps, and they would never break a sweat,” he says. Lowther fell in love with the breed as a boy, when his father, a cow farmer and mule trader, acquired a handful. Daily, Lowther rode the sturdy, easy-tempered horses while herding cows. As a young man, he rode out to the state’s coastal islands, where feral marsh tackies ran free but neglected, dwindling toward extinction, and brought them home on barges. “I had no idea in heaven what I was going to do with them,” he recalls. “I wasn’t trying to save the bloodline; I didn’t have no longrange plan. I just loved ’em.” Now Lowther is widely credited for preserving the survival and integrity of the breed. Only about 300 registered Carolina marsh tackies exist in the country, and Lowther owns nearly a third of them. Named the state heritage horse in 2010, marsh tackies are part of S.C. history. And Lowther is inextricably tied to the breed’s history. “The love for horses is like being an alcoholic— it gets in your blood, and you can’t get it out. It’s the love of my life,” he says. —DIANE VETO PARHAM

D.P. Lowther AGE:

81

Lifelong resident of Ridgeland OCCUPATIONS: Building contractor; farmer; also served on Jasper County Council for 20 years CLAIMS TO FAME: Owns the largest herd of marsh tacky horses in the United States. Lowther helped found the Carolina Marsh Tacky Association in 2007 to preserve the breed and now serves as its president for a second time. AWARDS: Honored as “Mr. Marsh Tacky” by CMTA; won breed conservation award from the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy HOMETOWN:

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BY DIANE VETO PARHAM

Hotter than normal.

Hard to believe after the arctic blasts of the winter we just endured, but that’s the forecast for June and July in South Carolina. Even if your home’s HVAC system kept you toasty all winter, that’s no guarantee it will be ready to keep you cool when “hotter than normal” shows up, so now is a good time to give your home’s cooling system a thorough checkup and some preventive maintenance.

Pay attention now, or pay for repairs later

During South Carolina’s infamously hot summers, HVAC contractor Rob Shealy sees enough failing air conditioning units to know this: the dirtiest and most neglected systems die first when temperatures start to climb. Considering that it costs around $3,500 to $5,000 to replace a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, a homeowner’s budget can benefit from regular maintenance that minimizes expensive repairs and extends the life of the system. Routine maintenance also keeps your HVAC system operating at peak efficiency, and that can yield savings in monthly utility bills, since more than half of the energy used in a typical home goes toward cooling and heating. “It’s costing customers to use the system when it’s not running efficiently,” says Shealy, owner of Palmetto Breeze Heating and Air Conditioning in North.

Signs of trouble

Three questions can alert a homeowner to a cooling system in need of attention. Have the air filters been changed lately? This is the simplest—and most frequently ignored—way to improve HVAC efficiency, Shealy says. If your system seems to be struggling, put in new filters first. When was the last time the system was serviced? “A lot of people don’t even think about it until it goes down,” Shealy says. A quick fix when a system breaks does nothing to ensure its overall health and efficiency. A regular checkup will inspect and correct the most common problem areas. Does the system seem to be running normally? Put a hand over the supply registers—is cool air coming out? Feel the air coming out the top of the condenser unit outside; in summer, it should feel hot, because that’s the hot air your 22

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Get your home’s air conditioning in shape now for the summer ahead

Change filterS Regularly

Don’t restrict Air Flow

system is taking out of the house. Look at the ­condensate drain line (the small, white, PVC pipe sticking out of the house or the HVAC unit). It should be dripping water, carrying moisture out of the house along with the heat. If it’s not, there’s a problem. Michael Smith, manager of energy programs for Central Electric Power Cooperative, encourages homeowners to use their ears to detect potential problems. Listen for whether the system is especially noisy or running more often than usual. “If it’s not that hot outside, but your system seems to be running all the time and you’re not feeling cool, first check the filters,” Smith says. “Then call somebody, because something is wrong.”

Keep it clean: First and often, change those air filters. David Bolin, owner of B&B Heating and Cooling in North, advises homeowners to use inexpensive, disposable filters and change them monthly. It’s a minimal expense, he says, but “90 percent of people won’t change ’em.” Another easy but overlooked maintenance step: Clear blockages from where the condensate line drains outside. Let it breathe: Think of your air conditioner as a system that inhales and exhales. Anything that restricts air flow is making it harder for the system to breathe. Refrigerant coils—at the condenser unit outside and at the evaporator in attics or crawl spaces—are critical places where air needs to flow freely to move cool air in and warm air out. But homeowners often block the air by storing equipment too close to these units or by trying to make their yards more attractive by screening units with shrubbery or fencing. “We all know they’re not pretty; we all know they’re noisy,” Smith says. “But it needs to breathe to do its job.” Before you crank up the air conditioning for the first time, make sure no leaves or debris have accumulated around the outdoor unit. Move any equipment or screens at least 18 inches away to give them breathing room. Cut back bushes that have grown too close. When you’re doing yard work, turn the lawnmower and weed trimmer away from outdoor condenser units, Bolin advises. Grass clippings and dirt can fly into the coils and clog the air flow. You might notice accumulated dirt on outdoor and indoor coils, but Bolin and Shealy agree that cleaning the coils is a job better left to professionals. An overzealous homeowner with a pressure washer can do irreparable damage to the metal fins covering coils, and even a gentle squirt from the garden hose can make clogs worse by

Do-it-yourself maintenance

Diane Veto parham

What can homeowners do to keep their HVAC systems in top condition?

When your HVAC unit runs efficiently, you save money, says Rob Shealy (right), owner of Palmetto Breeze Heating and Air Conditioning. He recommends routine maintenance to clean the coils—a job best left to the professionals.

Shrubs blocking Air flow

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Don’t Pressure wash the condenser unit

leaving wet dirt and debris adhering to the unit. Control the thermostat. When temperatures are especially high, remember your air conditioner has to work harder and run longer to satisfy the thermostat setting. “Give in a little to the fact that it’s hotter,” Smith advises, and set the thermostat a little higher. Clear indoor vents. Move furniture away from supply registers that distribute air and from return air vents, which pull air into the system. Bent fins on vent covers can also block air flow, so make sure yours are straight and open. Seal the leaks. Even the most efficient HVAC system will struggle to cool a house with intrusive air leaks that allow hot, humid air to be pulled inside. Shealy recommends making sure your attic and crawl spaces are well

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Out with the old?

If your air conditioning fails when you need it most this summer, should you repair it or just replace it? The answer depends on the age of your system, says David Bolin of B&B Heating and Cooling. Simple repairs and regular maintenance can extend the life of an older system, but any air conditioner that is more than a decade old is a good candidate for replacement. “If you get 10 to 12 years out of one, you’ve done good,” he says. “If your unit is 10 years old or older, there are more energy-efficient units now.” When replacing or installing an air conditioning unit, it’s important to select a system that is the proper size for the home. People tend to think bigger is always better, says Rob Shealy of Palmetto Breeze Heating and Air Conditioning, but that’s not true for HVAC units. A qualified contractor can calculate the right size for your system, based on factors like your home’s building materials, insulation, which direction windows face, the color of roof shingles and more.

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Keep Condensate Drain pipe clear

Clean Dust from Air Vent Returns

insulated to resist the flow of hot air through ceilings and floors into cooled living spaces. Ductwork that runs through these areas should also be well sealed; leaks here can diminish both air quality and the efficient operation of your HVAC system. Weather stripping can help prevent humid air from seeping in around doors and windows and raising a home’s indoor humidity to uncomfortable levels. “The more moisture in the air, the warmer you feel,” Shealy says. If you find yourself constantly adjusting the thermostat and still not feeling cooler, humidity is the likely culprit. Caulking or adding weather stripping helps keep humid air out and conditioned air in.

Professional maintenance

Shealy recommends a routine service inspection once or twice a year by a qualified HVAC contractor as the best way to keep your system operating efficiently and prevent costly repairs. “I can head most anything off in one visit a year,” he says. “But I can definitely cover it in two visits a year.” Service contracts covering basic maintenance may cost about $65 to $160 per visit, but they include specialized maintenance that most homeowners shouldn’t attempt. During a typical check-up, a qualified technician will inspect the thermostat and electrical controls, clean inside and outside coils, replace dirty filters, inspect and clean condensate lines, clean and lubricate moving parts, and ensure the air conditioner’s refrigerant is at the proper level. Shealy says word of mouth is your best ally in finding a reputable contractor—ask friends and neighbors who are happy with theirs. Consumers should also get quotes from multiple contractors before committing to a service contract or recommended repairs. If a service technician suggests you spend money on new equipment, ask whether he gets a commission on that sale. “He may be padding his own pocket rather than trying to make your life more comfortable,” Shealy says. A good HVAC technician will not only keep your system running smoothly, he’ll help create good indoor air quality. “It’s an investment in comfort, and it’s an investment in the value of your home,” Shealy says.

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Give The AC a Break When it’s hot


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SCGardener

BY S. CORY TANNER

Pruning spring-flowering plants You’ve seen them—shrubs that have

Carroll Foster

To rejuvenate overgrown shrubs, head all of the stems back to within 6 to 12 inches from the ground just before spring growth begins. Such drastic pruning will reinvigorate healthy shrubs but should only be performed once or twice a decade.

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fallen victim to the “green meatball” syndrome. That’s what I call it when shrubs are sheared into submission, like little round soldiers in formation. Each type of shrub, like each person’s hairstyle, looks best when trimmed a certain way. Flowering shrubs in particular suffer from indiscriminate shearing, turning what could be a standout display into just another green blob in the landscape. To properly prune spring-flowering shrubs, such as azaleas and hydrangeas, you need to understand when and how to prune to maximize their attractiveness and performance. Knowing when to prune is easy. Spring-blooming plants, defined as those that bloom before June 1, should be pruned immediately after flowering. This is because they bloom on “old wood,” a simple way of saying that their flower buds form in the late summer and fall of the previous year on stems produced that season. Pruning these shrubs in winter would remove flower buds and result

in reduced or no spring blooms. Summer-flowering plants, such as butterfly bush and crape myrtle, which bloom on “new wood,” or current season’s growth, can be pruned in late winter with no effect on blooming. Knowing how to prune is a bigger challenge. Buzz cuts won’t do, so put away the hedge shears. To prune these plants properly, you’ll need to use hand pruners or loppers—and take your time. The good news is that these plants usually don’t require heavy pruning, at least not every year. The practice is intended to maintain plant size while encouraging a full and natural-looking outline. You need to master two types of pruning cuts: thinning and heading. Thinning cuts remove entire branches down to another branch, to the main trunk, or all the way to the ground. This is the best technique for decreasing the length of leggy branches that extend beyond the outline of the shrub and gently reducing the size of the plant. It also allows better light penetration into the shrub, encouraging more interior branch growth and giving the plant a more layered and full appearance. Thinning should be your go-to pruning method and can be done year-round. But it will have the least impact on flowering when done just after the plant’s flowers have faded. Heading cuts should be used less frequently and more cautiously. Heading is a more drastic and less precise pruning method in which stems are cut back indiscriminately. When all of the small branches on the exterior of a plant are headed back, we call it shearing, or hedging, which leads to the “green meatballs.” While sometimes appropriate for

Buds of spring-flowering plants form on old wood that was produced the previous season. Fall or winter pruning will remove the buds, so prune plants immediately after their flowers fade.

formal boxwood hedges, shearing is not recommended for azaleas, camellias and other flowering shrubs. Heading cuts can be used on flowering plants occasionally, however, to drastically reduce the size of the plants, a process called renewal pruning. Renewal pruning may be necessary on grossly overgrown shrubs. Not only does it reduce size, but it can also reinvigorate a plant, provided the plant is otherwise healthy. Cut all of the stems back to within 6 to 12 inches from the ground just before growth begins in the spring (mid- to late March). This will, of course, eliminate spring blooms, but you should see considerable new stem growth by midsummer. Once the new shoots are 8 to 12 inches long, thin them out so only two or three shoots remain on each old stem, then head those shoots to encourage more branching. Make sure your plants are well watered during this process to reduce stress. Don’t do any additional pruning after August 1, and your reinvigorated shrubs should produce a good flowering display the following spring. is an area horticulture agent and Master Gardener coordinator for Clemson Extension based in Greenville County. Contact him at shannt@clemson.edu. S. CORY TANNER


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“Farming is in my blood. It’s the way I was raised,” Roe Inman (center) says of his desire to preserve the legacy of family farming. Visitors to Inman Farms can take a self-guided tour of the property that has been in his family since 1893. Highlights include the Italianate-style “big house” (left) and the old country store (above).

Family farming traditions When visitors arrive at The Market at Inman Farms, they expect to find locally grown produce and homemade treats, but what they also get is a scenic lesson in South Carolina’s agricultural history. Located on Black Highway just west of York, the open-air farmers market is the first phase of owner Roe Inman’s plan to create a living museum honoring family farmers. It’s a topic he knows well. Inman Farms has been in his family for five generations. The market is housed in a 1950s peach-­packing shed where Inman spent many a summer day working as a kid.

GetThere The Market at Inman Farms is located at 1101 Black Highway (S.C. 5), one mile west of the York city limits. Hours: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., from May to October. The market will also be open on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. between May 14 and June 4, and again from August to October. Updates on weekday hours and special events will be posted at facebook.com/InmanFarmMarket. Admission: Free. Details: Visit inmanfarmsyorksc.webs.com or call (803) 207-6682.

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“I grew up selling produce off that peach shed with my brother,” he says. “They tell me it’s one of only two peach-packing sheds, with the original equipment in it, still standing in the state of South Carolina.” The shed is a relatively recent addition to the property his great-great-grandfather, Elias Inman, purchased at auction in 1893. Actively farmed until the mid-1980s, the land has produced cotton, peaches, grapes and soybeans. Each generation of Inmans added acreage and buildings as they tried different crops and adopted new agricultural techniques. The surviving structures tell the story of how life changed for the family—and the tenant farmers who lived and worked alongside them—through the decades. Whenever the market is open, visitors are welcome to pick up a brochure and take a self-guided walking tour of the farm, says marketing manager Signa Curry. Points of interest include the main farmhouse—a twostory Italianate home that was part of the original farm purchase—a small country store, the corn crib where the plow mules were fed, a restored tenant house and rolling fields that are just right for a family picnic. “When people come here for the

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tour, we encourage them to pack a lunch, bring the Frisbee, bring the dog, bring the camera,” she says. “It’s free. Make a day of it.” Since opening in 2013, the project has attracted enthusiastic local support. The long-term plan calls for creating museum-style exhibits inside the farm buildings, hosting school groups and community events, and bringing in costumed interpreters to demonstrate farming tools and techniques from decades past. The idea of opening the farm to guests came to Roe Inman a few years ago as he went about restoring the structures scattered around the property. The work brought back vivid memories from his youth and fueled his passion to honor the legacy of family farming. Turning the peach shed into a farmers market seemed like the logical place to start retelling the stories of South Carolina’s agricultural past while also supporting today’s family farmers, he says. “I spent a good bit of my time and money fixing it up because I didn’t want it to fall in, and then I decided I’d love to see it put to good use,” Inman says. “I love that all of my effort in the restoration of this farm can be used in a way that can benefit the community.”

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Reviving vintage recipes

POPPY SEED CHICKEN SERVES 8–10

3 cups chicken breasts, cooked and cubed 2 10.75-ounce cans reduced-fat, reduced-sodium, condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted 1 cup low-fat sour cream 2 teaspoons poppy seeds 1 cup reduced-fat, butter-flavored crackers, crushed 3 tablespoons reduced-fat butter, melted N cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine chicken, cream of chicken soup, sour cream and poppy seeds. In a separate bowl, combine cracker crumbs and butter. Set aside ½ cup for topping, and stir remaining crumbs into chicken mixture. Transfer to a 7-by-11-by-2-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with Parmesan cheese and reserved crumbs. Bake, uncovered, for 30–35 minutes or until bubbly. CAROLYN KEESE, SENECA

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POT ROAST MEATLOAF SERVES 4–6

1 pound ground beef O cup evaporated milk N cup fine bread crumbs G cup ketchup 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

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G teaspoon black pepper 3 large potatoes 3 large carrots 3 large onions Salt and pepper to taste Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine ground beef, evaporated milk, bread crumbs, ketchup, salt, Worcestershire sauce and black pepper, and mix well. With wet hands, shape into a loaf, then place in a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray. Peel the vegetables and slice into G-inch slices. Place vegetables in layers— potatoes, then carrots, then onions—around the meatloaf. Sprinkle with additional salt and pepper. Cover dish tightly with foil and bake for 1 hour or until the vegetables are tender. Uncover the dish and bake an additional 10 minutes to brown.  DANIEL DEDMON, GROVER, N.C. 


GRANDMA’S DEPRESSION CAKE SERVES 10–12

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1 cup light brown sugar 1 H cups water N cup vegetable oil 2 cups raisins 2 teaspoons cinnamon H teaspoon ground cloves

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine brown sugar, water, oil, raisins and spices in a large saucepan and boil for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Take pan off burner and let cool for 10 minutes. Dissolve baking soda and salt in 2 teaspoons of water and add to raisin mixture (it will foam). Stir in flour and baking powder and mix well. Pour into a greased 8-by-8-inch pan and bake for 35–45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow cake to cool for about 10 minutes.

MOM’S ORANGE-PINEAPPLE JELL-O SERVES 8

Topping

H cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour H cup pineapple juice 1 egg 2 tablespoons butter 3 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 8-ounce tub whipped topping, thawed

In a glass bowl, add boiling water then stir in contents of both Jell-O packages and the marshmallows until dissolved, about 2–3 minutes. Add cold water, pineapple and banana slices and stir. Refrigerate in a 4-quart or larger serving bowl for 4 hours or until firm. For topping, combine sugar, flour and pineapple juice in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat. Beat egg and whisk into mixture. Add butter and cook until mixture thickens, about 4–5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add cream cheese, stirring until melted. Allow to cool. Fold in whipped topping. Spread on top of Jell-O once firm. Refrigerate until ready to serve. SHERRI DEWIG, BLUFFTON

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2 cups boiling water 1 3-ounce package orange Jell-O 1 3-ounce package pineapple Jell-O 1 cup mini marshmallows 2 cups cold water 1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple, drained (save ½ cup juice for topping) 2 large bananas, sliced

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BY DIANE VETO PARHAM

Dinner and a train Photos by Milton Morris

A charming little train depot sits

smack in the center of tiny Branchville, like the bull’s-eye of a target. People aim for this spot, a destination point for hungry diners within a 30-mile radius. They travel two-lane country roads, past rural landscapes, occasional fast-food joints and chain restaurants closer to home, to savor the traditional Lowcountry fare at The Eatery at the Depot. This spot in Orangeburg County has attracted attention for centuries— first as a settlement where an Indian trail branched off toward Charleston; later as a railroad junction (first in the world, locals say) on the historic Charleston-to-Hamburg rail line. At

RITZ CRACKER PIE SERVES 8

4 egg whites ¼ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon almond extract 1 cup granulated sugar ¾ cup chopped pecans 28 Ritz crackers, crumbled Sweetened fresh whipped cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat egg whites together lightly; add baking powder and almond extract. Gradually add sugar and beat at medium-high speed until peaks are formed. Fold in pecans and crumbled Ritz crackers. Put into well-greased 9-inch pie pan. Bake in preheated oven for 30–35 minutes. Let cool completely. Cover with fresh whipped cream and refrigerate.

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The Eatery at the Depot 7501 Freedom Road Branchville, SC 29432 (803) 274-8001 Hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m.

least four U.S. presidents stopped at Branchville’s train depot, three to eat in its old dining room. Nowadays, the main attraction here is the generous servings of fried seafood and American standards, served in a quaint depot setting. “It’s just nice to be able to provide for the community a place where they can sit down and have a nice meal,” says Eatery owner and chef Norris Jarrett. Jarrett saw that Branchville needed a new restaurant soon after arriving here some 20 years ago. He grew up a foodie, in the kind of family where “while we were eating breakfast, we wondered what we would have for lunch and dinner.” He briefly studied hotel and restaurant management at the University of South Carolina before venturing off to work in restaurants in Columbia and Charleston. He and wife Kyra met in a Charleston restaurant, where she tended bar and he waited tables; they moved to Branchville, her hometown, when they married. When he opened The Eatery in August 2004 in the restored depot, Jarrett followed the best advice of his restaurant mentors: “Keep it simple.” The bulk of his menu is lightly breaded and fried fresh fish, but the grilled pork tenderloin also draws

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The beautifully restored train depot where Norris and Kyra Jarrett run their restaurant (with help from daughter Callie) sits just feet away from an active rail line.

raves. Thursday is the only night you can get shrimp and grits; slow-roasted prime rib is the special on Fridays and Saturdays. Side dishes are recipes passed down from family and friends, including the Charleston red rice with two kinds of sausage, Norris’ great-grandmother’s cheesy squash casserole, and the star of the dessert case, Kyra’s mother’s strawberry cream cake. It’s food with the comfort of good home cooking: baby limas, buttered carrots, sauces rich with butter and heavy cream. “That’s just the way I was brought up,” Jarrett says. “It’s probably not that health conscious, but we’re only open three nights a week—they’re on their own the other four nights!” Regulars have been known to show up twice in one weekend. They love the food and the on-site entertainment—the trains that still rumble past the depot several times a day, rattling windows and drowning out conversation. “That just fascinates people; sometimes they scream,” Jarrett says, laughing. But do the customers appreciate that noisy interruption? “Oh, heck yeah, are you kidding?” Jarrett says. “If I could get another 50 cents out of everybody who liked every time a train came by, I’d have a heck of a stash built up!”


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9–13 • Science & Nature Camps, USC Upstate, MAY Spartanburg. (864) 503-5728. 9–18 • “The Hollow,” 12 • Poinsett Wind Symphony, Easley Foothills Playhouse, Amphitheater at Furman University, Easley. (864) 855-1817. Greenville. (864) 294-2124. 9, 16 and 23 • Friday Night 13–15 and 20–22 • “Alexander Fights Criterium, downtown, and the Terrible, Horrible, No Gaffney. (864) 487-6244. Good, Very Bad Day,” Peace 10 • Music on the Mountain, Center, Greenville. (800) 888-7768. Table Rock State Park, 13–22 • Chautauqua History Alive Pickens. (864) 878-9813. Festival: Rising to the Occasion, 15–18 • BMW Charity Pro multiple locations, Greenville and Am, three golf courses, Fountain Inn. (864) 244-1499. Greenville. (864) 297-1660. 14 • Music on the Mountain, 15–18 • Greek Festival, downtown, Table Rock State Park, Greenville. (864) 233-8531. Pickens. (864) 878-9813. 16 • Blue Ridge Fest, 734 W. Main ONGOING St., Pickens. (800) 240-3400. Tuesdays through Saturdays • 17 • Bovinoche, City Park, “Desolate Pride” Civil War Simpsonville. (864) 346-3838. Exhibit, Anderson County Museum, 17 • Culture & Cultivation in the Anderson. (864) 260-4737. Gardens, Rose Hill Plantation State Tuesdays through Sundays, Historic Site, Union. (864) 427-5966. through June 15 • “Protests, Prayers and Progress: Greenville’s 17 • Potters on Gaffney’s Civil Rights Movement,” Old Field, Cherokee County Upcountry History Museum, History & Arts Museum, Greenville. (864) 467-3100. Gaffney. (864) 489-3988. Wednesdays and Saturdays • 17 • Tri-County Patriot Hub City Railroad Museum, Run, Anderson Campus of 298 Magnolia St., Spartanburg. Tri-County Technical College, (864) 316-6924. Anderson. (864) 646-1507. Wednesdays through Sundays • 17–18 • Horse Play in “The Content of Our Character: May, T. Ed Garrison Arena, From States Rights to Civil Pendleton. (864) 617-0918. Rights,” Greenville County 17–18 • Comic and Games Tradeshow, TD Convention Center, Museum of Art. (864) 271-7570. First Fridays • First Fridays Art Greenville. (864) 233-2562. Gallery Crawl, multiple locations, 22–June 7 • “A Few Greenville. (864) 325-4445. Good Men,” Centre Stage, Saturdays • Native American Greenville. (877) 377-1339. Museum of the 23–24 • Gallabrae and Greenville Exhibits, in South Carolina, Scottish Games, Furman University, Cherokee Walhalla. (864) 710-9210. Greenville. (864) 968-8801. 23–26 • Aloft, Heritage Park, Simpsonville. (864) 228-0025. 24 • Take Flight 5K, Runway Cafe, Greenville. (864) 270-6660. 29–31 • Plum Hollow Festival, 5015 Rainbow Lake Road, Campobello. (864) 680-0225. 30–June 22 • “Les Miserables,” Greenville Little Theatre, Greenville. (864) 233-6238. JUNE

5 • Wedding Festivals Bridal Show, TD Convention Center, Greenville. (864) 233-2562. 5 and 12 • Music on Main, 175 W. Main St., Spartanburg. (864) 596-2976. 7 • Popular Music of the Civil War, Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site, Union. (864) 427-5966.

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MIDLANDS MAY

16 • “A Pictorial History of Lancaster, South Carolina,” USC-Lancaster Native American Studies Center, Lancaster. (803) 313-7063. 16–17  • Red Rose Festival, downtown, Lancaster. (803) 289-1492. 16–18 • South Carolina Book Festival, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia. (803) 771-2477. 17 • Horseback Riding on Walt Schrader Trails, Historic Brattonsville, McConnells. (803) 684-2327. 17 • Palmetto Patriots’ Ball, Embassy Suites Hotel, Columbia. (803) 206-6088.

The third annual Paddlefest and Family Fun Day at Tara Hall Home for Boys will be June 14 on Black River in Georgetown County. The event includes a 5-mile paddle down Mingo Creek by kayak, canoe, or paddleboard and lunch on the property. Visit tarahall.org or call (843) 546-3000 for details. 17 • Forest Acres Festival, A.C. Flora Athletic Field, Forest Acres. (803) 608-6161. 22 • Cancer of Many Colors Event, 220 W. Main St., Lexington. (803) 399-8085. 23–25 • Iris Festival, Swan Lake Iris Gardens, Sumter. (800) 688-4748. 31 • Run Red Bank, Lexington Family YMCA, Lexington. (803) 359-3376. 31 • “The Lost Bird Project” Film Screening, 1301 Gervais St., Columbia. (803) 256-0670. 31 • Fight for Air Climb, Capitol Center, Columbia. (803) 779-5864. JUNE

1 • Dollar Sunday, South Carolina State Museum, Columbia. (803) 898-4921. 6–8 • Southern Guitar Festival and Competition, Columbia College, Columbia. (803) 786-3783. 7 • Peachtree 23 Yard Sale, S.C. 23 from Batesburg-Leesville to Modoc. (803) 275-0010. 7–8 • Colonial Times “Under the Crown,” Living History Park, North Augusta. (803) 279-7560. 9–12 • Critter Summer Camp, Museum of York County, Rock Hill. (803) 329-2121. 9–Aug. 16 • Summer Zoo Camps, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia. (803) 779-8717. 13 • Bruno Mars, Colonial Life Arena, Columbia. (803) 576-9200. 14 • Mini Maker Faire, EdVenture Children’s Museum, Columbia. (803) 400-1166. 14–22 • Hampton County Watermelon Festival, multiple locations, Hampton County. (803) 943-6856. 15–22 • Southeastern Piano Festival, USC School of Music, Columbia. (803) 251-2222.

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Mondays through Fridays • “Slavery by Another Name,” I.P. Stanback Museum & Planetarium, Orangeburg. (803) 536-7174. Tuesdays through Sundays, through June 29 • “Mama, Let’s Make a Moon,” South Carolina State Museum, Columbia. (803) 898-4921. Wednesdays • Wee Wednesdays, Main Street Children’s Museum, Rock Hill. (803) 327-6400. Thursdays through May • Rhythm and Blooms, Riverbanks Botanical Gardens, West Columbia. (803) 779-8717. Thursdays, June 12–Aug. 14 (except Aug. 7) • Playcation Day Camps, Main Street Children’s Museum, Rock Hill. (803) 327-6400. First Saturdays • South Carolina State House Tours, 1100 Gervais St., Columbia. (803) 734-2430. Second Saturdays • Children’s Art Program, Sumter County Gallery of Art, Sumter. (803) 775-0543. Sundays • Gallery Tour: Highlights of the CMA Collection, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia. (803) 799-2810.

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12–18 • Cruisin’ the Coast Spring Bike Rally, multiple locations, Grand Strand. (843) 369-5555. 14–18 • Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall, Grand Park at The Market Common, Myrtle Beach. (843) 918-1014. 15 • Bic Stand Up Paddleboard One Design Challenge, James Island County Park, Charleston. (843) 762-8089. 15–17 • Pinestraw Festival, downtown, Patrick. (843) 498-6994. 16 • Forget-Me-Not Ball, Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston. (843) 614-6608.

16–17 • Johnsonville Heritage Festival, Venters Landing, Johnsonville. (843) 386-3500, ext. 0. 16–17 • Marion FoxTrot Festival, downtown, Marion. (843) 423-8285, ext. 113. 17 • All Saints Garden Tour, multiple locations, Hilton Head Island and Bluffton. (843) 540-9775. 17 • Moonbird Evening, Penn Center, St. Helena Island. (803) 609-4778. 17 • Rib Burnoff and Barbecue Fest, Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, Hilton Head Island. (843) 689-7219. 17 • Beach Blast Christian Music Festival, Eighth Avenue North at Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach. (855) 484-1991. 17–18 • Sculpture in the South, Azalea Park, Summerville. (843) 851-7800. 17–18 • Blue Crab Festival, waterfront, Little River. (843) 385-3180. 22 • Pups, Yups and Food Trucks, Palmetto Island County Park, Mount Pleasant. (843) 762-8089. 23–25 • Gullah Festival, Technical College of the Lowcountry, Beaufort. (843) 525-0628. 23–26 • Memorial Weekend Bike Rally, downtown, Atlantic Beach. (843) 663-2284. 23–June 8 • Piccolo Spoleto, multiple locations, Charleston. (843) 724-7305. 23–June 8 • Spoleto Festival USA, multiple locations, Charleston. (843) 579-3100. 24 • Military Appreciation Days Parade, Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach. (843) 918-1014. 29 • Music on Main, Horseshoe, North Myrtle Beach. (843) 280-5570. JUNE

1 • Art Festival, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet. (843) 235-6000.

2–8 • Coastal Uncorked, multiple locations, Myrtle Beach. (843) 626-9668. 3 and 10 • Fireworks, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach. (843) 444-3200. 6–8 • Marlboro County Summerfest, multiple locations, Bennettsville. (843) 439-2979. 7 • Corvettes at the Beach, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach. (843) 340-1731. 7 • Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival, Waterfront Park, Mount Pleasant. (843) 856-9732. 7 • Cooper River Challenge Pier Tournament, Mount Pleasant Pier, Mount Pleasant. (843) 795-4386. 7–8 • Coastal Classic Volleyball Championships, Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle Beach. (843) 283-5320. 12–15 • CariFest, Brittlebank Park, Charleston. (843) 557-6258. 14 • Tara Hall Paddle Fest, 510 Tara Hall Road, Tara Hall Home for Boys, Georgetown. (843) 546-3000. 14 • Wine Tasting, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet. (843) 235-6000. 14–15 • The Native Sons Salt Games, downtown, Myrtle Beach. (843) 448-0585. 15 • Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series, James Island County Park, Charleston. (843) 762-8089. ONGOING

Daily • Hiking on Beaver Pond Nature Trail, Little Pee Dee State Park, Dillon. (843) 774-8872. Daily, June 2–30 • Alvin Staley and DeWayne Sykes Art Exhibit, North Charleston City Gallery, North Charleston. (843) 740-5854. Daily through December 2014 • “Finding Freedom’s Home: Archaeology at Mitchelville,” Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Island. (843) 689-6767. Mondays through October • Coastal Kayaking, Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet. (843) 235-8755. Tuesdays through Fridays in June • Coastal Ecology Camp, Hobcaw Barony, Georgetown. (843) 546-4623. Tuesdays through Saturdays • Sportfishing Exhibit, Georgetown County Museum, Georgetown. (843) 545-7020. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays • Myrtle’s Market, Mr. Joe White Avenue at Oak Street, Myrtle Beach. (843) 918-4906. First and fourth Thursdays, June through September • Music on Main, Main Street and Horseshoe, North Myrtle Beach. (843) 280-5570.


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Ratzilla invades Sweden There are always things that go bump in the night. When you’re a kid, it’s the monster in the

closet or the bogeyman under the bed. Today— for reasonably rational grown-ups who only hear voices when their cell phones ring—it’s giant rats. Recently, a Swedish family was terrorized by “Ratzilla,” the media’s moniker for the poodle-

sized rodent that gnawed its way into their home. The family heard some kind of wildlife rattling around, but Swedes are tough, so they figured it was just another moose. They didn’t panic until they met the 15-pound rat helping himself to leftovers in their kitchen. Yes, that’s 15 pounds of whiskered, hairy, two-fanged, sewer-crawling rat. (In Carolina terms, that would translate to a Palmetto bug roughly the size of a beaver.) After a close look at the map, I’ve determined that Sweden is at least as far away from me as Spartanburg, but we’re talking about a large, ratproducing country with a big coastline, lots of boats and no guarantee the rodents don’t have passports, so that’s still too close for comfort. Rats aren’t supposed to go places where snow starts falling in October and the entire country 38

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shuts down for ice-skating until May. They’re supposed to be found on tropical islands, rain­ forests and retired volcanoes in Papua New Guinea, like the one where a 32-inch Bosavi woolly rat showed up. (Remember, the last time you heard “woolly” it was used to describe a mammoth.) Granted, the rat seemed to be minding its own business, but it could have been planning a family vacation on Expedia. This world is filled with invasive species. I’m one of them. By rights, I should speak with a brogue, have six cousins named Kevin, and need more than one beer to produce a weeklong hangover. But I digress. Rats like to travel. According to The Associated Press, there are 180 million rats in the Galapagos Islands who hitched there with early whalers. A helicopter dropped 22 tons of poison on them last year in an effort to get them to stop eating other island residents, such as birds and lizards. So the rats left for Sweden. The thing about rats is they don’t waste a lot of time on foreplay. There’s no time for flowers and candy when a male can seduce 20 honeys in six hours. Animal Planet said it’s possible. They also said that New York, which might be closer to us than Sweden, is the world’s biggest rat city. This has all the markings of an epidemic that could be bigger than the zombie apocalypse. In Iran, they are using snipers to go after their rats. In Togo, they use recipes. The latest reports from the UK’s Mirror online news say “giant German rats with massive fangs” have taken over a small town in Germany and are heading straight for Ireland. These river rats, guests from South America, can grow up to 42 inches, which is considerably wider than my refrigerator. So let’s treat this like hurricane season and take precautions. You board up your doors and windows while I call the Kevins.  is a writer who doesn’t discriminate against weird news from anywhere. If there’s a shortage of weird in the Myrtle Beach area, there’s always Sweden. Write her at HumorMe@SCLiving.coop. JAN A. IGOE


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