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Summer 2012

LAKE HARTWELL

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❙ Sheril Bennett Turner Editor

Even though I was born in the dead of winter––or maybe it’s because I was born in the dead of winter––I have always been a die-hard summer girl. I love everything about the summertime...the smell of chlorine in a pool, the cool breezes off a lake, catching fireflies in a jar, eating alfresco, outdoor movies, watermelon festivals, summer storms...I could go on all day. One of my absolute favorite things to do in Anderson during the summer is spend lots of time on Lake Hartwell. It is hard to imagine this area without Lake Hartwell––it is hard to believe that this gentle giant has been around for only 50 years. Read Hartwell Dam & Lake History to learn about the history of the Hartwell “Project” and The Golden Damiversary of Lake Hartwell to find out some of the “Fifty for Fifty” events being organized by the Lake Hartwell Marketing Alliance to celebrate the event. Speaking of enjoying the lake, a great big thank you to Chad Hodge, the General Manager of Carolina WaterSports in Anderson and photographer Zac Cooper for the exciting action shots on Lake Hartwell featured in Living the Lake Lifestyle. There are not many restaurants that can boast having a view as spectacular as the ones featured in this issue that overlook Portman Marina. In The Galley and Nami––A Tale of Two Restaurants, you’ll discover, or rediscover, these lakefront gems that have remained local favorites.

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After a long day on the water, it’s always nice to come home. And speaking of home, in Orian Rugs–– Fashioned in the U.S.A., find out how this growing manufacturer makes some of the most fashionable rugs right here in our hometown. Summer is the best season to get together and share an ice cream with the kids or an iced tea on the front porch with good buddies. And this year, especially, why not take advantage of all the exciting happenings surrounding Lake Hartwell’s half century celebration, because it’s your lake and your Anderson Life!

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Rug Talk with Orian Rugs in Anderson

Street Talk

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What Do YOU Llike to Do Around Anderson in the Summertime? 21

Just For Fun

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Carolina WaterSports Brings Families Together on the Lake 26

Let’s Eat

Lakefront Dining at The Galley and Nami Asian Bistro 29

At Home

On Lake Hartwell As We Celebrate Their 50th

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❙ Out and About

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Recognizes Volunteers Cancer Association of Anderson volunteers, who donated more than, 1,500 hours of time in 2011, were treated to a delicious lunch on April 18 by the McDougald Funeral Home family at their Family Center. Volunteer of the Year honors—the Lila Awards, in honor of CAA co-founder Lila Albergotti—were given to Tonya Burriss and Stephanie Fielding for their work with the Walk a Mile in Their Shoes events, which raised more than $30,000 for the Cancer Association last year. Tonya is practice manager for Primary Care Aesthetics, which presents the event. Stephanie is an oncology research nurse at AnMed Health. A youth Lila Award went to Laura Wewers, a senior at Westside High School. As president of the Leo Club, Laura has recruited dozens of student volunteers and helped with special events such as the Girlfriends’ Tea, Anderson Lights of Hope and Dancing for Our Heroes. She will be attending Clemson University in the fall and plans to go on to medical school. Three women were recognized with Dogwood Awards, given to volunteers whose duties are limited to the office — but who work like a dog while there! Johnnie Green, Jane Reeves and June Emery process the patient newsletter mailing each month, keeping more than 1,200 survivors informed about events and opportunities such as support group meetings and therapy programs. “We are blessed with a terrific group of dedicated volunteers who consistently give of themselves to the CAA and our patients,” said Executive Director Kristin Palmer Williams. For information on how you can volunteer for the Cancer Association of Anderson, please call 864222-3500 or go to cancerassociationanderson.org.

Dogwood Award winners (from left): Johnnie Green, Jane Reeves, CAA Site Manager Lynn Buchanan and June Emery.

Youth Lila Award winner Laura Wewers, right, with Julie Hart, CAA project coordinator.

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers L a k e H a r t w e l l 5 0 th A n n i v e r s a r y C o m m e m o r a t i o n On Friday, April 27, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Hartwell Dam and Lake exactly 50 years from the day in 1962 when the power plant first generated and transmitted electricity to the grid. The ceremony included more than 300 community members, stakeholders, Corps employees and retirees, former construction workers who built the dam, Congressional representatives, and news media. The event paid tribute to hundreds of men and women who contributed their time and talents to the Hartwell Project throughout the last half century. Historical photos and memorabilia were on display to commemorate 50 years of “Monument to Progress”—the theme for the 50th Anniversary. For more information on Lake Hartwell and their 50th Anniversary, go to www.sas.usace.army.mil/lakes/hartwell. USACE Photos by Tracy Robillard

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❙ Look Good Wr i t t e n b y S h a n n o n E l l i s o n , C e r t i f i e d E s t h e t i c i a n | A t A e s t h e t i c S o l u t i o n s b y M e d i c u s

The Power of Two Now that the summer season is here, it’s time to formulate your “summer skin plan” and make a promise to give your skin the treatment it will need. How do you accomplish this? By being introduced to The Power of Two! Which two, you may ask? Why, Sunscreen and Professional Vitamin C Serum, of course. Have you found yourself totally confused when standing in front of the sunscreen display? It can become a total puzzlement of ingredients and numbers. How can you make the best decision for yourself without a bit of education? As we explore the sunscreen power for your skin we’ll begin with a little Sun Protection – 101

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• There are two types of sunrays: UVB (the “B” burning rays) and UVA (the “A” aging rays). If you use a Broad Spectrum sunscreen you’ll be “broadly” protected against both types of damaging sunrays. • SPF – Sun Protection Factor is a measure of the sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB from burning and damaging the skin. Theoretically, SPF 15 prevents reddening/burning 15 times longer. • What is the new rating “PA”? The PA rating is the latest protection grade for the prevention of exposure to UVA rays. There are three grades: PA+, PA++, PA+++. Each of these pluses means a higher level of protection.

The one caveat for summer is that no sunscreen, regardless of strength, should be expected to last over two hours when you are outside! REAPPLY, REAPPLY, REAPPLY! Now that you have the sun’s rays and SPF sorted out it’s time to talk Vitamin C. Yes, Vitamin C not only helps the body’s immunity and fights the common cold, but it also diminishes the harmful effects of the sun on your face when applied topically. When you are making the choice of a Vitamin C product to enhance the skin’s resistance to the sun’s aging effects be certain you use an L-ascorbic acid. L-ascorbic acid is the only form of vitamin C that can be absorbed by the skin. Vitamin C has many benefits. It stimulates collagen (the building blocks of your skin), reduces inflammation, suppresses pigmentation, helps to retain moisture by combining with Vitamin E, and enhances UV protection. At Aesthetic Solutions by Medicus we carry the Obagi line of skincare products. We have found that the Professional Vitamin C Serums with L-ascorbic acid provide every essential quality of a superior Vitamin C product. The Obagi Professional-C Serums have a high patient satisfaction because of the great results clients get. These products are

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❙ Business Spotlight

Orian Rugs Fashioned in the U.S.A

Written by Sheril Bennett Turner | Photography by Oliver Yu You might be surprised to learn that local rug manufacture, Orian, is not in the floor covering business. “We do not consider ourselves to be a textile company or a floor covering company,” says Wim DePape, Chief Operating Officer for Orian Rugs. “We are in the home decor, the fashion business. You put a rug like you put a sofa, lamp or curtain in a room. For a few hundred dollars, you really can change the look of your home and expresses your lifestyle.” Orian, a two-family privately-owned Belgium company established in Anderson, South Carolina in 1979, is a vertically integrated woven area rug manufacturer. “We make our own yarns, we make our own solution dyes, we weave, finish, package and distribute, all we need is those raw materials,” explains Mr. DePape, a Belgium native who has been with Orian in the US for 25 years. The raw material is polypropylene (PP), also known as polypropene or olefin, a form of plastic derived from crude oil. Using the extrusion process where the raw material is pushed or drawn through a die, from the polypropylene comes a durable yarn used to weave the rugs. The dyes are also made from polypropylene and are extremely colorfast. “We mix the colors using computers; it is all monitored and controlled,” says Mr. DePape. “It is a solution dye, where by a chemical process the yarn is dyed so the colors will not come out, it is colorfast. Through this chemical process, the color is really bonded in there; you are not going to rub it and have the color come out.” Once woven on the plant’s giant looms, the finished rug is durable and colorfast. “You can use cleaning products on our rugs because they are so colorfast, but just on a regular basis all you need to do is vacuum them.” Outdoor rugs are treated with a UV protection for stability through a special additive included in the dying process. In addition, whereas indoor rugs will have a little natural product, jute, in the weave of the base, an outdoor rug is 100% synthetic and impervious to rot. Orian outdoor rugs are made to withstand the elements and to resist fading––plus cleaning is as easy as rinsing with a hose and drying flat in the sun. Made to look great for a long time, Orian rugs are known for being affordable, too. “The biggest challenge is definably the raw materials, Mr. DePape says. “We are all related to polypropylene, which is related to crude oil, and that is a challenge, but our business has been good, even through the recession. We have almost doubled our business since 2006, probably because we have remained economical. Today, instead of changing out their whole floor covering, people are creating a new look in a room with one of our rugs. It is a small investment. Our average rug is between $100-$300 depending on the size, which is still affordable compared to some rugs from other companies that sell for $3,000.”

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In the United States, Orian’s primary showroom for major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot, Lowes, Costco, Sam’s, Bed, Bath & Beyond, JC Penney, Rooms to Go, and Badcock is in New York City off 5th Avenue. They also have a showroom in Atlanta, have just opened another in High Point, NC and are looking at Las Vegas as a regional market. “Our plan is to start going aggressively after the small regional furniture stores. That is why we are opening up new showrooms close to the markets. We have a lot of sales people all over the country knocking on doors trying to sell a rug,” laughs Mr. DePape. Along with the Anderson plant that feeds North America, Orian has a sister company in Belgium doing exactly the same thing––making the best rugs for the money––but for the European market. McThree Carpets in Waregem, Belgium was acquired in 1993 and Bajong Carpets in Deerlijk, Belgium in 2000. “They have a big, huge showroom in their facility in Belgium,” says Mr. DePape. “The distribution channel is different than it is over here; it’s a smaller market with more wholesalers. They participate in more shows and exhibitions, like Domotex in Germany, which is like the World’s Fair of our industry.” According to Mr. DePape, European rug buyers have different tastes than their American counterparts. “What works here will usually not work there and vice versa. There are only a few universal rugs, usually some soft contemporaries and transitionals, that will work in both markets. The neutral palette seem to work worldwide, but for the most part the designs are all completely different. We do inspire each other, though. We look at their trends because we need to know what is going on in Europe and worldwide, then we have our trends. We work together, there are a lot of synergies.” With close to 400 employees at their 550,000 SF Anderson facility, the company is constantly training. “Depending on the job, you have some low-skill jobs and some very technical high-skill jobs,” says Mr.

Wim DePape, Chief Operating Officer for Orian Rugs in Anderson, SC.

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DePape. “Every department in the plant has trainers. Few people come to us with experience because we are on our own here; there are very few rug plants in the area. You don’t have to be a college graduate, even with a high school diploma you can get started here and work your way up. We have quite a few good examples of that. Of course, our management includes chemical engineers, electrical engineers, people with design and marketing degrees.” “And it’s our employees who make the difference,” Mr. DePape continues. “We spend a lot of time with them, training them, making sure the moral is good, making sure they know what is going on, that they understand the context of their jobs. It is all about communication and collaboration. It is all about the people. Liberate the workforce, get them involved. Just don’t tell them what to do and leave them out. That’s not how it works. We are not perfect, but I think we are doing a pretty good job with that.” According to Mr. DePape, Anderson is also an important part of Orian’s success because of the plant’s strategic location in North America. “I think it is important for our products to be made in the U.S. Yes, we have a plant in Belgium, and we might get some products from there to complete our assortment, but our platform is here in the U.S. Why? Because we need to be close to our customers. Our livelihood is really about flexibility and reacting to our customers’ demands. What do our customers’ customers want. We are always watching the trends and trends shift. We are in the fashion business, it is not a commodity business, so we can’t have our sales and development team in one place and our manufacturing facility somewhere else. The location and the people here in Anderson have been great for us.” “Orian’s goal is to be the dominant domestic player in the industry here in North America, and I think we are on our way to doing that,” Mr. DePape says. “It’s a great company and we are passionate about what we are doing.”

All of Orian’s products distributed in North America are 100% made in the USA and they are a zero-landfill manufacturing facility where all waste is either re-used or recycled into other products. Orian Rugs will be featured on the television series, World’s Greatest, a 30-minute show focusing on the world’s greatest companies, products, places and people.

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Find Your Style With Orian Rugs

Transitional

In transitional design, you take the best elements of traditional and contemporary styles and mix them together creating a very warm, casual, comfortable feeling with an air of sophistication. Our transitional area rug designs are a clean, timeless and a visually appealing focal point for any room.

Modern Style

Welcoming and easy to live with, our soft modern designs are up-to-date and comfortable. Optimism is reflected in a fresh, lively palette that adds pops of color to any decor.

Natural Inspirations

An ever growing look, people want to simplify their lives get back to nature and bring the outdoors in. Nature-inspired patterns create decorative area rugs that are the perfect way to enhance your home with a relaxing, natural feel.

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Timeless and Classic

Gracious and inviting, our traditional area rug designs combine understated elegance and grand style with fresh, updated designs.

Outdoor Living

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❙ Street Talk

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What do you like to do around Anderson in the summertime?

Kathy, who was born and raised in Anderson, was showing a visitor around downtown Anderson on a Monday afternoon. “I like to go out to the track and walk. My favorite place to eat is either at Outback or at one of these downtown eateries like Mellow Mushroom where I can sit outside and enjoy the weather.”

The day was unseasonably cool, so Cheryl was heading to McGee’s Irish Pub with a girlfriend for a cozy lunch. “My boyfriend, Buddy, lives on Broadway Lake. We like to fish, ride the boat, and just hang out and relax. We both enjoy cooking at home. Our favorite? Smoked chicken!”

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Kathy Fousek Anderson, SC

Kevin was strolling downtown in front of J Peters Grill & Bar when I stopped him for a chat. “Anything outside. I love to mountain bike; Paris Mountain and Issaquena are closest, and then you have easy access to the mountains like Table Rock. It’s great to be able to do that in only a day. I also like to boat. Lake Hartwell is great because it is so close, but there is Keowee and Jocassee if you want to change it up.”

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❙ For Fun

Summertime & Fun Regattas Wr i t t e n b y E d S h e r m a n o f t h e We s t e r n C a r o l i n a S a i l i n g C l u b Photographs by Elizabeth McDaniel

Three hundred sixty-five days a year, somewhere in the world “it” happens. “It” is a regatta. Dictionaries tell us a regatta is a boat race. Well, that is true, but over the years, sailboats have cornered the market on the word. These days when we hear the word regatta, we can bet our lifejackets it refers to a series of sailboat races spread over two or three days during a weekend and enjoyed by both men and women. And because of the length of the event, not only do sailboats race each other on the water during daylight, a regatta also brings an evening party including cocktails, a big feast and sometimes a raffle. Water is fascinating and has a way of drawing almost everyone. Perhaps the largest and most famous regatta in the world is the America’s Cup which has been sailed every four years since 1832. A speech by JFK before the 1962 America’s Cup regatta in Newport, Rhode Island helps us understand the lure of water, whether the oceans or freshwater lakes: “I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it is because in addition to the fact that the sea changes and the light changes, and ships change, it is because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it we are going back from whence we came.” Recreational sailing is a very popular warm-weather sport in the Upstate, particularly on lakes Hartwell and Keowee. Different people like different aspects of the sport. Some enjoy day sailing in light winds for relaxation and quiet instead of racing. There is a

joke among sailors most of whom say they seldom, if ever use their 2 hp outboard motor and, “the last time I bought a gallon of gas it cost twenty-five cents.” Other, more competitive and experienced recreational sailors also enjoy the light-wind cruises, but they take the sport to the next level and compete against others in their sailboats. Sometimes a sailboat race occurs during a single afternoon, but most competitive sailors look forward to the weekend regattas for socializing with friends and family and sailing to their hearts’ content over several days. Another joke familiar to recreational sailors is; “If there are two or more sailboats near each other on the water, you can bet they are racing.” In 1999, the competitive sailing families at Western Carolina Sailing Club near Anderson on Hartwell Lake decided to sponsor a regatta which provided sailing for their enjoyment, raised money for Hospice of the Upstate. The annual event has been named the Hospice Regatta and is held at WCSC every October. After twelve Hospice Regattas, the club has raised over $300,000 for Hospice of the Upstate. Each year, club members canvas their communities for donations to Hospice, then they have a regatta and sail for others. This year the Hospice Regatta is slated for October 1214. For more information or for sponsorship opportunities, go to www.wcsc-sailing.org. The Western Carolina Sailing Club, located on Hartwell Lake, Anderson, South Carolina, is always interested in individuals of a high caliber who are interested in becoming a part of an organization that promotes sailing, sailboat racing, and social functions with other sailors. For more information, go to www.wcsc-sailing.org.

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Yes, it’s that time of year again! Jeremy Wilson and wife Tina ThomasWilson, along with son Caleb Wilson, daughter Ansley Wilson plus friend Robyne Owens, head for the lake for some quality time–and some extreme fun–family style! Dressed to impress in fashions by Billabong, Quicksilver, Fox, Roxy, Volcom, Ronix, and O’Neil from Carolina Watersports, this group makes waves wherever they go! Storyline by Sheril Bennett Turner Photography by Zac Cooper Photography 22  Anderson Life


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❙ Let’s Eat

The Galley and Nami: A Written by Sheril Bennett Turner | Back in his youth, when he worked in the hotel food & beverage industry in Greenville, I bet David Freeman never imagined that he would one day own not one, but two very successful Lake Hartwell-front restaurants. “When I purchased the Portman Marina, I really had no intention of having a full-service extended service restaurant,” David says. “Really, what was on the premises was a very small building that had about 2,000 square feet including a screened in porch. Since the 60’s, it had been a snack bar and a cafe for the lake users during the season. It was in disrepair and had been neglected for some time. I really just tried to put my hand to it and improve it where it met my expectations.” “Then, year after year,” he continues “we took it from a breakfast/lunch place to an evening only business, then created The Galley as it is currently known. Through a series of four major renovations, we took it from one promising snack bar to an 11,000 square foot facility offering downstairs dining where we seat approximately 250 people, plus off-premise catering. So, I guess my food service background and my love of cooking as a particular interest in my life kind of led me to it, although it wasn’t so much by design, but by default.” By design or default, The Galley has turned out to be a local favorite since David opened its doors in 1984. With a clientele mostly drawn from a 35-mile-radius that includes 26  Anderson Life

Anderson, Clemson, Hartwell, Greenville, North Georgia and up towards Lake Keowee, the restaurant with a spectacular view has become a landmark. By car and by boat, locals and lake dwellers alike know where to get great food at a reasonable price. “We have been serving traditional American cuisine from scratch––our prime rib, steaks, and seafood are perennial favorites––for some time. The menu has not evolved a great deal over the years because it’s what people seem to really enjoy. Occasionally we would have an item like fried dill pickles that we introduced probably 20 years ago, and when we tried to take it off the menu, people read us the riot act,” David says with


A Tale of Two Restaurants Photographed by Oliver Yu a laugh. “It seems like any little thing we try to change we have a following for it, so we have kept the menu very constant over the years.” In 2005, The Hearth Room opened within the restaurant allowing small dishes to be prepared out of a open hearth oven. “That allows us to explore new menu items,” David explains. “In the tapas style, people will order a variety of things that they can experiment with. It is more of a half portion which allows people to try more items, or people can have them as appetizers before their entree. A lot of times in today’s dining, people enjoy ordering a variety of items and sharing.”

Casually elegant, warm and inviting, the granite countertops and rich wood of the dining room beckons with an upscale feel that doesn’t feel imposing. “We wanted something you can feel comfortable in,” David explains. “Our menu pricing is reflective of the corporate restaurants––the Outbacks, the Chili’s, the O’Charley’s, the Red Lobsters––but the feel is more relaxing and more upscale and romantic, like a resort. And the waterfront dining, there is really nothing else available in our area that offers the same proximity to the lake.” Another contributing factor to the success of The Galley, according to David, seems to be the management and kitchen staff. “Chef Stanley Hampton graduated from the Johnson & Wales culinary program in Charleston and came to work with us, I believe 16 years ago. The person who preceded him was with us for 15 or so years. Dawn Falkowski, our Catering Director/Restaurant Manager has been with me for nearly 20 years. Her predecessor retired in 2008 and she had been with me for approaching 25 years. So generally speaking, people retire with us. And sometimes, even when they retire, a few have continued to help out with catering. The amount of stability in the management and kitchen staff is another reason for the consistency in the quality and the product that we offer.” } page 28 Summer 2012 27


As well as the elegant restaurant dining room and the more casual outdoor stone-terraced dining area beside a bubbling fountain, the catering operation at The Galley offers an upstate space that seats 150, or 300 for hors d’oeuvres, with a breathtaking panoramic waterfront view. Downstairs there is the Patio Room which seats a more intimate 40. “Over the years we have done numerous social events and corporate events; weddings, class reunions, family gatherings and certainly during the holidays we have a tremendous amount of Christmas parties. During the months of November and December, we are completely booked for the holidays,” David says. In 2001, David decided Anderson was ready for something a little different so Nami was created. Nami, which means “wave” in Japanese, seemed an appropriate name for the Asian Bistro which sits next door to and shares The Galley’s spectacular view of Lake Hartwell. “We didn’t want to duplicate what The Galley was offering, we didn’t want another Italian restaurant, not another steak restaurant or something the corporate chains were offering. We weren’t really sure if Anderson would respond to an upscale Japanese restaurant. We knew the hibachi grill thing was popular, but to have a first rate sushi bar with a master chef in charge of the overall operation, well, we thought it was worth a try.” The master chef came to them by luck. Born in Nara, Japan and trained in traditional Japanese cooking as well as classical French cuisine, Chef Fukuhara had already worked in some of the finest restaurants in Dallas, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia before being wooed away from an upscale Japanese restaurant in

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Greenville to come head up the kitchen at Nami. “We intentionally allowed East to meet West, so in addition to traditional sushi offerings we offer grilled items, steaks and seafood with wonderful sauces,” David says. “No matter what your food preferences are, you can always find something on Nami’s menu.” To prove the point, one of the most popular items is the Filet Mignon finished with a Pecan Cream Sauce. “Fukuhara makes all his sauces from scratch. He studied for three years in tasting alone during his apprenticeship program in Japan. His sauces are phenomenal. I could eat the phonebook with his sauces,” laughs David. The sushi has also won over the hearts of the customers. “The Galley customers are not so squeamish about sushi as you would think and the Nami customers enjoy The Galley cuisine as well,” David says. “We found that the younger people like the sushi, but less predictable than we thought, the older customers and retirees enjoy it as well. I think what people have discovered is that when they go to Portman Marina, they have two different but very good choices for dining.” “We would like for both restaurants, and they have been, to be places where people can either dine several times a week or be special occasion destinations,” David continues. “We try to meet the needs of families, as well as individuals and businesses, for those dining out once a year for the prom nights, we try to be the restaurant that meets the needs of the overall community. We hope to be providing the best value, offering quality ingredients made from scratch at reasonable prices.” For more information, go to www.portmanmarina.com.


â?™ At Home

Lake Hartwell Celebrates

50 Years!

Historical Photos courtesy o f U. S . A r m y C o r p s o f E n g i n e e r s a n d L H M A Summer 2012 29


The following is from the book “History of the Savannah District, 1829 – 1989” by Henry E. Barber and Allen R. Gann, published by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, 1989, pp. 434 – 442. Please note that some changes have been added to the below information by the Corps of Engineers to bring it up to date – these changes are in italics. This book is available for checkout at a number of local libraries. The Flood Control Act of 17 May 1950 authorized the Hartwell Dam and Reservoir as the second unit in the comprehensive development of the Savannah River Basin.44 The estimated cost was $68.4 million based on 1948 price levels and preliminary designs. The original project provided for a gravity-type concrete dam 2,415 feet long with earth embankments at either end, which would be 6,050 feet long on the Georgia side and 3,935 feet long on the South Carolina side. The 12,400-foot-long dam was to be topped with a roadway 24 feet wide. The main dam was to consist of two nonoverflow concrete sections on the right and left banks 887 feet and 940 feet long, respectively; a gravitytype concrete spillway 588 feet long equipped with 12 tainter gates 26 feet by 40 feet in the channel; and a powerhouse on the South Carolina side of the river.45 Full power pool was designed to be 660 feet above mean sea level. At this elevation, the reservoir would extend 7.1 miles up the Savannah River to the confluence of the Tugaloo and Seneca Rivers; 41 miles up the Tugaloo to within approximately 2 miles of the existing Yonah Dam; 27 miles up the Seneca to the mouth of the Little River, South Carolina; 2 miles up the Little River to the Newry site; and 7 miles up the Keowee to the Old Pickens site. The reservoir would cover 56,500 acres and would involve the relocation of 3 sections of railroad totaling 2 miles, the raising of 2 railroad bridges, construction of 6 sections of new state highways totaling 19.6 miles and 9 sections of county roads totaling 12.7 miles, the construction of 9 new bridges and the raising of 4 existing bridges, and the relocation of 2 power transmission lines.46 As construction of the dam got under way, the specifications 30  Anderson Life

changed from time to time. The length of the concrete portions of the structure was reduced to 1,900 feet, the roadway was removed from atop the dam and made to cross the river just below the dam site, the size of the tainter gates was increased from 26 feet by 40 feet to 35.5 feet by 40 feet, and the Powerhouse was relocated from the South Carolina to the Georgia side of the river. Periodically, construction costs were revised upward to a final figure of almost $90 million. The first appropriations for construction were made on 15 July 1955, and the first major contract was awarded 14 October 1955 for construction of the earth embankments.47 Filling of the reservoir began in February 1961 and was completed in March 1962. When the dam was constructed, 5 penstocks were provided for the installation of four 66,000-kilowatt generating units and a future 80,000-kilowatt unit. The fifth unit was completed in 1985, bringing the total generating capacity to 344,000 kilowatts (a “rehab” of units 1 – 4 took place from 1997 – 2000. This increased the total generating capacity to 422,000 kilowatts). The Hartwell project has provided not only electricity for municipalities and electric cooperatives but also an ample water supply for industry and domestic use. Power is sold through the Southeastern Power Administration (SEPA) to private power companies and public cooperatives. From 1962, when power was put on line, through September 1988 SEPA paid the Corps $118,485,133 for power. The total cost of the Hartwell Project was $89,240,000 (in 1963).48 In addition to power production, 5 feet of storage above the maximum power pool has been reserved for flood


in a “grandfather” status. It also gave basic information on control. This feature at Hartwell, along with that at Clark Hill requirements for the construction of mooring facilities and (Clark Hill was renamed J. Strom Thurmond in 1987), reduced those permits or licenses required by landowners for any flood damage in the areas downstream by an estimated facilities placed on government property.51 Information $363,000 annually. Hartwell alone prevented an estimated on activities such as mowing and underbrushing was also $9.47 million in flood damages through the regulation of provided in the Plan. 52 The Hartwell Shoreline Management flood flows from 1962 through FY 1987 (from 1962 – 2000, Hartwell Dam prevented $13.7 million in flood damages). Plan was again revised and updated in 1998. During construction, the Hartwell project was seriously The combined control by the Hartwell and Clark Hill multipurpose projects permitted the use of some of the challenged on only two occasions. The first instance was earlier undeveloped lowlands below Augusta for agriculture in August 1956 when Mrs. Eliza Brock and her daughter and also allowed extensive development in the low areas refused to allow workmen to come onto their property to of Augusta. Flow regulation at Hartwell also increased the begin clearing for the reservoir area. The controversy involved dependable production of power at Clark Hill and benefited 103 acres of land that reverted to government ownership navigation by increasing the minimum streamflow below on 21 June 1956 when a formal “declaration of taking” was Augusta. Water released through the turbines as power is filed by the Corps of Engineers. Apparently, Mrs. Brock generated at Hartwell and provides adequate regulation of never received an offer for her land and therefore refused flow in the river below the dam to benefit fish and wildlife, to to allow government workers on the property. She and her daughter used a rifle to hold off contractors until a court aid navigation below Augusta, and to increase the dependable order was served on 27 September. After delaying timber power at Clark Hill.49 The large lake created by the impounded waters at Hartwell cutting procedures for more than a month, the 78-year-old Mrs. Brock settled the issue out of court and accepted the has been used extensively for recreation. The number of Government’s offer of $6,850 for her property.56 visitors to the project has increased regularly from about The second challenge to the Hartwell project came in 750,000 in 1962 to 9.6 million during 2000. This ranked late 1956 when Clemson College objected to the damage Hartwell third of the ten most popular Corps projects in that would be done to its the nation. The Corps has developed 61 publicproperty as a result of the impounded water in the use areas in addition reservoir. Correspondence to recreational facilities between the Corps of provided by private club and quasi-public groups. Engineers and Clemson The Hartwell Lakeshore relating to the construction Management Plan was of the Hartwell project initially approved in 1979 and its effect on the college after more than 4 years of began as early as 1949. In work by Corps personnel, addition, representatives of 4 public meetings, and the college and the Corps a congressional hearing. held numerous meetings This plan for the orderly prior to 1956. At a 16 development of the lake’s December 1952 meeting shoreline serves to protect in the office of DL Robert and manage the shoreline, F. Poole, president of the establish and maintain college, a proposed plan for acceptable fish and wildlife the Clemson College area habitats, and help meet was presented to college the recreational needs of Bridges & Highways - November 2, 1959 – Relocated South Carolina officials. In a letter of 5 July the general public. The State Hwy 24 Bridge – Over Seneca River – View Northeast from right 1955, the Corps furnished Management Plan became bank abutment. the vice chairman of the the subject of controversy Board of Trustees of the because adjacent lakeshore school with information on landowners were being required to improve their property plans for acquisition, relocation, and protection of facilities to meet the standards established by the Corps of Engineers. in the Clemson area. This information was substantially The plan sought to achieve a balance between the needs of the same as presented to the college officials in December these landowners while at the same time promoting a safe, 1952.57 The Board of Trustees then pledged their healthful use of the lakeshore for recreational purposes.50 cooperation in the Hartwell project.58 By 1956 DL Robert The Hartwell Plan which was revised and updated in 1989 E. Edwards had assumed the presidency of Clemson College, after another series of public meetings and workshops held and on 29 June 1956 the chairman of the Hartwell Dam in September 1988, provided a set of maps of the entire lake, Subcommittee of the Board of Trustees transmitted to the pinpointing areas where private mooring facilities(eg. boat docks) were permitted as well as areas where docks were } page 32 Summer 2012 31


Savannah District a report compiled by a private engineering firm on the Hartwell project as related to Clemson College. Based on this report, three plans were proposed by the board for the protection of school holdings. In order of preference, these plans proposed the following: lowering the power pool from 660 feet to 610 feet; diverting the Seneca River around the endangered college property to prevent the anticipated flooding; or compensation for college lands and facilities that would be affected by the impounded waters. The Corps proceeded in anticipation of reaching agreement on the basis of the third plan until December 1956, when the Clemson trustees declared the land irreplaceable and the damage that would be done to the college irreparable.59 Following the claims made by Clemson of irreparable damage resulting from construction of the Hartwell project, and the support which these claims received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, construction on the project was halted pending further investigation. The Chief of Engineers attended a meeting at Clemson College on 20 December 1956 and subsequently requested authority from the Public Works committees of both the Senate and the House to restudy the project. Following the authorization, the Corps did a restudy during the early months of 1957. One curious circumstance that surfaced during the restudy was the fact that the Department of Agriculture had conveyed more than 7,600 acres of bottom land along the Seneca River to the college for the payment of one dollar in December 1954, more than four years after the authorization of the Hartwell project. This had been done without the knowledge of the Department of Army. In December 1956, the Department of Agriculture declared that the damage to this land “would be so great as to cast serious doubt on the economic feasibility of the project.”60 Following the restudy it was concluded that redesigning the project with a power pool of 610 feet would be economically unfeasible and that the only alternative was to provide for the diversion of the Seneca River so that impounded waters would pose no threat to the Clemson College lands. On the basis of this revised project, work was resumed in 1957 and completed in December 1963. The two diversion dams built in the vicinity of Clemson College in 1961 to rechannel the Seneca River and protect valuable school facilities were constructed of random earth fill raised on alluvial soil. Seepage on the dry or protected side of the structures required numerous repairs over the years, so in 1982 steps were taken to solve the problems permanently. The solution involved constructing concrete cutoff walls within the existing earthen dams using slurry 32  Anderson Life

wall panel method. This technique, borrowed from an earlier construction method used at the West Point project, involved excavating a trench along the entire length of each of the earthen dams and filling the trenches with a soupy masonry mixture that, when hardened, formed a relatively impervious concrete wall. Work on the lower diversion dam at Clemson was completed in December 1982, and seepage was reduced to the level anticipated. Work on the upper dam began in June 1983 and was completed in June 1984, well ahead of schedule. Early History The Hartwell region abounds in historical lore, much of it inherited from the Cherokee Indians who once roamed here and from the early settlers who pioneered the area. Many local streams, rivers and recreation areas bear colorful Indian names. Some streams allegedly were named by Issaqueena, a young Indian maiden who rode to Fort Ninety-Six to warn settlers of an impending attack. On her journey, she marked her travel by naming the streams that she encountered for the number of miles she had covered. The story of Issaqueena accounts for the names of Six-Mile, TwelveMile, Twenty-Three Mile and Twenty-Six Mile creeks which are part of the lake today. Before and during the Revolutionary War, the region was a hotbed of antiBritish activity. Nancy Hart, for whom Hart County, Ga., Hartwell, Ga., and Hartwell Dam and Lake subsequently were named, was renowned for her heroic exploits on behalf of the Patriot cause. Other historic figures who lived in the immediate region of Hartwell Lake were Andrew Pickens and John C. Calhoun, both eminent Statesmen from South Carolina. Also, William Bartram, foremost botanist in the late 1700’s, traveled the region which is Hartwell Lake today, recording vegetation types and plant species and noting his observations on the Indians in his Travels. 44 Stats. at L., 64:171. 45 Annual Report, 1950, p. 723. 46 U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers, Engineer Officers Advanced Class, 1952, p. 52. 47 Stats. at L., 72:307. 48 U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers, Water Resources Development in Georgia, 1989, p.59. 49 Ibid. 50 U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers, Water Resources Development in Georgia, 1981, p.68. 51 Ibid., p.60. 52 U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers, Congressional Fact Book (1989). 56 Greenville News, 28 Sept. 1956; Atlanta Journal, 28 Sept. 1956; Atlanta Constitution, 29 Sept. 1956; Augusta Herald, 12 Oct. 1956. 57 U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers, Restudy Report, Hartwell Reservoir, Savannah River, Georgia and South Carolina (Savannah, GA: U.S. Army Engineer District, 1957), p. 3. 58 Anderson Independent, 19 July 1955. 59 U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers, Restudy Report, Hartwell Reservoir, p. 4. 60 Ibid., p. 52. 61 U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers, Congressional Fact Book (1984). General Info: Power Plant - February 26, 1959 – Status of penstock erection – View North.


Lake Hartwell Fast Facts •

The Hartwell “Project” was originally authorized for three purposes: hydropower, flood control, and navigation. Later, recreation, water quality, water supply, and fish and wildlife management were added.

Construction of the Hartwell Project took place from 1955 – 1963.

Construction of the dam began in 1955 and was completed in 1959.

Impoundment of the lake began in February 1961. The lake reached its full pool elevation of 660 feet on March 12, 1962.

The powerplant was completed in 1961; the first generator went on-line at on April 27, 1962.

The Hartwell Powerplant is a “peaking powerplant” - this means that power is not constantly generated. Instead, power is generated at times when electricity is in the greatest demand.

Hartwell Lake contains 55,900 acres of water and has 962 miles of shoreline. 23,563 acres of public land surrounds the lake.

The lake is located in two states (Georgia and South Carolina) and 6 counties (Georgia – Hart, Franklin, and Stephens Counties; South Carolina – Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens Counties).

Hartwell Dam is built of more than 880,000 cubic yards of concrete (enough to build a sidewalk from the dam to San Francisco) and more than 3 million pounds of reinforcing steel.

The depth of the lake behind the dam is approximately 180 feet.

The top of the dam is 204 feet above the Savannah River Bed.

The Hartwell Dam and Lake has prevented over $101,998 mil-

lion in flood damages since 1962. •

Floodgates at the Hartwell Dam have been opened for flood control purposes three times - in 1964, 1965, and 1994. They have been opened at other times for maintenance and inspection purposes.

The average yearly generation from the Hartwell Powerplant is approximately 470,000 - megawatt hours. Megawatt hours produced in 2008 were 217,423. The 2008 total is below average because of reductions in generation due to drought conditions in the Savannah River Basin in 2008.

The three Corps managed lakes on the Savannah River - Hartwell, Richard B. Russell, and J. Strom Thurmond - are responsible for maintaining water supply and water quality needs of the Savannah River from below Thurmond Dam all the way to Savannah, Georgia and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Savannah River forms at the confluence of the Tugaloo and Seneca Rivers, 7.1 miles above the Hartwell Dam.

The Savannah River begins 7.1 miles above the Hartwell Dam and is approximately 315 miles long. The river ends in the Atlantic Ocean near Savannah, Georgia.

The lowest lake level on Hartwell Lake is 637.49 ft. msl reached on December 9, 2008. The previous record low at Hartwell Lake was 642.4 ft. msl, reached on December 24, 1981.

The highest lake elevation reached was 665.4 ft. msl reached on April 8, 1964.

The average lake elevation is 657.5 ft. msl.

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Damiversary The Golden

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H a r t w e l l

Written by Sheril Bennett Turner

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ake Hartwell is one the largest lakes in the southeast with nearly 56,000 acres of water and a shoreline of 962 miles. Straddling the South Carolina and Georgia border, the lake reaches into six counties, Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties in South Carolina and Franklin, Hart, and Stephens counties in Georgia. Created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a system of flood control and to provide usable hydroelectric power, the Hartwell Dam Project also gifted the area with one of the best destinations for recreational activities including swimming, fishing, hunting, boating, water sports, camping, hiking and biking. Celebrating its 50th year this year, it is hard to believe that Lake Hartwell has not always been around. In fact, it’s hard to imagine what the landscape of the area would have looked like, and what life would have been like for its residents without the recreational giant. “I am a Hartwell native, and before the lake, the area was definitely based on farming and textiles,” says Larry Torrence, Chairman of the Lake Hartwell Marketing Alliance, a nonprofit organization that promotes Lake Hartwell. “The farming is still here to a degree, but the textiles are long gone. I have some old high school friends who don’t have a boat, don’t have a place on the lake, and don’t really appreciate that there are people here who are not from around here. I have 34  Anderson Life

conversations with them along these lines, ‘Do you like the new Super Wal-Mart?’ ‘Yes, I go there twice a week.’ ‘Do you like the new Lowes and Home Depot? Do you realize those wouldn’t be here without the lake?’ It’s amazing how many of these people say they never looked at it that way.” Larry started the Lake Hartwell Marketing Alliance (LHMA) a little over two years ago when the lake was down over two feet and starting to affect his business. “I started talking to people in other communities around the lake and I found we had similar problems. We started meeting and discussing how the economy was affecting everyone; how the lake was down, and what we could do about it.” The informal meetings turned into a non-profit organization made up of more than 350 members with representatives from all six destination counties whose goal it is to market and promote Lake Hartwell as a “premier tourism destination.” “We have a pretty good team put together, and we actually have people talking with each other,” Larry says. “It is amazing to me how similar the challenges are that are facing each of the six counties. LHMA helps everyone realize they are not fighting the battle alone. Our goal is to not only get people


to appreciate the obvious reasons for having the lake here, but to start looking at and promoting all the benefits of having the lake here. I don’t think that has been effectively communicated yet to the community at large. “ It is because of this mission statement that the Corps of Engineers turned to LHMA for help promoting their 50th anniversary. “The Corp of Engineers has been extremely helpful, because this 50th anniversary is very important to them,” Larry says. “Our group has been asked to manage the 50th anniversary, and what we have come up with is fifty events from the six counties, which include existing events plus a few new events, we are actively promoting. We are calling it Fifty for Fifty.” As an example of the fun things organized by LHMA to celebrate Lake Harwell’s 50th Anniversary, officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have captured, tagged and released 50 fish of all different kinds of species including largemouth bass and crappie from all around the lake. If you catch one tagged “Hartwell Dam and Lake 50th Anniversary” and return the tag to the Hartwell Lake Office at the Hartwell Visitors Center by December 31,2012, you’ll get a commemorative coin and a prize package from Grady’s Great Outdoors in Anderson. Another event was jazzed up for the 50th Anniversary Fifty for Fifty celebration. “The Blue Ridge Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society has the annual Lake Hartwell Antique Boat Festival at Hartwell Marina,” Larry explains. “This year, we wanted to spruce it up so I thought maybe people who enjoyed antique boats might also like sports cars.” Larry contacted the Upstate chapter president of the Porsche Club of America, who lives in Anderson, and to make a long story short, 32 Porsches rolled into the boat show led by a police escort. “ Of course, the Porsche people were dying to take a ride in an antique boat, and vise versa. It turned out to be a very worthwhile effort with very little money involved.” In addition to planning the Fifty for Fifty Celebration, the LHMA used volunteers to create an exhibit called Once Upon a Dam … A Golden Retrospective featuring photos of the Hartwell Dam Project contributed by the Corps of Engineers archives, as well as historical photos submitted by the community depicting residents enjoying the lake recreationally. The exhibit will be travelling to each of the six lake-related counties, where the public can enjoy matted and framed historical photographs, as well as a slide show. “The lake changed this rural area to a major recreational venue for both Georgia and South Carolina,” says David Couglin, the local historian who cataloged the exhibit and is writing a book on Lake Hartwell. For more information on the Lake Hartwell Marketing Alliance and the Golden Damiversary of Lake Hartwell, go to www.mylakehartwell.org.

50th Anniversary Art Exhibit Once Upon A Dam... A Golden Retrospective April 27 through May 29 Hart County Venue to be the Art Center, Downtown. An opening reception is planned for the evening of April 27 at the Art Center. USACE April 27 Commemoration guests will be invited to join County residents June 9 through July 4 Anderson County Venue to be the Anderson County Museum. A preview gala will be held to benefit the Anderson County United Way and the Lake Hartwell Marketing Alliance on Friday, June 8, from 6:30 pm to 10 pm. August 1 through September 8 Franklin County Venue: The exhibit will begin its tour at the Bower’s House in Canon with a Garden Party opening reception. On or about August 10 the exhibit will move to Emmanuel College for the duration. September 9 through September 23 Pickens County Venue: The new City Hall in Pickens. An opening reception is in the planning stages for September 13 at the Madren Center on the Clemson campus. October 1 through November 4 Stephens County Venue will be the Cornerstone Restaurant. An opening reception will also be held at the Cornerstone. November 8 through December 1 Oconee County Venue: Duke’s World of Energy with an opening reception to be held on November 8.


❙ What’s Happening

June

August

SC State INT/WWA

Wakeboard Tournament

June 9–10 Singing Pines Recreational Area, Starr, SC

Main Street Father’s Day

Triple Crown Watercross Pro Tour

Car Show Stellar Summer Events for Hartwell’s Big Five-0

June 16 Anderson, SC

August 11 Tugaloo State Park, Lavonia, GA

Chattooga River Festival

Spring Water Festival

June 22–24 Clayton, GA & Long Creek, SC

& AnMed Health Spring Water Run August 25 Williamston, SC

Hartwell Service League’s 35th

Pre4th Extravaganza

June 29–June 30 In Celebration of Hartwell Lake & Dam, 50 Years Featuring The Big 50” Fireworks and Boat Parade Hartwell, GA

September

July GA State INT/WWA

Wakeboard Championships July 14–15 Singing Pines, SC

Big League

Baseball World Series July 24–August 8 Easley, SC

Carnesville Fall Festival September 1 Carnesville, GA

Tour de la France & Celebrate Anderson September 2-4 Anderson, SC

South Carolina

Apple Festival September 4–7 Westminster, SC

Tugaloo Triathlon September 8 Lavonia, GA

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❙ Home Cooking

Fired Up f o r S u m m e r G r i l l i ng

It’s summertime and the living is easy. Between block parties, 4th of July picnics, and backyard barbeques with family and friends, what better way to enjoy all that fresh produce that starts rolling in around May than by throwing it on the barbie. Yes, it’s time to uncover the grill and try one of the following super scrumptious—and super easy— recipes that will have everyone shouting, “Hurray for summertime”!

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Venison & Vegetables Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 15 min. Yield: 4-6 Servings

My husband enjoys hunting, and it’s my challenge to find new ways to serve venison. This recipe makes hearty kabobs perfect for grilling. The marinade reduces the “wild” taste, so guests often don’t realize they’re eating venison. —Eva MiIler-Videtich, Cedar Springs, Michigan Ingredients 1 cup red wine vinegar 1/2 cup honey 1/2 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup ketchup Dash pepper Dash garlic powder 1-1/2 pounds boneless venison steak, cut into 1-1/4-inch cubes 8 to 12 cherry tomatoes 8 to 12 fresh mushrooms, optional 1/2 medium green or sweet red pepper, cut into 1-1/2 inch pieces 1 to 2 small zucchini, cut into 1-inch chunks 1 large onion, cut into wedges 8 to 12 small new potatoes, parboiled Directions In a glass bowl or plastic bag, combine vinegar, honey, soy sauce, ketchup, pepper and garlic powder; set aside 1/4 cup for vegetables. Set aside 3/4 cup for basting. Add meat to bowl or bag; stir or shake to coat. Cover (or close bag) and refrigerate for 4 hours. One hour before grilling, toss vegetables with 1/4 cup reserved marinade. Drain and discard marinade from meat. Thread meat and vegetables alternately on skewers. Grill over mediumhot heat for 15-20 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in the venison reads 160°, turning and basting frequently with reserved 3/4 cup marinade. Yield: 4-6 servings.

Vegetable Cheese Bread Prep: 20 min. Grill: 15 min. Yield: 8 Servings

Here in the Deep South, tomatoes are really delicious on the Fourth of July,” jots field editor Sundra Hauck from Bogalusa, Louisiana. “They’re super on this bread, which is good any time you fire up the grill. Ingredients 1 loaf (1 pound) French bread, sliced lengthwise 1/4 cup olive oil 3 large tomatoes, thinly sliced 2 cups thinly sliced zucchini 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese 1 jar (4 ounces) sliced pimientos, drained 1 can (4-1/4 ounces) chopped ripe olives, drained 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning Directions Brush cut sides of bread with oil. Layer with tomatoes and zucchini; sprinkle with cheddar cheese, pimientos, olives and Creole seasoning. Prepare grill for indirect heat. Place bread on grill rack. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 10-12 minutes or until zucchini is crisp-tender. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese; grill 2-4 minutes longer or until melted. Yield: 8 servings. Editor’s Note The following spices may be substituted for 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning: 1/4 teaspoon each salt, garlic powder and paprika; and a pinch each of dried thyme, ground cumin and cayenne pepper.

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Apple Tossed Salad Prep: 15 min. + marinating Grill: 15 min. Yield: 4 Servings

The grilled apples in this salad combine so well with the blue cheese, walnuts and balsamic dressing. I like to serve it on pink Depression glass dessert plates from my great-grandmother. —Paul Soska, Toledo, Ohio Ingredients 6 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 cup orange juice 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro 2 tablespoons honey 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon chili sauce 1 garlic clove, minced 2 large apples, cut into wedges 1 package (5 ounces) spring mix salad greens 1 cup walnut halves 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese Directions For dressing, in a small bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Pour 1/4 cup into a large resealable plastic bag; add apples. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for at least 10 minutes. Cover and refrigerate remaining dressing until serving. Drain apples, reserving marinade for basting. Thread onto six metal or soaked wooden skewers. Grill apples, covered, over medium heat for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown, basting frequently. Turn and grill 6-8 minutes longer or until golden and tender. In a large salad bowl, combine the greens, walnuts and blue cheese. Add apples. Drizzle with reserved dressing and toss to coat. Yield: 4 servings.

Peaches ‘n’ Berries Prep/Total Time: 30 min. Yield: 3 Servings

With only five ingredients, this delightful dessert shared by Sharon Bickett from Chester, South Carolina is so easy to prepare. Just halve peaches and sprinkle with fresh blueberries and a brown sugar mixture. Because they’re grilled in foil, there are no messy dishes to wash. Ingredients 3 medium ripe peaches, halved and pitted 1 cup fresh blueberries 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon lemon juice Directions Place two peach halves, cut side up, on each of three double thicknesses of heavy-duty foil (12 in. square). Sprinkle each with blueberries,brown sugar, butter and lemon juice. Fold foil around peaches and seal tightly. Grill, covered, over medium-low heat for 18-20 minutes or until tender. Open foil carefully to allow steam to escape. Yield: 3 servings. Recipes and table suggestions are courtesy of Taste of Home magazine. For more grilling recipes, visit TasteofHome.com. Summer 2012 39


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Anderson Life Summer 2012 Issue