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SHERIFF TO SPEAK TO LIBPA The Lady’s Island Business Professional Association welcomes Sheriff P.J. Tanner as guest speaker for June. A lifelong resident of Beaufort County, Tanner joined the Beaufort County Sheriff ’s Department in 1982. He rose through the ranks to serve as Commander of the Southern Division of the Sheriff ’s Department. In 1995, following his service with the Sheriff ’s Department, he became a member of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety where he served in a variety of assignments. Returning to Beaufort in 1998, P.J. Tanner, he was elected as Beaufort County Sheriff of Beaufort Sheriff County and reelected in 2002, 2006 and 2010. Sheriff Tanner was selected as the South Carolina 2009 Sheriff of the Year by the S. C. Sheriff ’s Association and served as President of the Association in 2010. Some issues he will be discussing: • What is the impact of reduced funding (county, state and federal) on the Sheriff ’s Department? • What have been the results of the establishment of a Beaufort County Forensics and DNA Laboratory? • How has the downturn in the economy affected the crime rate? • An overview of crime in Northern Beaufort County and specifically Lady’s Island.
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When: Tuesday, June 14, 8 a.m. Where: Palmetto Business Park, Beaufort County Realtor’s Association headquarters, Lady’s Island Drive
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Above: The graduation at Beaufort High School. Below: Battery Creek Valedictorian Allyson Morgan.
By Wendy Nilsen Pollitzer
ast week, almost 600 seniors graduated from two area high schools. A collective amount of $7.5 million in scholarships was awarded to the Lowcountry graduates from Battery Creek and Beaufort High schools. Valedictorian of Battery Creek High School was Allyson Brooke Morgan, who earned a 4.96 grade point average and will attend Brigham Young University in the fall. Theresa Nicole Bishop, who earned a 4.64 grade point average, was salutatorian and will attend Newberry College. Beaufort High School Valedictorian Marian Rose Hohenwarter earned a 4.88 grade point average. She will attend the University of Virginia. Brittany Megan Baker was salutatorian and earned a 4.79 grade point average. She
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A look at the Beaufort City Council candidates Larry Holman
Age: 64 Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Financial Management from North Carolina Central University located in Durham, N.C.; Housing Counseling Certification. Work experience: 27-year retired executive of the JC Penney Company. The JC Penney Company honored me with its Chairman’s Award for Managerial Excellence in 1997; Vietnam-era veteran. Family: wife of 40 years, Wilma; three adult children and five grandchildren. Public service: Former leadership roles include being a member of the Larry Audit and Academic Holman Review committee of the Beaufort County School District; Board member and Treasurer of Access Network; Vice President and Treasurer of the Waddell Family YMCA; Board member and Treasurer of Penn Center; Currently am Ex-officio Board Member of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce; Life member of both NAACP and the North Carolina University Alumni Association; President of the Real Deal Investment Club; and Board member of Lowcountry Workforce. Local issues you feel passionate about: As President/CEO of the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce, the officials of Beaufort County’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Steering Committee presented me with the 2006 combined Distinguished Achievement in Business/Humanitarian Award for leadership in organizing residents of Beaufort’s Northwest Quadrant to lobby for neighborhood improvements and for pushing Beaufort County Council to add accountability to its Small and Minority Business Vendors and Contractors ordinance. Qualifications: I’m running because I see this as an opportunity to serve the entire community of Beaufort. I support increasing home property values through planned/sensible growth; supports creating jobs through microenterprise; jobs for our young people to include other youth activities. Keeping our communities safe; and supports finding creative ways to rehabilitate houses rather than demolish them.
GEORGE H. O’KELLEY, JR.
Age: 69 Education: B.A., The Citadel, 1965. JD, USC Law School, 1968, The Basic School, USMC Officer’s basic course, 1969, Naval Justice School, 1969 Work Experience: USMC, Active Duty 1968-1971 (Including tours at MCAS Cherry Point, Vietnam and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island); Marine Reserve, Retired, Lieutenant Colonel; Levin & Sams, Attorneys at Law 19711975; O’Kelley, Fordham & Reid 1975-1980; Sole Practitioner, 1980 to present. Family: Married, Yancey Heins, 1970; Three sons: Hamlin, Arthur and Wade; Six George granddaughters O’Kelley Public service: Beaufort City Council, 1979-1982 and 2004-2008; Beaufort Municipal Judge 1982-1986 and 1994-1999; Historic Beaufort Foundation, trustee; SC Bar Grievance Committee; President, Beaufort Bar Association. Hobbies: Golf, hunting, woodworking and artwork. Local issues you feel passionate about: The downtown parking plans advanced by the City were a mess. I think we should look at free parking with two-hour limits
special election The three candidates are running to fill the seat left open by Beaufort City Council member Gary Fordham, who passed away in April. The term ends in 2012. The special election will be held Tuesday, July 19.
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being strictly enforced. I also am not a fan of farming out the City’s leadership and business to committees. Certainly holding the line on taxes and expense is important. We also need to effectively market and sell the old City Hall and Carnagie Library. Qualifications: Having served two terms, I am very familiar with the process. I have the experience and ability to “hit the ground running.” My record shows I never voted for a tax increase. I, along with Gary Fordham, voted against the Clarendon Plantation annexation. I still feel this was the right vote and was what the overwhelming majority of the citizens wanted. I will also work with our close friends and Beaufort allies, The Marines.
Age: 70 Family: Married to Annette-Rentz Petit, a Beaufort native; with four grown children. Work experience: Retired Air Force Lt. Col. having served 29 years in the reserves and on active duty. I worked Federal Civil Service after retiring from the Air Force and since have taught as an Adjunct Faculty member at James Madison University and the University of South Carolina. Public service: Currently I serve on the Beaufort County Planning Commission and have for the past three years; worked for one year as a member of the Beaufort County Metro Steering Committee in helping to develop the Beaufort County Comprehensive Plan; active member of the
Rotary Club of the Lowcountry, the Lady’s Island Professional Business Association (LIBPA) , the Baptist Church of Beaufort, and the Kiwanis Club of Beaufort. Local issues you feel passionate about: I see the challenge for the person filling this vacant City Council position to be that of growing the city in a positive way. This can be accomplished by working with the University of South Carolina to grow the university in Beaufort. Upgrades need to be made to the park in the Northwest Quadrant and improve facilities including the rest rooms. In order to complete the development of the new park and recreation area in Mossy Oaks, I would work with Ron residents in the Mossy Petit Oaks area. I can continue to improve communication and cooperation with the county, the Town of Port Royal, and work with business owners to bring new and expanded services to the city while reducing the red tape when doing business with the city. Also, I know that improving communication by listening to those who live in the city is of major importance. Qualifications: I am confident I can bring new thoughts and ideas to the city and I ask for the support of those who can make that happen.
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STRAIGHT TALK: EDUCATION
Race to the Top is penny-wise and pound-foolish U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently announced another round of “Race to the Top,” a federal program that offers quick, one-time cash infusions to state and district administrative offices. In exchange for these dollars, “winning” states dance to Washington’s tune on education. When the music stops and the money is exhausted, states will be left on the dance floor and paying for their rides home. This is an all-too-familiar occurrence with federal programs, and it is one of many reasons I did not support Race to the Top as a candidate and will not sign an application as State Superintendent. A key question when it comes to education funding is always, “What will you do with the money?” It may shock some to know that Race to the Top funding would not have paid for teachers, teacher supplies, school buses, or classroom computers. Rather, it would have paid for new employees at the South Carolina Department of Education and in district offices, contracts with out-of-state education consultants, rented office space, travel expenses, and even $96,000 in box lunches. Shortages of administrators, office space, and box lunches are not our problems in education, nor will more of them improve student achievement. This is yet another example of how no amount of taxpayer money can quench the thirst of the education establishment. While there isn’t a silver bullet to fix our problems, I’ve proposed several solutions to transform education. The state should streamline the funding formula so that funding follows the child to the public school of their choice. This is a more efficient model because it focuses on the students served by a school, not programs offered. Parents
Mick Zais is the South Carolina State Superintendent of Education
This federal money will not solve our short-term problems. and students should have a full menu of schools to choose from so they can find classrooms that best meet their needs. High school courses should be more closely aligned with the world of work to make learning relevant to careers. Effective teachers should be compensated for their excellence in the classroom; ineffective teachers should have an opportunity to improve, and those who remain ineffective should be removed. Accomplishing these goals will require a significantly smaller footprint from Washington. The original Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was written on 32 pages. No Child Left Behind, the eighth version of ESEA, is more than 600 pages long. Federal mandates largely drive the way South Carolina hires and certifies teachers. Schools attempting to meet the federal accountability measurement, called Adequately Yearly Progress, are labeled as failing even if they meet every benchmark except one. A school that has 21 goals “fails” if it meets 20. That isn’t a failing school; that is a successful school with some room for improvement, which is common sense. These mountains of federal regulations cost teachers and taxpayers enormous amounts of time and money.
The Office of Management and Budget estimated in 2006 that federal education laws cost states 7 million work hours in paperwork and $141 million, just for compliance. Make no mistake; the federal dollars South Carolina receives today are intended to offset these costly mandates. In some cases, such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Washington pays for only 20 percent of its mandate, half of the original promise. Education in South Carolina will improve if Washington will get out of our classrooms. Sen. Jim DeMint and other reformers have proposed the Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success Act, or A-PLUS Act, which would free states from many unnecessary and costly regulations. In exchange for regulatory relief, states would sign a performance agreement with the Secretary of Education to meet certain student achievement goals. This is the reform we need in education, and I wholeheartedly support Sen. DeMint in his effort. The Race to the Top program expands the federal role in education by offering pieces of silver in exchange for more strings attached by Washington. This federal education money will not solve our problems in the short term. In the long-term, it will require South Carolinians to spend more on nonclassroom activities. Schools need less, not more federal intrusion if they are to increase student achievement. The previous two rounds of Race to the Top were not competitive grant programs; they were top-down directives forcing states to adopt programs favored by Washington. Respectfully, South Carolina will not apply for this money. It would be penny-wise and pound-foolish.
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commentary/news STRAIGHT TALK: EDUCATION
Thankful for a great year at Beaufort Elementary As we close this academic year, I wanted to share some of my thoughts and impressions of the 2010 – 2011 school year. It is my honor to be the Principal of Beaufort Elementary. We have experienced much success this year and grew as a school family. I believe Beaufort Elementary is a great place to learn, and we have the potential to be even better. I cannot possibly thank everyone in this letter who has volunteered, contributed, or supported our school because there are so many people. Whether it was coordinating and selling, or monitoring students, or volunteering for after-school events, or serving in the Learning Commons, or whatever, I thank everyone who has given of their time, talents and treasures to support and improve our school. We turned in 4.5 two gallon bags of pop tops to Ronald McDonald house. We also made $234 in box tops for education.
Jennifer Morillo is the principal of Beaufort Elementary School.
We also raised 1,876 points from soup labels for education. We could not possibly operate without the support of our parents and volunteers who give with a generous loving heart. Our students continue to sail into success and represent Beaufort Elementary in a positive manner in extra-curricular activities and in the community. We have a unique blend of diverse personalities and talents here. People really do care about each other. We are making a difference in the community. Our mission statement declares, “The mission of Beaufort Elementary School, in partnership with Beaufort County
Schools, parents, and community, is to prepare children for a successful future by providing access to knowledge, skills, and experiences to achieve academic excellence and personal growth in a safe, positive and diverse environment.” We remain committed to that mission of serving our families. Our number one priority has been and always will be ensuring each child learns. We have decided to continue focusing on improving our school climate during the 2011 – 2012 school year. Our theme for next school year will continue to be “Sailing into Success.” We also must say goodbye to 67 wonderful fifth graders. We will miss our fifth grade students as we know they are well prepared for middle school and ready to move on. Our fifth graders provided leadership in and outside of the classroom and will sincerely be missed. Thank you for helping to make this school year
such a great success. Please know that everyone who had the honor of teaching and working with your children here at Beaufort Elementary School is very thankful of your commitment to education. We thank you for your support. We thank you for your openness and honesty. We thank you for your care and commitment. We thank you for your hours of volunteering. I trust what we do will continue to have a tremendous impact on our students and families. Beaufort Elementary is a great place to be and I know we will continue to work together to make it even better. I know all of you are looking forward to a nice summer break and I hope you find time to relax, rest, and spend quality time with family. I look forward to the 2011 – 2012 school year with great anticipation and hope for another outstanding year filled of student success. Have a safe and wonderful summer!
Library system reduces hours due to loss of staff Effective Monday, June 6, hours were reduced at most of the branches within the Beaufort County Library System as part of the county’s effort to deal with loss of staff. Currently, the library system is short 21 positions; reduction of public service hours will allow the library to provide services in light of the loss of 25% of its staff. Library administration developed the new public service hours schedule based upon current customer usage patterns so as to minimize the impact to the community. The Library Board of Trustees approved the new schedule and the South Carolina State Library, as required by statute, granted a waiver. Library branches in Beaufort and Hilton Head will be cut back from 60 to 40 hours per week. They will be open Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 1 p.m. to 8
p.m., Friday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All branch libraries in the system will be closed on Sundays. The Lobeco branch will remain open for 40 hours each week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The St. Helena branch, located at St. Helena Elementary School, will remain at 22 1/2 hours with no change in hours. It will be open Monday through Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m., closed Friday and open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The new St. Helena Branch Library project will continue to move forward toward a completion date of November 2012. For more information on the schedule change and on other library activities,visit www.beaufortcountylibrary. org. The site provides continuous access to information, calendars, databases and the online catalogue.
book store opens at beaufort library A long-time dream of the Friends of the Beaufort County Library has become a reality. Through the efforts of Library Director Wlodek Zaryczny and the downtown Beaufort library branch staff, the group has established a new, gentlyused book store in the former Beaufort District Collection Room, located on the main floor to the right as you walk into the Beaufort library. Current hours of operation are Tuesdays from 4-8 p.m. and Fridays from 1-5 p.m. Friends of the Beaufort County Library contributed more than $39,000 last year for unfunded programs, materials and equipment at the Beaufort, St. Helena and Lobeco branches. Those dollars came from fundraisers, such as the annual fall and spring book sales. FOL hopes to add the funds raised from the year-round Gently-Used Book Store to their annual contribution.
While the annual fall and spring book sales will continue, residents and visitors can now purchase books year-round as opposed to twice a year. According to Book Store Manager Geni Flowers, there is a large selection of excellent quality, gently-used books in a wide variety of interests. All books in the store are those donated by residents and visitors to Beaufort; and, the shelves are continually re-stocked with donated books, offering affordable prices starting at just 50 cents. For more information, call 843-812-3574.
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A rendering of the desired streetscape for Midtown Square, located downtown in the Northwest Quadrant.
MIDTOWN SQUARE to bring vitality to northwest quadrant
By Wendy Nilsen Pollitzer
teve Tully, Allen Patterson and John Trask III have hit the nail on the head. And, yes, that pun was intended. Developers Tully and Trask envisioned affordable homes with a focus on a walking community on land situated between Adventure and Bladen streets, 2 acres they purchased in 2006 in an area known as the Northwest Quadrant. They met with third generation builder, Allen Patterson and initiated a plan to make efficient use of the dirt, located one block from the Beaufort River and a short distance to all the shops and restaurants downtown. The sustainable infill project, called Midtown Square, holds 22 lots, 16 residential properties and six flex properties, which can be used as residential or work space on pads facing Bladen Street. The property also features the 1912 offices of Coastal Contractors, and that structure likely will be rehabilitated, Trask said. It’s what Generation X’ers and Baby Boomers have been looking for downtown, with amenities within walking distance, all public and free. It’s far from the suburban master planned communities with costly regimes and homeowner association-supported extras. And even better, not a tree was cut nor an ounce of asphalt poured to create Midtown Square.
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Continued from Page 6 Additionally, what is remarkable about this project is the swiftness of its launch. Steve Tully did in six months what most need 18 months to complete. He diligently and diplomatically collaborated with many parties to secure a base plan for his idea. He met with city officials and board members, the Office of Civic Investment, BJWSA, SCDOT, SCE&G, Beaufort County Open Land Trust and the Lawrence Group to secure the initiative in a costeffective and timely manner. A $1.3 million streetscape plan for Duke, Prince, Bladen and Adventure streets has been approved. Utilities are supported, and the neighborhood is excited about the improvement. What happened in this situation is unprecedented. In pre-hard economic times, this redevelopment project would Above: John Trask III, Steve Tully and Allen Patterson are involved with Midtown Square. Below: A neighborhood rendering. go through a mountain of hoops and access combined with on-street parking cost the developer thousands of dollars is another plus. Small manageable monthly as decisions rested on the garden yards promoting low water tables of review boards. But that’s what consumption and a neighborly feel, all in Tully recognized from the get-go and an established historic district, is a winwanted to avoid. And everyone agreed: win for the consumer, the developer and let’s work together to get a good idea off the environment. the ground, and let’s do it affordably in The project is the first approved these times when we all need a boost. under the city’s new Bladen Street Simple enough. And, now we have a Redevelopment District zoning code viable product that many are eager to — a form-based code that emphasizes see flourish. how a structure fits into a neighborhood Jon Verity, chairman of the Beaufort rather than how it will be used. The Redevelopment Commission, hailed the form-based code work, led by the project as an example of public-private Redevelopment Commission and the partnerships that are the goal of the City’s Office of Civic Investment, is Redevelopment Commission. being done in conjunction with Port “The MidTown Square project will Royal and Beaufort County. make a huge difference in the look, feel architecture to blend with 18th Century, and shops.” Beaufort’s Office of Civic Investment and texture of a big part of interior ox-blood and tabby covered residential Tully agreed that the property’s Beaufort,” Verity said. homes. There are roof-top restaurants location is key. “Even before we started along with its Planning and Public “This type of infill is what we are overlooking the well-known market area our marketing, we had reservations Works departments came together to seeking as we move Beaufort into its and historic Exchange Building. They’ve for two homes and a contract for a keep this project moving forward, Tully fourth century — encouraging the filling somehow managed to incorporate new custom home in MidTown Square,” he said. “The level of communication and in of open and vacant spaces in the city and maintain old and have done so said. “There’s a great deal of interest in cooperation, and the desire by the city to create new homes and new jobs. It’s respectfully. people who want to live in the heart to help make things happen in this area, happening because private investors are Now, Beaufort is not Charleston. of a small town, where there’s so much really impressed us,” he said. Community Development responding to the investment made by And Midtown Square is not some out- to do without getting in a car to drive Corporation of Beaufort, LLC cut the the city to improve Beaufort,” he said. of-the-box, crazy concept. It’s simply somewhere.” ribbon and Allen Patterson Residential Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling the real deal, an urban neighborhood According to Edward Dukes, the also supports Midtown Square. “We consisting of quality-built homes, priced broker-in-charge at Lowcountry Real started framing the first home on May have been talking about public-private affordably for the young professional, Estate, the firm marketing the property, 12, which is currently two weeks ahead partnerships, and we have been working new family or retired couple moving to “Midtown Square enjoys an excellent of schedule. All homes will be built on a to create a more walkable, liveable and our beloved city. location. The city tennis courts, the 90-120 day build cycle, which is pleasing financially sustainable Beaufort where Thanks to the efforts of Historic marina and boat landing, library and the to neighbors and homebuyers. Lowcountry Real Estate brought residents can enjoy all that Beaufort Beaufort Foundation, editors of “This waterfront park are all within walking the first four homebuyers and is offers. This project is exactly what we are Old House” magazine named Beaufort’s distance. People want amenities, and the talking about,” Mayor Keyserling said. Northwest Quadrant one of the nation’s best part about Midtown Square is that actively working with more. Custom “In the past, the City has used funds 51 Best Old House Neighborhoods in they are already here. Our town is the homes in Midtown Square will start to improve streetscapes, drainage and 2010. amenity. We are very excited about the around $260,000 and pre-designed sidewalks and then adjacent property The area, once a thriving black response we have received on the project homes will cost less, said builder Allen Patterson. owners put signs on their properties middle-class neighborhood just blocks from our clients and other Realtors.” Midtown Square is the right product asking higher prices because of the off the Beaufort River, fell into disrepair Homes sizes range from 900-squarepublic investment. This time, the public in the 1970s. It became one of Beaufort’s foot expandable cottages, called in the right place at the right time. investment is being used by land owners blighted and neglected areas until “Evolution” homes, to 3,200-square- It will bring a vitality to a neglected as a way to improve their property renovations started in earnest in the foot in-town residences with in-law part of town and will be a model for rather than seeking a windfall. It is a mid-1990s. suites over a two-car garage. Midtown’s public/private partnerships, streetscape win-win for all and sets a precedent for “This is a great opportunity to live in conceptuals feature modern designs improvements and form-based codes the future,” Keyserling said. one of the prettiest waterfront cities in with historic and classic details and are coming to Beaufort. To learn more about MidTown It’s a concept the City of Charleston the South,” the magazine wrote. “The built to the newest storm codes. They has pulled off beautifully. They’ve quadrant’s downtown location puts it are also built to Gold or Silver LEED Square, visit www.lowcountryrealestate. allowed modern, 21st Century within walking distance of restaurants energy certification standards. Rear alley com or www.themidtownsquare.com. the island news | june 9-16, 2011 | www.yourislandnews.com
Showcasing the most happening events, people and gatherings Beaufort has to offer.
Survivor’s Day at Keyserling Cancer Center
ast Sunday, which was National Cancer Survivor Day, many came out to the Keyserling Cancer Center to celebrate with thousands of other Americans who have beat the disease. “Today, a diagnosis of cancer is not a death sentence,” said Constance Duke, cancer program director for Beaufort Memorial Hospital. “More than 60 percent of patients are cured of cancer, and the statistics are getting better every year.” Since BMH opened the cancer center five years ago, the Duke-affiliated facility has treated more than a 1,000 patients with a variety of diseases, including lymphoma, colon, breast, lung and prostate cancers. At Keyserling, physicians and specialists encompassing a broad range of disciplines work as a team to ensure coordinated and seamless care. Sisters Carol Jordan (survivor) and Sheila Campbell.
Survivor Sandra Zayac.
Survivor Karen Cummins, right, with KCC nurse Ruth Finch. Wayne and Catherine and Wayne with Catherine’s sister, Mary Ellen.
Survivor Linda Arp with granddaughter Kaylee Gedraitis.
Connie Duke receiving original artwork from survivor Bob Bender.
Angela and Neil Puro (Neil is a recent survivor).
Survivor Algreda Ford. 8
Dr. Chahin speaking during program.
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Daniel and Lori Zlatkin (both survivors).
Survivor Catherine Salkowitz speaking during the program.
Dr. Tim Pearce.
see & be seen
Sweetgrass Music Festival — All for the Kids Hundreds of people, both locals and visitors, came out last Saturday to listen to the sounds of the Beaufort Sweetgrass Music Festival. Five bands participated in the benefit concert for the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA). The music spanned the generations playing rock-and-roll classics from the 60’s and 70’s on through the 80’s and 90’s. The all-day concert featured music by The Groovetones, The Mr. Bill Band, Snazzy Red, Brandon Hage, Eric Daubert, and Audioshot. Some of these musicians used to frequent Bailey’s and the Canteen, some of Beaufort’s old hangouts from the 60’s and 70’s. There was even a nationally recognized sweetgrass basket weaver, Vera Manigault, on site giving sewing demonstrations of her treasured baskets throughout the day. “We really appreciate all the bands coming together to help CAPA. It was their talent and generosity that made this event possible. Many volunteers spent a lot of time organizing this event, especially Susan Wester, volunteer event coordinator, and Kim Torrey. The business community really pitched in to help cover the expenses. We are thankful for a fun event and thoroughly enjoyed listening to the local musicians,” said Susan Cato, CAPA’s executive director. Countless CAPA volunteers came out
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to work the ticket booths and sell food and beverages. All proceeds from the concert go to CAPA to help purchase a new box truck for CAPA’s Closet thrift store. If you’d like to learn more about CAPA, visit www.capabeaufort.org or call 843.524.4350.
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2007 Toyota 4Runner SR5
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2007 Ford Expedition EL Limited
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2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 S
1994 Cadillac Seville SLS
2001 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer
2010 Nissan Sentra
2007 Honda Civic EX
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aturday marked the end of a busy after-school season for many area dancers. Two recitals were held at the University of South Carolina Performing Arts Center and Beaufort High School Performing Arts Center. Lowcountry School of Performing Arts, owned by Deanna Kraszewski, presented “Peter Pan,” a production that included Celene Lampright as Wendy Darling; Keating Reichel as John Darling; Hannah Lienhop as Michael Darling; Nonie Yeager as Peter Pan; Madison Mullen as Tinkerbell; Olivia Givens as the Lead Light Fairy; Mary Margaret Achurch as Princess Tigerlili; Kristin Floyd as Queen Clarien; Grace Trask as Tinket; Erin Filler as Smee; Lili Walker as Captain Hook; Megan Howe, Morgan Waters and Tami Suire as Pirates; Briley Langehans as Tic Toc; and a full cast of Party Attendants, Mermaids, Indians, Fairies and Lost Boys. Studio B Dance Centre, founded by Erin Demers and with Heather Gwin as the assistant director, presented “Take Me To TV Land.” Studio B is already busy planning its spring 2012 show, “Under the Big Top!”
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Morning QuickStart Tennis offered Beaufort High School Coach David Riedmayer and Teaching Pro Warren Florence will offer MorningStart Tennis starting Monday, June 13 through Friday, June 17. The Beaufort Tennis Camp afternoon session narrows in on the more serious-minded tennis athlete. While this group of players will strive for improvement — and not without laughs and fun — high performance tennis is the priority. The clinic will continue to focus on the whole player by advancing technical development and sound technique; good footwork and conditioning; court consciousness in doubles and singles; point set up;
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Congratulations to Timothy Aune, a senior at Beaufort High School. He has been a member of Beaufort High Track and Cross Country team for the past four years. He has been a four-year letter winner, region champ in both cross country and track, and MVP various times. He officially signed a letter of intent to run Cross Country and Track at Guilford college.
BC United came in third in the region in the 3v3 World Soccer Tour on Hilton Head Island last weekend. They also qualified to advance on to the 3v3 World Cup, which will be held in Atlanta in August. Way to bring the HEAT, Beaufort County United! From left: Merrit Patterson, Kenny Gonzalez, Thomas Holladay, Dawson Coleman, Aki Carter and William Tumlin
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FISHING TOURNEY RESULTS The Water Festival gave away fishing rods to all the youth that attended the banquet, even the ones that did not fish the tournament. OFFSHORE: • Wahoo: 1st place; 24lbs; Robert Detreville; boat Tommy de Cat • Dolphin: 1st place; 18.9lbs; Shawn Lather; Black Gold • Dolphin: 2nd place; 14.9lbs; Ty Cordrey; My Time Out • Dolphin: 3rd place; 12.4lbs; Robert Detreville; Tommy de Cat. Inshore • Redfish: 1st place; 4.36lbs; Billy Plair; Ranger One • Redfish: 2nd place; 4.22lbs; Lucas Posey; Salty Nutz • Redfish: 3rd place; 3.84lbs; Blair Williams; Mud Minnow • Sheepshead: 1st place; 4.88lbs; John Pierce Sr.; Hunters II • Sheepshead: 2nd place; 4.34lbs; Mike Linker; Team Rae • Sheepshead: 3rd place; 2.64lbs; Lucas Posey; Salty Nutz • Flounder: 1st place; 2.4lbs; Billy Gray; Flounder Magic • Flounder: 2nd place; 1.84lbs; Kip Graham; Team Foreclosure • Redfish (Catch & Release); 1st place; 2.18lbs 19.5in.; Lila Alcott; Kayak • Inshore Youth Angler Award went to Lila Alcott who is 9 years old. • First place in the CSS goes to Waters Edge for Billy Gray’s 1st place finish in the Flounder species. • Second place goes to BMH for Mike Linker’s 2nd place finish in the Sheepshead species. CSS RESULTS as of June 6, 2011 • Lee Distributors 8 • Waters Edge 8 • Beaufort Naval Hospital 7 • Beaufort Memorial Hospital 4
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Just go with the flow By Martha O’Regan
You’ve heard the phrase “just go with the flow” but have you ever stopped to feel what it means to you? We know that everything in all of creation is energy: energy is always flowing, and energy is either attracting or repelling other energies. So, let’s look at life like a flowing river with some days running faster or more chaotic than others. If we continually face that river by going against it, we’ll get tired and cranky. But if we just go with it while navigating the obstacles with grace and ease, we can actually enjoy the ride. Sounds easy enough, but what about those rocks that we get slammed up against, the wrong turns or the roots that come out of nowhere to snag us? Let’s consider that maybe we attracted those rocks and roots into our life, to slow us down, to teach us not to go that way or to show us what is getting in the way of a more enjoyable ride. What if we truly create our reality? Remember that we are energy beings having a physical experience and that every thought, word and deed is an energy that is either expansive or contractive, attracting or repelling, high frequency or low frequency, etc. Therefore, energetically, we have the ability to manage every second of every day just by the choices we make in our perception of that moment. To simplify neuroscience, if a thought or action is negative, it has a contractive, low vibratory frequency. Conversely, positive thoughts or actions are expansive, high frequency energies. We are each an assortment of such frequencies based on our entire life experience. Every experience that has ever occurred is stored in our brain with a feeling and correlating frequency that we put on it in the moment. We know that often, a single experience can create multiple perceptions based on what each person brings to the situation. Each person stored the same experience, yet under different files that could be anything from fear to
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gratitude. Our perceptions are based on the structures and beliefs that were formed early on and, contrary what others may say, are never wrong. They may not resonate with the energy of your structure and belief, but beliefs are never wrong. We have been so programmed to judge everything as right or wrong, good or bad, and want others to share the same belief. But the fact is, energetically, every experience is neutral or “just is” until we put a judgment on it. Once we judge it, we attach a frequency to it and it gets stored in our mind for future reference. Even if we never consciously retrieve it, it continues to put out a frequency. Let’s imagine that individually, we are dialed into our own personal radio station based on the multitude of frequencies that we are made up of. That radio station emits a frequency that attracts people and experiences of like frequencies, i.e. friends, the phone call from someone you recently thought about, an inspiration, etc. Likewise, those who are not “dialed in” are repelled or are harder to attract, i.e. enemies, financial freedom, the job that you really wanted, etc. Maybe life isn’t a coincidence after all. There is a beautiful symphony always playing out in the universe (one song) and we are each a part of its harmony. The more often we can choose to “just be” in or find the good or the lesson in each experience, the more we can just go with the flow and enjoy the ride. You decide. Live Well ... Have Fun!
Beaufort Memorial celebrates infection-free ICU The Intensive Care Unit at the hospital has now maintained a clean record of bloodstream infections for two-and-a-half years.
By Marie McAden
Zip. Zero. Zilch. Not one patient in the last 30 months has developed a bloodstream infection in Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. It has taken a concerted effort by staff and physicians to win the battle of the bugs — a problem that continues to plague hospitals across the country. Bloodstream infections are introduced through central lines, an intravenous catheter used to deliver medication, nutrition and fluids to a patient. The thin, flexible tube is inserted into one of the large veins deep in the chest near the heart. “When you break the skin to insert these devices, you’re making it easier for organisms to enter the body,” said Beverly Yoder, RN, Beaufort Memorial’s Infection Prevention Coordinator. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 248,000 bloodstream infections occur in U.S. hospitals each year, leading to longer hospital stays, higher costs and an increased risk of death. “With central line infections, germs are transmitted throughout the body via the bloodstream,” said Diane Razo, RN, director of critical care for BMH. “It’s a very serious condition that can affect vital organs.”
From left, Mimi Glenn, RN; Andrea Davis, Unit Secretary; Erika Cathey, CNA; Renee’ Pritchard, RN; Shayne Pitts, RN; Diane Razo; Karen Carroll; Megan Dean, RN; and Bev Yoder.
To reduce the number of infections caused by central lines, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement developed a series of evidence-based practices physicians and nurses should follow when inserting and maintaining a central line. Beaufort Memorial implemented the recommendations in 2006. The hospital purchased special central line kits that contain everything needed to insert the catheter in a sterile environment, including the prescribed antiseptic, full-body sterile drapes,
sterile mask, cap, gloves and gown, as well as a checklist to follow. The staff was trained on how to use the kits, where to insert the lines to minimize the risk of infection and how to properly change the dressings. In 2009, BMH went a step further and joined the “On the Cusp: Stop BSI” campaign, a national initiative endorsed by the South Carolina Hospital Association, to stay abreast of any changes to the multi-faceted interventions.
“We used to change the dressings every day, but now they’re recommending every seven days and sooner if needed,” Razo said. “It’s based on evidence that has proven to reduce the risk of introducing infections.” The hospital’s infection preventionist performs random spot checks to ensure compliance of the practices. In addition, daily reviews are conducted by staff to determine the necessity of each central line. “The longer a catheter stays in, the greater the risk of infection,” Yoder said. “We want to be sure they are removed as soon as possible.” In the past, Beaufort Memorial’s Intensive Care Unit had gone as long as nine months without a patient developing a bloodstream infection. It’s now been two-and-a-half years the ICU has maintained a clean record. “Bloodstream infection rates have come down across the country,” Yoder said, “but going this long without an infection is rare.”
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Can the da Vinci robot really shorten recovery time? Just ask Kathleen Linn, who simply did not want the weeks of “downtime” she expected while recovering from major surgery. Kathleen was thrilled to learn the physicians at Beaufort Memorial use a state-of-the art da Vinci robot surgical system for gynecologic procedures, which enables the surgeon to perform the most precise, minimally invasive procedure available today. That means less pain, less scarring, and days — rather than weeks — of recovery. - Kathleen Linn Lady’s Island, SC
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Navigating todayâ€™s economy By Charles Tumlin
While changes in the economy occur regularly, what we have experienced recently is anything but a â€œnormalâ€? change. The challenges of the current economy havenâ€™t been seen or experienced in our country in decades. Like most investors, you may wish you could figure out some way to know when economic conditions were about to change, or what adjustments you should make in your portfolio based on current conditions. Itâ€™s a tricky topic, and even economists disagree about the nature and causes of economic cycles. But we can at least take a look at some of the issues you need to be aware of, and help familiarize you with how the economy works. Advance or expansion When times are good and the economy is growing, we typically see indications such as falling unemployment rates and factories taking advantage of excess capacity, to name a couple. While the news during this phase is typically positive, you may soon start to see signs of problems ahead. If inflationary pressures begin to creep in, this is typically when the Fed raises interest rates in an attempt to help keep the economy from overheating.
Peak By the time we get to this point, the economy tends to be operating at full employment, factories have generally used up their excess capacity, and inflationary pressures are usually building. When rising labor and materials costs squeeze companiesâ€™ profit margins, the Fed will usually move more aggressively in an attempt to slow growth by raising rates to help ease inflationary pressure. Decline, slowdown or recession Ideally, action by the Fed to tame inflation should allow the economy to gradually adjust to a sustainable longterm growth rate without the threat of inflation. In reality, however, the combination of the Fedâ€™s tightening and the need to correct accumulated imbalances in labor and materials supplies typically slows growth to a level thatâ€™s actually below the economyâ€™s long-term potential. Unemployment rises, factories slow down, and inflationary pressures ease. Trough At this point in the cycle, inventories are depleted. The Fed lowers interest rates in an attempt to help stimulate the economy, and businesses and homeowners may consider refinancing mortgages to take advantage of lower rates. Companies will
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Delights of the drive-in
don’t know what it is about going to the drive-in movie theater, but it’s a positively transporting experience. Before the movie starts, this familiar scene unfolds: families and friends sit and laugh together, kids run around merrily, boys throw footballs, the smell of popcorn and fried comfort foods fills the air. It’s reminiscent of a simpler time. Once the movie starts, it’s all about eating snacks and being captivated by the giant screen. If you sneak a peek upward, you can’t miss the covering of stars above, which adds to the beauty of your surroundings. My husband and I recently had date night at the drive-in. We went to see “Kung Fu Panda 2” and “Thor,” not because we were particularly interested in those movies (although both were entertaining), but because we hadn’t been to the drive-in since last summer. And I forgot how much I love it! At $6 per adult for two movies, the price just can’t be beat. I almost feel bad about paying so little (almost!). We always make up for it though by raiding the awesome, old school snack bar. Popcorn, soda, candy, cheese fries, hot dogs, funnel cake — it’s easy to go overboard, but it’s a totally worthy calorie fest. Joe and Bonnie Barth have owned the
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Highway 21 Drive In for eight years. The theater requires a lot of upkeep, and other family members are there to help at night after their day jobs. One of the family members, Don Seagraves, said, “We really give it 110 percent.” Their efforts pay off, especially during the summer when people flock from all over the Lowcountry to see the blockbusters hit the screens. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this fun, unique opportunity. Be sure to bring bug spray, chairs and a reliable portable radio. Or you can stay in your car, like we did for date night, there’s something very romantic about it. Soak in the entire experience. With so few drive-in theaters left in the country, it’s just another reason I love calling Beaufort home. For more information, visit www. hwy21drivein.com.
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Because I don’t look good in orange jumpsuits It has been one of those days. I have two choices: 1. Tell everyone what I really think (and subsequently be shot, incarcerated and/or committed) 2. Make a joke out of the whole thing (and subsequently feel some sort of relief, justification and/or free group therapy). I don’t look good in orange jumpsuits, I don’t like being shot, and could never survive in a rubber room. Therefore, my sense of humor is all I have left. To all my fellow Realtors, sellers, and the ever-coveted buyer, may you smile amidst the battles, and take some comfort in redefining these commonly used real estate terms: 1. Short Sale — A transaction in which the Realtor puts an endless amount of work, effort, sweat, blood, and many wasted days that is anything BUT
a “Short” sale. The seller wants to sell; the buyer wants to buy. The bank can’t remember where they put the paperwork. 2. Foreclosure — This is where some Realtors are allowed to channel their creative side. No appliances, carpet is less than “clean,” the AC/heating unit may very well be running down the road in the middle of the night, the guy who determines the price is in another state, another time zone, and — often can be argued — another planet. Photographs require a bit of imagination. MLS description?!?! Shakespeare himself would be challenged, and then the search for who really has the keys (if there is still a door). 3. Under-contract — Hmm. Once upon a time this had a positive connotation. Now under-contract simply
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means somebody wants to buy something but nobody knows how much it is really worth; not even the appraiser. So now under-contract can also be described as overwhelmed, over priced (according to whomever doesn’t matter or for all parties involved, simply OVER IT! 4. Negotiations — Basically whatever you can’t do and can’t give, prepare to do and give immediately, not once but twice. 5. Closing — If you are able to make it to this event, everyone is so mad,
frustrated, worn out, and simply unsocial it has a striking resemblance to your first cousin’s wedding. Security may be required, first aid kit advised. Yet we continue. We continue to be the whipping post for a population so beat down. We continue to smile and encourage when there is no smile or encouragement left. We continue the long winding road towards a Short Sale, the aftershock of Foreclosure, and the anti-climatic close. Then we go home to realize someone drank the last bit of wine. @%#$!!!!!! How can I joke about the brutal reality? It is quite simple. If I don’t joke about my career, I will cry. If I cry, somebody is getting punched; which takes me back to my original point — I don’t look good in orange jumpsuits.
The art of appreciation By Chris Damgen
Kay and John Hines celebrate their 50th anniversary with their three children.
LITTLE BITS OF ROYAL CHATTER By Peggy Chandler
Our Royal Pines neighbors, John and Kay Hines, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Their children, Amy, David and Carrie along with their spouses Tim and Jeannie and grandchildren, Thomas, Shane, Jordon, Madison and Jack were on hand for a weekend of festivities. John and Kay met subsequent to John’s inquiry of Kay’s sister, “are there any more at home like you?” There was! And a plan was made for them to meet at a community pool. They began dating as Kay could not resist a “man in uniform.” John was a drum major at Marshall University. After a long courtship, they were married in the small town of Kenova, West Virginia, on May 26, 1961. They settled in Huntington, W.V., where they raised their family. After their marriage, John completed his education at Marshall University where he achieved his BA in Journalism and Advertising along with MA in speech. Fifteen years ago, in search of a warmer climate, John and Kay decided to move south after visiting Kay’s sister, who lives in Beaufort County. They decided to settle in Royal Pines and moved into their home on Moultrie Drive to begin their life of retirement. The couple stays active as John plays golf twice a week, Kay bowls weekly and is currently learning to play bocce ball so she can compete in the bocce tournament
at this year’s Beaufort Water Festival. John was active in the Royal Pines Homeowners Association and a board member for nine years. John and Kay both enjoy the Beaufort Waterfront swinging in the swings, people watching, in addition to the activities surrounding the Naval Air Station. In 1995 John and some friends competed in a fishing tournament and he still holds the Virginia state record for the largest (99 lbs) tuna caught. John and Kay additionally give back to their community as volunteers at Health of Beaufort Mobile Meals, where they make deliveries to needy residents. I asked John and Kay for the secret of their marriage. John claimed to always say “please,” “thank you” and “yes, ma’am.” Kay told me “a day doesn’t go by that we don’t tell each other I love you.” Kay asked, “Right John?” And John replied, “yes ma’am,” and it seems to be working beautifully for them.
In third grade, I entered into a nationwide traffic safety poster contest that was sponsored by the American Automobile Association. The poster I drew showed a very disproportional drawing of kids playing soccer (yes, soccer) away from traffic, separated by a house drawn at a different perspective angle than other items. In spite of my major transgression, the poster managed to come into second place in New Jersey’s statewide competition before being awarded the best poster in the nation, much to my surprise. Shows the level of respect New Jersey has in traffic related matters, apparently. So what did I do with my $125 prize? Did I spend it on art supplies or lessons or a summer camp experience? No. I bought a Sega Genesis video game system, of course. You see, being an artist was kinda uncool among boys growing up in my town, and in countless others across the country. The cool kids in our age group were supposed to be interested in sports and video games and nothing “artsy.” Within a few years, in an effort to tag along with the in-crowd, I had dropped my interest in visual art, gave away my saxophone to charity, and didn’t bother to attend any plays or performances. Only the weirdos and sissies did those things. It didn’t matter that my teachers saw potential in me to develop those skills. All that mattered is that I fit in, which to a certain degree, I did. Since moving to the Lowcountry, I have begun to reconsider how I come to appreciate art. Peer pressure and teenage stereotypes just don’t seem to matter much anymore. Friendships are established based on personalities and not on pursuits. In my cherished friendships in this town, I am fortunate to count football coaches, politicians, business owners, and retirees as friends, among others. They have enriched my appreciation for Beaufort and its people. However, one group of friends has surprised me more than others in their contributions to Beaufort’s social scene — the artists. The artists in this town have significant respect and face dire circumstances on a daily basis. They bask in pride as Beaufort is named one of the top art towns in the country due to their efforts, yet have to fiercely mobilize other efforts to protect financial support from the public. They have faithfully painted the vast landscapes and abundant wildlife of the Lowcountry while many of their peers scrape by to pay their rent in the galleries on Bay Street. They have performed countless productions of American classics on stage yet were stung when their main organization literally robbed them. Despite it all, they still produce things of beauty that capture the human imagination. I will admit that without these friends, I would not have gone to seen “Our Town” last weekend at ARTworks, or have strolled past galleries during the Art Walks that the Guild puts together. I also admit that I don’t consider myself a connoisseur of art. I will testify that I can recite winners of sports championships and losers of political scandals better than I can discuss Tony Award winners and French transcendentalists. My trivia categories on Thursday nights too often neglect art, and when it comes up, the complaints come in from many who play. But my hope is this: Perhaps one day I can fully come to appreciate art for what it is and how it contributes to our lives and to the community that we love. Perhaps the cool kids will one day have a similar experience.
the island news | june 9-16, 2011 | www.yourislandnews.com
the island news | june 9-16, 2011 | www.yourislandnews.com
Upcoming events for Water Festival Kayak Cash for Trash Dash This new Water Festival event on Saturday, June 11, at 4 p.m. combines the beauty of the Beaufort River and going green for the environment. We will be helping to keep our waterways clean while enjoying a beautiful afternoon kayaking in the Beaufort River. Bring your own kayak or one will be provided for you by The Kayak Farm. For more information please visit us on the web at www.bftwaterfestival.com to download the application. Sports Saturday, Saturday June 18th Space is still open to compete in the Horseshoe Tournament sponsored by Allen Patterson Residential Construction, Volleyball Tournament sponsored by Marine Federal Credit Union, and the Menâ€™s Softball Tournament sponsored by the Marine Federal Credit Union. Horseshoes starts at 9 a.m. at the Live Oaks Park, Port Royal; entry fee is $30 for two person teams. Volleyball starts at 10 a.m. at the Parris Island Soccer Fields; entry fee is $65 per three person team. The softball tournament starts at 8 a.m. at the Parris Island softball complex; entry fee is $200 per team. For more information please visit us on the web at www.bftwaterfestival.com to download applications, and to check out the other 56th Annual Beaufort Water Festival events. 56th Annual Beaufort Water Festival T-shirts & Passes Beaufort Water Festival T-shirts are now available for sale. The YMCA, Visitors Center, Grayco, and Downtown Marina have a variety of shirts available for purchase. Season tickets are also available at the Visitors Center and Downtown Marina. To purchase advanced tickets and merchandise, please visit our website at www.bftwaterfestival.com.
nightly entertainment schedule Friday, July 15 OPENING CEREMONY Sponsored by South Carolina Education Lottery Gates open 6 p.m., Ceremony begins 7 p.m. Featuring the Parris Island Marine Band and a spectacular Fireworks Show at dusk. Free admission. Shuttle service available from Beaufort County Government Center. Saturday, July 16 CONCERT IN THE PARK Sponsored by NEW COUNTRY BOB 106.9 FM 8 - 11:30 p.m., Waterfront Park Gates open 7 p.m., Show starts 8 p.m. Entertainment by country music artist Lee Brice opening with Josh Thompson. NO STROLLERS ALLOWED Admission $20 Shuttle service available from Beaufort County Government Center. Sunday, July 17 TEEN DANCE Sponsored by Technical College of the Lowcountry 6 - 9 p.m., Waterfront Park Gates open from 6 to 8 p.m. ( No entry after 8 p.m.) NO RE-ENTRY ALLOWED. Entertainment by D.J. Ross Brown Ages 13-17 only â€” VALID ID REQUIRED CLUTCH PURSES ONLY (6x9) size Admission $10. No Shuttle Service Available. Monday, July 18 MOTOWN MONDAY Sponsored by Actus Community Fund/ AMCC at Tri-Command 8 - 11 p.m., Waterfront Park Gates open 7 p.m., Show starts 8 p.m. Entertainment by Deas Guyz, Admission $7. FREE to ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY with valid ID. Shuttle service available from Beaufort County Government Center. Tuesday, July 19 TROPICAL TUESDAY Sponsorship available 8 - 11 p.m., Waterfront Park
Gates open 7 p.m., Show starts 8 p.m. Entertainment by Conch Republic Admission $12. Shuttle service available from Beaufort County Government Center. Wednesday, July 20 TALENT SHOW Hosted by the Preceptor Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Sponsored by McDonaldâ€™s. 7 - 11 p.m., Waterfront Park Gates open 6 p.m., Show starts 7 p.m. Admission $10. Free with Official 2011 Beaufort Water Festival T-shirt Shuttle service available from Beaufort County Government Center. Thursday, July 21 LOWCOUNTRY SUPPER Sponsored by Waste Pro 6 - 11 p.m., Waterfront Park Gates open 6 p.m., Supper served 6 - 7:30 p.m. Opening with the Groovetones. Entertainment by the World Famous Whistlers Followed by 7 Bridges, an Eagles tribute band Admission $15. Shuttle service available from Beaufort County Government Center. Friday, July 22 RIVER DANCE Sponsorship available 8 p.m. - Midnight, Waterfront Park Gates open 7 p.m., Show starts 8 p.m. Entertainment by Superglide opening with the Broke Locals MUST BE 18 OR OLDER WITH VALID ID TO ATTEND NO STROLLERS ALLOWED Admission $12. Shuttle service available from Beaufort County Government Center. Saturday, July 23 COMMODOREâ€™S BALL Sponsored by Mazzannaâ€™s Lawn Care 8 p.m. - Midnight, Waterfront Park Entertainment by Legends of the Beach Gates open 7 p.m., Show starts 8 p.m. Admission $10. Shuttle service available from Beaufort County Government Center.
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Friday, July 15 - OPENING CEREMONY
Wednesday, July 20 - TALENT SHOW Hosted by the Preceptor Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Sponsored by McDonaldâ€™s.
Sponsored by South Carolina Education Lottery
Featuring the Parris Island Marine Band and a spectacular Fireworks Show at dusk.
Thursday, July 21 - LOWCOUNTRY SUPPER
Saturday, July 16 - CONCERT IN THE PARK Sponsored by NEW COUNTRY BOB106.9 FM
Entertainment by country music artist Lee Brice opening with Josh Thompson.
Sponsored by Waste Pro
Opening with the Groovetones Entertainment by the World Famous Whistlers, Followed by 7 Bridges, an Eagles tribute band Friday, July 22 - RIVER DANCE
Sunday, July 17 - TEEN DANCE
Sponsored by Technical College of the Lowcountry
Entertainment by D.J. Ross Brown Ages 13-17 only--VALID ID REQUIRED
Entertainment by Superglide opening with the Broke Locals
Monday, July 18 - MOTOWN MONDAY
SATURDAY, JULY 23 - COMMODOREâ€™S BALL
Sponsored by Actus Community Fund/AMCC at Tri-Command
Entertainment by Legends of the Beach
Entertainment by Deas Guyz,
Sponsored by Mazzannaâ€™s Lawn Care
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Tuesday, July 19 - TROPICAL TUESDAY Sponsorship available
Entertainment by Conch Republic
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