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Beaufort student is state chess champion On Saturday, March 5, Chris Hoogenboom, a fifth grader at Riverview Charter School, represented Beaufort and The Riverview Charter School Chess Team, The Riverview Rookrays, at the State of South Carolina Scholastic Chess Championships held in Columbia, S.C. Chris was undefeated in the championship and came in first place overall. Additionally, Kevin Rogers of Beaufort Academy came in first place for second grade and Jack McDougal of Beaufort Academy came in first place for kindergarten.

Chris Hoogenboom displays his trophy after winning the South Carolina Scholastic Chess Championship.


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Anna Smith is named Athlete of the Week. see page 13

Fitness, food, fun are focus of running event Runners will take their marks at sunset on March 19 for the third Annual Beaufort Twilight Run and Oyster Roast. The event drew close to 1,500 people last year. Participants came from all over the Lowcountry and the U.S., and this year race organizers are expecting even larger crowds. The event is open to athletes and spectators of all ages (registration required.) The evening kicks off at 4:30 pm with the Kids’ 1⁄4 mile Fun Run. This year a timed 5K Run will take place with the 5K Fun Walk shortly after the Kids’ Run. The timed, USATF-sanctioned 8K run at 6:15 pm. All racecourses run through Habersham. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top male and female 8K finishers in several categories: top 3 overall winners, masters overall, active duty military, and hometown hero (Beaufort County resident). All participants of the kids’ fun run will receive an award. Registration discounts are available to active duty military.

The post-race festival includes food, music and fun. The oyster roast, catered by Sea Eagle Market, is open to the general public, and will include a lot more than just oysters. And everyone will enjoy the tunes of Stan Gray & the Stingrays from Charleston. The Twilight Run is a fundraiser for Riverview Charter School. Riverview’s Development Chair and event coordinator Jody Hayward said, “We are really excited about our 3rd Twilight Run. It has become a favorite family event for so many people throughout the Lowcountry. The response that we received from the runners last year was awesome, and this year’s registrations are coming in from all over the Southeast.” Oyster roast tickets, meal tickets for kids and race registration can all be purchased at www. Proceeds will benefit Riverview Charter School: a free, public school authorized by the Beaufort County School District (www.

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Ash Milner mixes up chemicals by day, music by night. see page 15


Laura Trask is back with looks to copy from the red carpet. see page 16 INDEX

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BAA celebrates 50th spring show


Opening Friday, March 18 and continuing through Sunday, March 27, the annual Beaufort Art Association exhibit, celebrating its 50th year, is again at the Charles “Lind” Brown Activity Center at the corner of Greene and Hamar streets. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and noon to 4 pm on Sundays. This is a great opportunity to see local artists at their very best. As one of Beaufort’s favorite spring events, BAA welcomes all area artists to become a part of this exhibit. Oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, collage, pastel, photography, digital art will be on exhibit as well as 3D works of pottery, wood-turning, sculpture, basketry and much more.

The incomprable Susan Werner will perform at Fripp on March 27 at 5 p.m. There are few performers out there today who have the voice, musicianship and songwriting abilities that Susan Werner has. Fripp Island Friends of Music considers itself fortunate to be able to book this remarkable talent. The audience is in for a real treat with this season finale. Susan Werner is not only an amazing singer-pianistguitarist-songwriter but also a brilliant performer of folk, gospel, jazz and pop genres. Her just released tenth album, Susan Werner Kicking the Beehive, is an 11-song collection of provocative, poignant, lyrical originals that are infused with the rustic roots of American folk, blues and country music. Produced by Rodney Crowell, recorded in Nashville and featuring such all star-guests as Vince Gill, Keb’ Mo’ and Paul Franklin, Kicking the Beehive is a personal project where Werner intuitively explorers the full impact of looking beyond the superficial and delving into soulful honesty. Tickets are $20 at the door; students $10. A catered reception will follow. Ask for a Fripp Pass at gate. Call 843-838-6655.

Local high school students will also be exhibiting with an added bonus this year. A $200 award in memory of BAA member Geneva Litchfield has been established and will be given to the student whose work is chosen Best in Show for Students. Guest judge, Savannah artist William Armstrong, will select this year’s winners, who will vie for more than $2,000 in awards. Armstrong is one of the world’s leading scenic artists, creating dozens of major movie sets. He has worked with Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee and Woody Allen. To find out more about the show, contact Lynne Morgan at 525-6229 or

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Chamber Music Charleston to perform On Sunday, March 20, at 3 p.m., Chamber Music Charleston will present “The Art of the String Quartet” at Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Drive, Beaufort. Violinists Frances Hsieh and Megan Allison, violist Ben Weiss and cellist Timothy O’Malley will perform Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 in C minor and Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 18 No. 1 along with a selection of works by Raymond Scott. Tickets are $15 general admission and $5 student admission. Tickets will be available at the door or may be purchased in advance online at Chamber Music Charleston is an organization dedicated to developing the audience for classical music through chamber music concerts and educational performances of high artistic quality by musicians of the Lowcountry. All programs are developed to highlight the diversity, eclecticism and excitement possible in chamber music.

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arts documentary features local artists

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The documentary film “Uncommon Folk” spotlights six self-taught South Carolina artists and their unique and sometimes quirky creations. The program takes a colorful look at the art and artistic mind behind their masterpieces. Two of the six-featured artists are from St. Helena Island, one is the Reverend Johnnie Simmons from the Cedar Grove Community and the other is the late Sam Doyle, internationally recognized artist from the Wallace Community. Much of the documentary was filmed at the Red Piano Too Art Gallery on St. Helena Island. “Uncommon Folk” will premiere Thursday, March 10 at 8 p.m. on SCETV.

church presents free organ concert San Francisco organist Jonathan Dimmock returns to Beaufort’s Parish Church of St. Helena (Episcopal) as the first in the Spring Series of Friday Organ Concerts at Noon on March 25. These 45-minute concerts are free and open to the public. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, Yale School of Music and Yale Divinity School, Dimmock became the first American ever to hold the prestigious position of Organ Scholar of Westminster Abbey. He then went on to serve two American cathedrals, St. John the Divine in New York City, and St. Mark’s in Minneapolis. He currently serves churches in San Francisco. Performing with the San Francisco Jonathan Symphony. he participated in the Grammy award-winning CD Dimmock recording of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony (Classical Album of the year for 2009). For more information, contact the Pat Gould, music director, at or 843-522-1712 or visit

‘the dining room’ announces cast The play is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the action is a mosaic of interrelated scenes, and the cast members are six hungry locals, ready for the family dynamics of a vanishing species: the upper-middle-class WASP. See “The Dining Room” on stage at ARTworks, produced by Misspent Youth Productions and directed by Gail Westerfield, March 24-26 at 8 p.m.; March 27 at 3 p.m.; March 31-April 2 at 8 p.m.; April 3 at 3 p.m. Thursdays are “Pay What You Can.” In Beaufort Town Center, tickets are $15 per person, $10 for students From left: Rob Spencer, Tracy Smith, Carrie (13+), $5 for children (12 and Freeman, Benji Morgan, and Joellen Hischey, under) and $10 for groups of 10 rehearsing for “The Dining Room” on stage at or more. Call 843-379-2787 or ARTworks. Also appearing in The Dining Room visit www.artworksinbeaufort. is Michael Young. org for more information.

beaufort youth orchestra ensemble Calling all violinists, violists, cellists and bassists for the Beaufort Youth Orchestra’s newest ensemble. First Orchestra is an innovative new program that provides the opportunity for young strings players to perform in an ensemble. Our new session begins on Wednesday, March 16 at 4 p.m. We are looking for strings players who have had at least a year experience in school or private lessons. At the end of April, we will perform “Star Wars” and two other pieces in two concerts. For more information or to get involved, please call Ami Rabinowitz at (843) 263-6439 or email at the island news | march 10-17, 2011 |


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School board updates In my last article, I discussed budget reduction efforts that had just been completed; let me start there and come forward. The school budget at this point is still a long way from being completed. First, it is built on two very large presumptions: one, an expenditure, and the other, a possible revenue source. The expenditure is the possibility that the state may mandate a cost-of-living adjustment for teachers; this is based on a Southeastern average and is required by law if passed by the legislature (each 1% of cost-of-living adjustments costs Beaufort County Schools about $1 million). The revenue is in the form of the state calculation around Act 388 (the 2006 legislation that removed owner occupied residences from paying operating taxes for schools); this has yet to be calculated but produces a little more than $1 million for each 1% of increase permitted. We are projecting this year that we will spend at least $4.1 million from our fund balance or savings account. At the present rate of tax collections, it actually looks as though we may have to use more. The Beaufort County Council sets both our millage rate and also projects at what rate we will collect taxes; this year, even in the down economy, the County Council has projected a collection rate of 98.6%. Not only is this a higher rate than in recent history but it is a higher tax collection rate than what the county council is projecting for its own collections. Think about that for just a moment: We all receive a single tax bill with both county and school district taxes on it, yet somehow it is projected that the school district will collect at a higher rate than the county. How is that possible? What we are really experiencing is a collection rate of about 95%. This will cause us to reduce more programs and staff, close schools (which we have taken off the table for 2011-12) or further reduce our fund balance. It is

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A real source of pride that I see is the increasing number of parents and community members attending our board meetings. my hope that if more reductions are necessary, we can cover them through expenditures from our fund balance and further derail program or eliminate staff. I know this is somewhat technical but it is reality and is all about how we are making decisions at this time and how those decisions are impacting people and programs for students. Let me see if I can’t find a little sunshine in this cloudy forecast. This past weekend was the annual South Carolina School Board Association meeting and training for new board members. As you might expect, a great deal of the discussion was around budgets and how school districts are coping. What I heard was that some school districts are cutting more than we are and that some are about where we are. Reductions range from furloughing staff for as much as 20 days (this means a reduction in work days and salary) to having athletes “pay for play” and elimination of arts programs. Two presentations of note took place during the meeting. The first was by Dr. Mike Fanning who spoke to the issue of our broken system of revenue and how we give up approximately $4.7 billion dollars a year in tax exemptions to over 200 special interests; just think, we are giving up as much money in tax

exemptions as the state is planning to spend on education (some to silly things like paying taxes on the sale of some livestock but not all or the taxes paid on a car, flat rate of $300 whether the vehicle is a $5,000 used car or an $80,000 luxury ride). The second glimmer of hope was a presentation by Dr. Harry Miley, former Director of the State Council of Economic Advisors, a noted conservative economist, he is proposing a new funding policy for education that would equalize property taxes across the state, establish a base formula for student funding that would be the same in each school district and give weighed funds for students needing special instruction. Although both of these presentations are far from reaching acceptance, together they pose the potential for drastically reducing property and sales taxes while providing a increase to education funding from a more stable and equitable source. A real source of pride that I see is the increasing number of parent and community members attending our board meetings and School Improvement Council sessions. Although it took an emotional issue like closing schools (this topic is still active for the 2012-13 school year), the benefits to having people participate, get informed and ask questions is positive for how we govern the schools. I hope this continues to be the standard rather than the exception. I hope you will continue to keep yourself informed about all education issues and especially the budget as it goes forward. An upcoming event sponsored by the Beaufort County Schools Foundation, “Celebrate Inspiration,” will be held on Friday, April 29 to raise funds for classroom grants to teachers. For more information, go to www.foundationexcellence. com or call 322-2306. As always, you can reach me at (843) 301-6858 or


What is the redevelopment commission? By Jonathan Verity

As the newly-named chairman of the Beaufort Redevelopment Commission, I’d like to provide some clarity about who we are, what our mission is and how we are going to get there. The redevelopment commission is made up of nine members, all from the private sector except for one Beaufort City Council member, Mike McFee. We are appointed for two-year terms renewable by the city council. Through public/private partnerships and other collaborative efforts with stakeholders, we are charged with matching public and private assets to opportunities within the community. To do this work, we have three

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working committees: • Finance Committee, with a goal of understanding the possible options for funding the projects we develop; • Commercial Redevelopment Committee, which focuses on commercial opportunities and commercial infill; • Residential Development Committee, which focuses on workforce housing, both new and rehab, as well as other infill opportunities. After the city council recently reviewed our charter, we no longer are involved with the Beaufort parking issue, although a portion of the parking revenues can be used to help fund our projects if approved by the city council.

We meet at 5 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at city hall and the public is invited. We welcome your ideas and input. The members of the commission include myself; Michael McNally, vice chair and chair of Residential Redevelopment Committee; Martin Goodman, chair of the Commercial Redevelopment Committee; Wendy Zara, chair of the Finance Committee; Edwin Barnhart; Pat Case; Henrietta Goode; and Keith Waldrop. If you have any questions, a good place to find more information about the Beaufort Redevelopment Commission is at www.cityofbeaufort. org.


City Council alters meeting times A new meeting schedule will enable the Beaufort City Council to more effectively and efficiently conduct the public’s business, council members said this week. The difference in the new schedule is that it combines previously separate work sessions and formal regular meetings. The council had been meeting every Tuesday afternoon. The new council schedule is as follows, with all meetings held at City Hall, 1911 Boundary St. in Beaufort: • Second Tuesday of each month — Work session at 5 p.m. followed by regular meeting at 7 p.m. • Third Tuesday — Work session at 5 p.m. • Fourth Tuesday — Work session at 5 p.m. followed by regular meeting at 7 p.m. The work sessions are more casual meetings where the council members and interested


members of the public literally sit around a conference table to discuss city issues. No votes are taken at work sessions. All the meetings are open to the public and the public is encouraged to attend and weigh in on agenda issues of concern. “We’ve found the work sessions to be incredibly productive, because people on all sides of the table are much more inclined to share their ideas outside of the formality of a regular city council meeting,” Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling said. Under the new system, nothing discussed in a work session will be voted on at the city council regular meeting that same night, Keyserling said. “This council has been one of the most informed, deliberate and transparent councils in recent years and will continue to seek additional ways to enhance opportunities for public input,” Keyserling said.

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Citizens can apply to fight crime In response to the increasing number of people wanting to assist law enforcement officials in building a stronger partnership in the fight against crime, Sheriff PJ Tanner announced last week that Beaufort County citizens are being invited to become Honorary Members of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association. Membership appeals will be going out by mail shortly. Individuals choosing to join the voluntary program can do so for as little as $20, while businesses can show their support for a $50 contribution. The funding provides

critically important technical resources, training and legislative support on key criminal justice issues. Contributions are tax deductible. “With government funding becoming increasingly difficult to secure, the membership drive has taken on greater importance than ever before,” said Sheriff Tanner. Individuals who do not receive a membership appeal and would like more information can contact the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association at: 112 Westpark Blvd, Columbia, SC 29210. Information is also available online at

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After what seemed to be an unusually cold winter, spring is finally in the air! Daffodils, azalea and other spring plants are beginning to bloom. To me, there is nothing more irritating than investing hours and dollars in plantings only to find that deer have had a feast. The following are suggestions for deer resistant plantings: Trees: Crepe Myrtles, Japanese maple, Live Oak, Flowering Dogwood; Shrubs: Angle’s Trumpet, Bamboo, Butterfly Bush, Holly, Sweet Olive, Viburnium, Annuals, Bulbs. Perennials: African Daisy, Black Eyed Susan, Calendula, Calla Lily, Coneflower, Crinium, Marigold, Montbretia, Snap Dragon, and Zinnia. Vines: Crossvine. Jasmine, Trumpet Creeper, Wisteria. Commercial Products to spray on: Plantskyd. Effective home remedy: Hang a bar of soap in a mesh bag near the plant. Soap scent discourages deer. Thanks to Maura Baglione for providing the plant information. John and Carol Clark of Wade Hampton have traveled quite a bit this past winter. The majority of their travels revolved around their grandchildren and the children’s activities. Their grandchildren Ryan, Caitlin and Kyle Johnston of Lexington, Ohio, gave Carol and John much to be proud of and they are so proud! Ryan starred as Hercules with the

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Renaissance Youth Opera. Caitlin is on the Greater Columbus Swim Team where she is part of the relay team. The team has advanced to state competition at Bowling Green University. Kyle is a member of the Lex Magic Basketball Team-Division II and they are the winners of the Ohio Youth Basketball State Championship. Another of Carol and John’s grandchildren is 17-year-old John Clark, of Duluth High School in Georgia. John has signed a letter of intent with The Georgia College and State University. He will play baseball there showing his talents as a lefthanded pitcher. When the Royal Pines Bunco Babes get together, there is always much chatter. One night recently, the subject of holding a Fall Craft Fair was raised. There are many talented people who live in Royal Pines and many with hidden talents. If you have an interest in participating in a craft fair, or know someone who does, please contact me at 322-0472 or Marisa Sherard at 522-8547. The planning for this event is in the very early stages. If you have any ideas and would like to help form a committee, please call as well. Clubs are welcome also. If your garden club is in need of a fundraiser, this could be the place for you!

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My city of ruins By Chris Damgen

The view from the top was incredible. I’ll never forget it. To the south and east was a stout hill, a seemingly odd, natural feature with hardscrabble brush that overlooked a modern city below. To the north, the Southern Hemisphere sun blinded us but kept us warm against the harsh winds that sometimes whip across this place. To the west was an attractive street lined with neo-Gothic styled stone buildings, leading up to a spectacular botanical garden. Beyond it was the leafy suburbs and exurbs, and finally, brilliant farm fields scattered in the plains, running up to distant, snow-capped mountains more than 40 miles away. And looking down, one could see a cobblestone square in the center of it all, with hurried businessmen clutching their phones, Japanese tourists snapping their pictures, and street performers annoying everyone. This was Christchurch, New Zealand, in November 2004. This was the observation I had from Christ Church Cathedral, the ultimate landmark of the very city that shared its name and whose development spun off in every direction from the church’s commanding position in the center of the city. For me, the view, the cathedral, the square left a memory that would come back to me whenever I heard this word: Christchurch. Today, that same cathedral is destroyed. Today, that same cobblestone square in the “Garden City” is home to a pile of rubble and debris that eclipses the height of the surrounding buildings. Today, onethird of the buildings in Christchurch, once called the most English city in the world outside of England, are slated for demolition due to inhabitability. Today, planners and politicians are actually considering to never rebuild portions of the most livable city in one of the most livable countries in the world.

It took nearly 160 years to build Christchurch. It took only 160 seconds to bring Christchurch to its knees. I now have a memory of the city that can never be physically reclaimed. We have the great fortune in living in a community not all that different from Christchurch. We may not have Christchurch’s population figure or economic clout, but we share similar traits. We are in one of the most livable communities of our size in the nation. We attract hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. We have tremendous homes and gardens. We have beautiful churches, charming neighborhoods and popular parks. But sadly, we share another trait with Christchurch. We live in an area of the world where all that can disappear very quickly due to nature’s indifference to our sensibilities. Our precarious location is not as a result of fault lines but rather of low geography and wind patterns. Our area has seen the devastation of tropical cyclones, just as Christchurch had suffered through earthquakes in its history. Fortunately for us, we have been spared of this destruction for many years. Unfortunately for us, the clock is ticking, and it’s only a matter of time. Ask yourself this question: what image comes to your mind when you hear the word Beaufort? For me, it’s the view of downtown from the Woods Bridge, with the antebellum homes along the marsh, the Bay Street stores fronting the park, and the twin steeples that puncture our skyline and define our small town. If you don’t have that image, I encourage you to find one. Pick out your favorite spot or activity that defines this wonderful area for you. Take it all in. Take pictures if you have to. Create a memory with someone special or just for yourself. Memories can last a lifetime. Our buildings and communities may not be so fortunate.

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Everything is in bloom and so are your eye allergies Eye allergies, called allergic conjunctivitis, are a common condition that occurs when the eyes react to something that irritates them (called an allergen). The eyes produce a substance called histamine to fight off the allergen. As a result, the eyelids and conjunctiva — the thin, filmy membrane that covers the inside of your eyelids and the white part of your eye (sclera) — become red, swollen and itchy, with tearing and burning. People who suffer from eye allergies usually (though not always) have nasal allergies as well, with an itchy, stuffy nose and sneezing. It is usually a temporary (acute) condition associated with seasonal allergies. However, in other cases, eye allergies can develop from exposure to other environmental triggers, such as pet dander, dust, smoke, perfumes, or even foods. If the exposure is ongoing, the allergies can be more severe, with significant burning and itching and even sensitivity to light. The most common eye allergy symptoms include: • Red, swollen or itchy eyes • Burning or tearing of the eyes • Sensitivity to light Many eye allergies are caused by the body’s response to allergens in the air — both indoors and out — such as dust, pet dander, mold, or smoke. Some of the most common airborne allergens include pollen from grass, trees and ragweed, contributing to seasonal allergies.

Mark Siegel, MD, FAAO Board certified, American Board of Ophthamology, www. seaislandophthamology. com Allergic reactions to perfume, cosmetics or drugs can also cause the eyes to have an allergic response. Some people may be allergic to the preservative in lubricating eyedrops. They should use preservativefree drops instead. Sometimes, the eyes can react to other allergens that don’t necessarily come in direct contact with the eye, such as specific types of food or insect bites or stings. Some people can inherit eye allergies from their parents. You’re more likely to have allergies if both of your parents have them than if only one does. To provide proper treatment, your ophthalmologist will check to see whether your symptoms are related to an eye infection or allergic conjunctivitis. He or she can usually diagnose allergic conjunctivitis easily by examining your eyes and discussing your medical history — including your history and your family’s history of allergies. The key to treating eye allergies is to avoid or limit contact with the substance causing the problem. But you have to know what to avoid. If necessary, an

allergist can perform a skin or blood test to help identify the specific allergen(s). Avoiding allergens If pollen is an allergen for you, avoid going outdoors as much as possible when pollen counts are highest (generally midmorning and early evening) and when wind blows pollens around. When you are outdoors, sunglasses or eyeglasses can help to prevent pollen from getting into your eyes. To help minimize your exposure to pollen and other irritants while you are inside, keep your windows closed and use air conditioning — both in your car and home. Don’t use window fans, as they draw the pollen and other allergens inside. Keep your air conditioning units clean so they won’t cycle allergens inside. If mold is an allergy trigger for you, recognize that high humidity can cause molds to grow. Aim to keep the humidity level low in your home. Clean highhumidity areas like basements, bathrooms and kitchens frequently, and consider using a dehumidifier in particularly humid or moist places (such as a basement). If dust at home brings on your allergic conjunctivitis, try to cut down your exposure to dust mites, particularly in your bedroom. Use special allergen-reducing covers for your bedding — particularly your pillows — to keep dust mites away from your skin. Wash your bedding frequently, using hot water that is at least 130 degrees F. When cleaning your floors,

instead of using a dry dust mop or broom, use a damp mop or rag to trap the allergens. If pets are a source of allergies for you, try to keep animals outside of the house as much as possible. It is particularly important not to allow a pet into your bedroom so that you can sleep in an allergen-free room. Consider hardwood or tile floors instead of carpeting, which traps the pet dander. Always wash your hands after touching a pet, and wash clothing that has been exposed to pets. Finally, always avoid rubbing your eyes, which only irritates them more. Treating eye allergies • Artificial tear drops: These can help relieve eye allergies temporarily by washing allergens from the eye. They also relieve dry, irritated eyes by adding moisture. Preservative-free drops, available without a prescription, can be used as often as you need them. • Oral antihistamines: These may be somewhat helpful in relieving itchy eyes; however, they can make eyes dry and even worsen eye allergy symptoms. • Antihistamine/mast-cell stabilizers: Eyedrops with both an antihistamine to relieve itchiness and a mast-cell stabilizer help prevent eye allergies. They are used twice a day to relieve itching, redness, tearing and burning. • Corticosteroids: Steroid eyedrops can help treat chronic and severe eye allergy symptoms such as itching, redness and swelling.

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The Greenery, Inc., a landscape design, construction and maintenance company, has volunteered for the challenge of beautifying and maintaining a section of one of Beaufort County’s major roadway corridors. The company has “adopted” the southwest corner of Trask Highway and Parris Island Gateway in the Burton/ Shell Point area which thousands of visitors pass each year on their way to the Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot and other tourist destinations such as Penn Center, Hunting, Harbor and Fripp islands. Horticulturalist and supervisor Jerry Ashmore said the project is a good way for the company to give back to the community and to help keep Beaufort County clean and beautiful. The task required several hours of collecting trash and debris, mowing, pruning, trimming hedges and other necessary maintenance.

“Sick and Tired of Being Broke” author Lucille Tyler Baldwin of Beaufort will appear on WTOC TV’s “Mid-Morning Live” at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 18. Baldwin, of Beaufort, was invited to appear on the show to discuss her enlightening self-help, financial management book, which she selfpublished in 2010. “Sick and Tired of Being Broke” chronicles the former K-Mart employee’s successful battle to dig her way out of crippling debt after a divorce left her a young, single-parent struggling to make ends meet. Copies of “Sick and Tired of Being Broke” will be available at a series of book signings in March: *The Gallery, 802 Bay St., Beaufort, Saturday, March 12, from 2 to 4 p.m.; * The Red Piano Too Art Gallery, 870 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island, Saturday, March 19, from 12 to 4 p.m.; *And the Beaufort Book Store, 2127 Boundary St. in the Beaufort Town Center, Saturday, April 30, from 12 to 4 p.m. The book can also be purchased during regular business hours at the Lowcountry Store, the Red Piano Too Art Gallery, the Beaufort Book Store, and Books n Brew. It’s also available online at, and www. For more information contact Lucille Baldwin at either 843-379-3525, or

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Interim provides fresh perspectives


Session gives Beaufort Academy students real world experience Seeing the “work behind the work” and “doing, not just watching,” opened eyes and opportunities for Beaufort Academy Upper School students during the first Interim session, students say. BA students created PowerPoint presentations last month to showcase their experiences, and recently met to talk about their interim internship highlights. Chris Huckabee, a BA senior who wants to study computer engineering, interned at BeaufortJasper Water and Sewer Authority where he met with engineers, inspectors and senior construction managers. His take-away? “There is a lot of work that goes into every single part of construction, especially the parts you don’t see when the pipes are buried underground,” Huckabee said. “Everything is studied and planned before the work starts.” Jaymie Baggerly, a senior likely heading to College of Charleston, rotated through several departments at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. For someone who fainted when she pricked her finger in biology class, Baggerly said she made huge strides:

From left to right: Nathan Akers, Katherine Neal, Jaymie Baggerly and Chris Huckabee.

“By the end of Interim, I saw a C-section, right there in front of me, and I was all right.” The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s traditionally isn’t prime time for teaching and learning because of the numerous days off. Working around that, Beaufort Academy leaders switched to a trimester system with the “Interim” occurring right after Thanksgiving until the winter holidays. “We are a college-preparatory school, and we pride ourselves on both the academic preparation we provide as well as the preparation for life,” Beaufort Academy Headmaster Randy Wall said. “Interim is one more way we are trying to connect

classroom learning with what these young people will face in college and then in the workforce.” Setting up interim required local businesses willing to host the students, said Karen Nuelle, coordinator of Interim services at Beaufort Academy. During Interim, Nathan Akers worked in Congressman Joe Wilson’s Beaufort office. “There’s a lot going on in Congressman Wilson’s office and they take care of a lot of questions,” he said. Akers is seeking an appointment to the Naval Academy to study engineering and naval architecture. Katherine Neal, a junior at Beaufort Academy, reinforced her interest in veterinary medicine by interning at the Animal Medical Center on Lady’s Island with Drs. Mark Guilloud and Becky Banner. “I expected to be just watching them and trying to stay out of the way,” she said. “But I wasn’t just watching, I was doing!” Her experiences included running heartworm tests, preparing slides for microscopic study and helping prepare animals for surgery.

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.C. Montessori recently celebrated Montessori Education Week (Feb. 28 through March 4) to honor Maria Montessori’s influence throughout the world and her tireless effort towards peace. The school held a flag parade on Tuesday, and all students designed flags depicting their heritage. On Wednesday, students created Pinwheels for Peace. And, on Thursday, parents were invited for International Night. Each classroom became different countries for an evening, and parents enjoyed food from Ireland, Aruba, Brazil, India, Antarctica and Thailand.

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READ ACROSS AMERICA Coosa Elementary School celebrated “Read Across America Day” on Wednesday, March 2. Parents and community volunteers visited and read their favorite books or Dr. Seuss classics to the students. Pictured at left, Ms. Betty Jo Fulcher reading to Ms. Mack’s kindergarten class.

Students go on (mock) trial The Beaufort High School Mock Trial Team recently participated in the Lowcountry Regional High School Mock Trial Competition at the Charleston County Courthouse on February 26. Students participating were: Natalie Alvarez, Khushboo Arora, Cayce Burgess, Avery Deloach, Kelsey Dorrill, Emily Gault, Meg Lacombe, Dustin

happy birthday, dr. suess Ms. Mary’s prekindergarten class at Sea Island Presbyterian Day School made “Cat in the Hat” masks in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday (March 2, 1904).

Mullins, Tanner Powell, and Rachel Taylor. (Teachers pictured above are Robin Southard and Debi Kidd). Three students received “Most Effective.” Emily Gault and Natalie Alvarez received “Most Effective Witnesses” and Tanner Powell received “Most Effective Attorney” for their prospective rounds.

BA team takes third in Quiz Bowl


arry Watt, executive secretary of the South Carolina Independent School Association, announced the winners of the SCISA Middle School Quiz Bowl. The team from Beaufort Academy finished the competition in third place. Beaufort Academy students, seated from left, John Mathai, Xavier Westergaard, Ben Hetherington and Mike Bhoi and, standing from left, Michael Schwartz and Jake Bhoi.

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drama events ‘taming of the shrew’ at BHS Beaufort High’s theatre department is bringing “Taming of the Shrew,” an adaptation by Paul Nolan, to the stage. Director LaRaine Fess has given Shakespeare’s classic comedy a Southern twist. The play is set in the Old South in order to celebrate Beaufort’s 300th birthday. Come see the play Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in Beaufort High’s Art Center. Tickets are $8. Call or email LaRaine Fess at 843322-2152 or laraine.fess@beaufort. for reservation or more information.

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Beaufort Academy students perform “The Beaux’ Stratagem,” adapted by Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig, based on the play by George Farquhar Come see what happens when two gentlemen, down on their luck, envision a plan to find a wealthy bride and split the dowry. Join us for a night of wandering romance, sword fights, justice, and comedic irony as Beaufort Academy students perform this newly revised classic Restoration Comedy. “The Beaux’ Stratagem” will be held at the USCB Performing Arts Center March 11-13. Doors will open on Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and the show will start at 7:30 pm. Doors will open for the Sunday matinee at 1:30 pm and the show will start at 2 pm. Tickets for this event are available for purchase in advance at Beaufort Academy or at the door. Tickets are $5 for children/students and $12 for adults. (Please note: cash or checks only accepted.) Seating is general admission. Discounts for tickets purchased in advance!

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Junior Service League Marsh BBQ a hit!

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Congrats to co-chairs Jennifer Wallace and Lorin Siegel, for such a successful Junior Service League of Beaufort’s BBQ by the Marsh this past weekend at Beaufort Town Center. The beautifully organized event was thanks to dedicated committee members Kristin Brady, silent auction chair; Carson Bruce; Kristi Rosengarten, F&B chair; Front row (from left): Kristin Brady, Lorin Siegel, Dr. Jennifer Wallace, Carson Bruce, Kristi Rosengarten, Lachlan Ivy, Ashley Lachlan Ivy; Ashley Hutchison; Leigh Huctchison. Back Row (from left): Leigh Copeland, Amanda Flake, Gloria Duryea, Leigh Ward. Copeland; Amanda Flake; Gloria Duryea, JSLB president; Leigh Ward, JSLB treasurer; along with committee members (not in photo) Amy Geier, decorations chair; and Rhonda Marek, location chair. Many raves from attendees for Jimmy Fitts who cooked the barbecue; for the Trask family who donated flowers; for Glenda London and her crew who bartended; for Andy Burris of Amazing Event rentals; and Shark Rodeo for keeping the crowd dancing all night. Special thanks to major sponsor Beaufort Memorial Hospital, and also Barrier Island Marine; Cleland  Site Prep; Sea Island Ophthalmology; Howell, Gibson and  Hughs, PA.; Port Royal Landing; Trask  & Lynn, CPA; and Port Royal Oral and Facial Surgery who made the event possible. Also thanks to all the volunteers and folks who attended. Money raised from this sold-out event will be used to benefit nonprofits in Beaufort that uplift women and children.

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A blooming good time had by all at Daffodil Festival on Cane Island Every year the extended Trask family generously opens their daffodil farm on Cane Island for flower lovers and their families to come pick as much as they want. This much-loved annual ‘rite of spring’ here in Beaufort County raises money for several deserving charities — Friends of Caroline Hospice, New Plays Festival of the Lowcountry, The Beaufort Open Land Trust along with Beaufort Academy and Riverview Charter School (the family of Charlie Green). The farm is owned by the estate of the late John and Flora Trask.

Dr. Clark and Evy Trask, along with Mary Trask and her husband, DJ Henry, orchestrated this year’s successful event along with many hard-working, big-hearted volunteers including Weezy Alcott, Miguel Bahena, Ann Bluntzer, Eric Daubert, Frampton and Lawton Harper, Dudley, Donna and Jonathan Holmes, Suzanne Larsen, Angel Lopez, Nicholas Nicholas, Preston Pruitt, Charlie Smith, Austin Stroud, Nigel Stroud, Shawn Sproatt, Robert Veilz, Bonita Wreden and Jamie “Houndog”

Kirkwood. The event was so popular this year that unfortunately all the flowers (of many, many acres of flowers) were picked within the first two hours, leaving some later arrivals disappointed. So for next year, they are considering putting a limit on the number of flowers folks can pick so that everyone has a chance to take some home. This truly is a Trask family group effort and they would like to thank all the people who came out and made this such a great day for the charities of Beaufort.

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Lowcountry Food Bank’s annual gala fundraiser The Lowcountry Food Bank’s annual gala fundraiser, The Chef ’s Feast, was held in North Charleston recently. A group of 10 people from Habersham went up for that event. They included Eric Drugge, Jennifer Drugge, Brad Pickel, Leslie Pickel, Patrick Kelly, and Lauren Kelly, seen above. Also in attendance, were Brian and Allegra Craig and Warren

and Cheryl Hunter. There were 29 chefs participating in the event

(including Beaufort’s own Jim Spratling). This year, about 1,100 guests attended and it was their biggest success to date, more than $150,000 was raised to help fight childhood hunger. The Lowcountry Food Bank is moving into Northern Beaufort County with new depots opening here soon. Habersham will host a fall Farmer’s Table fundraiser to benefit this fine charity.

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sports annual st. paddy’s golf tournament Beaufort Water Search & Rescue and Fripp Island Sea Rescue are hosting the eighth annual St. Paddy’s Golf Tournament on March 19 at the Ocean Creek Golf Course on Fripp Island. The rescue units are made up of volunteers who are designated 911 First Responders dedicated to assisting boaters in distress, by responding 24/7 to 911 dispatch and individual calls for assistance. In addition to the primary mission of helping boaters in distress, the sea rescue units conduct searchand-rescue missions to support and assist many state and federal law enforcement agencies. Donations by local business sponsors and individuals support tournament, which is a truly fun event. A delicious barbecue dinner will be served and loads of door prizes will be given to golfers. Prizes will also be awarded. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or having a great day of golf, call tournament chairman Rich Combes at 843-838-3328, co-chairman Don Scott at 843441-0643 or Ted Michaels at 843838-5788.

Club’s karate tournament a success At last week’s Club Karate’s Goodwill Tournament on Lady’s Island, more than 20 schools were represented. The schools came from all over South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and even a team from Bristol, Tenn. There were more than 325 competitors demonstrating their arts. What better forum to show self-discipline, coordination and mental and physical toughness? The tournament ran smoothly and efficiently starting at 10 a.m. with demos and finishing around 4 p.m. with the adult Black Belts. Club Karate had 93 competitors, and many of them competed in three divisions.

Association offers after-school tennis program The United States Tennis Association will offer the QuickStart Initiative with Teaching Pro Warren Florence and Beaufort Academy Coach Greg Crosby QuickStart Tennis, also known as “10 and Under Tennis,” is a competitive play format that features modified equipment and courts, allowing kids to rally and play the game of tennis earlier than the

expected advanced lesson training. Beaufort’s inaugural QuickStart, 10 and Under Tennis, will be held at Beaufort Academy. This afterschool program runs for three months through May 25. By coming consistently one afternoon a week through a 12-week session, young tennis players will see amazing results. Please contact Warren

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Battery Creek honors Coach Drafts On Saturday, February 12, Battery Creek High School hosted a special banquet honoring the 27 seasons John Drafts coached basketball at the school. Numerous colleagues, former players, former teammates, current students and alumni gathered for the four-hour event that began in the John J. McVey Performing Arts Center. As a surprised Coach Drafts entered the spacious auditorium with family in-tow, the theater’s speakers bellowed the theme music from “Star Wars.” The host, Darrin Moultrie, comically introduced several speakers that included fellow coaches Greg Elliot and Wilbert Bryant, along with the honoree’s brother, Bryan, and the coach’s two sons, Trent and Collin. Former basketball player, Greg Gilbert, class of 1994, spoke about the impact Coach Drafts has had on his life. A tribute video followed with many

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interviews including segments about Coach Drafts as a teacher, coach and athletic director. Those featured in the video were former players, fellow staff members and colleagues. After the video, the man of the hour and family were escorted to the Battery Creek High School Cafeteria to greet their guests. The host announced that, as according to the program, there would be a speech by Coach Bruce Beasley,

Beaufort High Basketball Coach. As the crowd looked around, they noticed that Coach Beasley was not in attendance, then suddenly his voice came over the loudspeaker. Coach Beasley joked about losing to Coach Drafts the last four times their teams played and never being able to get him back due to his retirement. It was a night well deserved for a man who has impacted so many people in such a positive manner.

yard sale to benefit beaufort high school athletics The Big Green Booster Club is accepting donations for a yard sale to support the athletes of Beaufort High School. Donations may be dropped off at the Lady’s Island-St. Helena Fire District, 237 Sea Island Parkway, or you can call and schedule a pick-up for large items. To call for pick up: Benji 986-7169, John 812-1083, Scott 321-0944, David 575-7470, Will 252-9051. The yard sale is scheduled for Saturday, April 30 from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Beaufort High School. We look forward to seeing you there.

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uestion: What is it about Beaufort, South Carolina, that attracts you?

Answer: Its authenticity. The people and the place are authentic in nature. That question was asked to a corporate traveler who was the President of International Business for Coca-Cola for many years. He’s also a friend and mentor to Matt McAlhaney, owner of City Loft Hotel, City Java & News and CityFIT on Carteret Street in Downtown Beaufort. For a businessman who has seen the world, that’s a nice compliment to our beloved town and the smiling faces who Above: The Cyan Room at City Loft Hotel. call it home. And Below: The exterior of the City Loft complex on Carteret Street. McAlhaney and his “We felt strikingly beautiful like we wife, Laura, have were in found a niche the lap of for travelers who appreciate gracious luxury.” hospitality coupled Ted Lee, with a distinctive the Lee Bros. urban feel. City Loft Hotel, located in the center of one of the most historic cities in the Southeast, is a stylish boutique hotel equipped with modern luxury accommodations. As economic stewards to Beaufort, it’s time we let the world know what we have to offer. Our Southern charm, gourmet coffee, great food, good reads sophisticated tastes and authentic setting are ingredients for a preferred City Java & News offers gourmet coffee drinks destination among global travelers and as well as a great selection of beer and wine. The regional tourists alike. delicious grab-and-go sandwiches for breakfast Stop by The City Loft Hotel Complex and lunch, a full gourmet lunch menu and a wide and witness these authentic ingredients variety of magazines make the shop a fantastic at work. You’ll see a number of folks and inexpensive place to eat, read and relax. “telecommuting” at City Java & News (working at home but not really), chatting, reading newspapers (The welcoming sense of community. Many finest restaurants just across the street Island News is the preferred choice — Beaufortonians start their day at City (Breakwater and Wren). They’ll be glad of course!) drinking espresso and coffee, Java with optimism and camaraderie. you booked them at this little gem. dining on ham-and-cheese biscuits, Tourists too: You’re likely to see the McAlhaney said he would be remiss muffins and scones. It’s a scene, the urban corporate traveler rushing out the door not mention Stephanie Fairbanks, vibe McAlhaney strived hard to create. after a brisk workout at CityFIT (a director of operations of City Loft City Java & News is home to a variety of great gym with ellipticals, freeweights, Hotel, who plays a pivotal role in people every morning. Frequent visitors treadmills and steamshowers to die for) maintaining relationships with guests include writers, musical directors, to meet that first client of the day. and locals. He says, in short, it’s her job clergy, judges, teachers, students, local By the way, keep City Loft in mind to keep the vibe alive. He says she truly businessmen, even a four-star general. the next time you have a vendor or does anticipate people’s needs, rather The energy in City Java from the hours business associate coming to Beaufort than reacts to requests or demands. between 7 and 10 a.m. is contagious to do business, they have special rates She and her staff will arrange dining and encouraging. The ritualism of a and with a 24/7 gym, coffee shop that reservations, workout sessions, historic morning cup of Joe is partnered with a opens at 6 a.m., and two of Beaufort’s tours or simply coffee delivered to your


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room. She understands the City Loft visitor before arrival and assists with the uninterrupted flow of their experience. Whether he’s sweeping the floor at City Java & News, carrying a guest’s bags or even cutting the hedges at City Loft, McAlhaney maintains it’s all about trends and vibes; a vibe supported by excellent service and real value. Speaking of trends, Fairbanks and McAlhaney are seeing a trend developing with more visitors traveling by way of the Intracoastal Waterway. Boaters — daytrippers from Savannah or Charleston — plan a trip to Beaufort in their watercraft, dock at the downtown marina and stay at City Loft overnight. City Loft Hotel will cater to the boating crowd by assisting with luggage and arranging transportation if needed. McAlhaney and his wife created City Loft Hotel with the idea in mind to bring urban design to a historic community. There are pockets in a number of cities where this model of “transitional” design works well. Fusing modern and traditional elements in a renovated structure is not only “green,” but innovative and artistic as well. Creating a space that appeals to visitors and locals is tricky. But, the McAlhaney’s have found a way to form the ideal union of sophisticated travel and hometown warmth. Its authenticity is quite attractive. For information regarding hotel rates, City Java & News and CityFIT memberships, call 843-379-5638 or visit


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Ash Milner has found his niche. If ever there was a hobby that could turn into a career, it the art of being a disc jockey. And Milner loves his title as DJ Ash or Mix Master Milner. About this time last year, Lantz Price, owner of Plum’s Inc., and a bunch of guys stood around the fire at a friend’s fish camp. Knowing Milner’s adoration for music, Price suggested that Ash deejay at Plum’s to see if he liked it. It just so happened that Milner was offered DJ equipment only three days prior to this conversation. Ash was spraying Buddy Brownlee’s house as a technician for Collin’s Pest Control (his day job), and he noticed a lot of equipment that Brownlee was ready to get rid of. So the conversation around the campfire came at the perfect time. Milner called Brownlee, accepted the equipment and quickly became known as DJ Ash, the hottest name in entertainment on Bay Street. Milner has always loved music. His iPod has more than 5,000 songs on it. “Music soothes the soul. It gives me an escape. When I’m driving around in the Collin’s Pest Control truck, my music relaxes me,” explains Milner. “I like hard rock. Rush is a favorite band of mine. But, when I moved to Beaufort, a friend turned me on to the Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead and Widespread Panic. “ Besides listening to music, Milner also enjoys watching the crowd dance to his selections. “They go nuts over the popular songs by bands like the Black Eyed Peas and Usher. But sometimes, I like to slip in a song by unknown artists like Groove Armada and Fat Boy Slim. They love those songs too. People just like to dance,” says Milner. “I’m very thankful that Lantz (Price) and Chip (Dinkins) gave me this opportunity. Plum’s is a great place to DJ; it’s tight, and the intimacy makes it even better.” “I’m also very thankful to a few people who have helped me achieve success in my side career. Merritt Yeager helps me


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with signs and graphics for advertising purposes, and Tim Lovett helps me set up. And, how can I forget my wife, Cher? She publicizes all of my events on Facebook.” DJ Ash has a special performance coming up on St. Patrick’s Day at Plum’s. Beginning at 10 p.m., Plum’s will transform into an Irish Ash Celebration. Milner will play tunes, provide beads and koozies and sell T-shirts to all those doning green. Originally from Aiken, Milner and his wife now call Beaufort home. And Plum’s is kind of like their “Cheers.” Everyone knows your name. “Plum’s will always be a special place to me, because it’s where I got started.” And if you’re a musician and see DJ Ash one night, don’t be afraid to ask and join him. He encourages musicians to play during one of his gigs. He wants to promote local talent and believes we could all benefit from each other. Promotion is all about word of mouth and encouragement. And thanks to Lantz Price and Buddy Brownlee’s words of encouragement, Ash Milner now makes a living doing exactly what he loves to do, playing music.

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Hollywood’s award show season concluded last week with the 83rd Academy Awards. If fashion makes you nervous, just think how the actors and actresses feel when making the decision of what to wear to the Oscars. How terrifying to know that the whole world is watching and ready to pounce. Everyone is going to have an opinion of what they loved and hated so there is no way to escape the scrutiny, which at times can be brutal. But it is worth it all for a walk down the red carpet and a little guy named Oscar. So though hearts would break throughout the evening, there did not seem to be too many losers on this year’s red carpet. The stars flashed in a popular move to shimmering metallics, which have shown themselves to be the new neutral this spring. These ethereal concoctions looked like

spun sugar and drew the eye to the décolletage, or bottom half of the gown. This gave the viewer a focal point and took simple to simply fabulous! The favorites in this category were Gwyneth Paltrow in a platinum Calvin Klein Collection gown and Halle Berry, who rarely disappoints, in Marchesa. I must also make a nod to Hilary Swank for her gorgeous Gucci gown that trailed off in a flounce of feathers! At the other end of the color A $360 spectrum were copy of the stunningly Gwyneth simple “Valentino” Paltrow’s red gowns which dress. stood out amongst these neutral backdrops. Some

with ornate back ends were true works of art, and others, although o r d i n a r y, b e c a m e extraordinary by the beauty and allure of the stars who wore them. Sp e c i f i c a l ly, newcomer Jennifer Lawrence ( “ Wi n t e r ’s Bone”) went from her film’s b a c k w o o d ’s c o u n t r y character to a real screen siren. Other color trends not to be missed A $375 were purples version of in every hue Natalie and an entire Portman’s array of pastels. dress. Best in show in these categories were Natalie

Portman (Best Actress, “Black Swan”) in Rodarte. This dynamic design duo usually challenges convention but they kept it simple for the very pregnant actress. Mila Kunis took high honors in a lavender chiffon and lace gown by Elie Saab. Cate Blanchett disappointed this year in her textured pale pink Givency gown which looked like it had an egg yolk A $215 copy splattered on of Reese her shoulders Witherand running spoon’s down her back. dress. Thank God she did not pay for that dress, and she

could bring it back and slap the designer! When you think how much some of these gowns are worth (Reese Witherspoon’s dress was rumored to be $60,000), it naturally makes fashionista fans like us wonder how we can ever hope to capture that “Oscar look” when going to our own next big formal event. Fear not! Most, if not all, of the winning red carpet fashions of these Hollywood screen goddesses were knocked off the very next day and can be ours for very mortal prices. Check out two great websites I found that can help you look and feel like your favorite celebrity. Go to for reasonably priced copies of their gowns. Also visit www. for copies of expensive designer bling. So, what does that mean for us girls? One day soon we could be hearing: “The envelope, please (dramatic pause). And the winner is ... YOU!”






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Project sends care packages to troops The Democratic Women of Beaufort recently helped pack and send boxes to our troops at Gilligan’s Seafood Restaurant in Beaufort. Gilligan’s sponsors the project, which has sent over 2,000 boxes in the last four years, according to Gilligan’s General Manager Eric Horlback. Project Manager, Jennifer Iddins started the service to help new recruits who didn’t have family come to their graduation ceremonies. Each week her Project SAM Bag presents those Marines with a bag of goodies and thank you letters from students. The project quickly grew as donations came from families and area individuals. She was soon able to include mailings to troops overseas. Jennifer, who has been in Beaufort for five years, is married to Parris Island drill instructor, SSGT Phillip Iddins. To donate items or help, call 843-597-2623. Ceci Banner and Lottie Miles pack boxes.

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atthew Fisher of Boy Scout Troop 1, Beaufort, was recently awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. Matthew started scouting as a Tiger Scout with Pack 283 in Laurel Bay and completed his scouting career with Troop 1 at Carteret St. United Methodist Church. Matthew is the son of Forrest and Charlotte Fisher of Lady’s Island.

Matthew is shown here accepting a gift from his grandfather, Rev. G. Thomas Fisher.

sea island quilters The winners of the Sea Island Quilter’s Tricentennial quilt challenge made quilts depicting their images of Beaufort. Back row, from left, is Sarah Albert, Trudy Flanagan, Brenda McCleod, Joey Patrucco and Barbara Rader. Kneeling are Lynn O’Neal and Mary Campbell. Photo by Carol Foley and Liz Chase.

Workshop will identify insects and disease The Beaufort Cooperative Extension Service will offer a insect and disease workshop on Thursday, March 17, 2011 from 6:30-8:30 pm, at 102 Industrial Village Road (off Burton Hill Road), Beaufort. Dr. Powell Smith, Extension Entomologist, and Dr. Tony Keinath, Extension Pathologist, will be the presenters. There will be a $10 registration fee per participant to cover the cost of refreshments and training materials.

Participants will learn how to identify the different stages of pest growth, and the major pests of vegetables. They will look at photos and actual specimens. The cultural, physical and biological controls will be discussed as well as organic pesticides. Participants will learn about effective strategies for the primary vegetables and will receive handouts and a hand lens to aid in identification. Private and commercial pesticide credits will be given.

LADY’S ISLAND COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARDS Each year the Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association solicits nominations of individuals who have made significant contributions to our community and from these nominations are selected recipients for the Lady’s Island Community Spirit award. The individuals selected to receive the 2010 award are: Paul Sommerville, District 7, Beaufort County Council Representative Councilman Sommerville has completed his first four-year term as Lady’s Island (District 7) representative on county council and was re-elected for a second term in November 2010. Councilman Sommerville’s support of efforts to develop a community park on the Lady’s Island is one of the primary reasons such a park is presently Paul under construction. Sommerville From his successful opposition to construction of a Walmart on Lady’s Island, challenge to increasing the density of the island’s rural property to his support of the establishment of a Coosaw Island Community Preservation area, Councilman Sommerville has represented the Lady’s Island community in an exceptional and noteworthy manner. Terry Bennett, Former Principal of Lady’s Island Elementary and Lady’s Island Intermediate and Middle School. Mr. Bennett has devoted 19 years of his professional career to improvement in the quality of education in Lady’s Island public schools. He was tasked to serve as principal of Lady’s Island Elementary School and guide its transition into the first artsinfused curriculum school of choice in Beaufort County. Upon successful Terry a c c o m p l i s hment Bennett of the transition of Lady’s Island Elementary, he was asked to serve as principal of Lady’s Island Middle School and develop its science, technology, engineering and math curriculum.


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Luther’s, where it’s always rare, well-done and fun By Wendy Pollitzer

The Lunch Bunch went to Luther’s Rare and Well Done, located in the heart of downtown Beaufort. Formerly Luther’s Pharmacy, the building is a staple in the streetscape of historic Bay Street. Michael “Stretch” Stavac invited us to sample Luther’s specialties, and were we excited to enjoy the food and the view! We sat waterfront, of course, with the beautiful Beaufort River within eyesight. If you’re at all familiar with the “Big Chill” soundtrack (as I believe most of our readers are) you’ll recognize “The Weight” by The Band. It played as we ordered, and we couldn’t help but feel nostalgic as we reminisced a bit about the movie that put Beaufort on the map. We were pampered with appetizers. When you go to Luther’s, you must get the Fried Pickles, spicy battered spears paired with a side of ranch dressing. They are simply delicious. We also got the Pot Stickers, because Stretch says on the menu we “gotta have ‘em.” He was right! The stuffed fried wontons wraps served with teriyaki sauce were incredible. Lastly, Pamela ordered the crab and shrimp dip for the table. She suggested it as a must-have as well. She was right too! The dip is served with the classic snack, Bugels. Maybe it’s my age, but Bugels take me right back to the 80’s, I guess a time when I cared less about excess salt and calories than I do now. I digress. So all three appetizers are must-haves. They are perfect for a table to share, especially this time of year with March Madness approaching. Get a group together, order some tasty samplers and

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watch some exciting basketball on one of the many TV’s at Luther’s. For the main course, Elizabeth ordered the shrimp burger, one of the few in town that is actually served as a patty. Kim and April asked for burgers as well, but not from the sea. Kim ordered the Brewsky Burger (named for a former bartender at Luther’s), a Char Crust® Garlic and Peppercorn cheeseburger topped with blue cheese, bacon and grilled onions. April got the BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger, made with SOCO barbecue sauce and cheddar. They were both very pleased with their massive burgers, and still left with no boxes. Barry opted for one of the specials, a grilled Grouper Po’ Boy, flavored with lemon pepper. Both Pamela and I asked for the spinach salad with grilled shrimp, which featured mushrooms, bacon, hardboiled egg and Provolone with Balsalmic dressing. I also got a cup of the French

Clockwise from far left: Pot Stickers, stuffed fried wonton wraps with Teriyaki sauce; Crab and shrimp dip appetizer served with bread and Bugles; spinach salad with grilled shrimp; grilled Grouper Po’ Boy special with fries; BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger with seasoned fries.

Onion Soup, served Luther’s style with sautéed rib eye added to the savory consommé. We all enjoyed our entrees. Luther’s is a hit with locals and tourists.

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The wine label term for today is “Crianza.” This is a term used for Spanish wines and is defined by that country’s wine laws. “Crianza” is not a quality level for these wines but an aging term for them. Just so you get to see it, there are four terms used on Spanish labels that refer to the wine’s aging before you get the bottle: “Joven,” from the Spanish word for “young” is a wine with little or no barrel aging; “Crianza” means the wine has been aged a minimum of two years with one year in barrel; “Reserva” wines are aged three years with one year in barrel; and “Gran Reserva” wines are


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Pit bulls make good press Recently, local media alerted our community to two ghastly incidents involving pit bulls and children. Poignant photos accompanied the stories and pages of commentary in lettersto-the-editor columns spread into double-digits. Opponents and proponents of the breed were out in force, punctuating their opinions with glowing testimonials, vitriol and rank misinformation. Here is some history of the breed: The purpose of the original bulldog was to assist in boar hunting, provide companion and guarding services; bull dogs appear in paintings dating back to the 1500’s. They were given the name “bull dogs” because when the sport of bull baiting became popular, they were by far the sturdiest dogs suited to this purpose. However, once bull baiting was outlawed in England in 1835, greedy humans began looking for new means of profit. They turned to ratting and dog fighting. At this point, it seems likely that strains of terrier were introduced into the breed to make it more “game” — that is, having a higher level of prey drive and aggression — as well as smaller and more agile. When these dogs were brought to the U.S. in the 19th century, they were used as cattle dogs and “catch dogs” for pigs. Unfortunately, in smaller circles, they were still used as fighting dogs. The majority, however, earned their keep as hunters, herders, guardians and friends. By 1900, the American Pit Bull Terrier gained its greatest renown as a courageous and loyal companion to families, even acquiring the nickname “nanny dogs” as they are particularly good with children. During the first half of the 20th century, the American Pit Bull Terrier was considered as close as we get to having a


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national dog: Helen Keller, Laura Ingalls Wilder (“Little House of the Prairie” author) and Teddy Roosevelt all owned pit bulls. A pit bull was the mascot of the Buster Brown shoe company, Sgt. Stubby gained celebrity by surviving being wounded in combat twice during WWI, plus he captured a German spy and saved his platoon from a poison gas attack. In 1903, an American Pit Bull Terrier, goggle-wearing Bud, was the first dog to travel across the U.S. by car. So what happened? Certainly, dog fighting with pit bulls continued throughout the first half of this century but was much more underground. Pit bull P.R. got a shot in the solar plexus in 1987 when “Sports Illustrated” featured a snarling pit bull on the cover below the headline “Beware of this Dog.” Suddenly, this otherwise very nice breed became the focus of every person who wanted to own a big, bad dog. Backyard breeders, a not very responsible lot, began to target the breed for aggression for sales to the general population. While responsible breeders stipulate spay/neuter guidelines for pups sold, irresponsible breeders don’t care; they just want the cash. Consequently, the result is a dog market rife with pit bulls of unknown heritage owned by people who know nothing about the breed. These people acquire a pit pup to up their “bad” quotient, for “protection,” or they acquire a pup to help out a friend. They will not bother to investigate the pup’s lineage, they will not leash

their dog, they will not exercise their high-energy breed, they will not spay/neuter, they will not supervise their dog’s play nor will they socialize with care. They will not confine with confidence, train or otherwise manage their potentially lethal weapon. They will not watch for early small signs of out-sized, untoward aggression. And, inevitably, ghastly incidents happen. Pit bulls can be affectionate companions, healthy and easy to care for and eager to please. They are therapy dogs, agility champions and best friends. But they can also be jerks. When you pair up a jerk dog with a jerk owner, you’re asking for a frontpage story. (Note: all breeds can have a jerk-dog, aggressive, biting component. We just don’t hear about jerk cocker spaniels.) The media focuses on the negative aspects of pit bull jerk dogs because it makes for good readership and engenders discourse. But in addition to glamorizing pit bull horror stories, the media needs to ask some hard questions about the lack of spay/neuter regulations and enforcement of leash laws in this community. And, on occasion, the media needs to tell an uplifting story about a goodnatured, pit bull family pet and his responsible owners. PS: Pit bull jaws do not “lock” — there is no physiological “jaw locking” mechanism that makes their jaws any different than any other dog. Like many other breeds, the pit bull will exhibit “bite, hold and shake” behavior.

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what to do Bereavement Support Group holds meeting

A Bereavement Support Group, offered free of charge to anyone coping with the death of a loved one or long time friend, is held the second Thursday each month beginning March 10 from 3 to 4:40 p.m. at United Hospice of Beaufort, 1605 North St. For more information, call Neil Corkery at United Hospice at 843- 522-0476.

Meet the authors at Beaufort Bookstore

Plaza Stadium Theater Fri. 3/11 - Thurs. 3/17

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Sportfishing and diving club to meet

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The Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club’s March meeting will be Thursday, March 10 at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club off of Meridian Road on Lady’s Island. The social begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7 p.m. This month’s speaker features well known local Captain Jim Clark of the Stray Cat. His topic will be cobia. He will present some of his nationally televised cobia programs along with discussing types of bait, rigging, tides, chumming and other secret techniques for this table food species. You do not need a reservation and guests are welcome. For more information, call Captain Frank Gibson at 522-2020.

Events at ARTworks

• River of Words: In celebration of national Youth Art Month, ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center is channeling the River of Words, a countywide project of students turning science experiments into art. The public is invited to the reception on Friday, March 11, 5-7 p.m. Peruse the community arts center, and the River of Words, through April 9, Tuesday-Saturday, at 2127 Boundary St. • Ronstadt Generations Concert: Ronstadt Generations represents the multi-cultural roots America was founded upon. Michael J. Ronstadt, younger brother of Linda Ronstadt, continues the family tradition with his two sons, Michael G. and Petie, along with veteran Josh Hisle. These four voices bring to life a repertoire that reaches back to the end of the 19th century while continually looking ahead into the 21st, with a rich innovation of original material alongside traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs. Saturday, March 12, 8 p.m., in the black box theater at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center. $15 per person, $10 for students (13+), $5 for children (12 & under) $10 for groups of 10 or more. Fore tickets call 843-379-2787 or go to

Library to host many upcoming events

• Second Saturday Movie Matinee: Saturday, March 12, at 2:30 p.m. at the Beaufort Branch Library. Join us for a free showing of “Secretariat” (PG). Popcorn and soda are provided at no

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charge. All ages welcome! • Lunch and Learn: Monday, March 14, from noon to 1 p.m. “How to Behave on Your Pilgrimage: Loose Morals in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales?” Bring your lunch to the Beaufort Branch Library and enjoy a free, informal lecture by Dr. Rob Kilgore on Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales.” This lecture considers the charges of immortality that some have made against pilgrimages to Canterbury, and against Chaucer’s book itself. • “Millenium: the Story” documentary screening: Wednesday, March 16 at 3 p.m. The phenomenon of Stieg Larsson and his “Millennium” trilogy is explored in depth in this compelling new documentary that has never been shown in the U.S. This portrait of Larsson reveals the story of an outstanding success – a worldwide phenomenon who at the age of 50, died from a sudden heart attack before his first novel was even published. Free for all ages. • Beaufort Book Club: Thursday, March 17 at 5:30 p.m. Join the Beaufort Book Club as they meet to discuss the book, “Heart of the Matter” by Graham Greene at the Beaufort library. • Inspirational Book Club: Tuesday, March 29, at 10:30 a.m. Join the Inspirational Book Club for a book discussion of “Sarah’s Key” by Tatiana de Rosney in the second floor lobby of the Beaufort library. For questions regarding the events listed, contact Amanda Brewer at 2556439 or by email at

University Women group to have attic sale

The Beaufort Branch of American Association of University Women will have its annual Attic Sale on Saturday, March 12 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Sea Island Presbyterian Church on Lady’s Island Drive. For additional information, call Nancy Myers at 838-9795.

Author will be signing at McIntosh Books

Karen Lynn Allen will be signing copies of her book, “Beaufort, 1849,” a love story set in antebellum Beaufort, on Tuesday, March 15, from 1-3 p.m., at McIntosh Book Shoppe, 919 Bay St. 524-1119.

Sea Island Quilters to meet for program

The Sea Island Quilters will meet on March 17, at 6 p.m. at the Charles Lind Brown activity center on Green Street. The program “From Scrap Basket to String Quilts” will focus on the history of string quilts and members will learn how to make a more modern version of this style. For additional information, call Helen Goldman 525-6155.

Beaufort Garden Club will hold yard sale

The Beaufort Garden Club will have a yard sale Saturday, March 19, from 8 a.m. to noon. Come to 1301 Bay St., Beaufort, for a group yard sale, sponsored by the Beaufort Garden Club. You will find gently used home furnishings, mirrors, kitchenware and small appliances, yard equipment, books, Christmas decorations and more, brought by 25 households.

Coosaw Community has oyster roast dinner

Join the Coosaw Community for a fun filled day of great food and great people! An Oyster Roast & Dinner fundraiser for Coosaw Community Scholarship Fund will be held Saturday, March 19 from noon to 8 p.m. at the Coosaw/ Lower Sam’s Point Community Center, 140 Coosaw River Drive (at the end of S.C. 802 East); Small oyster baskets are $7; large oyster baskets are $10; and fried fish-tilapia, grouper or whiting or fried chicken dinners are $10. Eat in or take out. For more information, please call 843-986-0989 or 843-5750759. Proceeds to Benefit the Coosaw Community Scholarship Fund.

Beaufort Writers holds bimonthly meetings

Beaufort Writers meets every second and fourth Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Lady’s Island Airport Conference Room. The next meeting is March 22.

Beaufort Civic Master plan process charettes

Sector Plan Charette will be held from March 22-29 at the Port Republic & Charles Building, 209 Charles St. For more information, contact Josh Martin at

Photographer to host program at library

Beaufort District Collection presents Sandy Dimke on “Photos for Future Generations,” Wed., Mar. 23, in the Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St. The program begins at 6 p.m. and is free and open to anyone over age 12 interested in learning how to take digital photographs. Photographer Sandy Dimke successfully documented what

Beaufort is like today, by photographing the “hands” of more than 100 people in town. She will explain how to make family photographs more reflective of your life and times so that 100 years from now they’ll still be interesting! Dimke will discuss methods of how to take interesting photos that future generations can treasure. This program will be held in the Old BDC Room (1st floor) of the library. For more information about this program, visit or contact: 255-6456 (Beaufort), 2556490 (Bluffton), 255-6500 (Hilton Head), 255-6475 (Lobeco) or 838-8304 (St. Helena).

Speakers to discuss Civil War Savannah

Speakers Barry Sheehy and Cindy Wallace will present “Civil War Savannah Series” for the Beaufort Historical Society. The meeting will be at noon Thursday, March 24, at the Beaufort Yacht & Sailing Club, Meridian Road, Lady’s Island. For more information, contact President Pamela Ovens at or call 843-785-2767 or visit www.

Play Mah Jongg and Bridge every Monday

Looking for an interesting way to meet new friends and help a worthy cause at the same time? Come to Mah Jongg and Bridge every Monday afternoon from 1-4 p.m. in the Walsh Palmetto Room at St. Peter Catholic Church, 70 Lady’s Island Drive. New players (and experienced ones, too) are always welcome for hours of relaxation and fellowship. Just bring $3, two cans of food and a spirit of fun. Instruction is available and refreshments are always served.

St. Peter School holds annual golf fundraiser

The annual St. Peter Catholic School golf fundraiser will be held Sunday, April 3, at 1 p.m. at the Sanctuary Golf Club on Cat Island. Cost is $100 per player and lunch is included. Individuals and businesses may also sponsor a hole for $100. Please contact Rob Wilson at to register for the event or call the school at 522-2163.

Save the date for HBF Beaufort 300 event

Join Historic Beaufort Foundation and Honorary Chair Dr. Bobby Bell for an elegant evening on Saturday, April 30 at Tidewater. There will be cocktails, culinary specialties, live music and dancing to celebrate Beaufort’s 300th birthday. Reservations are $100 per person ($75 for those under 35 years old). Cocktail attire. To make your reservation or for more information, please call 843-379-3331.

Mark your calendars for annual book sale

Friends of the Beaufort County Library will hold Annual Meeting and Spring Book Sale on Saturday, April 30. Annual meeting, 9:30 am, with book sale from 10:30 am until 4 p.m. at the Beaufort library on Scott Street.

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Dawn H Freeman MSW LISW-CP

Pur Air Restoration, LLC

Odor & Mold Remediation, Duct Cleaning Attic & Crawl Space Encapsulation Dehumidifiers, HVAC Services

Individual, Marriage and Family Therapy 43 Sea Island Parkway 843-441-0627

843-470-0130 or 877-459-8590

KFI Mechanical, LLC


399 Sam’s Point Rd Lady’s Island, SC 29907 Tel. 843-322-0018

Palmetto Smiles

Jennifer Wallace, DMD 843-524-7645

Beaufort Air Conditioning and Heating, LLC

Dr. Jack Mcgill Family Dentistry

John C. Haynie President Beaufort, South Carolina 843-524-0996


Christopher J. Geier

Attorney at Law, LLC Criminal Defense & Civil Litigation Located on the corner of Carteret and North Street Office: 843-986-9449 Fax: 843-986-9450

65 Sams Point Road 843-525-6866 New patients welcome!

driving lessons

First Step Driver Training, LLC

Tommy Collins, Instructor Teen/Adult/Fleet/ and 4 Point Reduction Classes 843.812.1389 Licensed/Bonded/Insured Over 27 years law enforcement experience


Travis A. Newton, PA

Attorney at Law Specializing in DUI and CDV By appointment only 843-217-4884

Closeouts • Bargains • Deals Over 21 years in Beaufort and Savannah $51,285 donated to Local Churches and USO. Check us out on Facebook and Craigslist.

boat detailing



Inner Peace Massage

Mike’s Brightworks 525-1112 Owned and Operated By Mike Lienhop

843.694.3962 - Beaufort Hot Stone ~ Prenatal ~ Sports Deep Tissue ~ Out Call Services Christina Byrne, LMT #7017


Nit Pickers II Cabinets by Dean Williams

Specializing in Cabinets and Countertops Dean Williams: Visit our showroom at 26 Professional Village, Lady's Island 843.982.5555 / 843.575.6139 NO JOB TOO SMALL

chimney cleaner

DJ’s Chimney Sweep

For All Your Insurance Needs Andy Corriveau phone: (843) 524-1717

For All Your Insurance Needs Amy Bowman phone: (843) 524-7531


Tom Aydlette- Nationwide 125 Sea Island Pkwy 843-521-4663 Better Prices. Better Coverage Design, Installation, Maintenance


Gene Brancho

Marketing Consultant Full service marketing consulting for your smaller business. Social Media Marketing • Marketing Representation • Networking ...and more. Phone: 843-441-7485 email:

organizing Jill Weaver

Professional Organizer 843-521-7099

Organize your home and office De-cluttering, Paper Management, Downsizing, Time Management


Collins Pest Control

Tommy Collins 843-524-5544 Complete Termite and Pest Control Residential, Commercial, Free Estimates, Licensed and Insured

PEt grooming

Furbulas Dog Grooming and Pet Sitting Brittany Riedmayer 843-476-2989 • 843-522-3047 • Member of National Dog Groomers Association of America. • Change your dog from Fabulous to Furbulas with a personal touch.

PHYSICIANS Randy Royal, MD- OBGYN and Pelvic Surgery

843-524-5455 We’re now providing a new level of patient comfort.


Lohr Plumbing, Inc.

Brett Doran Serving the Lowcountry for over 20 years. Service, New Construction, and Remodeling. (843) 522-8600

Pressure washing “The Powerwashing Professionals” Call Brad at (843) 441-3678 Licensed and Insured See the difference at

private investigator

Geico - David B. Craft

2613 Boundary Street Call for a free rate quote. 843-522-0302 • 843-522-0190 • 1-877-315-4342 • 1-800-841-3000


Broad River Construction

Chandler Trask (C): 843.321.9625 (P): 843.522.9757


Jim Colman 843-522-9578

Palmetto Custom Cleaning

CLEANING SERVICES Bob Cunningham 522-2777 829 Parris Is Gateway Beaufort, SC

Lawn Solutions


Be Warm But Safe! Professionally Trained & Certified Chimney Cleaners Call Today! 846-6225

Merry Maids


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Carol Waters Interiors

12 Celadon Drive Lady’s Island - Off Sam’s Point Road at the Clock Tower 843-524-2329 * M-F 10-5:30

Susan S. Laughlin, PI

Investigations and Process Service Cellular: 843 575-0909 Home: 843 524 0994 Email:

tree service

Southern Tree Svs. of Bft., Inc. Ronnie Reiselt, Jr. P.O. Box 2293 Beaufort, SC 29901 843-522-9553 Office 843-522-2925 Fax


TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2011, is the last day to redeem winning tickets in the following South Carolina Education Lottery Instant Games: Hot Hot Hot (#414) and Win It All (#393). DIVORCE WITH OR WITHOUT CHILDREN $125. With FREE name change documents and marital settlement agreement. Fast and easy. Call us 24 hrs./7 days: 1-888-789-0198;


Advertise your auction in 111 S.C. newspapers for only $375. Your 25-word classified ad will reach more than 2.7 million readers. Call Jimmie Haynes at the S.C. Newspaper Network, 1-888-727-7377.


Do you earn $800 in a day? Your own local candy route! 25 machines and candy. All for $9995. 877-915-8222 All major credit cards accepted! S.S.Reg.No.299.


IF YOU USED TYPE 2 DIABETES drug Avandia between 1999-present and suffered a stroke or heart attack you may be entitled to compensation. Attorney Charles Johnson 1-800-535-5727.


LAID OFF? PLANT CLOSING? Need that new job? Call Xtra Mile & enroll in CDL Class-A training today! Several locations in SC, including Charleston. 1-866-484-6313 / EXPERIENCED OTR FLATBED DRIVERS earn 47.5 up to 50 cpm loaded. 52.3 to 55 cpm for O.D. loads. $1000 sign on to qualified drivers. Call: 843-266-3731 EOE. DRIVERS EARN UP TO .39¢/mi. Home weekends. 1yr OTR flatbed exp. Call: 1-800-572-5489, Susan ext. 227, Pam ext. 238 Sunbelt Transport, LLC. DRIVERS- OWNER OPERATORS $1000 Sign on Bonus. No age restriction on tractors/trailers. No forced dispatch. CRST Malone 877-277-8756 www.JoinMalone. com. DRIVERS- FOOD TANKER DRIVERS NEEDED. OTR positions available now! CDL-A w/ Tanker Req’d. Outstanding pay & benefits! Call a recruiter today! 877-8826537 DRIVERS- CDL-A FLATBED DRIVERS NEEDED! Sign on bonus! Start Up To 43¢ Per Mile. Lease Purchase Available. Experience req’d. 800-441-4271 x SC-100. A-CDL DRIVERS: OTR Company Drivers & Independent Contractors. Home Weekly. Ask about dedicated opportunities

in your area. Requires 1 year T/T experience. EPES Transport 877-340-3888, Advertise your driver jobs in 111 S.C. newspapers for only $375. Your 25-word classified ad will reach more than 2.7 million readers. Call Jimmie Haynes at the S.C. Newspaper Network, 1-888-727-7377.


SALES PROFESSIONAL NEEDED. Most earn $50k-$100K or more. Call our branch office at 843-284-5595. Ask for Amanda Holliday or e-mail Visit!


Be Warm But Safe! Professionally Trained & Certified Chimney Cleaners Call Today! 846-6225 AIRLINES ARE HIRING: Train for high paying Aviation Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified- Job placement assistance. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance (866) 367-2513. ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from Home. Medical, Business, Paralegal, Accounting, Criminal justice. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. Call 888-220-3872.




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RETAIL AND OFFICE SPACE BEAUFORT TOWN CENTER Free parking. Boundary Street visibility NEWCASTLE SQUARE Free parking, historic district entrance DOWNTOWN BEAUFORT Bay Street space: 303 Associates. (843) 521-9000


All of our available rentals, from residential to commercial properties can be viewed by visiting our website, or call us at (843) 252-4249 for more information.


TUSCANY APARTMENT FOR RENT. Cozy apartment in Tuscany, Italy, available by the week. Two bedrooms, two baths, sleeps 4. Inground pool and fantastic views on four acres in the famed Val d’Orcia region near Pienza. Great rates. Visit www. or call 843 525-1931. FRANCE, 17th Century Country Home in wine country near Bergerac For Rent, 2 weeks May/June & 2 weeks July/Aug. 5 private acres with pool and only 1/2 mile from 13th century Basteid town. Call 843-986-0022 from 7-9 am or 4-6 pm. ADVERTISE YOUR VACATION PROPERTY, to more than 2.7 million South Carolina newspaper readers. Your 25-word classified ad will appear in 111 S.C. newspapers for only $375. Call Jimmie Haynes at the South Carolina Newspaper Network, 1-888-727-7377.

Get cash for your structured settlement or annuity payments. High payouts. Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau. ™

Everybody listens to The Surf!

Order by 3/11 ~ Delivery on 3/15 • Corned Beef and Cabbage • Sheppard’s Pie

Attention! Federal Workers If you have or wish to file a claim for work-related hearing loss with the U.S. Department of Labor - OWCP.

You may be eligible for compensation and continuing benefits

• Chicken Divan • Hamburger Steak • Sea Eagle’s Grouper • Simon and Garfunkle Roasted Pork Tenderloin • Chicken Club with Potato and Leak Soup

Eligible Civil Service Employees, Naval Shipyard, Air Force Base, FBI, etc. should

Call our S.C. toll-free 1-866-880-8666. the island news | march 10-17, 2011 |


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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2007 Chrysler Aspen


$29,888 2006 VW Convertible

$14,888 2008 Ford F150

$16,888 2001 Dodge Dakota

$11,888 2003 Wrangler


2006 Cadillac STS

2004 Dodge Ram 1500

$15,888 2009 Dodge Journey

$18,888 2005 GMC Sierra

$15,888 2007 Jeep Wrangler



2006 Nissan Xterra

2010 Dodge Charger


$15,888 2007 Saturn Sky

2007 Mazda Miata MX-5


$18,888 2005 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

2009 Mitsubishi Galant


$14,888 2004 Wrangler


2001 Wrangler

Butler 843-379-5588


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