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Beaufort’s Hayden Furman, 10, tours NYC on Google’s dime by John C. Williams
After an expenses-paid trip to tour New York City last week, including the FAO Schwartz toy store, it didn’t seem to matter so much that Mossy Oaks fourth grader Hayden Furman didn’t win Google’s national contest to draw his vision of “one wish for the world.”
The grand prize included a new laptop computer and $15,000 scholarship for the student and $25,000 to his or her school for technology purchases.
Furman, 10, was selected from a pool of 28,000 students to represent South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and North Carolina in the annual Google contest that’s included as part of school writing assignments. He was one of 40 finalists flown to New York City, where he competed against finalists from the other 10 regions. “It was incredible,” said his mother, Deon Furman, one day after returning. “Google spared no expense in making this a special trip. It was Hayden’s first trip to New York and his first flight, so this is something he’ll always remember.”
Hayden said he found inspiration for his drawing from working with homeless families through his church. With his doodle, he wrote: “Always Having What You Need: My wish for the world is that everyone has what they need. This includes clothes, housing, medicine, food, money, and love. Too many people are living without these things and it makes me sad. I think if people had everything they needed we would have less problems in the world.”
found to help the Earth prosper once more.”
The grand prize winner was Christin Engelberth, a sixth grader at Bernard Harris Middle School in San Antonio, Texas. Her doodle, “A New Beginning,” expressed her wish that “out of the current crisis, discoveries will be
To see her doodle and others, including Hayden Furman’s, go to http://www.google.com/doodle4google/ .
‘Critter Fest’ heralds re-opening of Estuarium in Port Royal by John C. Williams
Critters are the stars of Saturday’s grand re-opening of the Lowcountry Estuarium in Port Royal as owner and curator Bob Bender welcomes back the shrimp, crabs and fish that make his wildlife center special.
renovation and expansion thanks for a $45,000 state grant. The unique center opened in its current location at the corner of Port Royal’s Paris Avenue and 14th Street in 2002 as a private, non-profit corporation.
The “Critter Fest 2009” promises kids activities, barbecue, music, a touch-tank filled with local animals, door prizes and free tours of the Estuarium. The event is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Since its first days, Bender and the Estuarium have provided educational programs on site, in the field and in the classroom for schools thought Beaufort County and in neighboring Jasper, Hampton and Colleton counties. Thousands of children have learned about the life cycle of the marshes, creeks, rivers and sounds that make the Lowcountry coast such a vital part of the eco-system.
The Estuarium – so named to reflect that it includes aquariums filled with species found in Lowcountry estuaries – has been under
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Island Notes by Jim Hicks Businesses you don’t hear about! In the office complex on Sams Point Road across from New Point is Big Sky Promotions. Within the offices of Big Sky Promotions are two businesses owned and operated by Lady’s Island residents Jeff and Kathy Lowe. One business is Club Returns Inc. which sells designer items on e-bay and ships approximately 40 items per day to customers all over the United States. Their seller name on e-bay is elvispresley!. The other business (Big Sky Promotions) promotes and schedules events (motorcycle jumps) for Robbie Knievel. Mr. Knievel is the son of the late legendary stuntman Evel Knievel. Each of these businesses could operate anywhere in the United States. That Kathy and Jeff choose to live and conduct their business on Lady’s Island is a reminder of how very special our island is and why we should continue to
fight to keep it that way. A major facelift and renovation is scheduled for the three buildings (former site of Grayco Hardware, the adjacent commercial complex and the former site of SCB&T) adjacent to Steamer’s present location of on Sea Island Parkway. Owner of the property Mr. Richard Gray Jr. indicated that plans for the renovation project are in the initial design stage except for the house where SCB&T was located which is presently under going renovations.
Allen Patterson Residential, Inc on Sams Point Road has done a great job of landscaping in front of their business. The flowers are beautiful and every driver on Sams Point Road appreciates your efforts in this regard. The Lady’s Island Garden Club has once again added a touch of beauty with flowers at the “Welcome to Lady’s Island” sign near the McTeer Bridge. Thank you!
Straight Talk Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep would like to THANK the wonderful people in our community who have continued to support us. (Recently), we received official notification from Chrysler that our franchise would continue on with the new company. As you can well imagine, we are extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve our community in both sales and service. It is difficult to express our gratitude to all of you for your faithfulness and continued support of our dealership. On behalf of the employees, myself, and our families, thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Beaufort County. Sincerely, Keith Hart General Manager, Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep
Heritage groups honor JROTC students On May 15th Beaufort's Gov. Paul Hamilton Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and Gen. Richard H. Anderson Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) honored two of Battery Creek High School's top Marine JROTC Cadets.
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Jody Henson of the SAR presented Cadet GySgt Casey Holmes with the SAR SSgt Esau Patterson, Jr. Bronze Medal in recognition of his exhibiting strong personal traits of leadership, military bearing and discipline during the past school year. The award is named in honor of a former Ridgeland High School recipient of the award who L-R: Gerald Wynn SCV and Cadet 2nd Lt. Niels was killed in Iraq in 2004. McCullers.
Gerald Wynn of the SCV presented Cadet 2nd Lt. Niels McCullers with the H. L. Hunley Medal, named for the Confederate Submarine and first submersible craft to sink a vessel in combat. McCullers was recognized for his demonstration of strong Corps values, honor, courage and commitment to his unit during the 2008 - 2009 school year. Pictures by Jody Henson
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L-R: Lt. Col. Ray Ganas, USMC Ret and SMI; Cadet GySgt Casey Holmes; Jody Henson SAR.
New formula means more Lady’s Island roads might be paved by Rick Butler, LIBPA Transportation Representative Lady’s Islanders living on County-owned dirt roads got a real boost toward eventual paving of their dusty potholed streets with the adoption of a new formula for allocating scarce state funds. Beaufort County Transportation Advisory Committee’s overhaul of its formula for prioritizing its recommendations for future paving projects resulted in moving all of Lady’s Island’s dirt roads higher on the list. With nearly 260 miles of still unpaved public roads, competition for paving priority is intense throughout the county. On the latest county-wide priority list, Lady’s Island dirt roads moved up to the following positions,: Central Drive, 1; East River Drive, 2; Trotter’s Loop, 11; West River Drive, 12; and the longest remaining dirt road in our county, Johnson’s Landing Road, 17.
“This is great news,” said County Councilman Paul Sommerville, who has supported the review of how priorities are established. Under the previous formula, in effect for over 15 years, some of Lady’s Island dirt roads would not have been rated high enough to be paved for decades to come, he noted. Sommerville represents Lady’s Island and a small part of downtown Beaufort on the County Council. When these roads might get paved is still subject to receiving state funding, but the increased priority assigned our roads should insure some are paved within the current four year funding cycle. Nearly 80 homes are located on the Lady’s Island dirt roads, all of which currently require frequent grading and drainage maintenance by County Public Works crews.
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News Real estate tidbits by Mary McClaskey
Wait to buy in a down market of falling home prices? It’s natural that everybody wants to best time the market when buying a home, especially when home prices are declining. You wonder how low they will go and whether you should continue to wait. Some home buyers should buy immediately. Most people think: “Of course, she would say that. She’s a Realtor, and agents always say ‘Now is the best time to buy’.” Well, here is what I try to explain to both buyers and sellers the reasons why it is in their best interest to buy: If you are a seller who wants to move up to a more expensive home in a down market, now could be the best time. If you sell and buy simultaneously, you’ll still be ahead of the game because the price reduction on the purchase is greater than the loss on the sale. Consider the “loss” on selling your present home. For example, your present house is worth $300,000, but because of high inventory and few buyers, you must reduce your price by 10%. So, instead of receiving $300,000, you would get $270,000 and “lose” $30,000. Consider your real profit. Let’s say you bought this home 10 years ago and paid $100,000. You’re still ahead $170,000, less costs of sale. Consider the “savings” on buying your new home. For example, you are planning to move up to a $500,000 house, which is located in the same distressed market, you could probably buy that house at that same 10% discount or $450,000. This would mean you had saved $50,000.
• FACT: Each 1/2 point increase in your interest rate gives you $25,000 less in purchasing power. • FACT: Each 1 point increase in your interest rate gives you $50,000 less in purchasing power. • FACT: Each 2 point increase in your interest rate gives you $100,000 less in purchasing power. Look at differences among purchase prices versus interest rates. If, for example, you put down 20% and qualify for an 80% loan, here are your principal and interest payments on the following purchase prices: $425,000 sales price, at 8.25% interest, your payment is $2,554. $450,000 sales price, at 7.75% interest, your payment is $2,579. $475,000 sales price, at 7.25% interest, your payment is $2,592. $500,000 sales price, at 6.75% interest, your payment is $2,594. $525,000 sales price, at 6.25% interest, your payment is $2,586. The payments are almost identical. However, the home you can afford to buy at 8.25% is $100,000 less than the home you can afford to buy at 6.25%. If you wait for prices to further decline, the perceived value could be lost due to higher rates. Don’t panic over negative media and newspaper headlines. Make an informed decision by contacting your reputable Realtor and lender for further assistance and information on running the numbers to find out whether or not it is the “best time” for you to purchase. Mary McClaskey is a real estate Broker/Realtor with RE/MAX Sea Island Realty. For more information, visit her at www.BeaufortRealEstateInfo.com
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So you “lost” $30,000 on the sale of your home But you “made” $50,000 on the purchase of your new home Doesn’t that put you $20,000 ahead? Rent your home to purchase in a down market. For all the same reasons, if you are unable to sell your home, you should seriously consider renting it so you can purchase, in order take advantage of the low prices and interest rates. When the market turns around, you can sell your house then. Don’t forget the impact of interest rates. Interest rates are very interesting. Which way are they moving? Are they moving up or moving down? If interest rates are currently at an all-time low and beginning to inch upwards, waiting could cost you a lot more than you think. You might not be able to afford to buy a home at any price when this starts to happen.
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Riding out the recession…in class If the current recession is indeed inevitable – you might as well make the best of it. USCB’s Saturday Business Degree Completion Program (DCP) allows students to keep their current jobs and balance their family lives, while earning their Bachelor’s of Science in Business – a move that will make them more valuable employees, no matter what the financial forecast. DCP student James DeLaPorte explains why the program is such a good fit for people like him: “The Saturday degree program at USCB is great opportunity for me to expand my educational experience while still balancing the demands of a full time job and a family. “The new critical skills I am learning are required in order for me to be competitive in today’s economy and will benefit both myself and my employer for years to come. I have already been able to successfully apply some of what I’ve learned to the day to day issues I deal with at work and at home,” DeLaPorte said. The Saturday Business DCP is ideal for the person who wants a business degree from a recognized institution without taking time off work during the week. The program was built for people who…. have partial four year completion or associate degrees may have degrees in other fields and would benefit from a business degree may work for a company with education reimbursement will benefit and be more promotable with a bachelor’s degree in business. Key benefits: Business degree completion in under two years Saturday class schedule avoids work conflicts Employer-based reimbursement payment schedule resulting in complete reimbursed tuition for most students Centrally located to Savannah, Beaufort and HHI region
FAQs Q – When does the DCP start? A — Every fall in late August. Q - How long are the classes? A – Two classes per Saturday, 8:30am to 4:30pm during an eight week cycle. Q – How much does it cost? A – Cost is about $840 per course. Importantly, many employers have reimbursement programs that pay up to $5,250 per year or more. – there are ways through employer reimbursement schedules and scholarship if you qualify to dramatically reduce or eliminate the cost of tuition. Q – How do I enroll? A- There is an admissions process that involves an application and review of prior transcripts. Go to http://www.uscb. edu/a/Admissions/Apply and follow instructions regarding application. Rolling admission occurs from January through June. If you have questions about the program or the admissions process, please call Peter Swift, Business DCP coordinator (843-208-8213); or Karen Caligore, Admin Asst (843-208-8231). Deadline for applications to receive full consideration is June 30. Peter E. Swift earned his MBA from Harvard University and is an instructor at USCB teaching Business Administration and Management. He also serves as advisor to students interested and entering the DCP. Swift’s business classes include management, communication, marketing, organization theory, as well as international business and finance. Mr. Swift brings thirty years experience in corporate business and management consulting for over forty Fortune 500 companies. He is completing his doctorate of business at Pace University. Swift’s professional experience includes launching the Pepsi Challenge marketing effort resulting in Pepsi becoming the #1 selling soft drink following the roll out. He provided Pepsi with its first coordinated global marketing program. Other major clients Swift has assisted include Nabisco/ Kraft, Duracell/Gillette, Pfizer, Nestle, Aiwa/Sony and Schick.
Widening SC 802 and building a new bridge both getting closer
by Rick Butler, LIBPA Transportation Representative County Council recently approved United Contractors of Chester, S.C., with a bid of $34.5 million as the contractor to build the new bridge parallel to the McTeer Bridge and to widen Lady’s Island Drive, and Sander’s Brothers Construction Company of North Charleston with a bid of $5.2 million as the contractor to widen Lady’s Island Drive (SC 802 from Ribaut Road to Highway 21). So, just when might we see big yellow machines, road cones and other signs that the widening of Lady’s Island Drive Highway 802 and the much anticipated second bridge be actually underway? You can get all sorts of speculations about these two contracts, by far the most extensive and expensive road work on Lady’s Island in many years. One expert, who should know, is predicting “on the ground” evidence as early as July, assuming all continues on track. Dan Dennis, CEO of Dennis Corporation, is charged with shepherding all the County’s one cent sales tax projects through design, permitting and construction. He is closer to the actual progress of these big jobs than anyone else. He stated “These companies are hungry, and they have heavy equipment idle and standing by. They want to get started as soon as they can,” he noted. Factors which must be considered when predicting a starting date for the projects include: Beaufort County Engineer Robert Klink is planning to begin both the 802 road improvements and the second McTeer bridge work simultaneously, which might involve additional delays for final bridge permitting. On the second McTeer bridge, one unknown remains as this is written, making estimating the start of construction less certain. Permits to build this bridge, which involve wetlands issues being resolved and approved by OCRM, and then navigational issues under control of the US Corps of Engineers, are still being worked on. By the time you read this, OCRM is expected to have signed off on all its permits and to have forwarded approval to the Corps of Engineers. Mr. Dennis is hopeful that the Corps of Engineers will complete its review and approval during May. If the Corps of Engineers approval of both bridge and road contracts are received in May, the County Engineer is planning a groundbreaking ceremony at some point along Highway 802 in June. It is likely that first work will begin on the Savannah Highway section shortly thereafter, with the Lady’s Island Drive widening timed to coincide with the new bridge construction schedule. Both sections of the Highway 802 widening will include 4 foot wide bike lanes in both directions. These bike lanes will be next to the travel lanes, separated only by painted lines. The Savannah Highway section will also include sidewalks, while the Lady’s Island side is planned to include sidewalks between Sea island Parkway and the future Crystal Lake Park, with a pedestrian pathway from there to the bridges. When will we see traffic cones and construction work along Highway 802? July seems the earliest date, and then only for the portion of the project between Shell Point and the Broad River. Even that is dependent on not encountering any snags with the Corps of Engineers. Assembling the flotilla of bridge building tugs, barges, pile drivers, etc., might take longer. Even with many factors still pending most of the planners expect to see activity on these projects begin this summer.
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June 1 - June 5 Elementary Schools June 1 Manager’s Choice Turkey & Sub Sandwich Salad of the Day Vegetable & Fruit June 2 Manager’s Choice P B & J Sandwich Combo Sub Vegetables & Fruit June 3 Manager’s Choice Salad of the Day Meatball Sub Vegetables & Fruit June 4 Manager’s Choice P B & J Sandwich Italian Wrap Vegetables & Fruit June 5 Manager’s Choice Salad of the Day Combo Wrap Vegetables & Fruit
Beaufort Middle Lady’s Island Middle Beaufort High June 1 Manager Choice Chicken Sandwich Pizza Italian Sub Salad of the Day Vegetable & Fruit June 2 Manager Choice Chicken Sandwich Salad of the Day Beef Nacho Cheeseburger Turkey Bacon Wrap Vegetable & Fruit Blueberry Crisp June 3 Manager Choice Chicken Tenders Pizza Ham & Cheese Sub Salad of the Day Vegetable & Fruit June 4 Manager Choice Beef Nacho Cheeseburger Combo Sub Salad of the Day Vegetable & Fruit Cake June 5 Manager Choice Pizza Beef Nacho Cheeseburger Combo Sub Salad of the Day Vegetable & Fruit Cake
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Veggie Olympic May 29th Students in Kindergarten and First Grade will have field day with a special twist. The activity is sponsored by Clemson Extension and called Veggie Olympic. Students will participate in physical and mental activities. In between stations, there will be opportunities to refresh by eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Join us for our opening ceremony beginning at 9:00 AM in the gym. Kid’s Club June 2 It’s our final Kid’s Club activity for the year. This kid’s Club will combine literacy and summer fun. Join us on Tuesday, June 2 at 6:00 PM. Each student will leave
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Moving On June 5th Graduation for Fifth Graders will be held on Friday, June 5th at 10:00 AM in the gymnasium. Family members, community members, and friends are encouraged to support our graduating Panthers as they transition to the middle school.
St. Helena Elementary poets published More than 100 third, fourth and fifth grade students at St. Helena Elementary School have been selected to have their poems published in an anthology entitled A Celebration of Poets. Earlier this year the students’ poems were entered in a regional contest by their writing instructor, Ms. Christina Johnson. The contest was sponsored by Creative Communication, a publishing company in Logan, Utah. Less than 50% of the poems submitted are published and the fact that so many poems from St. Helena were selected makes a strong statement about the quality of the language arts program at the school, local school district officials said. St. Helena stands out and will be recognized in the anthology as receiving a “Poetic Achievement Award.” This honor is given to the top 10% of the schools that entered the contest. The schools are chosen on the number and quality of the entries accepted. The following students from St. Helena are featured in this year’s anthology: Daveion Aiken
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Awards Tea June 4th The annual Awards Tea will be held on Thursday, June 4th at 6:00 PM in the school’s gymnasium. This special recognition tea is to recognize students for their achievements during the year. Students and their families are invited to share with our faculty and staff on this momentous occasion.
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Tamara Shields Callista Shepherd Shamar Singleton Aasia Singleton Tavian Smalls Ja’Toria Smalls Kemara Smalls Na’Toria Smalls Christian Smart Bethany Smith Sade Snowten Cory Sutton Gerald Warren Daija Watson Jamesha Watson Javion Watson Rashida Watson Kendra Williams Brian Williams Vanaken Williams K’Shon Williams Chanel Williamson Jody Wilson James Young
NEWS Teachers of the Year announced for local public schools Teachers of the Year are selected by their peers as the “best of the best” following criteria established by the schools, the district’s Teacher Forum and the S.C. Department of Education. In the fall, each teacher will have the opportunity to be named the District’s Teacher of the Year and vie for the coveted State and National Teacher of the Year awards. The Beaufort County Teacher of the Year is awarded free use of a BMW sedan for one year, courtesy Hilton Head BMW owner Tom Fitzgerald. The 2009-2010 Beaufort County School District Teachers of the Year and their schools are: Herbert Beck Battery Creek High School Celestine LaVan Beaufort Elementary School Heather Doray Beaufort High School Gayle Gremillion Beaufort Middle Karen Wukovits Bluffton High School Audrey Olmstead Bluffton Elementary School Dr. Tara Mack Broad River Elementary Patricia Huckabee Coosa Elementary School Rhonda Smith HE McCracken Middle School Beth Vargas-Giel HHISCA Angela Greene Hilton Head Early Childhood Colleen Wynn Hilton Head IB Cmdr. Matthew Pheiffer Hilton Head Island High School Lee TrewHilton Head Island Middle School
Beaufort High School Third Quarter Honor Rolls, 2009 Freshman Academy Principal’s Honor Roll (All A’s) Jessica Barras, Elizabeth Davis, James Frederick Pike, Chelsea Bellomy, Hunter Hodges, Virginia Stanton, Katie Bickle, Malcolm Kates, Rachel Taylor, Samantha Crandall, Guy Kemmann. Eagle Honor Roll (A’s & B’s) Jameel Abbess, Shaunte Davis, Eva McCarthy, Julian Amrine, Robert Dennis, Aniya McGowan, Madeline Anderson, Stephen Dubatowka, Carson Moore, MyraAndrews, Hannah Durbin, Dustin Mullins, Seth Andrews, William Ferrell, Alexia Neal, Khushboo Arora, Joel Fickes, Olivia Padgett, LaKeesha Bair, Jazmin Foster,Angela Petrongelli, Aaron Banner, Joy Gadson, Ariele Polite, Samantha Belflower, Amber Gant, Megan Rauenhorst. Morgan Bennett, Kumar GoodwineKennedy, Travis Rottet, Jasmine Berks, Tanasia Hamilton, Lee Samuel, Ryan Blagburn, Kelsey Hampton, Taylor Simonson, Kayla Breiling, Ricardo Harris, Devon Smith, Devona Brown, Raquel Hernandez-Cardenas, Luke Smith, Stacey Brown, Ashley Hoffmann, Zachary Suda, Cayce Burgess, Michael Holmes, Brittany Sutton, Steven Burgin, Jacqueline Homyk, April Swanson, Travis Carr, Samyra Jenkins, Stephanie Taylor-Pollock, Ashley Clark, Kieran Kelly, Philisha Teachey, Kyle Clark, August Lehnert, PaigeTisdale, Brittany Coffman, Savannah Lehnert, Lauren Ware, Madison Comford, Emily Lovell, John Weller, Jylian Damude, Victoria Major, Raymond Wilson, Ashley Dantzler, Maliek Maldonado, Sara Wilson, Ariana Davis, Jacob Woelke School of Arts, Communications, and Technology Principal’s Honor Roll (All A’s) Karin McHale, Tyler Ward, Jakayla Shaw, Naomi King, Kyle Dawson. Eagle Honor Roll (A’s and B’s): Krieg Patrick, Jaimie Rabon, Rebecca Petry, William Hargrove, Laura Cleland, Lynleigh McLain, Kathy
Simmons, Tanner Hall, Kenan Jackson, Michael Shipper, Devin VanVortel, Thomas Cole, Savanna Roberts, Keith Alston, Emily Gault, Carson Lewin, Theodore Aiken, Charles Martin, Joshua Cole, Michael DuBois, Kathryn Kelleher, Jessica Wynn, Jalin Mack, Jimmy Selsey, Richard Lentz, Bria Dasher, Zachary DeVito, Dea’Rontia Johnson, Hilary Gay, Angel Brown, Xavier Morris, Caitlin Szatkowski, Robert Gay, Robert Andoga, Guillermo Arce-Ruiz, Andrea Elllis, Jerica Heyward, Lindsey Caldwell, Chanel Counts, Ashley Hopkinson, Shentima Jenkins, Shaun Rabon, Zachary Trent, Ronald Vido, Kyla Singletary, Dakota Marrero, Ethan Evans, Tyler Bibbins, Clarence Tuttle, Michael Riemer, James Greene, Carlton Powell, Otis Howze, Alana Dees, Austin Canfield, Lindsey Middleton, Samantha Caron, Derek Gillette, Arthur Smith, Christopher LaComb, Mitchell Brown, Stanley Washington, Jose Veliz, Shalee Fuller, Donald Tillery, Savannah Long, Kaitlyn Beck, Natasha Brown, Louisa Steadman, Gabrielle Watkins, Lyanne Cook, Alex Wierzbicki, Sarah Feeser, Susan Clark, Morgan McKenna, Joshua Abreu, Katrae Washington, Antonio Pollite, Samantha Moloney, Timopthy Cieplowski, Perry Cummins, Tierra Chisolm, Matthey DeVito, Crystal Wahlfeldt, Justin Nettles, John Keener, Melena Reaves. School of Health Professions Principal’s Honor Roll (All A’s) Megan Burns and Kharisma Cato. Eagle Honor Roll (A’s and B’s) Tierra Holmes, Jaleeza Wing, Teryese Grant, Kelly Hatcher, Kamri Simmons, Meagan Argetsinger, Ralph Cuthbert, Shaylin Julian, Stephen Kyle Thompson, Iyanna Hardy, Samantha Links, Adam McLamb, Jennifer Sisco, Breanna Rittman, Danielle Hadsall, Dylan Augenstein, Stanley Heyward, Danny Powell, Deshea Middleton, Symone Sison Johnson, Taylor Robinson, Candace Holmes, Victoria Huffstetler, Savannah Newcomb. School of International Studies Principal’s Honor Roll (All A’s) Christopher Greco, Skyler Hughes, Louisa Steele, Kristen Savel, Amanda Beauchamp, Emillie Engram, Silvia Pontarollo, Alyssa Petrongelli, Chelsea Wallace, Justin
Edna Singleton James J Davis Elementary Harry Smith Lady’s Island Elementary School Feronica Williams Lady’s Island Middle School Denise Oye M C Riley Cindy Keyserling Mossy Oaks Elementary School Laura Phillips Okatie Elementary School Kara Nick Port Royal Elementary School Susan Schmidt Robert Smalls Middle School Janis Sparks Shanklin Elementary Bernateen Bibb Shell Point Elementary School Adriane Johnson St. Helena Elementary and Early Learning Center Sarah Mettlen Whale Branch Elementary School Antoine Youmans Whale branch Middle School
White, Elizabeth Madlinger, Jasmine Gant, Whitney Dilliard, Matthew Priester, Brian Simmons, Courtney Brown, Davina Frazier, Victoria Sheppard, Matthew Stewart, Daniel Voltaire, Lateesha Gillison, Rebecca Tkach, Lindsey Ware, Sloane Wiggers, Bonnie Alexander, Jordan Graham, Alexandra Stedronsky, Jennifer Sanborn, Brittany Wilson, Connor Murphy, Samantha Pettigrew, Whitney Rauenhorst, Drew Lestrud, Malenia Swinton, Kristen Clyburn, Phillip Jones, Tresha Pontillo, Makenzie Brais, Leta Plank, Shelby Seng, Caroline Mumma, Brittany Baker, Katherine Brown, Marian Hohenwarter, Jason Walker, Arthur Smith, Jennings Cox, Jamiliah Gomez, Devon Forney, Taryn Richardson, Catherine Moya, Lauren Waters. Eagle Honor Roll (A’s and B’s): Trevyn Hey, David Tempel, Alex Richard, Haley Philips, Renier Huysamen, Amber Shannon, Blake Gruel, Alexandra Snider, Amanda Hegstrom, Emily Duncan, Cassandra Jordan, Joseph Steman, Karley Perry, Katlyn Covert, Phoebe Brown, Michael Pitt, Ezhan Joyce, Meredith Norris, William O’Donnell, Chelsea Booth, Christopher Guinn, Bryan Little, Renesha Hendrix, Cansas Cathey, David Cherry, Sean Brown, Erin Clark, Madelyn Johnson, Thomas Gruel, Victoria Ward, Timothy Britton, Phoebe Fiesta, Katelyn Dennis, Kelsey Murdaugh, Hannah Werner, Anna Stoddard, Jessica Heim, Kyle Fabian, Haley Dickson, Morgan Martinez, Alexia Axelsen, Michaela Mills, Veneshia Brown, Samantha Sullivan, Raymond Molony, Sara Walls, Ann Coleman, Heather Spade, Alex Amaya, Nytifah Fowler, Hayden Cormier, Laquntus Major, Jasmine Danner, Tiajuana Price, Richard Guillot, Leah White, Justin Parker, Lewis Palombo, Adrian Brittingham, Shantel Holmes, Erin Smith, Ashton Wheeler, Patrick Hoerle, Kelsey Covert, David Butt, Deja Jackson, Kevin Gess, Emily Al-Aseer, James Ranger, Kelsey Magnus, Ellison Smith, Logan Gannon, David Avard, Ariel Promislow, Christian Connelly, Harley Martin, Hunter Dean, Victoria Hendrick, Nicholas Mahala, Elizabeth Prescott, John Olsson, Elijah Washington, Elizabeth Brediger, Shakayla Shaw, Arthur Cannon, Alanna Arant, Eric DeForge, Sarah Duncan, Cody Beals, Sarah Bosco, Renee O’Quinn, Margaret Sanders, Amber Claxton, Ethan Konoza, Sydney Boggs, Robin Sanders, Darien Hey.
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Kevin Rogers, A kindergarten at Beaufort Academy, won first place at the 2009 Southeast Regional Wrestling Championships. He wrestles Pee Wee 45lbs weight class for The Low County Devil Dogs who is coached by Ben Jenkins and his father Darrin Rogers.
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NEWS Student art show opens June 4 to benefit Humane Association Artwork by 20 children and adults will be shown and sold June 4-15 to raise money for the Humane Association of the Lowcountry. The exhibit, “A Touch of the Lowcountry & Beyond,” is organized by Nela Byer, artist and teacher at Lady’s Island Elementary School. The gallery includes about 100 paintings of still lifes, abstracts, landscapes “and lots of palm trees, pineapples, birds fish and crabs,” Byer said. Artwork is priced at $30 and up and all paintings were created between August and May. Media include watercolors, acrylics, oil pastels and mixed media. The show’s opening reception is Thursday, June 4 from 6-8 p.m. at ARTWORKS, home of the Arts Council of Beaufort County beside BiLo in the K-Mart/Outback shopping center.
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Lowcountry Social Diary Prominent local artists have group show by Lanier Laney
Prominent local and regional artists had a successful group showing of their wonderful work in the ballroom of the Holiday Inn during Gullah Festival Weekend. Credit goes to the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce for hosting the event.
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Kickball, the sport of champions by Lanier Laney
If you’ve wondered who the big group showing up at Nippy’s these past few Thursday evenings are, then wonder no more. It’s our local (SC Seaside) group of the World Adult Kickball Association (WAKA) and includes six competing local teams. They are halfway through their season, so you can still catch a game Thursday nights starting at 6 p.m. at Metts Field (corner of National and Rodgers Street in Beaufort). The Beaufort chapter was started three years ago by Ivey and Worth Liipfert and it has grown by leaps and bounds every year. Check out their website at www.kickball.com/ season/scseasidespring2009 to get on their emailing list. Or maybe next year you’ll put together your own team. You can register an entire team, a group of friends who would like to be placed on the same team, or as an individual. Teams consist of 11-26 players and must have at least four players of each sex. Here are photos from some of the post game socializing: Ivey Liipfert
(Back row L-R) Lara Byrd, Robert Achurch, Philip Carroway, Lauren Carroway, Harvey McCormick, Sarah Powell, Jonathon Powell (Front row) Names not available
Elizabeth Harding, Mark Newberry, Edward Dukes, Chandler Trask and Lecian Henry
(Back row L-R) Kimberly Smith, Robbie Ferguson, Philip Carroway, Bill Shipley, Lee Prickett, Brian Good (Front row) Names not available
Name not available, Carson Twombley, Ashley Twombly, Kimberly Smith, Abby Mitchell, Susan Markham (Front row l-R) name not available, Kimberly Gallant
(Back row L-R) Lara Byrd, Robert Achurch, Philip Carroway, Lauren Carroway, Harvey McCormick, Sarah Powell, Jonathon Powell (Front row) Names not available The Island News
Profile ‘Think without limits’ guides trainer in the gym and life by John C. Williams
Josh Quesada’s training motto is “think without limits” – and he lives his life with that in mind. Quesada, a personal fitness trainer at City Fit and Low Country Health & Fitness, was named Custom Built Personal Training Corp.’s top trainer in 2008. That wasn’t a dream he grew up with as a boy in Costa Rica. “My whole life was surrounded by the word ‘soccer.’ I remember coming home from school, and not eat, why? Because in the back of the neighborhood there was something call ‘mejenga,’ which means a friendly soccer game, not professional at all. My mom would just be so mad because I would come home late and sometimes be too sweaty and too dirty. “But those times marked my life with such passion, with such love for the sport,” Quesada said. “I played for the number one youth league back in Costa Rica for a short period of time, because my father decided to come to the U.S.” His family first moved to New Jersey eight years ago but then relocated to Bluffton, where Quesada attended McCracken Middle School and later graduated from Bluffton High. He’s also worked for a nutritional supplement company and interned a semester with a massage therapist before entering the personal training business. He is an AFPA Certified Personal Trainer, a NESTA Certified Core Specialist and Certified Weight Management expert, has taken the AFPA Pre/Post Natal Course and is certified in CPR. His clients range from six years old to senior citizens. “I have a good friend, probably 39 years old, a great man with an amazing physical condition years ago. One day I took him to run for a little because I found out he was diagnosed with high cholesterol. He stopped running and eating healthy three years ago and boy he was out of shape! He only lasted four minutes and he fell on the ground breathing fast -- but the worst part, he was turning purple. “If you knew him years ago, he was fit and healthy, but now he is starting to have a bad lifestyle and bad habits. He is deteriorating. In this moment I decided that I should know the ways to help people like him to become healthier and healthier,” Quesada said of his choice to become a personal trainer. He was born in Perez Zeledon in Costa Rica, and as a boy he played all the sports, but soccer was always his favorite. “From sports, I learned that you have to always keep playing. Consistency and
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dedication will take you to your goals. I think the best lesson I learned form sport is unity. If the team is united, no team can stop you from doing great things. Sports bring people together, no matter what race or color they are. The passion is an amazing feeling and makes your heart beat so fast when you think of the sport or you’re minutes away from the start of the game,” he said. Quesada specializes in core fitness – a different approach than just doing the treadmill, or lifting weights like the traditional bodybuilder. “Well I think the ‘Got Six Pack?’ phrase really called my attention, because it seems like everybody is concerned about it. I think there is more than just ripped abs -- I call this ‘strong core.’ Whether you are a professional football player or a house mom, the ‘core’ actually consists of many different muscles that stabilize the spine and pelvis and run the entire length of the torso. “These muscles stabilize the spine, pelvis and shoulder and provide a solid foundation for movement in the extremities,” he said. “Core strength exercise programs need to target all these muscle groups to be effective. The muscles of the core make it possible to stand upright and move on two feet. These muscles help control movements, transfer energy, shift body weight and move in any direction. A strong core helps to diminish the stresses of weight-bearing and protects the back. “I think life is a process and we all learn from our path,” he said. Looking back on his training work so far, he said “working for the Omni Fitness Center taught me a lot of patience and love for my profession. There were days I worked up to 25 personal training sessions a day. After a couple of months of giving everything I knew to the clients, the company I worked for, Custom Built, recognized me as their top fitness trainer.” Jered Kraszewski, who hired Quesada to train clients at City Fit, said Quesada’s fun intensity keeps clients coming back for more – even as they build their health conditioning. “Josh has a style all his own. It is core specific, but is anything but ordinary,” Kraszewski said. “I believe his diverse life has laid the groundwork for a versatile and very effective personal trainer. If I didn’t have total faith in him, then why would I put a 21-year-old in charge of one of my clubs? This kid is something special.” When he’s not training or playing mid-field for a local soccer team, Quesada enjoys time with his parents and two younger brothers in Bluffton. He plays music and writes songs for relaxation, and he is engaged to be married.
News Confederate Memorial Day Service More than 130 people attended the Gen. Richard H. Anderson SCV Camp's and Stephen Elliott UDC Chapter's Confederate Memorial Day service held on May 11 at Beaufort's National Cemetery. The keynote speaker was local author and WBTS re-enactor Neil Baxley, who included a 100-yearold Confederate Memorial Day sermon given at a previous service at this very location. A guard consisting of Camp 47 1st Lt Commander Gerald Wynn and Color Sergeant Vince Covington posted the colours and were followed by re-enactors Daniel Jarrell, Neil Baxley, Justin Baxley, Barry Turner, Barry Anderson, David Miller, Brian Canaday with Mrs. Donna Jarrell and Miss Shelby Canaday in procession as mourners. UDC member Margaret Ann Gatch laid a wreath at the foot of the Confederate Grave section of the cemetery.
Vince Covington (L) and Gerald Wynn (R) post colors
Margaret Ann Gatch lays wreath
Miss Courtney McElveen, daughter of Commander Claude McElveen, played a beautiful Dixie on violin which was followed by a musket salute and taps rendered by the Camp's 2nd Lt Commander Dr. Bill Sammons. Refreshments were served to all by the UDC following the service. Photo credit: Jody Henson
SCV Camp 47 Members
UDC Chapter L-R: Mavis Tootle; Priscilla Trask; Nancy Crowther; Barbara Wood; Lydia Hudsick; Betty Degler; Fran Grande; Anita Henson; Margie Chavers; Jeanne Aimar; Mary Logan; Elaine Sutcliffe; Gladys Cousar; Penny Tarrance; Marion Leach; and Margaret Ann Gatch.
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HEALTH Health: Fact or Fiction? by Jered Kraszewski
Q: I have had tendinitis in my elbow for more than a year, and my doctor says it’s time for a cortisone shot and a long period of rest. What are my options? I hate to give up my workouts, especially with summer approaching. Help! Susan in Beaufort A: What seems like a simple question has a complicated answer. First of all, listen to your doctor and if you don’t like his or her opinion, get another one, preferably from a doctor who is familiar with sports injuries. Then, listen to what they say. Tendinitis, especially in our elbows, shoulders and knees, can range from an occasional dull ache to a constant, stinging pain. Usually the best remedy is rest – but how you rest can be equally important. Often, tendinitis results from repetitive movements, such as swinging a tennis racquet or golf club. Stopping that particular motion doesn’t mean you have to stop exercising. Instead, consider this an ideal time to pick up some cross training. Cardiovascular exercise seldom affects those inflamed upper body tendons and ligaments, so maybe it’s time to try running, walking, biking or indoor fitness classes. Improving your core stability will improve your overall physical performance when your injury has healed. Here’s the more complicated part. Depending on your age and overall physical condition, it might take many weeks to many months to rehabilitate your tendinitis. Once the pain goes away, you’ll have to ease back into your regular routine. That doesn’t mean take a week to work on your putting and then it’s back to 18 or 36 holes. It doesn’t mean take a week or two to hit a tennis ball with the kids and then go back into match play. That doesn’t mean do half your usual weight workout and then go full out. What it means is set a plan, with the help of your doctor or a trainer, and follow the plan to full recovery. This can be frustrating, but it’ll be more frustrating if you re-injure that
same part of your body and have to start all over – or face surgery in the worst case. Now, about the cortisone injection. Cortisone is a heavy duty anti-inflammatory that will reduce the swelling, eliminate most if not all of the pain, and will make you feel like a new person. The problem is, there are indications that cortisone and related injections may create more problems than they solve. For instance, studies show cortisone may actually slow the healing process, soften bone, and decrease ligament and tendon strength. If your doctors agree that cortisone is your best approach, talk to them about your rehabilitation schedule – and then follow it. Moving ahead too quickly can cause you to re-injure yourself because the ligaments and tendons haven’t had time to properly recover from the effects of the cortisone. So why are cortisone shots so popular? Mainly because they provide instant relief, which is what we are all about, isn’t it? The magic pill, the magic shot? Cortisone has an amazing effect – which is why professional athletes sometimes get these shots before big games or even at halftime, then come out and play full strength. The difference is those athletes have professional trainers and doctors who monitor their recovery, and they make big bucks for a limited number of playing years. Most of us would like to play for the rest of our lives, whether it’s golf, tennis or a simple run around the block. For us, the long view is the right view. Susan, rest your injury, talk to a trainer and find new ways to stay fit. Work your way back to full strength and if all goes well, you’ll be better than ever. Jered Kraszewski is owner and head trainer at LowCountry Health and Fitness. He is a Nesta Certified Personal Trainer as well as a Certified Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant. For more information, check www.lchealthandfitness.com or call 524-2348.
Can you hear me now? May is Better Hearing Month by Monica Wiser, M.A. CCC-A
Hearing loss is a growing epidemic in America. A recent study by John Hopkins University (2008) estimated that 55 million Americans have a hearing difficulty. People often think of hearing loss as a sign of aging, but the majority of people with hearing loss are under age 65: 1 in 6 baby boomers (ages 41-59), or 14.6%, have a hearing problem; 1 in 14 Generation Xers (ages 29-40), or 7.4%, already have hearing loss; At least 1.4 million children (18 or younger) have hearing problems; It is estimated that 3 in 1,000 infants are born with severe to profound hearing loss. The number one cause of hearing loss is excessive noise exposure. Noise-induced hearing loss is commonly considered an occupational hazard, but recreational noise exposure can be just as harmful. With the growing use of personal listening devices, the incidence of hearing loss is increasing, but MP3 players are not the only culprit. Noise levels at nightclubs can be dangerously loud. Even some sporting events can expose you to damaging noise levels. As summer approaches, more people are using lawn tractors, leaf blowers, and power tools. People are out hunting with rifles and shotguns, and boaters are spending more time next to loud motors. All of these things can permanently damage your hearing over time. There are many ways to protect your hearing from harmful noise exposure. Turning down the volume is the most obvious solution. When you have no control over volume levels, such as at bars and nightclubs, politely speak with the manager about turning the volume down. Many others in the club will appreciate your doing so. If that is not an option, leave. Gardeners will be happy to hear that many new tools are quieter than older versions. Items such as leaf blowers and lawn tractors now have labels on the back indicating the noise levels. Anything above 85 dB (decibels) can cause permanent hearing loss over time, so bear that in mind when you make a purchase.
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If you are going to use power tools that exceed 85 dB, wear hearing protection. There are many options available. Foam earplugs combined with over-the-ear styles are very effective. You can also obtain custom-made noise plugs in most audiology clinics. There are even noise plugs made specifically for hunters and musicians, so that only impact noise and damaging sounds will be reduced without compromising sound quality at normal levels. Many musicians including Pete Townshend, Neil Young, Sting, Ted Nugent, Huey Lewis, Mick Fleetwood and Jeff Beck have discussed their hearing problems publicly. Most commented that they did not realize the damage they were doing until it was too late, because noise-induced hearing loss develops slowly and insidiously over time. With gradual hearing loss, people are often unaware that they are having difficulty hearing until a loved one points it out to them. These are some of the signs and symptoms of hearing loss: Difficulty understanding words, especially in background noise or in a crowd of people Asking others to speak more slowly, clearly and loudly—complaints that people mumble Needing to turn up the volume of the television or radio Withdrawal from conversations Avoidance of some social settings Talking too softly or too loudly Favoring one ear or turning one ear to the person talking Difficulty locating the source of sounds Difficulty distinguishing between sounds Having to face the person talking to understand what is being said, or the need to have visual cues If you notice these symptoms in yourself or someone you know, it is important to schedule a hearing test to determine the extent of the problem. In recognition of Better Hearing Month, free hearing screenings will be provided by Beaufort Audiology & Hearing Care throughout May. If you would like a free screening, please call 521-3007 to make an appointment.
WHAT Sea Island Presbyterian offers Summer Music Camp
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Sea Island Presbyterian Church will offer a Summer Music Camp June 15-19 from 9:00 a.m.-noon. The Camp is open to children who will be in grades 3-8 next school year.
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The children will participate in Choir, Handbells, Recorder, Guitar, and Recreation. Also, Linda Sheppard will teach art while Deanna F. Kraszewski, director of Low Country School of Performing Arts, will teach dance.
Up “PG” Showing Fri-Sat-Sun @ 2:05-4:20-7:05-9:05 Showing Mon-Tues-Wed-Thurs @ 4:20-7:05-9:05
The theme for the week is “Stories of Jesus-the Parables.” Each day will feature a different parable. Spectrum Graphic Arts is designing a T-shirt for the week. Each child will receive one.
Angels & Demons “PG13” Showing Fri-Sat-Sun @ 1:45-4:15-7:00-9:30 Showing Mon-Tues-Wed-Thurs @ 4:15-7:00-9:30
The Camp will be directed by Charles D. Frost, minister of music at the church. This will be the fifth Music Camp offered by the church. Frost says that this is one of the most exciting things he does during the year.
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“I love working with the children. They enjoy one another as well as learning music and music fundamentals,” Frost said. At the end of the week the children present a program.
Night at the Museum “PG” Showing Fri-Sat-Sun @ 2:00-4:30-7:00-9:15 Showing Mon-Tues-Wed-Thurs @ 4:30-7:00-9:15 Matinees: All Seats $4.00 Children 4-12 $4.00; Senior $6.00; Military $6.00; Adults $7.00 *Tuesday Discount Nite
Cost for the week is $25 per child and scholarships are available. “It is important that no child stays away because of money. This is an outreach not only to the members of our church, but the entire Beaufort community,” Frost said.
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The church is located at 81 Lady’s Island Drive, Beaufort. For more information, contact Frost at 525-0696.
Willy Wonka, Jr. June 6 and June 7
The Beaufort Children’s Theatre production of Willy Wonka, Jr. will be held at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Performing Arts Center on Saturday, June 6 at 7 PM and Sunday, June 7 at 3 PM. Over 60 aspiring young actors will bring all of your favorite characters to life in this Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world famous candy man and his quest to find an heir in this stage adaptation of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” The memorable score features “The Candy Man”, “Pure Imagination”, “Oompa Loompa” and ”I Want it Now” by Academy® and Grammy® award winners Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. Beaufort Children’s Theatre production of “Willie Wonka, Jr.” is part of Beaufort Performing Arts expanding programs for children and adults. Ticket prices are: In advance: Adults $12, children $7; at the door: adults $15, children $10. To reserve your tickets call the BPA box office at (843) 521-4145.
St. Helena oral histories to premiere June 6 For months, teenagers with Penn Center’s Sea Island Storytellers Workshop for Youth have been interviewing the elders of St. Helena Island to create oral histories.
Admission is only $2 per person with children under 10 admitted FREE! Call 525-6257 for additional information.
These young people, ages 13-17, are drawn from Penn’s Program for Academic and Cultural Enrichment (PACE), which develops the academic potential and leadership skills of our youth. On Saturday, June 6, the Sea Island Storytellers Workshop will host a special program featuring the premiere of the oral histories video, “Penn Patrons: Preserving a Legacy on St. Helena.” The program will begin at noon in the York W. Bailey Museum at Penn Center, followed by a reception at 2 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, contact Penn Center’s York W. Bailey Museum at 8382474.
FRIENDS of Caroline Hospice is pleased to announce our 4th Annual All Star Baseball Game on Sunday May 31st at Beaufort High School Baseball Field starting at 3pm. Come watch your favorite local professionals play baseball. Cheer your dentist, doctor or lawyer to victory. Additional entertainment for the entire family includes games for the kids, a special appearance by “Gnatty the Gnat” the mascot from the Savannah Sand Gnats, raffle prizes drawn at each inning and much more. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided by TD Sports Grill, a new restaurant in Beaufort scheduled to open on June 1st. Stop by the game to be one of the first in town to sample TD Sports Grill’s ballpark creations. Join us for a truly delightful fun-filled family afternoon.
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• Digging for Dinosaurs (ages 2-6) • Lil’ Chef by the sea (ages 7-10)
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• Dog Days of Summer (ages 2-6)
• Going Buggy (ages 2-6) • Lil’ Chef by the sea (ages 7-10)
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Real estate update by Everett Ballenger
People that have an interest in the real estate market (and that seems to be most folks today) eagerly await the results at the end of each quarter. The first quarter of each year is especially viewed with anticipation. I am guessing this is because we are not far into the “New Year” and we are all hoping for better news than last year. Even though we Realtors see transaction numbers every day, it is not until they are compiled and assimilated, that a clearer picture of what is happening in today’s market begins to appear. To provide that type of picture, the following is a statistical comparison of how the residential real estate market in northern Beaufort County fared for the first quarter of 2009 and how it compared to the same period the previous year. Comparison of Single Family Homes Sold 1st Qtr 2008 vs 2009 Beaufort Mossy Oaks Port Royal Burton Lady’s Island Total Month 08 09 08 09 08 09 08 09 08 09 08 09 January 4 1 1 4 3 2 15 11 9 8 32 26 February 8 2 4 1 1 2 11 5 15 13 39 23 March 5 7 3 2 6 2 17 13 15 11 46 35 Total 16 10 8 7 10 6 43 29 39 32 117 84 Comparison of Volume and Price for 1st Qtr 2008 vs 2009 2008 2009 % Change Units Sold 117 84 - 28% Average Selling Price $229,137 $238,224 + 4.0% Median Selling Price $191,137 $202,000 + 5.4% Looking at the above numbers, there does seem to be some surprises, primarily, in the apparent price appreciation. Sales are down across the board, but as can be seen, the average and median prices went up 4% and 5% respectively. This is even more surprising when one takes into account that some of those sales would have been foreclosures. Compared with other parts of the country, prices in Beaufort County have held pretty well. So have we hit the bottom in the decline of prices of residential real estate? If we
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have, is it time to buy a home before the prices go back up? The obvious truth is that one quarter does not constitute a trend but can provide an indication of what might become a trend. With smaller numbers of homes selling, mathematically it takes less to swing the data one way or the other. What we see in the first quarter 2009 data in regard to prices might be the beginning of a trend. It might be that we have seen the bottom of price depreciation, or it could be that some folks happen to have bought more expensive home in the first quarter, thus giving the false impression that prices in general are moving up. Before we celebrate, I recommend we see how it looks after three quarters. At that time we should be able to make a sound judgment on where the market actually is. But still the rebound in prices in the first quarter is a glimmer of hope for which we are all grateful!
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Everett Ballenger is owner/ BIC of Ballenger Realty and was the 2008 president of the Beaufort County Association of Realtors. He writes this update each month for the Lady’s Island Business & Professional Association and The Island News.
Keyserling meets weight-loss goal, Sports News kisses pig for diabetes fundraiser Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling lost 40 pounds, raised about $20,000 and for all that success, got to kiss a pig... For complete video of the pig-smooch, visit our website at www.yourislandnews.com. As a fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association, Keyserling lost the weight over 10 weeks and collected pledges valued at $20,000 from some 300 people, he said. As he met with people, he shared information about the risks of diabetes, common symptoms, and how keeping off the extra weight can help prevent or control diabetes. GOLFERS -
SAVE THIS DATE: FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2009 AT 11:00 AM OLDFIELD GOLF COURSE, OKATIE SC
3rd ANNUAL ABLE FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT You can help make Camp Treasure Chest possible for our special needs children in Beaufort County. ALL proceeds from our ABLE Foundation Golf Tournament go towards support of this camp and special needs campers. Entry fee; $125 per person, $450 per team of 4. Includes 18 holes w/cart, refreshments, range balls, prizes and dinner.
Please make reservations by June 1. To register, mail your name, handicap, phone number and check payable to ABLE Foundation. Mail to ABLE, PO Box 129, Port Royal SC 29935 Or you may download a tournament registration form at www.abledisabilities.org. For further information and details, contact ABLE at 470-6300 or email email@example.com. To learn more about volunteering and helping the Foundation, contact Ms. Wagner at the email listed.
Exchanging vows after retirement By Amie DeCamillo of Merrill Lynch
Baby boomers who get married for the first time, or for an additional time, later in life can face numerous financial issues that are different from those of young newlyweds. Boomers may have to provide for children from a previous marriage, blend retirement benefits, choose which house to live in, or change estate-planning directives. To ensure these issues are properly addressed in advance of their marriage, retirees and boomers should have a conversation with a Financial Advisor, in addition to speaking with their attorney and tax advisor. During the conversation, discuss assets, liabilities, budgets and sources of income. If one person is bringing substantially more assets or liabilities to the marriage, for example, an attorney might recommend a prenuptial agreement to detail how assets will be divided in the event of divorce. Keep in mind that you may become legally responsible for your spouse’s debts once married. A Financial Advisor can help you work through the financial issues and prepare for discussions with attorneys and accountants about the important decisions which should be made before vows are exchanged. After your estate plan is drawn up by your legal and tax advisors, your Financial Advisor can work with you to implement the plan. A few key decisions Deciding the disposition of a family home is important, as it is often a couple’s largest investment. Remarrying boomers and retirees may face some tough decisions about deciding where to live, whether to re-title the house and deciding what happens to the property if either partner dies. A typical scenario might involve a home that you own and share with your new spouse. You may want your spouse to continue living in the house if something were to happen to you, but still desire to ultimately leave the property to your children. Titling the property in such a way that the surviving spouse inherits the house free and clear is referred to as joint tenancy with right of survivorship and ensures that your spouse can continue to live in the house, but means it will ultimately pass based on his/her will, not necessarily to your heirs. Another possible strategy would be to title the property as tenants in common. Ownership as tenants in common allows each spouse to leave his or her interest in the property to his or her heirs. . A potential pitfall of this strategy is that neither the surviving spouse nor the deceased spouse’s heirs own the property exclusively. Disputes can easily arise and the property may ultimately need to be sold to resolve. A better approach may be to place the house in trust or structure your plan such that your spouse inherits the house outright and you meet your bequest objectives for other heirs with other assets. Titling your assets Becoming engaged is a good time to take a fresh look at how your other assets are titled, as well, particularly if you own an asset jointly, or have retirement accounts or insurance and annuity contracts where the beneficiary designation takes precedence over your will. Ensuring
that your assets pass to your intended beneficiaries, requires the coordination of how your assets are titled, your beneficiary designations, your will and any trusts that you establish. A trust that is commonly used to provide income to your spouse but ultimately pass assets to your children is a Qualified Terminal Interest Property Trust (QTIP). It’s a popular option for couples with substantial assets and children from a prior marriage, but it can also make sense to ensure that your intended wishes are carried out should your surviving spouse remarry. With a QTIP, your assets, including your house, can be passed to the trust upon your death. The surviving spouse can stay in the house and draw an income from the trust. When your spouse dies, the assets pass to your children. A Financial Advisor can provide a range of trust options and you can decide with the assistance of your legal and tax advisor which would work best for you. Designating your retirement assets Properly designating beneficiaries is critical for your retirement accounts, annuities and other forms of insurance because the proceeds go to listed beneficiaries outside the dictates of your will. Therefore, the best way to see that your wishes are carried out is to keep your beneficiaries up to date. If you have a 401(k) or other qualified plan and your children are beneficiaries, your new spouse needs to consent to that arrangement. Without written approval, your spouse becomes the beneficiary by law, even if your children are listed. Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) do not require spousal consent to change beneficiaries. Although 401(k)s and IRAs are becoming more popular, you may also be eligible for a defined benefit pension plan through an employer. If you begin taking distributions from the plan before marriage, you won’t be able to change the defined benefit payment option you elected. However, if you have not started receiving benefits, you will have the option of choosing a joint and survivor option which will continue payment of all or a portion on your pension to your spouse if still living upon your death. Alternatively, you could elect payments over just your lifetime, provided your spouse consents. Which option is best for you may depend on whether your spouse would need the income and your respective ages, health and family history of longevity. Your Financial Advisor can help you create a retirement income plan taking into
account all of these options. Review state laws While most people are aware of federal estate laws, they are often surprised to learn that state laws may also impact their estate. In that regard, it’s important to work with an estate-planning attorney and tax advisor who practice in the state where you reside. The rules of that state may require a different strategy or require the filing of additional documents. In community property states like Arizona, California and Texas, for example, assets acquired during the marriage are usually divided evenly between spouses (provided no election for survivorship rights was made). Though these issues may seem to be numerous and complicated, particularly when thinking about all of the other planning which a wedding requires, they can be easily understood and managed with the guidance of a trusted Financial Advisor. Together you and your partner, along with your advisors, can create the foundation for a new and happy marriage in your retirement. Amie DeCamillo is the Managing Director of the Retirement Group at Merrill Lynch. For more information, contact Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor Jack R. Cunningham of the Beaufort office at 843-524-4115 or www.fa.ml.com/ jack_cunningham
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The conference was attended by some 400 non-profit groups, private animal shelters and lawyers whose common goal is to bring animal shelters into the 21st century. Upon returning, Dyer said: “We have been inspired and energized after two solid days of workshops among animal shelter dDirectors and animal advocacy groups all over the country who have led the charge to help their communities achieve a no-kill status,.” Dyer said.
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SheDyer and Campanini saidy they learned so much their heads are spinning. Campanini added, “Palmetto Animal League will work to implement some of the progressive strategies and programs in our area which is consistent with the organization’s vision that “’no animal is left behind.’”
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