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The March issue focuses on celebrating spring and all things green. Flip the pages to find out how to make a charcuterie board (pg. 12), impress your friends with a delicious fish and chips dish (pg 16) and sip on a tasty green drink (pg. 20)! Plus read many other great local articles on upcoming events! If you’d like your photography featured on Vip’s cover, send your entries to!


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MARCH 2019 HOME 12 How To Make A Charcuterie Board 14 March Book & TV Suggestions 16 The Most Irish Dish That's Not: Fish & Chips 18 Gift Guide: Green + Gorgeous

LIFESTYLE 20 Cocktail: The Classic Margarita 22 Getting Set For Spring: Soil Testing 24 The Shad Are Running: Pee Dee Shad Roe-Deo 26 The 101 on Wine 30 Learning Experiences through Travel: GSSM 32 March 2019 Calendar of Events 34 Cocktail: Cucumber Mint Gimlet 36 Bucket List: Congaree National Park

BUSINESS 38 Grow Your Busines: Hartsville Chapter of SCORE 40 Florence Sends A Republican To Washington Wilcox, Buyck & Williams, P.A.


44 Help Make Art Happen: ArtFields 48 Around Town: Darlington County Dancing with the stars

HEALTH & BEAUTY 50 The Craze Surrounding CBD: Your CBD Store 52 5 Ways to Get to a 5K 54 American Heart Association: Simms Daniels 56 A Recipe for Health: HopeHealth 58 Women at the Chyrslis Center 60 Gift Guide: Shades of Spring

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HOW TO MAKE A CHARCUTERIE BOARD A charcuterie board is great for entertaining and works year-round! Most people love a great charcuterie board. The word, pronounced “shar-cute-er-ree,” describes any kind of cured meat, but is typically associated with specialty and gourmet meats that are prepared using artisanal processes. The concept of charcuterie dates back hundreds of years. Curing and preserving is a cooking method that can be traced back to earliest civilization. Charcuterie shops, which originated in France, date back to about the 15th century. The charcuteries sold cured meats to villagers to supplement the supply of fresh food available throughout the year. Besides being visually appealing with colors, textures, and choices, the best part about a charcuterie board is its versatility. While there’s no real right or wrong way to create and present charcuterie, here are some suggestions and tips. The sky is the limit! • Find the right board or platter that works best for the amount of people you are serving. Large cutting boards, marble slabs, slate boards, chalkboards, or large simple platters all work well. You may be surprised to find that you may already have something you can use at home! • When deciding how much to buy, you can typically allot 2 ounces of cheese and charcuterie per person. • Try to include bright colors, strike a good balance of flavors and textures, and have enough choices that any guest will be enticed to sample something. • Make sure the board is approachable. No guest wants to be “that person” that “messes up the masterpiece.” Remember to slice some meats and cheeses ahead of time if possible, though leave some items guests can slice themselves as well. • Keep it casual and simple, though have a full board so guests do not feel self-conscious for taking more than one item. Start placing ingredients in the center first. Then, place large pieces around the sides and fill in the blank spaces. • Even if you don’t have a huge bank of knowledge on various meat and cheese pairings, selecting several quality meats and cheeses is key to a fun board. You can switch up variations every time. • Serve the platter at room temperature for maximum enjoyment in flavor and texture. • Wine and beer pair excellently with meat and cheese and can enhance the flavor experience.

Items to Include: CURED MEAT - The Heart of the Board Provide 3 different types of meats. Consider soppressata, salami, prosciutto, bresaola, and pepperoni. If you have larger pieces, roll the meats for better spacing and to make it easier for guests to grab. CHEESE Due to guests having different preferences, be sure you have options for both mild and bold flavors, as well as middle-ofthe-road options. (Think mild, medium, and sharp.) Create a combination of aged, firm, soft, crumbly and creamy cheeses. Get creative with shapes and keep the soft, ripe cheeses intact. Slice the other firmer cheeses in triangles, chunks, natural crumbles, or squares. Consider goat chevre, brie, parmigiano-reggiano, gruyere, and English blue cheese. SPREADS/DIPS Consider herbed spreadable cheese, local honey, hummus, olive tapenade, marinated artichoke spread, good quality grainy mustard, or some roasted red pepper dip. GARNISH Select items that create a color contrast with the cheese. Consider cured mixed olives, peperoncinos, sweet red peppers, caper berries, or cornichons. You can even add festive holiday touches such as rosemary, pomegranate seeds, pears, and cranberries. CRACKERS/BREADS These items can be great for pairing a variety of ingredients for providing stability to the bite. Consider sea salt bagel crisps, sliced French bread, or pretzel chips. FRUIT Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and any kind of grapes are all great summer fruit options. For winter, dried fruits work great as well as apples, pears, figs, and dates. NUTS/SEEDS Consider pistachios, almonds, pecans, walnuts, macadamia nuts, and toasted pumpkin seeds. Grab small bowls to place around your board to place your nuts in or scatter them around. SERVING TOOLS Quality cheese knives, small dishes or bowls, and spoons are essential in order to contain some items and so flavors don't accidentally mingle. They also give the platter another eye-catching dimension. Be sure to have enough knives so guests do not have to wait to serve themselves. You can even provide labels! February 2019 March 2019



Streaming platforms offer thousands of movies and show options and sometimes it can be tough to know what to choose. Looking for recommendations? You no longer have to #askfacebook because we’re here to help!


What’s All the Hype About? Both Netflix and Hulu offer different documentaries providing insider knowledge about the infamous 2017 Fyre Festival in the Bahamas. Organized by Billy McFarland and sporting Ja Rule as the face of the event, Fyre Festival was supposed to be a luxury concert weekend experience, attracting many millennials who paid thousands of dollars. What it ended up being was a viral sensation when hundreds of people expecting to party with celebrities on an island in the Bahamas showed up to an event in complete disarray. The Netflix doc, "Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened," gives you a deeper look inside the promo video that made Fyre Festival go viral. The Hulu doc, “Fyre Fraud,” gives a deeper look into McFarland's past. Both are strong documentaries and come at the topic at different angles. You will be thankful you are watching the disaster unfold from the comfort of your home instead of one of the thousands of people who wasted their hard-earned money on a fraudulent music festival that did not deliver on its promises!


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If it's a good read you are looking for, check out Dlia Owens's Where The Crawdads Sing!


For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the socalled Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens. Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps. (

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story and recipe by Doug Smith

THE MOST IRISH DISH ...That’s Not Come March, we will hear all about the corned beef and cabbage to be shared on St. Patrick’s day! This dish goes hand-in-hand with the “Kiss me, I’m Irish” shirts and green beer. It’s both delicious and for some, it may even seem like tradition. Upon planning this month’s recipe, I struck up a conversation with a Chef friend of mine who is of Irish descent. Before this conversation, I was certain corned beef and cabbage was the most Irish dish of Irish dishes. After, however, was another story. Apparently, corned beef and cabbage are rarely eaten for any holiday! To be clear, this is an Irish dish (mostly Irish-American) served during the holiday at the local pub. I now have an issue: what dish should we have on Sunday, March 17th this year? Going back to my conversation, my friend was generous enough to explain the most common Irish food: Fish and Chips. This is the case because it’s plentiful. During the Victorian era, the working class didn’t have much money and the diet was just plain and unvaried. Italian migrants passing through the small English towns sensed a business opportunity and started setting up Fish and Chip stands. Soon they were 16

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all across Ireland, Scotland, and England. In fact, Fish and Chips had become so important to the local people, that during World War II the British Ministers bent over backward to ensure Fish and Chips were one of the few foods that were never rationed. To keep the price down, they were often served in old newspapers. Recently we have seen innovation in this area and the practice of using old newspaper has stopped. This is due to food safety concerns. That’s a good thing! So go down to your local fishmonger and get a nice piece of fish. I think we can all be proud to serve Fish and Chips this year.

Get more from Doug Smith by following him on Facebook and Instagram at "Doug Food Guy".

Fish and Chips

recipe submitted by Doug Smith


2lb Yukon gold potatoes 100% vegetable oil for deep-frying 4 white fish fillets, fresh skinless (I like Cod)

8oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting 10oz cold dark beer (or a good root beer) 3 tsp baking powder

Sea salt Black pepper


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Slice the potato “chips”. Peeling is optional. Pour the oil into a fryer or a large heavy pan and heat it to 375°F. Mix one (1) teaspoon of Sea salt and one (1) teaspoon of pepper together, then use it to season the fish fillets on both sides – this will help to remove any excess water, making the fish really meaty. Whisk the flour, beer and baking powder together until the texture is almost like whipped cream. Meanwhile, parboil the chips in boiling salted water for four to five minutes, or until softened, but still retaining their shape. Then drain and allow to dry. Dust each fish fillet in a little of the extra flour. Dip fish into the batter and allow any excess to drip off. Holding one end, gently lower the fish into the oil one by one, working carefully so you don't get splashed. Cook for four minutes, or until the fish is cooked through and the batter is golden and crisp, then remove to drain. When the chips are nice and dry, fry in the oil that the fish was cooked in until golden and crisp. While the chips are frying, transfer the fish to a baking tray. Place in the oven for a few minutes to finish cooking – this way they will stay crisp while you finish off the chips. When the chips are done, drain them on paper towels, season with sea salt, and serve with the fish. A few other things to have on the table are some crunchy sweet pickled gherkins, pickled onions, and tomato ketchup. Then you will want to douse it all with some malt vinegar.

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GETTING SET FOR SPRING Preparing Your Garden

story by Rebecca Giese

One of my favorite things about spring is the blooms and how everything feels alive after several gray frosty months. Now is the time to plan and prepare for that colorful cutting garden or bountiful berry patch. I love reaping the reward of having a garden whether that means sweet cherry tomatoes on a tossed salad or a bright bouquet of cutting flora. But preparation and planning are critical to have a plentiful garden. With just a little preparation your garden could be the envy of the neighborhood. No matter the size of your garden, whether it is a couple of pots on a balcony or an acre, you need to take time to observe the sunlight on the plot. Do you have direct sun, partial sun, morning or afternoon? Check by following the plotted space at different times of the day and take note of any partial shade or any notable difference in lighting. Different plants have varying sunlight requirements so make sure the planned location's lightening correlates with those requirements. Also before planting, review the hydration needs and take note of any special watering necessary for proper growth and survival. One of the biggest things overlooked when planning out a garden space is the soil itself. Different plants have different mineral and pH requirements to flourish. To make sure you give your plants the best chance of success you need to test your soil and get an understanding of its make up. And this isn't as big of a project that you may think, and you do not need a degree in agricultural science or chemistry to figure it out. All you need is to take samples from every plot then send them to be tested. One of the best places to send your soil for testing is right here in South Carolina at Clemson University. Head to https://www. html to purchase a Soil Sampler Mailer for $15. This comes with sample bags, information and all the instructions you need to simplify the soil testing process. You can also submit your soil sample through your county extension. Once tested, you will get a report of the minerals in the soil, and what is lacking. From here you can adjust your soil with amendments like lime or fertilizer blends before you start the planting process. If you are interested in learning more about gardening, I would suggest heading to your local library or bookstore. My favorite gardening book right now is Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden by Erin Benzakein. Most of my garden education has come from books, Google and by killing a lot of plants. You don't have to be an expert to have a garden, but planning and preparing will definitely fool your neighbors into thinking you are. Sample kit was purchased at a local hardware store and does not represent Clemson Soil Sample Kit*

What's on My Radar? Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day on March 15th and The Lucky Shamrock Festival in downtown Florence! More lunching at The Midnight Rooster in Hartsville, my favorite is the Wayfare Cobb salad, heading into Hartsville on a Saturday for some shopping and strolling? Try their brunch menu. Skirmish At Gamble's Hotel Civil War Reenactment March 9th -10th in Florence at The Columns. This annual event has been on my calendar since moving here. I can't wait to see this Florence tradition! Currently residing in Hartsville, Rebecca Giese enjoys exploring the Pee Dee area, shopping local artisans, trying new restaurants, and finding inspiration from the history and culture surrounding her. When not out on an adventure, she’s telling stories on her blog, Southern’spirations. March 2019




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Saturday, March 23 Venters Landing Johnsonville, 2-6pm Platform fromTar-Pamlico River Trail in NC

All proceeds benefit Friends of the Revolutionary Rivers to build platform campsites along the SC Revolutionary Rivers National Recreation Trail on Lynches River.

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The American Shad is a species of anadromous herringlike fish that can be found running up the Great Pee Dee River and Lynches River. It’s historically consumed by locals along the Atlantic coast. Like salmon, shad are born in freshwater, spend their life in saltwater, then travel back to freshwater to spawn. Fisherman look forward each spring to the shad run, the opportunity to catch a hen fish (female) and cook up the shad's true delicacy - the shad roe. On March 23rd, Friends of the Revolutionary Rivers (FORevR), a group formed to protect and promote the SC Revolutionary Rivers National Recreation Trail located within the Pee Dee region, will host a limited number of people for the first annual Pee Dee Shad Roe-Deo at Venters Landing in Johnsonville. Local historians will educate attendees on the importance of shad dating back to when Native Americans roamed the area, to when Francis Marion took refuge in the swamps during the Revolutionary War, up until present time. Ben Ziegler, attorney and shad enthusiast, is excited to celebrate the indigenous dish, one that his family considered a traditional meal. "When I was a kid, my mother would serve shad roe on Sunday evenings," said Ben. "Shad was fun to catch using a bow net and was my favorite thing to eat!" In addition to Ben, Dr. David Shields, food historian of the University of South Carolina, will be in attendance to give lively history lessons alongside Lynches River. Pickled, baked, fried or roasted, chefs at the event will give cooking demonstrations for fresh shad and roe caught by local commercial fishermen. As guests enjoy a shad and/or roe meal, live music by Hercules Farm will fill the air. Local Motive, a Florence brewery, brewed a special run that is specific to shad. The Shad Roe-Deo will begin at 2 pm and the cost is $75 per person. All proceeds benefit FORevR’s efforts to build platform campsites along Lynches River. To purchase tickets or for more information, please call 843-664-0330.

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the 101 on wine story by Bryan Holt

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When you’re walking into a store like Micky Finn’s to purchase a bottle of wine, it can be a little overwhelming. There are times when I want to personally pull my hair out and scream with all the wine selections that are out there; I’m partially responsible for this madness. With wines ranging in price from $2.99 to over $200.00, it can be daunting to figure out what you’d like to drink for the evening. Many people have the assumption that you have to pay more (twenty-five dollars or higher) for a decent bottle of wine - that only the great Cabernets start at fifty dollars or higher. Sometimes they are right but a lot of times they are missing the boat with awesome wines in the $10.99-$15.99 price range. I became a wine buyer back in 2005. This was the height of the Australian wine boom, Yellow Tail and Lindeman’s were producing wines that retailed for under $5.00 and Fred Franzia (California) came up with the infamous Two Buck Chuck wines. So back then you either had good wines with a retail higher than $25.00 or "eh" wines with a price under $6. In that same timeframe, a lot of wineries and vineyards were noticing one thing. Do we want to sell one bottle at $45 or three bottles at the same retail? Domestically speaking one of the first wineries, that I can remember, to address this question was Duckhorn Vineyards. Duckhorn Vineyards was founded in 1976 in Napa Valley, California with their first case production coming out in 1978. Duckhorn quickly became one of the Valley’s premier wineries and received both a domestic and international following. Depending on which grape varietal you purchase (Cabernet, Chardonnay, Merlot or Pinot Noir) and which vineyard site the juice comes from (St Helena, Howell Mt or Stag’s Leap) you can expect that price to start at roughly thirty dollars and going to eighty or higher. Then the epiphany came around 2005. Decoy was first made in 1985 as a Napa Valley red blend. Its grapes came from St Helena and were consistently produced as a Napa Valley wine for the next few decades. With the introduction of a new label in 2005 and the price being in the mid to high twenties, Decoy was beginning to gain momentum in the wine industry. Seeing this growth, and placing a lot of the

Bryan Holt and Gonzalo Guzman, head winemaker at Vina El Principal on a summer trip to Chile.

credit to the growth with its competitive retail price, Decoy became more than just a second label for Duckhorn and in 2008 became its own focused winery with an expanded wine portfolio; including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc sourced from Sonoma County. All of our Decoy wines are competitively priced at $17.99. So all of this boring history and rambling comes down to one simple statement: “Please don’t base your opinion of a wine with the retail you see.” I guarantee that you can come into our stores and find a wine priced at $12.99 that drinks like a $20 bottle. In fact, there are so many wines to choose from in this range, hundreds actually. The market has sustained these prices efficiently, crashes and recessions haven’t affected them at all. In fact, the only thing that may affect these wines and the supply of them in the market is the growth of Cannabis farms in California. A lot of wine and beverage companies are actually pulling up grapes in California to meet the demand for legalized Cannabis. Currently, Constellation Brands is discontinuing the production of Cooks Champagne, Clos du Bois, and Mark West in favor of Cannabis production. There are several wineries that do the same as Duckhorn, I just personally like Decoy and chose them as an example. Stretching from California to France, Italy, and Spain to Australia hundreds of wineries have second and third labels to get to the mid-tier prices for the everyday consumer. See page 28 for a list of wines to try!

Picpoul de Pinet

Whiplash Red Blend

Noah River Pinot Noir

The color is a superb pale yellow with bright hues. The nose is elegant, with aromas of fresh fruit and citrus fruit especially grapefruit. Well-balanced with typical focusing and zesty acidity. A pure expression of the grape varietal, the wine shows how good Picpoul can be when grown on its favorite terroir.

Concentrated flavors and a richly tannic texture make this dry wine more sophisticated and interesting than many other red blends. It combines cranberry, black cherry and cinnamon notes for a mouth-filling and harmonious impression.

Alluring and intoxicating aromas of vibrant black cherry, pomegranate, cardamom, steel, savory garrigue undertones. Perfumed with black cracked peppercorn, deep rose, dark chocolate powder, kirsch, and sandalwood. Beautiful and vibrant, layers of fresh blueberry, dark plum skin, cinnamon with a savory underbrush.

90 Points Wine Enthusiast $12.99

Wine Advocate 89 Points $10.99

Guigal Cotes du Rhone Red Ripe but restrained, fruity yet elegant, this richly concentrated red offers luscious black cherry and berry flavors nuanced by hints of earth, smoke, and spice. The palate is rich and fleshy but anchored by taut acidity and a finely edged backbone of tannins.

Decoy Chardonnay This wine pulls from across the wider appellation to combine coolclimate grapes with warmer regions. Round and easygoing, it offers fleshy fine flavors of pineapple and peach, its oak integrated and unobtrusive. 87 Points Wine Enthusiast $17.99

90 Points Wine Enthusiast $14.99

90 Points Finn’s Rating $14.98 Thursday, March 7 Bourbon Aged Beer and Wine Tasting • Pamplico Hwy • Free of charge Thursday, March 28 Louis Latour Tasting After Hours Tasting • Five Points • $25/person limited to 24 people


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Learning Experiencesthrough Travel with GSSM Students story provided by GSSM

For three weeks before the second semester begins, students at The South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) participate in a "mini-mester", or January Interim, where they focus on one elective course. Interim classes are a great way for students to ease into the new year, and the wide variety of course offerings allows students to tap into undiscovered talents and explore new hobbies. Several courses include travel, nationally or internationally, and field experiences. In years past, groups have visited places like Silicon Valley, Peru, South America, and the Galapagos Islands. The entire student body has the choice of the class and signs up the summer before school starts. Course topics are diverse and include science, technology, art, music, and drama. Interim courses are taught by members of the GSSM faculty, along with visiting professors from South Carolina colleges and universities. 30

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QuotesfromGSSMStudentswhotraveledto Peru – Lima, Paracas & Cusco. “The best part about visiting Peru was experiencing and delving into such a sensational culture along-side all of my closest friends. It was extraordinary.” -Jaden Stutts, Charleston, SC

“I think that traveling is an important experience for young people because its how they can learn about the world from their own perspective instead of other people’s stories and accounts. I think you gain respect for other cultures as well.”

-Thandikwe Nixon, Charleston, SC

“My favorite part of my trip, by far, was visiting the Paracas Natural Reserve. I have never been to a desert before, and it was more beautiful than I could have imagined. The landscape was absolutely captivating, and I could see for miles. The colors were also amazing, the shades of the dunes ranged from the typical tan to burgundy. It was such a unique place, with a dessert that leads right up to the ocean. The cliffs that stood high over the rolling water provided a juxtaposition that was simply breathtaking. I am so thankful that I was able to visit this hidden gem.”

-Hollis Smith, Clover, SC

“Travel is such an incredible opportunity and privilege for young people and I would like to point out that there are several educational foundations that support giving these opportunities to students who couldn't otherwise afford it. First, the GSSM Foundation supports our students taking trips; second, EF Tours Foundation has supported students being able to travel for decades and even organizes attrip costs for schools to travel as cheaply as possible. Third, there is a charity called FLYTE that supports entire groups of children from project areas to travel abroad. The reason I mention these foundations is because they recognize that travel can broaden a student's mind and contribute to their educational journey in a way no other experience can, giving them a priceless opportunity they will remember for years to come. All of these charitable efforts were originated by people who had life-changing travel experiences themselves, showing you just how important travel is to education.”

-William Hobbs, Lexington, SC March 2019


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3.1 SC Chamber Music Festival, FMU PAC, 7:30pm 3.1 Human Trafficking Seminar, Pee Dee Mental Health Center, 9am 3.2 ShineOn: A Celebration of Women, Flo Little Theatre, 7pm 3.2 Hwy 55 Group Challenge, Hwy 55, 3pm 3.3 FMU String Ensemble, FMU PAC, 4pm 3.4 Evening of Hope w/ Willie &Korie Robertson, Flo Center, 7pm 3.5 FMU Concert Band, FMU PAC, 7:30pm 3.6-3.7 Open Mic Night, Soule’ Café 3.6 Sesame Street Live, Florence Center, 6pm 3.7 Drum Clinic/Performance, FMU PAC, 7pm 3.8-3.10 Pee Dee Outdoor Classic, Florence Center 3.9 Dallas String Quartet, FMU PAC, 7:30pm

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FLORENCE 3.1 Royal Hanneford Circus, Florence Center, 7pm

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FLORENCE Every Wednesday • Wine Down Wednesday, Dolce Vita, 4pm Every Thursday • Ovis Hill Farmer’s Market, Naturally Outdoor, 3-7pm • Trivia Night, Southern Hops, 7pm Every Saturday • City Center Farmer’s Market, Downtown 9am-1pm

HARTSVILLE 3.1 Live Music with Emily Musolino, Retrofit Sip-n-Seat, 8pm 3.1 Economic Development Forecast, The Edition, 11:30am-1pm 3.2 Inside GSSM, GSSM, 10am

3.9 Pacing 4 Pieces Half Marathon & 5k, Downtown Florence, 9am

3.2 Saturday Brunch, Retrofit Sip-n-Seat, 10am

3.9 March for Meals, 600 Senior Way, 10am-3pm

3.4 DarCo Photography Club Meeting, Black Creek Arts, 6:30pm

3.9 Weekend FUN Clubs for Girls, Girls University, 4:30pm

3.4 Clay Rice Silhouettes, Burry Bookstore, 3pm

3.14 Girls’ Night Out Expo Event, The Waters Building, 6pm

3.6 Communication Keys: Accelerated Public Speaking Series, Chamber of Commerce, 5:30pm

3.14 Youth Apprenticeship Accelerator Meeting, SIMT, 7:30am

3.7 Love on the Line, Artbug Studio, 6pm

3.15 Dixie Swim Club, Florence Little Theatre, 7:30pm

3.8 James Tucker Live, Retrofit Sip-n-Seat, 8pm

3.15 Girl Scouts Explore Robotics, Girls University, 6:30pm

3.8 Chamber Chat, Chamber of Commerce, 11am

3.15 Lucky Shamrock Festival, Downtown Florence, 5:30pm

3.9 Pardi Gras, Retrofit Sip-n-Seat, 3pm

3.16 McLeod Sports Medicine Scholarship Run/Walk, 9am

3.10 Dharma Talk with Howard Moore, Black Creek Arts, 4pm

3.16 Pee Dee Heart Ball, SIMT, 6:30pm

3.12 Small Business Professionals Roundtable, Chamber of Commerce, 8am

3.16 Travis Tritt &The Charlie Daniels Band, Flo Center, 7:30pm

3.15 Jim Money Live, Retrofit Sip-n-Seat, 8pm

3.18 Building Bridges- Diversity &Leadership, Floyd Center, 10am

3.15 St. Patty’s Day Celebration w/ Blake Evans, J Michaels Grill, 9:30pm

3.23 Sporting Clays Classic, McLeod Foundation, 12pm 3.26 Open Mic Night, Dolce Vita, 7pm 3.27 Right Answers w/ Wrong Travis, Seminar Brewing, 7pm 3.28 Willy Pete, FMU PAC, 7:30pm

3.16 Oyster Roast, Kalmia Gardens, 4-7pm 3.21 Chamber Connections at Breakfast, Carolina Pines, 7:30am 3.22 Golf Tournament Benefitting Cypress Adventures, Hartsville Country Club, 9am

3.30 Pee Dee Roundup Annual Event Mustang & Ford Show, Freedom Square Shopping Center

3.22 Brown Kid Live, Retrofit Sip-n-Seat, 8pm

3.30 Three Little Kittens, Florence Little Theatre, 11am

3.29 Aspen Anonda Live, Retrofit Sip-n-Seat, 8pm

3.30 2 nd Annual Denim & Pearls, SIMT, 8pm 3.30 FAHS Charity Golf Tournament, Country Club of SC, 8am 3.31 Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Florence Center, 7pm

3.23 Spring Into Action Yogathon, Black Creek Arts, 9am

LAKE CITY 3.1 Fiesta Friday, East Main Green, 6-9pm 3.2 Gardening for the Birds, Moore Farms, 10am-12pm 3.8 Lake City Pioneers, Bean Market, 6:30pm 3.9 Bugs in the Garden, Moore Farms, 10am-2pm 3.15-3.16 Garden Open: Bulbapalooza, 8:30am-3pm 3.16 (H.Y.P.E) Foundation Fundraising Gala, Bean Market, 7-10pm 3.22-3.23 Garden Open: Bulbapalooza, 8:30am-3pm 3.28 Hardy Citrus, Moore Farms, 10am-12pm 3.30 Hippie Fest, Graham’s Historic Farm, noon-7pm 3.30 Birding, Moore Farms, 10-11:30am

DARLINGTON 3.1 Jason Michael Carroll Live, Carolina Nightlife, 8pm 3.2 Kiwanis Club Oyster Roast & BBQ Fundraiser, Checkered Flag Club, 6pm 3.2 Wet Nose Dogs DCHS Benefit Fundraiser, Liberty Lane, 12pm 3.9 Brendan Roberts, Carolina Nightlife, 8pm 3.16 Street Car Shootout II, Darlington Dragway, 11am 3.16 Luke Smith, Carolina Nightlife, 8pm 3.30 Pee Dee Fleet Winter Nationals, Darlington Dragway

MARION/MULLINS 3.4 Chamber Legislative Breakfast, Mullins First Baptist, 7:30am 3.9 Leprechaun Leap, Withlacoochie Park, 8:30am 3.10 Marion Seafood Festival, Dreamworks Fitness, 2:30pm 3.21 Rock Your Socks for World Down Syndrome Day, Marion County Sheriff’s Dept., 3pm

DILLON 3.1 Parents Night Out, Wellness Center, 6pm 3.9 Palmetto Mastersingers Male Choral Ensemble, Dillon County Theatre, 7pm 3.22-3.23 Southern Vintage Nationals, Dillon Motor Speedway

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There came a time in which men began to discover that the constant progress of civilization and industry would soon consume the last remaining pieces of natural untouched wilderness. Without the protection of those that saw these lands as something worth saving, many of the natural wonders we get to enjoy today could have very well been destroyed. South Carolina is no stranger to this dilemma, having been home to a local save-the-trees movement. Thanks to their efforts, an area of ancient hardwood trees next to the Congaree River was put under national protection. It could have very easily been logged like millions of other acres of land in the US. Congaree National Park is one of the last remaining and the largest sections of old-growth bottomland hardwood forests in the United States. Even though by most it is considered a swamp, it is more or less known as a floodplain of the Congaree River. The sprawling 26,276 acres is home to many National Record Height trees. At one point the Congaree National Park was considered the “Redwoods of the East”. As soon as you walk past the Visitors Center, you will find yourself on a boardwalk that descends into the canopy. You immediately encounter a variety of magnificent trees. When you take in their sheer magnitude, you will feel small in the grand scheme of time. It is hard to overlook the fact that you are in the presence of an ancient forest. Take this time to leisurely walk along the boardwalk and immerse yourself in the serene landscape.


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If you stay straight at the first junction, the trail after that will transform into a wetland boardwalk with no railings. At this point, you are up close to the enormous Cypress trees and wetland floor. This is probably my favorite point within the park because of how close it takes you to the true nature of Congaree. Due to the biodiversity of Congaree, each season creates drastic changes to the feel and appearance of the entire ecosystem. In my opinion, the changes are the most evident along this wetland boardwalk. The ecosystem can transform into a flooded wetland or a soggy green scape filled with plants. This diversity is all the more reason to want to visit during different times of the year. Your experience will be filled with surprises each time. If you decide to venture past the boardwalk and onto the river trail, make sure to wear a pair of boots you aren’t afraid to get muddy. I will mention, it is very important to stay on the designated trail. The area past the boardwalk is considered true backcountry and should be explored with caution. Fortunately, the trail has very frequent and hard to miss trail markers. The further you trek into the backcountry, the landscape will begin to transform into different types of foliage and many unique trees. You will encounter a bridge that passes over a small creek, but you are not quite at your destination. The biggest reason for wanting to take the river trail is that it will take you to the riverbanks of the Congaree. As you near the river, you will notice that the atmosphere around you transforms from stagnant and unmoving to a crisp refreshing breeze. You know you are getting close at this point, even though you cannot see it. As you press on further through the trees you will be able to see the broad and fast-moving Congaree River. The vastness of the river in its untouched state will leave you speechless, and the refreshing breeze replenishes you with air you didn't know you needed. The natural riverbank is like no other you have seen, being that it has in no way been modified to appease people. It is just the way that nature created it to be. No grassy areas to picnic on or park benches to rest. The edge of the river slopes into a drop off that has been carved away over the years. Make sure to spend some time along its edges before you make your way back to the boardwalk.

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Now, this is the furthest I have made it into the park, but there are so many areas to explore, and many are inaccessible by ordinary means. One of the best ways to discover Congaree is by kayak or canoe. If you are lucky enough to explore Congaree by way of paddling, you will get an even more up close and personal experience with the wetlands. Water blanketed by trees and leaves that curve through the untouched wilderness; you get a real glimpse into what it may have been like to be an ancient Native American tribe paddling through the wilderness. Considered one of the most biodiverse areas known in the country, it is constantly transforming and changing with its surroundings. It is very much alive as it breathes in life from the surrounding area. Unlike many other National Parks, Congaree is still interwoven with the surrounding biosphere. Making It one of the most unique and ever-changing ecosystems. It is with great appreciation that the heart of South Carolina is home to such a thriving a diverse wilderness, and I'm very thankful for those that saw it worth saving. Zach Hughes resides in Florence with his wife Alexis and their son. Zach has built his career around the car industry, having owned his own shop, and now working at the local automotive auction Manheim Darlington. In his spare time, Zach enjoys discovering South Carolina and dabbling in journalism.�




Grow Your Business Did you know Hartsville is home to the only SCORE group in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina? submitted by

SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives, is America’s premier source of free and confidential business advice for small business owners. Nationally, SCORE has helped 8.4 million small businesses such as Vermont Teddy Bear, Vera Bradley Designs, and Jelly Belly Candy. The Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce is lucky enough to host the Hartsville chapter of SCORE. This close relationship benefits the greater Hartsville and Pee Dee communities immensely. Through SCORE, the chamber is able to extend its reach into the greater Hartsville business community and help make connections for prospective entrepreneurs. SCORE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow, and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Because their work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and they proudly boast a network of 10,000 volunteers, they are able to deliver their services at no charge. Their mission is to: “foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education.” 38

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Hartsville’s SCORE chapter is led by Ken Hughes, Ruth Iseman, Charlie Johnson, Gordon McBride, and Vern Meyers. They offer mentorship to business owners of the Pee Dee community in website construction and management, e-commerce, risk management and insurance, business lending, startup issues, finance and accounting, non-profits, licensing and regulations, logistics, business planning, and more! Our chapter representatives have diverse backgrounds and expertise which can benefit entrepreneurs of the Pee Dee greatly. Their vision is that “every person has the support necessary to thrive as a small business owner.” SCORE meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month in the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce Duke Energy Community Room located at 214 N. 5th Street, Hartsville, SC 29550.

For appointments, contact the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce at (843) 332-6401 or

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Mark W. Buyck, III

By 1972, South Carolina had become a 2-party state. Conservative South Carolinians had no problem splitting their tickets, typically in favor of Republican presidential candidates and local Democrat candidates. The United States congressional delegation was five Democrats and one Republican. Republican Floyd Spence had succeeded Republican Albert Watson representing the second congressional district in the Midlands including Richland and Lexington Counties. Strom Thurmond was a U.S. Senator and Republicans fielded competitive candidates for U.S. Senate, Congress, and Governor candidates. The Republican caucus in the State House and State Senate was growing, particularly with members from larger metropolitan areas. McMillan

Prior to 1990, the sixth congressional district included all of the Pee Dee region of South Carolina including Horry and Georgetown Counties. Florence was the political and population center of the district. The district had been represented since 1939 by Congressman John L. McMillan. McMillan was a Mullins native who moved to Florence to practice law. He is the longest serving Congressman in South Carolina history and only Strom Thurmond and Fritz Hollings represented the State longer in D.C. McMillan was the Chairman of the District of Columbia Committee for over 25 years. D.C. and its citizens had very limited home rule as most of their governing function was undertaken or overseen by Congress, specifically the D.C. Committee. McMillan was unofficially referred to as the “Mayor of Washington”. McMillan and his Committee consistently opposed nearly all efforts to grant the district’s residents greater political autonomy. Walter Washington, D.C.’s first appointed AfricanAmerican Mayor, claims that when he submitted his first District budget to the Committee in 1967, McMillan responded by delivering a truckload of watermelons to Washington’s office. Washington and the NAACP were not amused. The NAACP began looking for an opportunity to defeat McMillan.

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Republicans began contesting the sixth district elections in 1964, never attracting more than 40% of the vote during the general election. The only realistic path to defeating McMillan was through the Democrat primary. McMillan would routinely face token Democrat opposition in the party primaries. McMillan’s first real challenge occurred in 1970 when three other Democrats challenged him in the Democrat primary. McMillan failed to get a majority of the vote in the primary but handily defeated Claude Stephens in the primary runoff. In 1972, McMillan decided to seek an 18th term in Congress. He still enjoyed solid support among party regulars and the political establishment. What he didn’t see or appreciate was the emerging significance of the African-American vote and the dynamism of a young lawyer in Myrtle Beach, John Jenrette. There were 3 candidates in the Democrat primary: McMillan, Jenrette, and Bill Craig. Craig and Jenrette were both young lawyers who spent more time campaigning against McMillan than each other. Jenrette’s political positions were not nearly as conservative as McMillan’s and Jenrette actively sought out the support of recently enfranchised African-Americans. When word reached Mayor Washington and the national NAACP about the reception Jenrette was receiving in the AfricanAmerican communities, they worked behind the scenes to encourage outside support for Jenrette. A recent biography of Congressman Jenrette details his frequent trips to African-American churches and appeals to African-American clergy. When the Primary was held in late August, McMillan only received 44% of the vote. Jenrette and Craig split the rest with Jenrette defeating Craig by fewer than 2500 votes. McMillan and his supporters knew he was in trouble in the runoff against Jenrette. McMillan’s efforts to rally the old guard were not enough. In the September 12 runoff election, John

Jenrette defeated 17-term Congressman John McMillan – 36,057 (50.6%) to 35,212 (49.4%). The Republicans saw an opportunity to contest and win the sixth district seat. The Republicans nominated a Florence farmer, WWII Veteran and local television personality Ed Young as their candidate. Young had served one term in the South Carolina House of Representatives as a Democrat from Florence County in 1958. He had switched parties in the early 60’s and became active in state Republican matters. His farming background and weekly television show also put him in good stead with a powerful voting bloc in the district. The timing for Young and the Republicans was also fortunate. 1972 was a presidential election year. President Richard Nixon was running for reelection against Democrat Senator George McGovern in what would become the largest landslide in modern presidential elections. Jenrette was hampered in the general election when McMillan refused to endorse him. McMillan never publicly endorsed Young; however, many of his stalwart supporters did so publicly and behind the scenes. Young won the election - 60,766 (53.4%) votes to Jenrette’s 53,085 (46.6%). The sixth district had improbably elected a Republican Congressman from Florence, South Carolina. John McMillan returned to Florence where he retired and lived peacefully until his death in 1979. In 1973 Congress enacted the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, which gave the District’s majority AfricanAmericans considerably more autonomy than previously enjoyed. The next year Walter Washington became the first popularly elected Mayor of Washington, D.C. March 2019



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t r A e k a Help M n e p p a H With ArtFields just around the corner, volunteers are gearing up for another memorable year of serving their community. Many volunteers have contributed their time and talents for years but the nationally acknowledged event is always looking for new faces to guide attendees to having a terrific time!

Vip met with a few of these devoted citizens to see how assisting ArtFields has impacted their lives.

Janice began volunteering for ArtFields in 2015 after retiring from teaching in Florence School District 3 for 40 years. Volunteering for ArtFields gives her an even greater sense of hometown pride. “Volunteering provides for me JANICE GRAHAM ownership as to what is being accomplished in Lake City,” Janice explains. “The experience has given me the opportunity to meet new people and establish friendships with people of all ages in my community.” As a lead docent for the ArtFields Junior Walks, Janice treasures seeing the many different expressions on the students' faces and hearing their comments when they see their artwork for the very first time. “The best part is also escorting those students to the Welcome Center to get a bag of ArtFields goodies and their official ArtFields artist's lanyard which has their name and a photo of their artwork.” Janice describes the moment as being “simply priceless!” 44

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Hubert McFadden is excited to celebrate his sixth year as an ArtFields volunteer. "I believe that we all are ambassadors for the city of Lake City," explains Hubert. "We have a responsibility to do our part in helping our city grow and to be a positive influence on the next generation and inspire them to continue the progress of our city." His most memorable ArtFields memory is when he took a group of third graders on a tour to see the artwork. He shares, "A young male student told me he wanted to one day be an artist when he grew up so other kids will be able to see art like his class was able to see. At that point I realized that the little time that I gave up meant more than I could have ever HUBERT MCFADDEN imagined." 

Marge became involved in ArtFields in 2013 when she first heard about the new event in Lake City. “It sounded like an interesting endeavor, and I wanted to learn all about the opportunities to help make it a success,” shares Marge. “Volunteering for any event including ArtFields is important as the volunteers help 'free up' the organizers so they can effectively carry out their roles.”


A memorable event for Marge as a volunteer revolves around the creation of the Mandala at the Stables during ArtFields 2014. “Kirkland Smith, who won a People’s Choice award at the 2013 ArtFields, brought overflowing buckets of disposable materials such as buttons, lego blocks, bottle caps, and many other items and drew out on the floor of the stable the beginning area of the Mandala,” explains Marge. “As school children and other visitors began placing the various items available into selected color coordinated spaces, the Mandala grew larger. Many of the school children who visited with their classes on field trips brought their families back and together they filled in spaces. The Mandala grew daily until it nearly filled the designated floor space by the end of ArtFields that year.”

Carla is currently the Program and Education Manager and has managed volunteers since the start of ArtFields in 2013. Carla shares, “I feel it is important to volunteer for ArtFields, to share our Southern Charm as well as to CARLA ANGUS experience something that's fulfilling to one’s self-enrichment. Those that volunteer with ArtFields have the opportunity of meeting visitors from all over the world! It's amazing the broad range of visitors that attend the event.” She describes the volunteers of ArtFields as being a 'small family' that looks forward to seeing each other and growing yearly. A particularly memorable ArtFields moment for Carla has to do with encouraging others to volunteer and get involved with the event. “There was this person that I approached to be a volunteer. They had all the reasons in the world why they couldn't volunteer,” she explains. “The first year they just attended, but the second year, I finally convinced the person to volunteer. The next year she brought just about half her family and friends back to volunteer! It was great to see how the experience excited her enough to bring others to become a part of the ArtFields family.”


Now serving as Volunteer Coordinator, Anna started volunteering with ArtFields in 2013 and describes it as being amazing! “During that first year, I was excited about learning all the wonderful options I had for volunteering my time.” Anna worked a lot with the children’s craft stations and remembers how ANNA HOWELL excited they were when doing the screen press images on their own shirts. “I’ll admit that I was a bit excited when I was able to do a t-shirt as well!” When asked about the importance of volunteering at ArtFields, Anna says, “It is an opportunity for volunteers to share their talents and hospitality with visitors, business owners, artists, family, and friends. These experiences make the social connections in a small town even stronger when citizens of all ages come together to showcase the artwork and special events planned for ArtFields.” Anna’s favorite Artfields memories have always revolved around working with the children and being stationed at the Before I Die wall. “It’s amazing to see what gets written there,” Anna says. “Everything from the hopes and dreams of small children to crazy shenanigans the older generations want to complete before they leave this world are written in chalk until the board becomes full and the eraser is needed. It’s humbling to be a part of that special sharing done across generations.”

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Reveley began volunteering with ArtFields at its inception seven years ago and has increased her service hours more each year! “To have an event that was this major was incredible in our small community, and I was extremely excited to have a small part in it,” says Reveley. “Through volunteering I wanted to share the enthusiasm and pride that I have in Lake City and also the knowledge that I have of things going on in our community, not just during ArtFields, but all year round.” Reveley feels it is extremely important to volunteer for events like ArtFields. “Volunteers are vital to ArtFields, because they convey the 'feeling' or 'vibe' of Lake City, and I love sharing each positive part of my community!”


Reveley enjoys helping the senior citizens maneuver the ArtFields website at the ArtFields Welcome Center. “They are extremely appreciative with the assistance in casting their votes for their favorite art pieces. My most memorable moment was when a visitor said, 'Everyone in Lake City is so friendly and helpful! It makes me want to move here!!' How exciting is that??!!”

Lenora began volunteering with ArtFields in 2013. “At that time, Carla Augus was the volunteer coordinator and she called and told me that she needed some folks to volunteer for a nine-day event here in Lake City and I got on board,” explains Lenora. “I have two adult children, Anthony who is 28 and Tomika who is 26, and when they both left home to go to college, I started volunteering. As a citizen, I feel it’s your civil duty to give back to your community at some point in your life and this was my opportunity.”



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Lenora remembers memories of traveling to Hawaii in 2013 a week after ArtFields. “When I got to the airport in San Francisco there was art throughout the airport. Some of the artists that I had just met here in Lake City the week before had artwork in San Francisco and for that reason I could appreciate the art better.” Lenora believes ArtFields as a whole will be something she will always treasure. “As a volunteer I am able to be up close with folks from all over the world.” A memorable moment was when she saw Bill Murray walking down Main Street in Lake City.

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Dr. Orville H. Dyce and Black Creek Medical Consultants presented Dancing with the Stars of Darlington County, a black-tie optional gala fundraising event on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 7:30pm at the Center Theater in Hartsville, SC. It featured a “Dancing Through the Decades” theme. RJ Lee and his dance partner Taylor June Cox were both the overall winner and the People’s Choice Award winners. Their winning moves featured a swing-style dance to music from the 2000s and their dance was choreographed by Brenda Cranford, owner of Brenda Cranford School of Dance.

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The Craze

Surrounding CBD

An Interview with Eugene Jacobs, Your CBD Store

Unless you've been hiding under a rock the past several months, you've noticed the new craze surrounding CBD (Cannabidiol) products. All advertisements suggest CBD can help with pain management, anxiety, migraines, insomnia, plus a dozen other ailments we'd like to see in our rearview mirrors. So our question is, what is CBD and how can it claim to resolve our unwanted issues? We reached out to Eugene Jacobs, owner of Your CBD Store in Florence, to help us understand the ins and outs of CBD. 50

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Vip: What exactly is CBD?

Eugene: "CBD is a compound in hemp plants that offer numerous medicinal benefits without the psychoactive effects or 'high' that marijuana is associated with. It's a natural alternative to pharmaceutical medications for chronic conditions."

Vip: What is the difference between cannabis, hemp, and marijuana?

Eugene: "First off, cannabis, hemp, and marijuana are not the same thing. Cannabis is a family of plants with two primary classifications - indica and sativa. Marijuana is considered a member of either family, however, hemp is a member of only the sativa family. "To the eye, hemp has skinny leaves that are concentrated towards the top of the plant and grow taller and skinnier than marijuana. Marijuana has broad leaves, dense buds and is short and bushy in appearance. Cannabis has two rich compounds Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). THC induces psychoactive effects (gets the user "high"), while CBD does not contain any psychoactive properties. Hemp contains a very low concentration of THC (0.3% or less) and a high concentration of CBD, where marijuana is abundant in THC (15 - 40%). Therefore, hemp is grown primarily for industrial purposes, which is where

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Your CBD Store products are derived. In addition, our supplier extracts all THC from our products so anyone facing random drug screenings will have no problems passing." Vip: Tell us about the different CBD products you offer and how each can benefit customers.

Eugene: "We carry an array of flavors in water solubles, edibles, tinctures, skin care products, vape products, and pet and kid products. Most products are available in multiple strengths and can positively effect similar conditions. "Water Solubles are designed to be highly bioavailable for maximum absorption and even more permeable when applied to the skin. It's simple to use, a fast-acting liquid that comes in different strengths for both oral consumption and topical application. "Edibles are a colorful and tasty way to get your CBD on! Each piece of fruit flavor ADULT Gummy Candy is infused with CBD. Edibles work quickly to ease anxiety and stress and only stay in the system for a short period of time. "Tinctures come in multiple strengths and several flavors. The phytocannabinoid rich (PCR) hemp has a naturally high CBD level, as well as an abundance of other beneficial cannabinoids (CBG, CBN, CBC) as well as flavonoids, terpenes and essential amino

acids. By placing it under your tongue, this method allows the oil to stay in your system for a longer period of time. It's especially conducive for insomnia and anxiety. "We carry several skin care products including pain relief lotions, collagen cream, moisturizing lotion, bath bombs, and lip balm. Each product carries a specified amount of CBD to promote various remedies. "Our vape products are one of our most popular sales. We carry several strengths and flavors. Vaping is the quickest way to get CBD in your system. If you are looking for a fast response to your issues, a CBD vape would be a great way to go. "We carry several other products that are in smaller strengths and great for children and pets. Again, our products have ZERO THC so they strictly help correct the issues without any psychoactive behaviors." Vip: As we search the market for the best products for our ailments, do you have any advice as to what to look for?

Eugene: "It's important to keep in mind that products are only as good as the plants they are derived from, and not all hemp is created equal. Stop by our shop and speak to one of our employees. They will help you get a better understanding of our products and guide you into what's right for you."

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5 Ways to Get to a 5K story by Martina Love

By now, most people are familiar with the programs out there that are designed to get a couch-surfing, television-watching aficionado to become a 5K runner in several weeks. According to Running USA, the 5K is the most popular race distance in America. While there are several options out there to get started, the general premise is the same: help someone slowly build up mileage to 3.1 miles. Most of us understand that one foot goes in front of the other when it comes to running but, in my experience training people, the most popular refrain I hear is: “I can’t even run a mile! How will I ever run 3 miles?” With the number of 5K races coming up this spring, now is a good time to consider some tips to get yourself 5K ready. Of course, as with any training program, you should ensure that you have been approved by a medical professional and are injury free before starting a new program.

1- Set Reasonable Expectations: If you have not

3 - Work At Your Own Pace: Some people may feel

consistently worked on your cardiovascular fitness, then it’s important to set reasonable, concrete goals to work toward running (or running/walking) three miles without rest. If you’ve never run before, allowing yourself approximately eight or nine weeks to work up to running this distance is usually reasonable, with less time needed if you participate in other cardiovascular exercise or have trained for a 5K before.

comfortable running one mile without stopping the first day of a given plan, while others may only be able to run one minute without stopping. It’s a good idea to figure out your baseline and go from there. One way to accomplish this task is by starting out with a brisk 5-minute walk (a warm-up). Once you have gotten in a rhythm, try running for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until you start to feel tired, and then go back to a brisk walk for up to 5 minutes. Try alternating this pattern of running and walking for 10 to 15 minutes, walking as much of it as you need to, then end with a 5-minute cooldown. It’s a good idea to work on getting familiar with running distance if this is your first time running before trying to throw in any speedwork.

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4 - Get Comfortable with Being (a little) Uncomfortable: This does not mean ignore an injury, but a little sweat and a steady rise in your heart rate is a good thing. If you’re new to running, then the jostling, the gasping for breath, and the heat (or the cold) sometimes deter individuals from getting out there, but if you stick with it, you will find yourself able to cover more distance with less effort than when you started the program. Developing a calm breathing pattern by breathing in through the mouth and out through the mouth or nose slowly helps. Of course, no one should ignore the first signs of injury or any odd twinges. If you feel sore in certain places after a run, then it is acceptable to scale back and walk for twenty to thirty minutes the next day of the training plan.

5 - Pay Attention To Your Equipment: As with all sports, there is some key equipment needed when starting a running program, most notably, good running shoes. While you may not be ready to invest the time and effort to have a professional recommend the right brand of shoes for your feet, it is wise to run in shoes that are made for running and have not broken down to the point of disrepair. It is also a good idea to run with a source of light (either a clip-on light or lights to wear on your hands or shoes) if you decide to run in the early morning or late evening.

See you on the road!

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Love finishing the 2018 Flo-Town 5k as first overall female finisher.

Martina Love is a lifelong runner and ran cross country and track in high school. She is a Level 1 Certified Running Coach with the RRCA and has run in many, many races in distances ranging from a 5K to the marathon. She is a member of the Sole Blazers Running Club in Florence, SC.

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American Heart Association

Simms Daniels story by Stacey Green

Wes and Lacey Daniels met after college through mutual friends. After going on their second date a whole year after their first, they realized they were meant to be together and things moved quickly after that. They were married in 2011 and started a family shortly after. Wilson was born in 2014. Three years later, Simms was born. Lacey describes Simms pregnancy as being pretty normal early on. Eighteen weeks into the pregnancy, they went for an anatomy scan where it was discovered that Simms’ heart had a very serious heart defect. Later that day, the doctor discovered a white spot on Simms’ heart and they were advised to travel to Charleston for a second Echocardiogram. From there, the doctor came right in and began to explain the anatomy of the baby’s heart. The Daniels knew immediately it was actually the same condition their friend’s daughter had, Hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a severe congenital heart defect. Simms would need surgery shortly after birth. It was an emotional experience as the whole team explained the diagnosis and process, reassuring them they had a plan in place. Lacey and Wes were eager to call their friends whose daughter had the same diagnosis to talk through it. Simms has had two surgeries and will need a third to repair his heart. “The scariest part for me was when he was whisked away right after being born and being hooked up to monitors,” explains Wes. “I remember standing there feeling completely helpless. He was four days old before we had the opportunity to hold our new born baby. Seeing him after six to eight hours in surgery looking swollen and hooked up to wires and lines, I had to take a step back because you just don’t expect to see that with a newborn child.” 54

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Lacey knew from their friends experience that there were several options for them ten years ago when their daughter was diagnosed. “We were never given the multiple options. It was basically, 'your son has Hypoplastic left heart syndrome and he is going to need three surgeries.' That just goes to show you that in ten years, which is not that long, the advancements in care for these precious babies that is possible from funding and research from the American Heart Association.” If you were to meet Simms today, there is no way of knowing he has had two open heart surgeries at less than 18 months old. That proves the advances in the technology. Simms is a thriving, healthy, happy baby. The Daniels family will meet with attendees and share their story at this years Pee Dee Heart Ball on March 16th. The Heart Ball celebrates the efforts to build a foundation of health in our community and ensure everyone lives a longer healthier life. The evening festivities will include a silent auction and exciting live auction, dinner, dancing and an opportunity to Open Your Heart and further support the mission… To be a relentless force for a world of longer healthier lives.

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Simms with brother, Wilson

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A Recipe For HEALTH story by Donna Tracy, Communication Coordinator, HopeHealth

The recipe for a cake is pretty basic. Combine the correct proportions of flour, butter, sugar, and eggs, and bake to create a sumptuous light and fluffy cake. Add a little baking soda or baking powder and the result is just as delicious with a little more texture and a little more heft. Change the recipe, and you change the outcome. The same can be said for our health. Studies have proved strong connections between the health of our gut and our physical and mental health, so keeping your gut healthy can have a positive impact on your health. Just as changing or adding an ingredient or adjusting the bake time and temperature can be the difference between a tasty success or unsavory disaster, changing what you eat and drink can change your health.

A well-balanced diet includes foods with probiotic or prebiotic ingredients that support the balance of the gut’s microbiome. Probiotic foods like plain yogurt and cottage cheese, and fermented foods such as kefir, kimchi, kombucha, fresh sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar, and miso, contain good live bacteria. Prebiotic foods nurture the growth of probiotic bacteria by breaking down non-digestible fiber that then feeds probiotic bacteria. Prebiotic foods include artichokes, leeks, onions, garlic, chicory, cabbage, asparagus, legumes, and oats. Finklea added that eating heavily processed foods, fried foods, and added sugars on a regular basis doesn’t promote gut health.

While stress, illness, activity levels, age, and medications all play a role in our gut health, choosing a healthy, well-balanced diet is an important step in keeping it healthy. The gut, which includes the stomach and intestines, processes everything we eat and drink into the amino acids, sugars, and fatty acids that are absorbed into the bloodstream to fuel our bodies. It is also home to millions of nerve cells and microbiome of good and bad bacteria that are vital to our immune system.

“You can work those things in occasionally, but on a regular basis you want more fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats; this type of eating promotes gut health,” she said.

“Food is the outside world that becomes part of us,” said Kitty Finklea, a dietitian nutritionist at the HopeHealth Diabetes & Nutrition Institute in Florence. “We control what we consume, and what we consume are the ingredients that make our body work. So making that happen in the best possible way for nutrition and absorption is going to make you a healthier person.”

Dr. Farrah Hughes, director of Behavioral Health at HopeHealth, notes that the gut, which has its own, independent nervous system, communicates directly with the brain through the vagus nerve and chemical neurotransmitters such as serotonin. Many of these neurotransmitters are produced by gut cells and their microbiome.


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Fiber is also a key ingredient for gut health. Gut microbes digest fiber to produce short-chain fatty acids that affect brain function in a number of ways, such as reducing appetite, levels of anxiety, stress, and depression.

“Many foods, such as oily fish, fermented foods, and high-fiber foods, may increase the beneficial bacteria and improve brain health,” Hughes said. “In addition, research shows that a healthy gut contributes to emotional well-being by reducing symptoms of anxiety, for example.” Some of the most beneficial foods include: Omega-3 Fats: Oily fish (fish with at least 10 percent fat) such as trout, salmon, tuna, sardines, and barramundi. Omega-3s can increase good bacteria in the gut and reduce the risk of brain disorders. Fermented Foods: Yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and cheese. Fermented foods can improve brain activity. High-fiber Foods: Whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables. These contain prebiotics that can help reduce stress hormone levels. Polyphenol-rich Foods: Cocoa, green tea, olive oil, and coffee. These contain polyphenols which may help improve cognition. Tryptophan-rich Foods: Turkey, eggs, and cheese. Tryptophan converts into serotonin which can help improve mood and other functions.

Fermented Foods: Foods rich in probiotic bacteria Gut: The gastrointestinal tract is the portion of the digestive system where food is digested and absorbed to provide energy and nutrients to the body or eliminated. It includes the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine (duodenum, jejunum, and ileum), and large intestine (appendix, cecum, colon, and rectum). Microbiome: A collection of microorganisms within an environment. Neurotransmitters: Chemicals secreted by nerve cells to communicate with other nerves and muscles. Polyphenol: Plant chemicals digested by gut bacteria. Prebiotic: The non-digestible part of fiber that ferments in the gut and feeds probiotic bacteria. Probiotic: Beneficial live bacteria. Serotonin: Serotonin is an important chemical and neurotransmitter that is believed to help regulate mood and social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory, and sexual desire and function. Tryptophan: Tryptophan is an amino acid that is converted into a neurotransmitter called serotonin. Vagus Nerve: A nerve that conveys information between internal organs and the brain and helps control the gastrointestinal tract, heart rate, and several muscles of the throat and voice box.

Kitty Finklea, RD, AFAA-CPT, is a registered dietitian nutritionist at the Diabetes & Nutrition Center at the HopeHealth Medical Plaza in Florence, and an Athletics and Fitness Association of America certified personal trainer. She received her degree in dietetics from Winthrop College and specializes in diabetes, weight management, and eating disorders. Farrah Hughes, PhD, is the director of Behavioral Health Services at HopeHealth. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, and the Society for Couple and Family Psychology.

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CHRYSALIS CENTER story provided by Circle Park

The Florence West Rotary Club recently prepared and delivered 80 “Welcome Bags” to the women entering the Chrysalis Center residential facility. This was part of a South Carolina Rotary District 7770 sponsored grant initiative to address a critical need in local communities. Mothers suffering from substance use disorders and seeking treatment were identified by Florence West Rotarians as a most critical and underserved population in our community. Unfortunately, many of the women enter the Chrysalis Center without adequate personal items to start their recovery journey. To assist the mothers, club members purchased sturdy carry bags and an assortment of essential items such as towels, washcloths, detergent, soap, lotions, shampoo and stationary. As part of a weekly club meeting, members assembled and filled the baskets and delivered them to the Chrysalis Center.

The Chrysalis Center is a unique sixteen bed residential facility for mothers suffering from substance abuse disorders. It allows women to bring up to two of their children under the age of 10 to reside with them on-site during services, and depending on their eligibility criteria, stay for up to 90 - 120 days. The program provides on-site individual and group counseling, daycare and medical services as well as providing an array of life skills developmental classes. The program now has an increased focus on Pregnant and Postpartum Women and ensuring the healthy 58

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Gerald Holley (left), David Boulware (center) and Emery Dewitt of the Florence West Rotary Club display some of the welcome bags delivered to the Chrysalis Center

births of their babies. Since July 1, 2018, ten healthy and happy babies have been born to mothers residing at the Chrysalis Center with at least 25 births anticipated for the fiscal year. Emery Dewitt, Florence West Rotary president, shared” We were thrilled to have an opportunity to help the women and their children entering the Chrysalis Center. In times such as these when our communities are experiencing such high rates of prescription and other drug misuse, being a part of assisting mothers to enter treatment and obtain a successful recovery is most rewarding. This project allows us to directly help mothers and their children while also strengthening their families and futures. West Florence Rotary’s theme for this year is Be the Inspiration! and this project certainly gives us an opportunity to inspire the women to work at being the best mothers they can be!” Robin Murphy, Supervisor of Residential Services at the Chrysalis Center shared “We are most appreciative to receive the support of the Florence West Rotarians. Many of our women and children being admitted for services arrive with little if any belongings. This adds to their challenges of initiating and adjusting to treatment services in a structured environment and unfortunately can lead to them leaving in the first few weeks. If we

can assist them to make it through the first couple of weeks, then their chance of a successful recovery greatly increases. The welcome bags are a great resource for meeting their personal needs early in their admission and supporting them in continuing their treatment services. We have already seen the bags make a positive impact in a short period of time.” Dewitt added, “The Florence Rotary West Club and the Chrysalis Center share a common mission, to improve the quality of life for the greater Florence community and its residents. This particular project gave our club members an opportunity to support a most deserving part of our community in a hands on way and experience “Service above Self”. Being able to make a positive difference in the lives of families and improving what the future of our community holds for all of us is what Rotary is all about!”

For more information about the Florence West Rotary, visit WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/FLORENCEWESTROTARY and for the Chrysalis Center, visit WWW.CIRCLEPARK.COM. March 2019



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