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and celebrations

in Florence 1 Schools as the

named the 2022-2023 Teacher

the Year - Dr. Hugh Pressley, Assistant Principal of the Year - Amy Williams, and Principal of the Year - Tara Newton.

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Florence 1 Schools:

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Yawkey's Charitable Legacy

Otis Elevator: Made To

The Pepper

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Patch ISSUE 84 ON THE FRONT COVER: Surprises
spread far and wide
BOOK OF THE MONTH 24 We Are The Light AROUND TOWN 26 Kickin' Chicken Wing and Chili Festival NEWSWORTHY 22 Business Events to Celebrate Page 14 Page 10
November 2022 9 CONTENT: NOVEMBER 2022 HEALTH LIFESTYLE DRINK 38 HopeHealth: Talk Turkey About Your Family Health History 40 McLeod Health: Meet The New Physicans Providing Neurology Care 30 Larry Costello: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 32 National Family Literacy Month 34 'Come To The Manger' 36 Thanksgiving and Wine Come Together: Cru Wine & Tap 44 Holiday Wassail 46 Homemade Peanut Butter 48 Thanksgiving Breakfast Casserole 50 Stuffed Butternut Squash 52 La'Quantia Goodman: Peanut Butter & Jelly Martini CALENDAR 28 November 2022: Fun Days and Events Page 30 Page 52 Page 50


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Surprises and celebrations spread far and wide in Florence 1 Schools as the district named the 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year, Assistant Principal of the Year, and Principal of the Year.


Dr. Hugh Pressley from West Florence was announced as Teacher of the Year during the annual School Foundation Gala. Pressley teaches English, AP Research and Teacher Cadets at West Florence and also serves as teacher-mentor in the Sharper Knights Program.

Hayley Oliver, a current student of Pressley, said that he is more than deserving of the award.

“I'm a part of his Teacher Cadets course and it's definitely been the most eye-opening experience I've had at West Florence,” Oliver said. “Mr. Pressley is an excellent teacher for many reasons. A majority of our activities are hands-on so it allows me to gain a better grasp of the material being taught. Mr. Pressley is not only an awesome teacher but a great person. He deeply cares for all of his students; He is willing to go above and beyond for his students and their success which is an excellent quality to have in a teacher.”

Steven McCartt, a former student of Pressley, was also quick to praise him.

“Mr. Pressley was deserving of the F1S Teacher of the Year award because he genuinely cares about both the educational advancement of his students, as well as their mental and emotional well-being,” McCartt said. “He takes the time to establish tangible relationships with his students that not only made an impact on my life but also on every student that had his class. To this day, Mr. Pressley still has correspondence with me, encouraging me to do great things.”

Across town at McLaurin, Superintendent Richard O’Malley surprised Amy Williams with the news that she was the district’s Assistant Principal of the Year. Conspiring with Principal Debbie Cribb, O’Malley planned to take part in a ‘staff meeting’ at the school. He thanked the teachers and staff for everything they do for Florence 1 before telling everyone why he was really there, bringing out Williams’ husband and Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools, Michelle McBride.

Dr. Hugh Pressley, Teacher of the Year
Amy Williams, Assistant Principal of the Year
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Kasandra Durant, McLaurin’s Literacy Coach, said that Williams was very deserving of the recognition.

“Since meeting Mrs. Williams over 20 years ago, I have always enjoyed working with her,” Durant said. “Her love for the children at McLaurin and the staff is evident and appreciated."

Principal Cribb said that Williams is a vital part of the McLaurin community.

“Amy has been at McLaurin for over 20 years,” Cribb said. “She began as a teacher, later moved to Curriculum Coordinator and now serves as one of our Assistant Principals. In every position she has held at McLaurin, it has always been about helping our students and staff be the best they could be. She wears many hats at McLaurin, and she is an invaluable part of our Leadership Team. She works well with everyone and can be counted on to always go the extra mile for our students. We are so blessed to have her at McLaurin!”



O’Malley was also involved in the surprise for Principal of the Year, Tara Newton, this time calling her away from her building so that the school staff and students could set their plan into motion. Newton returned to school to find balloons, singers and a yard full of well-wishers, including some former students who are now Chorliers at South Florence High School, and several of her fellow elementary school principals.

“I am proud of the leadership that Mrs. Newton has brought to Briggs Elementary,” said F1S Board of Trustees Chairman Porter Stewart, who represents the Briggs area. “It is evident from the accomplishments there that the administrators, teachers and staff are focused on student achievement in very effective programs. The school is also welcoming to families and the community. These are the fruits of dynamic leadership that starts with the principal.”

Under Newton’s leadership, Briggs earned two Lighthouse Awards last year, one from Leader in Me and the other from Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence.

Assistant Principal Angie Willard has been at Briggs for almost two decades, serving in her current role for 8 years under Newton.

“Mrs. Newton constantly works hard to make Briggs better every day,” Willard said. “I am thankful to have her as a mentor. As a leader, she shows how to consistently support her faculty, staff, students and community in our pursuit of excellence.”

Superintendent O’Malley said that these announcements are always a highlight in the school year.

“We have some phenomenal educators and administrators in this district,” O’Malley said. “When you are on their campuses or talking to their students, the impacts of Mr. Pressley, Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Newton are very obvious. I am proud to celebrate them and their accomplishments.”

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Tom Yawkey’s Charitable Legacy

In 1980 Tom Yawkey became the first team owner to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. At his induction ceremony Ted Williams called Yawkey “a great sportsman and humanitarian, and a man I love… the humblest, most down-to-earth man I ever met.” His Hall of Fame plaque declares him “one of sport’s finest benefactors.” When Yawkey purchased the Red Sox in 1933 the country was in the midst of the Great Depression. Fenway Park was dilapidated after many years of deferred maintenance by the previous owners. In the midst of the Great Depression, Yawkey undertook a $1.4 million ($31 million today) renovation employing hundreds of workers working around the clock in order to have the project complete in time for the 1934 season.

The vast majority of Yawkey’s philanthropy during his lifetime was personal and private. His personal motto was “Do what is right. Do it quietly. And don’t expect praise for being kind.” He paid for the college tuition of his bat boys. He paid the medical and education expenses for his South Island employees and their

families. Healthcare for others was important to him and continues to be a major focus of the Yawkey Foundation.

The year-round inhabitants of South and Cat Islands were insular and remote. The only access to the mainland was by boat. Georgetown did not have a hospital until 1950. Yawkey arranged for his employees to receive treatment at the McLeod Infirmary in Florence, S.C. In 1945, at the conclusion of World War II, Georgetown citizens began a push to build a hospital in the City. Ralph Ford, a prominent Georgetonian and friend of Yawkey, was tasked with securing a donation from Mr. Yawkey. Ford met with Yawkey and his business manager, hoping for a $25,000 contribution. After hearing a description of the plans, Yawkey asked, “how much do you need?” Ford replied that they were hoping for a $25,000 contribution to kick off the campaign. Yawkey then asked, “how much is the hospital going to cost?” Ford replied, “$350,000.” Yawkey then looked at his business manager and instructed him to write a check. The business manager intervened convincing

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Tom & Jean Yawkey Jean Yawkey Center at Emmanuel College

them either. They simply consider the Yawkeys their friends.”

The Yawkey Foundation continues to support and sustain the charitable values of the Yawkeys. It has a corpus of nearly $500 million and distributes 5% of that every year. In 2020, Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital opened the Yawkey Surgical Pavilion after receiving a $10 million gift from the Yawkey Foundation. The Yawkey Scholar’s Program annually provides college tuition support to students in Massachusetts and Georgetown County. Yawkey’s philanthropy was significant during his lifetime and will continue through the works of the Yawkey Foundation.

There is a 2018 biography written by Bill Nowlin; Tom Yawkey Patriarch of the Boston Red Sox. The Yawkey Foundation has an excellent website with biographical information and a description of its current activities.

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positive allure Otis brought to Florence County in 2012 was hard to ignore. What is now a 500,000-squarefoot facility that also includes a ten-story elevator testing tower was planted in Florence and offered 350 job positions upon its arrival. In its tenth year of manufacturing in Florence as The North American Manufacturing Center of Excellence, Otis is now home to more than 600 employees who are considered the driving force behind the success of this location.

Otis employees include production associates, engineers, digital technology experts, as well as sales and functional specialists. Robert Gokey, Executive Director, North American Operations for Otis, describes

Otis is very diverse and unique. Everyone is encouraged to voice their opinions.” Robert describes his most rewarding moments with Otis as watching his team excel. “We had employees recognized at both the BEYA (Black Engineer of the Year Awards) and the Women of Color STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) awards this year. We were also a 2022 recipient of the SC OSHA Palmetto Shining Star Award and most recently passed our annual ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 audits with no nonconformities.”

With competitive salaries and tremendous room to grow, a position within Otis is an attractive career decision. Additionally, Otis offers a comprehensive benefits program, a 401k with a generous company

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“We are committed to creating an environment where all employees can be themselves and share ideas openly."
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match, promotion opportunities, and an inclusive work environment. “One of our best benefits is our Employee Scholar Program that offers 100% tuition reimbursement,” says Robert. “As a company, we have invested more than $95 million in our colleagues through this program, awarding more than 5,500 degrees in more than 60 countries.” Collectively, Otis has over 68,000 colleagues around the world. Otis is where collaboration meets innovation and empowerment to help each employee reach new heights.

Volunteerism and community are a large part of Otis’s culture as well. Robert adds, “As a company, we have a goal of logging 500,000 colleague volunteer hours by 2030. Made to Move Communities™ is a global challenge that pairs local students with Otis volunteers to address one of the most significant issues of our time. Last year, a Florence high school team finished in second place and was awarded $15,000 for their school.” Otis participates in other local volunteer opportunities such as Adopt-A-Highway and The Salvation Army Angel Tree. Additionally, OTIS's Florence location will soon offer an apprenticeship program for CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machinists.

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The City Center Farmers Market is littered with locally made delicacies that keep customers returning week after week. Fan favorite, The Pepper Patch, ran by Rick and Eileen Segers, serves up the most amazing mixtures of jarred peppers. Rick, originally from Thomasville, North Carolina, attended the University of North Carolina before beginning a career that included sales and marketing, being a business owner, and working in the loan department of a local bank. Eileen is from Darlington and the reason the couple decided to call the Pee Dee home. She attended the University of South Carolina and retired as a registered Nurse after 45 years.

and in the kitchen!” As time passed, Rick and Eileen continued to develop new and unique sauces and canned goods.

“In 2017, our daughter asked Eileen to help her with the Dargan Farms strawberries at a Saturday City Center Farmers Market (CCFM). We saw an opportunity for us to use the Market to our advantage,” said Rick. Since then, The Pepper Patch has participated in the CCFM at least twice a month. “All the while, we have been constantly working to improve our products through trial and error and customer input,” adds Eileen. The Pepper Patch packages and sells seasonal jams, pepper jelly, Cowboy Candy, Green Monster hot sauce, Hot Banana Caribbean hot sauce and many other items. For those who like it extra hot, they offer a Ghost and Reaper pepper sauce that will set your palate ablaze.

During November and December, Rick and Eileen will offer gift baskets that include handmade wooden bowls along with a Pepper Patch product. This has been a customer favorite over the years as it’s convenient and reasonably priced. “We are proud to call CCFM our home market and appreciate all of the support and help we have received from staff.”

Retirement for Rick and Eileen involved gardening and growing their beloved backyard veggies. “We made jams, relishes, and pickles as Eileen had been canning from an early age with her parents,” explained Rick. “Our hot sauces evolved with the desire to use our hot peppers in a unique way. Interest in our product grew, and we were having fun working together in our garden

Visit the City Center Farmers Market for unique, locally made gifts for its annual Gift Market on November 26th!

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Something to Celebrate...

Neal Zimmerman Named 2022 Recipient of High Honor for Club Professionals

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) announced tonight that Neal Zimmerman, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area has been awarded the 2022 W. Errol Sewell Leadership Award – the highest honor bestowed by BGCA to a club professional for their outstanding achievement in the area of field services. Zimmerman was presented with the award during a ceremony held at BGCA’s Northeast/Southeast Leadership Conference in Washington DC.

The W. Errol Sewell Leadership Award was created in memory of the beloved former 42 year BGCA professional and is presented each year to a Club professional who best exemplifies the qualities and character that made Sewell an extraordinary leader and role model during his decades of service to the organization.

“Zimmerman has devoted 50 years to the development and well-being of the children and youth, first in Gainesville Fl, then West Palm Beach, Fl and for the last 27 years in Florence, SC” stated Ricky Hood, 2020 Sewell recipient and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of East Mississippi. “He personifies the excellence we strive for, which is why he is so deserving of this honor.”

Zimmerman Receives Sewell Award

Zimmerman joined a club in Orlando at the age of six and has never left. His first club job was as a summer staff member teaching baseball, and since then has held nearly every position within a club organization. Over time he distinguished himself as one with boundless levels of energy, intelligence and drive. In 1995, he became Executive Director of an organization that sorely needed his guidance, vigor and experience.

Over the years, Zimmerman has produced remarkable accomplishments by combining an unwavering commitment to quality programming, resource development and management skills. His strategic vision has taken the Pee Dee Area Boys & Girls Club organization from three clubs serving 350 youth in 1995, to today’s thriving awardwinning organization of 6 clubs serving more than 4,000 young people annually.

“Neal is the catalyst that has moved our Pee Dee Area organization forward. He successfully steers the organization and is especially gifted at building a great team, reminding us all of the mission and leading with passion. His over-the-top commitment, institutional knowledge and infectious love of the Boys & Girls Club kids and their families make him the best in the business,” states Richard Skipper, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area. He is equally revered by board members and Club professionals, “Without question, Neal is a rare jewel that gives so much of his time, energy and resources to ensure that Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area is a premier youth organization” said Patricia Singleton Parr, who has volunteered her services for more than 6 years and serves on the Pee Dee Area Board. Meanwhile, Club professional of 22 years, Mike Woods said, “Mr. Z is the perfect recipient for this award. His unwavering commitment and leadership have led to the thousands of young people receiving a first-class Boys & Girls Club experience, including me. The countless hours he spends combined with his care in handling the organization along with the decisions he makes is always done with the children’s well-being at the center.”

Duke Energy Donates $25,000 to FMU Sensory Education Lab

Duke Energy has made a $25,000 donation to Francis Marion University to supply a new sensory lab for the university’s School of Education.

The new lab will enhance FMU’s current education programs by providing additional resources to teach children through special sensory techniques. While the lab will be housed under Francis Marion’s School of Education, it will benefit students across many disciplines, including a new collateral and minor in Autism and Neurodiversity Studies created in conjunction with the psychology and speech and language pathology departments.

“Duke Energy has long been a strong advocate for Francis Marion University,” says Fred Carter, president of FMU. “This new sensory lab will allow three of our academic disciplines to collaborate on developing better processes for treating and educating children with autism spectrum disorders. This is a new endeavor for the university, and we are pleased to have Duke join us both as a partner and as a philanthropist.”

The sensory lab will be equipped with items used in various teaching practices benefiting autistic students. Sensory items used include weighted vests, light projectors, audiosedation systems, gel mats, and other sensory items. The lab will focus on instructing special education, early childhood education, elementary education, and secondary education teacher candidates on best practices when working with autistic students.

“Duke Energy is proud to further our partnership with Francis Marion University, and continue to support the opportunities they provide their students and the region,” says Mindy Taylor, government and community relations manager for Duke Energy. “This sensory laboratory will provide experience to the students who utilize it, as well as those who receive treatment here. Our entire community benefits from the results of the work done here.”

The sensory lab will be part of a new classroom building scheduled for construction on the Francis Marion University’s main campus. The new building will house Francis Marion’s School of Education as well as the School of Business and is expected to be completed in 2024. Construction on the new facility is expected to begin during the 2023 spring semester.

The $24 million, 60,000 sq. ft. facility was funded entirely through state appropriations during the 2021-22 fiscal year. Located across the pond from the Lee Nursing Building on FMU’s main campus, the building is expected to be completed in 2024.

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Freida Jemison Joins Florence County Economic Development Partnership

Kids In Lidz Party Held at Williams Middle School

Freida brings her experience working with the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce where she served as the Partnership Services Coordinator. That experience combined with her background in human resources with companies like BCBS and Anheuser Busch make her a great addition to our team.

Originally from New York, Freida is still relatively new to the Florence area. She has been happily married to Troy Jemison for 32 years and her wonderful family includes her son Drew and his wife Devin who is expecting their first grand baby in November, and her daughter Courtney who lives in Boston. You will likely see Freida on the golf course or sight seeing around town in her corvette!

Sixteenth McLeod Foundation Fellows Class Begins

The 16th Class of McLeod Foundation Fellows recently began at McLeod Regional Medical Center. Each year, McLeod Fellows receive a comprehensive, behind-the-scenes look into medicine and complex issues driving healthcare while demonstrating the continuing need for philanthropy.

During the first session of the McLeod Fellows on September 13, 2022, Donna Isgett, President and CEO of McLeod Health, addressed the group about the history of McLeod Health and the growth of the organization. They also observed a surgical procedure being performed by McLeod General Surgeon Dr. John Sonfield in OR1.

The McLeod Fellows program is designed to give an inside look into the healthcare industry. This innovative program was introduced in 2006, and is composed of community leaders, elected officials and volunteers. During eight monthly sessions, the McLeod Fellows class receives an intimate glimpse of the many facets of healthcare. The curriculum explores the mission of McLeod Health, healthcare finances, quality and safety, and McLeod Health service lines. Participants obtain a working knowledge of the healthcare needs in the region and how McLeod Health is meeting those needs.

McLeod Fellows also gain insight into medical and technological advances through access to areas of McLeod Regional Medical Center not commonly available to the public. In addition, the program gives business leaders and community members the opportunity to network with medical specialists.

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If you are celebrating a positive achievement or have been awarded for a newsworthy accomplishment, email Heather Page at An Evening of Hope to benefit the McLeod Center for Cancer Treatment and Research was held on Thursday, September 23, 2022, at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center Amphitheatre. The event raised more than $148,000 for the HOPE (Helping Oncology Patients Everyday) Fund. An Evening of Hope Raises More Than $148,000 Freida Jemison has joined Florence County Economic Development Partnership team as Executive Assistant/Office Manager. The first party for Kidz In Lids to raise money for Children's Cancer Partners was held on September 19, 2022. Pepsi of Florence was at Williams Middle School. They would like to thank all for participating and allowing Pepsi-Cola of Florence to be a part. McLeod Physicians Dr. Davinderbir Pannu, Dr. Ravneet Bajwa, Dr. Tarek Bishara, Dr. Lisa Bishara, Dr. Rajesh Bajaj and Dr. Srinivas Kolla are pictured at the 23rd Annual An Evening of Hope Cancer Benefit. The 2022-2023 McLeod Fellows Class includes: Charlie Abbott, Carolina Bank; Boone Aiken,Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd; Terence Anderson, Harbor Freight; Kimberly Barr, Sabb Law Firm;Gunter Bullock, PDI Pharmacy Services; Chris Cawthon, Exelixis; Shannon Chandler, Chandler Investments; Julie Cord, New York Life; Sandra Eckert, Assurant; Lance Evans, Carolina Door and Hardware; Megan Ferguson, Webster Rogers; Beth Jones, Coldwell Banker Real Estate; Beth Ann Owen, Community Volunteer; Robert Thomas, Greystone Properties; Caroline Toniolo, Edward Jones; John Rabun, Community Volunteer; and Greg Robinson, Florence County Economic Development Partnership.



Lucas Goodgame lives in Majestic, Pennsylvania, a quaint suburb that has been torn apart by a recent tragedy. Everyone in Majestic sees Lucas as a hero—everyone, that is, except Lucas himself. Insisting that his deceased wife, Darcy, visits him every night in the form of an angel, Lucas spends his time writing letters to his former Jungian analyst, Karl. It is only when Eli, an eighteen-year-old young man whom the community has ostracized, begins camping out in Lucas’s backyard that an unlikely alliance takes shape and the two embark on a journey to heal their neighbors and, most important, themselves.

From Matthew Quick, the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook—made into the Academy Award–winning movie starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper—We Are The Light is an unforgettable novel about the quicksand of grief and the daily miracle of love. The humorous, soul-baring story of Lucas Goodgame offers an antidote to toxic masculinity and celebrates the healing power of art. In this tale that will stay with you long after the final page is turned, Quick reminds us that guardian angels are all around us—sometimes in the forms we least expect.

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Matthew Quick is the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook—which was made into an Oscarwinning film—and eight other novels. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages, received a PEN/ Hemingway Award Honorable Mention, was an LA Times Book Prize finalist, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a #1 bestseller in Brazil, a Deutscher Jugendliteratur Preis 2016 (German Youth Literature Prize) nominee, and selected by Nancy Pearl as one of Summer’s Best Books for NPR. The Hollywood Reporter has named him one of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors. Matthew lives with his wife, the novelist Alicia Bessette, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
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The Florence Chamber’s Kickin’ Chicken Wing & Chili Festival shut down the streets of downtown Florence on October 21st. Attendees enjoyed live music, craft beer, chicken wings, and chili. AROUND TOWN event photos were provided by Phillip Guyton, True Light Photography 8th Annual Kickin’ Chicken Wing and Chili Festival


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Pet Photo Sessions Palmetto Pawz Doggie Daycare, Florence
Mall, Florence
Collegiate School, Florence
sunday monday tuesday wednesday thursday
Christmas Tree Pot Workshop Growing Hobby, Florence
Mic Night (every Tues.)
Pops, Florence FMU String Ensemble FMU PAC, Florence
Program Every Friday pm & Sunday am Florence
Palmetto Bowl Golf Extravaganza Country Club of SC, Florence The King's Academy, Florence
Co Disabilities's Dinner is Done
UMC, Florence & Pee Dee Thrift, Lake City Lake City Concert Series
Stables, Lake City Florence Symphony Orchestra presents "Seraph Brass"
PAC, Florence Florence Turkey Trot Briggs Elementary, Florence Trivia (every Wed.)
Frog Social, Lake City
Jazz Combo FMU PAC, Florence The Great Grown Up Spelling Bee Victors, Florence Cooks for Christ West Florence Fire Department Mosaic Stepping Stone Workshop Growing Hobby, Florence Open House November 3-5 Goosie Ganders, Florence The Museum Roast Florence County Museum Karaoke (every Thurs.)
Frog Social, Lake City Lights of Love Tree Lighting
Pines, Hartsville
to the Manger'
Ann's Catholic Church, Florence
Workshop Experience
Patrick Photography, Lamar
Bell Market Florence Center Open House November 10-12 Goosie Ganders, Florence Jon Conley FMU PAC, Florence Karaoke (every Thurs.) Seminar Brewing, Florence
ECA Fair Through November 6 Florence Fairgrounds
Eats On The Street Downtown DillonColor the World Orange Day Fast Food Day Gingerbread Cookie Day Cyber Monday National Day of Giving
Ornament Workshp Growing Hobby, Florence

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Travis Tritt & Chris Janson Florence Center

Flights of Fancy Gala Darlington

Legislative Breakfast Florence Center

Open Garden Moore Farms, Lake City

Pecan Music & Food Festival Downtown Florence

Open Garden & Mini Plant SaleMoore Farms, Lake City

Bluegrass Music Concert

Grand Old Post Office, Darlington

Toss n' Taste Southern Hops, Florence Plant SwapForest Lake Greenhouses, Florence

SCDT's Tea Party

Florence Veterans Day Ceremony Florence Veterans Park

Fall Fest Magnolia Mall, Florence

All Saints', Florence Cars and Coffee Highland Park Church Fall Fest Magnolia Mall, Florence

Women in Leadership Breakfast Venus, Florence

Pink Friday Sales Event

Pieces Boutique & The Studio Salon, Florence

'Come to the Manger' St. Ann's Catholic Church, Florence

Jingle Bell Market Florence Center

'Come to the Manger' St. Ann's Catholic Church, Florence

Santa's Workshop Experience Kimberly Patrick Photography, Lamar

Jingle Bell Market Florence Center

Gift Market

City Center Farmers Market, Florence

Light 4 Paws Holiday Lights Begins

3251 Mears, Florence

Florence Little Theatre

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someone associated with our area is inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Earlier this year, Dr. Lesley Kirby, owner of Lifetime Hearing Services in Florence, Hartsville and Camden, watched ESPN one Saturday afternoon from her office. Across the TV screen scrolled her father’s name and photograph. Larry Costello had made it into the NBA Hall of Fame! What made it even more remarkable was that her father passed away almost 22 years ago.

“It was the one accolade he never saw happen when he was alive, yet it was also the most important one he yearned to achieve," says Kirby. "Not for the prestige, for he was an extremely humble man, but he honestly just wanted to be recognized for his contributions to the sport of basketball.”

Costello played guard for the Syracuse Nationals and the Philadelphia 76er’s in the 1960’s and then was asked to be the very first head coach for a brand new NBA franchise team, the Milwaukee Bucks. Playing alongside names such as Wilt Chamberlain and coaching the likes of Lew Alcindor (later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and Oscar Robertson, he was one of a very few to earn a world championship ring both as a player and a coach.

In October, at the enshrinement ceremony, Costello’s life came full circle as his daughters traveled to Springfield, Massachusetts for the ceremony. They were met with NBA Hall of Fame inductees such as Bill Walton, Charles Barkley, Walt Frazier and co-inductee Tim Hardaway. “It truly amazed me the depth of dad’s contributions into the sport, and how everyone I talked to said, 'This is way long overdue - Larry deserved to be in the Hall of Fame when he was alive.'”

Costello certainly touched the NBA, as well as the WNBA when he was the first coach of the womens’ pro basketball team, the Milwaukee Does, and also college ball when he was the Division I basketball coach at Utica College in New York, and he even coached high school basketball - every single level of basketball, all ages and demographics, were coached by Larry Costello. And each was impacted positively based upon story after story that was told at the Hall of Fame induction.

Yes, Costello was an excellent example of life-long legacy, work ethic, and integrity - all instilled personally into his four daughters. Kirby shared, “It took 22 years, but what an incredible blessing and experience to witness our father’s life truly come full circle, surrounded by family and friends from all over the nation.”

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Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame LIFESTYLE Larry’s daughters (L-R): Colleen, Amy, Pam and Lesley Lesley, Amy and Pam pictured with NBA Hall of Fame legend Bill Walton
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National Family Literacy Month

An opportunity for families to learn and read together

At first thought, we think of the word literacy as the ability to read and write. As we look deeper, we also see literacy as having knowledge or a level of competence in a particular area. Literacy provides an opportunity for growth through informative content and entertainment. Literacy was once seen as a privilege that was not universal to all. Now we have the possibility to increase literacy on multiple levels.

In 1994, There was a huge push to expand literacy within families, and National Literacy Month was born. This initiative aimed to promote families reading together and implement literacy programs that could empower families. This article shares five ways families can celebrate National Family Literacy Month.

There is a shift in what is considered to be family activities. Some families have family night, game night, or movie night. Some families are not able to gather as often due to challenging schedules. On some occasions, families have a mutual understanding of not gathering but being present whenever possible. Regardless of the presenting schedules and limitations, implementing a celebration of National Family Literacy Month is still possible.

It is true that we ultimately make time for what we want to make time for. Even if we have to shift some things around, cut some things short, or eliminate what is unnecessary. We can adjust our schedules if

we need to. What do we do when we are faced with an emergency or unexpected event that halts our planswe adjust, then move forward based on the importance of the crisis.

Let's make National Family Literacy month important this year. Investing time in this celebration will plant a seed of lifelong enlightenment. It encourages one never to stop learning, as long as they should live. It encourages pouring knowledge into the lives of our loved ones as our knowledge increases. It supports being humble and open enough for ongoing growth. Create a celebration that works best for your family. Let's take National Literacy Month to another level this year.

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Joint Effort

One of the most impactful activities to help prepare children to read is for parents to read with their children. When children see their parents engaging in personal reading time, they will also pick up the reading habit. Studies show that consistent practices can create habits in as short as twenty days. Parents can help cultivate their children's love for reading by introducing them to books that would pique their interest. You can start by choosing a particular time of day or even a day of the week for family reading time. You may choose to read a portion of the content to the family. You can also let the family read on their own, at their own time. Try starting with short increments of reading fifteen minutes a day and gradually increasing from there.

National Author Day

Authors possess a skill that allows them to create content that uniquely connects with their designated audiences. Crafting content includes adding power words that help depict a visual in the readers' minds. November 1st is National Author Day. Families can celebrate Family Literacy Month by celebrating their favorite authors. Try to meet a local author or attend an event hosted by a local author. Many authors love to connect with readers and potential audiences. Authors want to know your thoughts on their work. On national author day, share a positive post about your favorite author.

Family Library Road Trip

What's going on at your local library? There are more than just books on the shelf at your local libraries. Libraries have broadened to offer multiple resources to citizens, especially with the new technology shift. These resources include classes, workshops, and even movie nights. As a family, you can check out a book that may also be a movie. Consider watching the movie and comparing the differences between the film versus the book. We have so many resources available via technology on our wireless devices. However, there is something different about having a library experience. Visiting the library promotes literacy.

Create a local book exchange.

Some communities designate locations where neighbors can borrow and return the books for others to enjoy. This process is built on trust and courtesy. The reader must be committed to taking care of the book and returning it so that others may enjoy it. The process of donating books may look different now due to protective measures needed after the pandemic. However, if a physical book exchange does not work for your neighborhood, restrict this exchange to a close family or friend event instead.

Volunteer Reading

This month, pick a day to volunteer to read in the community. You may read at a local preschool, to patients at your local hospital, or even at a nursing home. If you cannot go in person to read, record yourself reading and send the recording to the designated facility. Make sure to read with a tone of enthusiasm and clarity.

Family literacy month is indeed worth celebrating. As a family, you control the level of literacy appropriate for your family. There are no limitations to what you choose to learn as a family. Step outside of the norm and encourage your family to embrace the gift of literacy and continuous learning. We must never cease to learn.

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“There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.” —May Ellen Chase

Come To The Manger

The 11th annual “Come to the Manger” creche exhibit and crafts are celebrated on November 18th, 19th, and 20th at St. Ann Catholic Church in the parish life center, 113 S. Kemp Street (located behind the McLeod Health Bldg. #5) at the intersection of Cheves and Kemp Streets. The St. Ann Ladies Guild has hosted this Florence community event for eleven years with over 150 nativities from around the world shared by parishioners and other people in the community.

The Ladies Guild of St. Ann sponsored the first Come to the Manger Exhibit in November 2009, after visiting the creche exhibit at Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, and inviting parishioners and the community to participate. The Exhibit consists of nativity scenes from all over the world as well as those that had been in families for generations. Some have been handcrafted from ceramics, stained glass, and wood. There are traditional nativities and others that are quite unusual, such as a painted gourd by Lynda English, and a Lenox Charlie Brown nativity. A booklet with the history of each nativity scene is provided. The exhibit is a family event with all ages enjoying the various methods people have used in recalling that first nativity scene where on Christmas eve in 1223, St. Francis of Assisi and the people of Greccio met in a cave and by candlelight acted out the story of Jesus’ birth using live animals.

Everyone is invited to share in this extraordinary community event on Friday, November 18th, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, November 19th, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, November 20th, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. Again, this year, there will be a crafts and baked goods sale, along with the nativity displays. It is the hope of the St. Ann Ladies Guild that in sponsoring this event, everyone will experience a special beginning to the Advent season.

Anyone having a nativity to share in our “Come to the Manger” creche exhibit, please call St. Ann church at 843-661-5012 or email

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Below are a few of the nativities from around the world that will be on display this year at St. Ann Catholic Church's "Come to the Manger".the 12th annual
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Thanksgiving & Wine COME TOGETHER

November brings in a lot of great things to South Carolina. Cooler weather, good football, and personally, the best time to get oysters off the coast. But it also brings in Thanksgiving and that can bring wanted or unwanted guests to your home. Either way, Thanksgiving is a great holiday for drinking and having fun with wine and food.

The classic Thanksgiving food and wine pairing is Gewürztraminer, or anything with gewürztraminer blended in it. Pronounced Ga-Vertz-TrahMee-Nur, this semi-sweet wine adds a little zest of spice and floral notes to your turkey and stuffing. Whether you get it from France, Germany, or the West Coast of the United States, you cannot go wrong with this pairing. Most people won't be able to pronounce it either, so that can add some fun too.

Sparkling wines and champagne pair with any meal and add a festive approach to your Thanksgiving dinner. The acidity in these wines makes them appealing for appetizers and can handle a bird that is either fried or baked. The effervescence can handle any dessert too. My approach is to buy enough so you can make some hangover-killer mimosas the next day. If you have anything seafood related on the table, or an oyster roast the day before or after, grab some sparkling wine.

Riesling handles Thanksgiving food perfectly too. These wines can either be bone dry or sweet, and either one can hold up to everything you bring out to the table. Pair this with either the turkey, sweet potato pie, brown sugar glazed ham, or stuffing.

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Pinot Noir is always a safe bet when pairing red wine with food you usually drink white wine with. Pinot is very subtle with earthy and fruit notes that bring balance to everything you traditionally eat at Thanksgiving.

My personal favorite pairing is Beaujolias with Thanksgiving dinner. Don't confuse all Beaujolais wines with Nouveau, the celebratory wine released on the third Thursday of November. Any Cru Beaujolais will knock your socks off and make you appreciate the vastness of foods you can pair with this wine. It's light, fruity, and made for anything you want to cook this Thanksgiving.

If you're looking for a bolder red wine to go with your dinner, you should try a good California Zinfandel. These wines tend to be a little jammier, juicy, and fruit-forward. They pair with both light and dark meats and will help bring out your side dishes a little more. Anything that has allspice, cinnamon, and clove will be brought out even more with this American classic wine.

Here are some suggestions that I think will complement your meal perfectly:

• Heinz Eifel Gewurztraminer, the classic German Gerwurztraminer. Produced in an off-dry style with exotic aromas and flavors of lychee, rose petal, passion fruit, and ginger.

• Shelton Vineyards Riesling, this semi-sweet wine comes from the Yadkin Valley, North Carolina. Please, please don't shun what I said, North Carolina. The western part of the state is producing some killer, classical varietals of wine. Especially this Riesling. This wine has aromas and flavors of green apple and pear with a hint of guava and ripe pineapple. It is balanced with a crisp acidity that lingers in your mouth.

• Andre Clouet Champagne, The Clouet style is rich, concentrated expression of Pinot Noir, while still retaining its elegance and finesse. This family has been producing sparkling wine since the days of Napoleon and has a fanatical devotion to quality. I know that I said earlier to buy enough to make mimosas the next day, but adding orange juice to this amazing Champagne would only do it a huge disservice.

• Talley Pinot Noir, from the Arroyo Grande Valley, comes this lovely Pinot Noir. Aromas of cranberry, delicate oak, and raspberry compliment a flavor profile of cherries, juicy raspberries, and smoke. Moderate acidity and fresh red fruits on the finish make this approachable wine an easy match for Turkey Day.

• Wild Soul Beaujolais Villages, from the ever-creative and driven Julien Sunier comes this "anytime red", as he fondly refers to it. Wild Soul, like most of Sunier's fruit, is farmed and harvested at a high altitude resulting in freshness, aromatic vibrancy, a lythe presence on the palate, and endless pleasure. If you haven't given Beaujolais a fair shot because of previous Nouveau you had or just what other people say, please give this one a chance. Not only for Thanksgiving but for any light, fun meal.

& Tap in Hotel Florence. Cru is downtown Florence's first true wine bar with a killer craft beer selection. With a small bottle shop and retail store inside, Cru is slowly becoming one of the top bars to visit while downtown.

• Three Vineyards Old Vine Contra Costa County Zinfandel, this wine is sourced from ancient vines in Contra Costa County. There is a concentration of ripe blackberries and spice with a minerality sneaking through. The Petite Syrah that's blended with this wine adds a firm backbone along with boysenberries and pepper. My all-time favorite Zinfandel, this wine has the muscle and elegance to accompany Thanksgiving.

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About Your Family Health History

Many of you already know that November 24 is Thanksgiving, and you are probably already planning the menu for your bountiful feast. The U.S. Surgeon General has also chosen November 24 to spotlight the importance of learning your family medical history with National Family Health History Day.

While you’re passing the time (and the green bean casserole) with loved ones this holiday season, take the time to learn more about their health and habits through the years. It could be vital to understanding and maintaining your own health and well being.

Family gatherings offer you an invaluable opportunity to discuss your family health history, which the CDC defines as “a record of the diseases and health conditions in your family.” These can include conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, or Alzheimer’s disease. A thorough family health history

Giving your provider the complete picture of your family health history offers them all the pieces to the puzzle when it comes to the best treatment, including screening for potentially significant illnesses that you may be at a greater risk of developing due to your genes.

While there are plenty of illnesses and diseases not influenced by your genetics, many serious and debilitating chronic conditions have genetic links. For instance, if grandparents, parents, and siblings are diagnosed with conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers, you are more likely to develop these illnesses yourself.

If your grandmother, your mother, and your brother were all diagnosed and treated for colon cancer during their lifetime, this alerts your primary care provider (PCP) to aggressively screen for signs of colon cancer, helping to ensure early detection and treatment. Without a complete family history, health care professionals recommend screening schedules based on best practices for the general population, which can delay detection and treatment for patients with genetic predispositions to certain diseases like cancer.

Mental health often features a genetic component, so it is important to discuss your family mental health history as well. Illnesses such as

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can also include shared behaviors (exercise, tobacco use, diet) and living environments (residing in a large city or a rural community).

depression, ADHD, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder have been genetically linked, and are just as important to share with your provider as your family history of stroke.

The more you know about your family health history, the more you can share with your PCP, and the more comprehensive and personalized your care can be.

For assistance with building your family health history, try using online resources such as the Surgeon General’s “My Family Health Portrait” for documentation and record-keeping.

Talk with your family this Thanksgiving and schedule an appointment with your PCP to discuss what you learn. If you don’t have a provider and are ready to play a more active role in your health, reach out to HopeHealth to become a patient by calling (843) 667-9414 or visiting

HopeHealth also offers extended hours through Access Hope for when you can’t visit the office during normal office hours. Access Hope health care providers are available from Monday-Saturday, 8 am - 8 pm.

Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving, and don’t forget to save room for dessert.


Serving patients of Access Hope at the Medical Plaza, Huntley is a Florence native. She graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Sciences, and from Francis Marion University with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.Krissy Huntley, MSPAS, PA-C

Huntley provides assessment and treatment of chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes, as well as same day services such as treatment for colds, urinary symptoms, and other minor injuries. Her clinical interests include adolescent, adult, and preventive medicine.

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This Thanksgiving, gain insights into your family health history for the best medical care and outcomes.
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MEET THE NEW PHYSICIANS Providing Neurology Care at McLeod

For patients needing the services of a Neurologist, physicians trained in brain and nervous systems conditions, my husband, Dr. Christopher Zust, and I are providing care at McLeod Neurological Associates.

Dr. Zust and I graduated from medical school at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. We then completed our Neurology Residency at the University of South Carolina/Prisma Health in Columbia, South Carolina. After residency we pursued further training by completing fellowship programs. I completed an Epilepsy fellowship at University Hospitals/Case Western Reserve University, and Dr. Zust completed a Neuromuscular fellowship with the Cleveland Clinic.

If a primary care physician suspects their patient may have epilepsy, they can refer the patient to any one of the neurologists at McLeod Neurological Associates.

One of the tests used to aid in the management of patients with suspected epilepsy is the Electroencephalogram (EEG). This test records the brain’s electrical activity using painless electrodes on the scalp.

Patients are prescribed treatment based on the type of seizures they are experiencing and other medical conditions. Medication is the most common treatment. The goal of the physicians at McLeod Neurological Associates is to work with patients to find the right treatment plan so they may live a life free from seizures.

Epilepsy is just one neurological disorder that our team treats. There are several neuromuscular disorders that a physician can refer a patient to be seen by a neurologist.

Neuromuscular disorders affect the function of muscles due to problems with the nerves and muscles in the body. The most common sign of these disorders is muscle weakness.

Common muscular disorders that the physicians of McLeod Neurological Associates treat are:

A fellowship in Neuromuscular provided Dr. Zust additional training in the clinical diagnosis and management of neuromuscular disorders. The fellowship in Epilepsy offered me additional training and education in diagnosing and managing various kinds of seizures.

Epilepsy is a brain disorder that involves reoccurring unprovoked seizures. Epilepsy is not rare and can occur as a single condition or with other conditions affecting the brain, such as cerebral palsy, Alzheimer’s Disease, or traumatic brain injury.

The onset of epilepsy is most common in children and older adults, but it can occur at any age. Those with a family history of epilepsy may be at an increased risk of developing a seizure disorder.

In neuromuscular disorders, there is usually a problem with the way the nervous system communicates to the muscles. This results in twitching, cramps, aches, muscle weakening and movement problems.

The diagnosis starts with a simple clinical observation from the physician looking for loss of muscle bulk and/ or tone. Blood tests may be performed to measure the levels of proteins, vitamins, or other compounds which can be seen in neuromuscular disorders. More advanced testing, such as an electromyography (EMG) can also be performed, which can help uncover the diagnosis for certain neuromuscular disorders.

Many neuromuscular disorders have no cure, but they can be effectively managed and treated. By working with the physicians of McLeod Neurological Associates we can improve symptoms, increase mobility, and enhance quality of life.

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Dr. Hogan and Dr. Zust at McLeod Neurological Associates in the McLeod Medical Plaza Carpel Tunnel Syndrome • Muscular Dystrophy • Myasthenia Gravis

Dr. Nicole Hogan and Dr. Christopher Zust are board certified neurologists who care for patients at McLeod Neurological Associates, 800 E. Cheves Street, suite 220, in Florence. They treat a broad range of neurologic disorders including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and seizures.

Dr. Hogan and Dr. Zust are accepting new patients by physician referral.

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Holiday Wassail

I love this recipe because it includes all the flavors of the holidays, so it works perfectly for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Not only does it taste amazing, but it also makes your house smell delicious!

It's a super easy recipe that can be doubled or tripled for holiday gatherings. You can serve it hot or cold, or if you're in a party mood, you could even add your favorite spirits!

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Method: Pour apple, cranberry and orange juice into a saucepan.  Add orange peels, cinnamon stick and allspice to the pot.  Let simmer for 30 min.  Serve hot or chilled!
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Homemade Peanut Butter

Admit it - there's nothing that a spoonful of peanut butter cannot fix. There's just something about the way it sticks to the roof of the mouth and melts. Slathered on a piece of freshly toasted bread or combined with jelly for a perfectly good sandwich, a giant scoop of peanut butter is all you need to satisfy a sweet craving. But then you grow up, and start analyzing everything you eat and worry about your health. You tend to ditch this old-time favorite, because how could something this scrumptious actually be healthy? Here's why you're wrong. Peanuts and peanut butter contain nutrients that may boost a person’s heart health and improve blood sugar levels. Peanut butter is high in protein, along with essential vitamins and

minerals, such as magnesium, potassium, and zinc. However, peanut butter is high in calories and fat, so we should enjoy it in moderation. One thing is for sure, you will always find a jar of my favorite peanut butter at my fingertips ready at a moment's notice. One of my favorite ways to enjoy the delicious spread is with a drizzle of local honey on a cracker.

To be honest I don’t think about peanut butter that often, however, it has been a constant from childhood. Some would even say that our kids survived on PB&J sandwiches, cut into shapes of course. I think it’s time to go prepare a gourmet dinner, “all natural homemade” peanut butter, and grape jam on fresh sourdough bread. Bon appétit!




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• 2 cups dry roasted peanuts • 1–2 tablespoons honey • salt to taste  Place peanuts in a food processor. Turn the food processor on and let it run for 4-5 minutes. watch as the peanuts go from crumbs to a ball to smooth and creamy peanut butter. Add the honey and any additional salt, to taste.
IT’S SO EASY. It’s probably the easiest, fastest thing you could ever make. Three ingredients and five minutes.
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Thanksgiving Breakfast Casserole

• 7x11 casserole dish

• 6 slices of bread

• 6 large eggs

• salt and pepper, to taste

• 1 cup of milk (2% lactaid preferred)

• 1/2-1 cup of bacon pieces

• 1 pound of pork sausage

• 1 onion, diced (sweet preferred)

• bell peppers (red preferred for color)

• 2 cups of shredded cheese (sharp preferred)

Ingedients: Method:

1 Cook sausage with the peppers and onions on medium heat. Set aside.

2 Cook bacon and drain. Crumble into pieces and set aside.

3 Mix eggs, salt and pepper, milk and cheese in a bowl and set aside.

4 Spray the casserole dish with cooking spray and then the fun begins.

5 Layer the dish with bread, then a layer of the onion, pepper and sausage mix.

6 Pour egg mixture on top. Lastly, sprinkle with the bacon pieces. Cover and refrigerate.

7 On Thanksgiving morning, preheat the oven to 350°. Remove casserole from refrigerator and bake for 50-55 minutes until done. Enjoy!

"Breakfast on Thanksgiving is always a must with my sister Keisha. Thanksgiving Breakfast Casserole or a.k.a. as "TBC" is our favorite meal to enjoy on Thanksgiving morning. It's easy, prepared the night before and a fan fav for everyone."
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Stuffed Butternut Squash

My best description for this recipe is that it tastes like Thanksgiving in a bite!  Best part- you don't have to dirty all your casserole dishes and it still makes for a pretty presentation!  It's dairy-free and gluten free, so perfect for accommodating multiple diets/food allergies.  With a few easy swaps, it can be made vegan, as well!  It's as satisfying as your traditional Thanksgiving dinner.


1 lb ground Italian sausage

1 Butternut squash, sliced in half lengthwise

1 medium sweet onion, diced

1 bunch of kale, chopped

2 Gala apples, diced

½ cup craisins, chopped

½ cup chopped pecans, toasted or candied (both taste great!)

olive oil

salt & pepper to taste

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp ground sage ½ tsp dried rosemary


Balsamic Reduction

½ cup balsamic vinegar 2 Tbsp honey

Preheat oven to 450°.  Wash & cut butternut squash in half lengthwise.  Remove seeds and drizzle inside with olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place face down on a well greased cookie sheet and bake for 20-30 min, or until inside is fork tender.  Once cooked, scoop out the squash.  Reserve skins to use as a serving bowl!

In a large skillet, drizzle olive oil and brown the onion.  Add the Italian sausage.  Cook until brown and thoroughly cooked through.  Drain off any excess grease.

Add kale, along with onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, sage and rosemary.  Cook until it's wilted.  Add cooked squash, diced apples & craisins and mix together.   Scoop sausage mixture into your reserved squash skins.  Top with toasted pecans.

For the balsamic reduction, bring vinegar to a boil in a saucepan.  Let boil for about 5-10 min until it has thickened.  Remove from heat and let cool slightly.  Stir in your honey and drizzle over your stuffed squash!  (Serves 2-4)

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