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11 Jul Getting it Right is Important – In This Case My Story was Incomplete

A few weeks back I wrote about the very special traditional Father's Day event on Warsaw Island. Given my limited history I did not get the story completely right since I wrote from my head and heart and incomplete historical data. Fortunately, Ms. Leigh Aiken took the time and interest to make the story more complete.  The details of history are important and I greatly appreciate Ms. Aiken's contribution as follows. Thank you Leigh and the Aiken Family. Billyk   June 20, 2017 Dear Mayor Keyserling, Thank you for joining us on Saturday, June 17. It was...

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07 Jul Trip to Spain with OLLI, Friends of Beaufort Library & Santa Elena Foundation – April 14-22, 2018

Friends of the Beaufort Library, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and Santa Elena Foundation have banded together to bring an educational adventure to the Lowcountry - a trip to Spain. Included in the trip will be sights in southern Spain -Madrid, Cordova, Seville, Granada, Valencia, and Barcelona - plus a cocktail party with Count Alvaro,  a direct descendant of Pedro Menendez, the Spanish explorer who settled Santa Elena (present-day Parris Island) in 1566. The trip will give travelers the opportunity to learn more about the community's Spanish roots as well as experience Spanish culture, history, food and...

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27 Jun Mossy Oaks Miscommunication

This week I read in the news that Mark Zuckerberg is refining the mission of Facebook creating a means for helping to create large groups of like minded people to solve some of the world's problems. Given my passion for collaboration and my experience watching the grassroots effect change, this interests me. While I currently have a Facebook page with a lot of "friends," I use it only to post this newsletter and ask those who want to get in touch to use email,  pick up the telephone or meet with...

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27 Jun Remembering Jeanne Aimar

Jeanne Aimar stood longer, stronger and more steadily than many in her generation. While she has passed on, the many causes she championed are still with us. It just may be our time to pick up and sustain them in her honor and for the good of our community. Having known Jeanne for most of my life, and given the relationship between my family and hers, I could likely write volumes.  But one's farewell is best said in concise sentences with every work carrying a meaning as is exhibited by what Hamlin...

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27 Jun There IS SOMETHING YOU CAN DO! And it only takes a minute

In early June, the Administration in Washington began the public process to allow seismic testing to occur. Oil exploration companies use seismic airgun blasts to map the ocean subfloor, searching for sites to test drill. The blasts produce some of the loudest underwater sounds known to people — loud enough to cause serious injury to whales and threaten their survival. Sounds from the blasts can travel 2,500 miles ­underwater and are repeated every 10 seconds for days and weeks during exploration. This seismic testing would take place right off South Carolina’s coast,...

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27 Jun Thanks you Governor McMaster!

While his predecessor took the Industry position to support seismic testing it is refreshing to see that our new Governor, with a strong record on conservation, is speaking his mind on Seismic Testing.  Thank you Governor McMaster. SC Gov. on seismic: “I’m against it.” Posted: 22 Jun 2017 02:59 PM PDT Bluffton Today June 22, 2017 Gov. McMaster visits Beaufort County DEANN KOMANECKY deann.komanecky@blufftontoday.com Gov. Henry McMaster paid a visit to Beaufort County on Wednesday to talk business. McMaster was the speaker at a luncheon hosted by the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce. . . . Mare Deckard of Cast...

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27 Jun What About the Plankton?

Peter Cotter,  a long time Beaufortonian, who for years operated the Port of Port Royal successfully and who is a former member of the City Redevelopment Commission and  is someone to whom I look to for counsel, shared the following which should be of interest. Seismic Surveys Kill Plankton  ...

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27 Jun Beaufort County Historical Society Hosts “Liberty Day” in Beaufort

Museums are a very important component of strong communities and are not to be taken for granted. Larger cities often enjoy an infusion of federal, state and local dollars.  In Beaufort County most of the support for our historic and cultural assets come comes from people like you and me.  We need to support them as they enhance the quality of life, create educational opportunities for our young people and attract more visitors to the area which is good for the economy. With the new attention to the Reconstruction Era and Santa Elena,...

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27 Jun DHEC says beware of West Nile Virus in Beaufort County

Information Provided by Beaufort County Administration West Nile virus detected in Beaufort County mosquitoes; DHEC urges residents to prevent mosquito bites COLUMBIA, S.C. - The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and Beaufort County officials announced today that a few samples of mosquitoes trapped in Beaufort County have tested positive for West Nile virus. "Identifying mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus in our state is not uncommon," said Chris Evans, Ph.D. and DHEC's staff entomologist. "A positive identification should serve as a reminder of the importance of preventing mosquito bites. It's the most important...

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