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25 Apr Waterfront Park tree removal explained

Recently a resident contacted me asking why a seemingly healthy tree in the Waterfront Park was declared "diseased" and cut down. The resident noted the limbs appeared solid and healthy. Here is a detailed explanation from Eliza Hill, City Landscape Architect on why these trees are in fact unhealthy and require removal. "Thank you for your interest and concern for the trees in Waterfront Park. As certified arborist for the City, I consulted with both Michael Murphy of Preservation Tree and Derrick Wells of Bartlett Tree and they concur with necessity for...

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25 Apr Beaufort County Library Director Receives Award

NEWS RELEASE   April 19, 2016   Beaufort County Library Director Receives Award   The Beaufort County Library System is pleased to announce that Library Director Ray McBride is the recipient of the Friends of South Carolina Libraries (FOSCL) Outstanding Individual Award for 2016.   The Friends of South Carolina Libraries (FOSCL), a statewide organization, was created in the late 1980's to help foster, create, and support local Friends of the Library groups, and to provide networking opportunities for these groups to work together for the support of library services throughout the State of South Carolina. http://www.foscl.org/   Mr. McBride...

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25 Apr Mother’s Day Tea, Teen Lock-In, and Meet CJ & Omar Cummings at the St. Helena Branch Library

NEWS RELEASE   April 22, 2016   Mother’s Day Tea, Teen Lock-In, and Meet CJ & Omar Cummings at the St. Helena Branch Library   Event Name:  Mother’s Day Tea Short Description of Event: Children and Teens will invite their female role models to a tea.  Light refreshments will be served.  This is a free event sponsored by the BlackButterFly Foundation.  Registration is required for seating (call 843.255.6487).  There will be 2 tea times: 12 PM–1:30 PM and 1:45–3:15 PM.  Dress code:  Sunday best. Time and Date of Event:  Saturday, May 7th Location of Event:  St. Helena Library, 6355 Jonathan...

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18 Apr Set an example and not jump into the fray

With the presidential brawl going on, one side fighting the other in both parties, we do not need divisive rhetoric to disrupt our work in Beaufort.  Rather, we have an opportunity to set an example for collaboration and not contention. As Mayors Bennett of Hilton Head Island, Sulka of Bluffton, Murray of Port Royal and I often discuss in our informal meetings,  we are fortunate that we complement each other and do not compete. We offer four distinctively different communities and we realize that when one succeeds it will help the others....

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18 Apr Offshore Wind? Learn more!

**Save the Date** BOEM South Carolina Renewable Energy Task Force Webinar BOEM South Carolina Renewable Energy Task Force Date: May 17, 2016: 2:00-4:00 Location: Online via webinar Sponsor: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) This meeting will bring together BOEM South Carolina Renewable Energy Task Force members to discuss the development of wind energy areas offshore South Carolina. The intergovernmental Task Force's primary goals are to identify and prioritize opportunities for future wind energy development. More details on speakers and the agenda will be available in the coming weeks. As a reminder, the BOEM South Carolina Renewable Energy...

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18 Apr Rising Sea Levels in Rural Areas

Last week I had the honor of being the key note speaker for the Southeastern and Caribbean Sea Level Conference on Tybee Island.  While some talked about climate change, my focus was on measurable changes in sea level rises (regardless of the causes) that communities along coastal areas are seeing. Based on quantifiable facts from  scientific data, I told the assembly that if we held the conference in 80 years it might mean we arrived by boat, wearing waders to the beach resort where we would have to climb onto risers like the...

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Billy

18 Apr Spare time? I love touring our beautiful city!

At least once a week, weather permitting, I tour the city on my Vespa. This gives me the ability to take a closer look at sidewalks, drainage ditches, the conditions of houses and yards.  But most importantly, it is a very convenient way to visit with people on the street or working in their yards. Touring our beautiful city by Vespa - a favorite past time of your mayor!...

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18 Apr Getting closer to sharing the Reconstruction story

As the U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service nears completion of an extensive resource study of  Reconstruction sites throughout the country, recently retired NPS Chief Historian Bob Sutton and John A. Latschar of the Park Service edited a National Park Service Handbook that offers insight into complex history of Reconstruction. Through conversations with Dr. Sutton and others during the past two years,  I have a level of confidence that Beaufort County will stand out among other places because we have so many historic sites specific to Reconstruction.  Dr. Page Miller, a public...

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18 Apr Whatever happened to Walter Cronkite?

“I read in the newspapers they are going to have 30 minutes of intellectual stuff on television every Monday from 7:30 to 8 to educate America. They couldn't educate America if they started at 6:30.”-- Groucho Marx When I was young and went to the Breeze Theater on Bay Street for most Saturday matinees, the feature film was preceded by  a weekly newsreel about what was taking place in the world. At the time, I am not sure I appreciated it as much as I should have but there was live footage...

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