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NA-NU, NA-NU.
If you're looking for a nearby UFO Welcome Center, all you have to do is drive to nearby Bowman in Orangeburg County. Mount Pleasant reader Don Gordon snapped the shot of this saucer-shaped building recently when detouring through the town to avoid traffic on Interstate 26. The building is in the yard of Jody Pendarvis, who started building it in 1994, as is explained here.






   

 

Local incident is stark reminder of dangers of hot cars

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AUG. 18, 2014 -- Animal advocates say the heat-related deaths of nine dogs in Charleston County last week underscore the dangers that heat poses for pets and children.

"Just seconds in a car can make an animal's internal temperature rise to a dangerous level," said Charleston Animal Society Director of Shelter Health and Wellness Dr. Sarah Boyd. "The increased temperature can lead to heat stroke and eventual death."

According to press reports, Mount Pleasant police charged Dr. Charles A. Bickerstaff of James Island with nine counts of ill treatment of animals after his Cavalier King Charles spaniels were found dead in his vehicle. Bickerstaff, a gastroenterologist, was at East Cooper Regional Medical Center for three hours dealing with an emergency. Reportedly distraught over the incident, he is free on $90,000 bail. More.

Earlier this year, South Carolina lawmakers passed a tougher animal cruelty law, including giving judges greater authority to maximize the fine or time in jail and increasing the maximum penalty for first time offenders to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine, according to the society.

Meanwhile, the national group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is calling on the Mount Pleasant hospital to post warning signs (its sample at right) in parking lots to remind people of the dangers of heat.

"Many children and dogs die every year when their guardians forget that they are in the car or leave them locked in a vehicle while they 'run inside for a minute,'" wrote PETA's Allison Fandl. "By placing our warning signs in hospital parking lots, we can help prevent such tragedies by providing drivers with a vital reminder that it takes only a few minutes for an animal or a child to die of heatstroke."

PETA said there have been more than 600 documented cases of children dying in hot cars since 1998.

"On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to well over 100 degrees in just minutes, even with the windows slightly open," Fandl said. "Children's bodies warm up three to five times faster than adults' bodies do, and dogs can cool themselves only by sweating through their paw pads and panting, so these vulnerable members of our families can succumb to heatstroke in just minutes, resulting in brain damage or death."

The Animal Society suggested three tips for keeping pets safe:

  • Never leave your pet in a car: It only takes seconds in a car for an animal's internal temperature to start rising to dangerous levels that can lead to heat stroke and death.

  • Watch for heat distress: Signs of overheating in pets include increased heart rate, excessive drooling and panting, difficulty breathing, weakness, elevated body temperature (over 104 degrees) and even seizures. Elderly, overweight, and pets with heart or lung diseases are especially at risk for heatstroke. Pets with short muzzles like pugs, bulldogs and Persian cats become overheated because they cannot effectively pant and should be kept in air conditioning to stay cool.

  • Keep your animal properly hydrated: Always have fresh water available for your pets.

A little humor in politics is refreshing

By ANDY BRACK
Editor and publisher
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AUG. 18, 2014 -- Everybody in politics these days seems so bloody serious, as if a good sense of humor has been thrown out of windows across statehouses and the Capitol in one fell swoop.

Maybe it's because politics has become so professional, driven by polls, handlers, spin doctors, white papers and the 24-hour news cycle. Maybe it's because people are afraid that what they say will be misinterpreted, which probably would happen with all of the politically-correct ninnies taking names like weaselly school proctors.

So when an old friend mentioned wit, politics and putdowns recently, I got to thinking of some favorite political sobriquets.

The standard to which everyone aspires is Winston Churchill, who could cast off a brickbat in a single bound.

Once when young, Churchill grew a moustache to look older. A female constituent complained that she neither approved of his politics nor moustache. Churchill replied: "Don't worry, madam. You are unlikely to come into contact with either."

Another time when Churchill had been drinking heavily, a Socialist member of Parliament scolded Churchill for being drunk, which led to this famous riposte: "And Bessie, you are ugly. You are very ugly. I'll be sober in the morning."

And then there's this zinger after Lady Nancy Astor told Churchill she would poison his coffee if he were her husband. Churchill responded, "I would drink it."

South Carolinians chuckled for years about things that came out of the mouth of now retired U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings. When challenged in a 1986 debate by GOP candidate Henry McMaster to take a drug test, Hollings responded, "I'll take a drug test if you take an I.Q. test." (The issue over drug tests quickly rotted away.)

When Texas Sen. John Tower, short compared to Hollings' stature, preened about an expensive new suit one day in the Senate elevator, Hollings cracked, "Does it come in men's sizes?"

You can find other examples of political wit in "I'll Be Sober in the Morning," a book of humor and comebacks edited by former College of Charleston professor Chris Lamb.

My favorite political put-down of all time is in another book from somebody you've probably never heard of -- a talented writer/dramatist from Australia named Bob Ellis. In 1994, he ran for a seat in Parliament against Bronwyn Bishop, a conservative woman seen as a rising star. After Ellis lost the election, he wrote a 606-page book about it. Here's how he described Bishop:

"Ms. Bishop has, it can easily be admitted, several of the talents needed in leaders of nations -- a fine speaking voice, dauntless confidence, unflagging energy, a piercing glance, a huge head, a momentarily pleasing personality, and the immense athletic discipline required to survive a crushing schedule of furious, continent-crossing self-aggrandizement. She can recite by rote many Gilbert and Sullivan lyrics, ride a bicycle, terrify a bureaucrat and impersonate with conviction one who has no ambition but an overwhelming desire for public service.

"In short, she presents well, and acts decisively and colorfully and magnetically. But like her preferred role model Margaret Thatcher, she is formidable and charismatic without being actually intelligent (in my view) -- intelligence being, at its heart, an ability to assess and in a significant measure to predict the future.

"An intelligent dog, for instance, will not cross a road roaring with semitrailers. An intelligent leader, similarly, will not needlessly declare war, jail dissidents, burn cathedrals, storm Parliament with tanks or hang opposition leaders on live television because both dog and man have predictive intelligence enough to adjudge this course of action probably suicidal. Senator Bishop, however, like Thatcher before her, does not have this minimal predictive intelligence, and is therefore likely, in my view, ... to wreck her country's culture and economy, self-righteously and surely as did her idol."

Whew!

While our leaders don't need to put down leaders like that, it certainly would be refreshing for them to be less scripted and more forthright. And show a little more of a sense of humor.

Andy Brack is editor and publisher of Charleston Currents and Statehouse Report. If you have a funny quip about a politician, send it along so we can share it. You can reach Brack at: publisher@charlestoncurrents.com.

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Proud of granddaughter's book, column

To the editor:

Because of the Internet, I have just found a wonderful message in your Charleston Currents. A friend sent it this morning. She is a cat-lover so I told her about my granddaughter who had written a book entitled, "Cats of Charleston."

So I am writing just to say a huge thank you for Nikki's story from last November. I am a thankful grandmother and she is our first of 14 precious grandchildren.

-- Lucy Adams, Lake Junauska, N.C.

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PLUFF MUD KIDS

Edisto: A great place for a family day trip
By LEIGH SABINE, contributing editor
Special to Charleston Currents

AUG. 18, 2014 -- Now that school is back in session, it's the return of the occasional weekend family day trip to take a break from the drill of the weekly schedule.

At just over an hour from Charleston, Edisto really is the perfect quick getaway. We recently spent an extra long day soaking in the highlights at three well-known Edisto family-friendly destinations and encourage you to do the same as soon as you need a peaceful break from the ties that bind us. Be sure to pack dry clothes, swim suits, walking shoes and flip flops for your day in the Edisto area.

The Edisto Serpentarium

Did you know that as a young boy Teddy Roosevelt was so enthralled with the study of animals, insects and slithering reptiles that he opened a natural history museum in his bedroom and charged admission?! What boy doesn't love the irresistible allure of reptiles? The more they creep, crawl and slither, the more intrigued a boy or girl becomes (much to the chagrin of the child's freaked out mom!). Watch as your child steels their nerve, stands a little taller and becomes suddenly braver than they knew they could be.

Fifty miles from Charleston lies one of the best serpentariums we've discovered. You really have to allow a few hours to experience everything on offer here as the property consists of indoor and outdoor habitats and enclosures. I recommend sitting in on a snake show led by serpentarium experts, such as herpetologist Anne Clamp of the original Clamp family who opened the serpentarium here in 1999.

Anne's got you covered when it comes to fascinating facts about snake species. Don't miss the wall of historical photos and relics depicting her family's long history with herpetology. These photos trace the story of brothers Ted and Heyward Clamp, who devoted their lives to snake hunting and charming -- truly inspiring.

Your child will come away loaded with new information about some of their favorite creatures. Anne also dispelled a lot of myths regarding snakes too. Many species are actually thriving on Edisto Island! This facility has a shaded snack bar area with umbrella tables, picnic tables on the grounds, cold drinks, and a well stocked gift and information shop.

  • Location: 1374 State Highway 174, Edisto Island, S.C. Tickets: $10.95 to $14.95. Open Thursdays to Saturdays, Aug. 16 to Oct. 25. More.

Edisto Beach State Park

Walking, biking, and swimming with a bit of history thrown in -- it's all in your day trip to Edisto to Edisto Beach State Park. We loved the shaded walking trails, discovering the historical relevance and the Edisto Indian connection and then cooling down in the surf.

There are two entrances to this state park. One provides access to hiking and biking trails as well as an Edisto Indian shell midden and a second entrance takes you straight out onto the beautiful beachfront. Edisto Beach State Park is one of only four waterfront state parks in South Carolina. We recommend checking out this post on the Pluff Mud Kids website to clarify the two park entrances. Allow time to visit both locations.

  • Location: 102 State Highway 174, Edisto Island, SC 29438. Admission: $3-5. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. More.

Botany Bay

You have to see this amazing preserve to believe it exists so near to the hubbub of Charleston. This is such a tranquil spot for families to unplug and picnic in peace. End your day here with a beautiful sunset and walk along one of South Carolina's best beaches. To view Botany Bay, click here for a story by Pluff Mud Kids.

PMK tips:

  • This is a wildlife preserve, no pets allowed.

  • The walk from the car park to the beach is 1/2 a mile so plan to take plenty of water and a stroller for little ones. The beach is only accessible by foot and is two miles long, stretching between Seabrook Island and Edisto Beach.

  • You must not remove any "treasures" from the beach. Also be mindful and observe the nesting turtles.

    There is so much more to see on the property!
  • Check in at the entrance. Click here for complete driving tour directions and the map that is provided when you check in.

  • Location: 1066 Botany Bay Rd., Edisto, S.C. 29438. Admission: FREE. More.

Writer Leigh Sabine of Mount Pleasant offers a monthly look at fun activities for Lowcountry kids. It's based on her great blog, PluffMudKids. Check it out. (Photo by Leigh Sabine.)

Hacking picked as SEWE's 2015 featured artist perma
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New England artist Grant Hacking has been picked as the featured artist for the 2015 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, slated to be in February.


Hacking

"Grant is incredibly talented and we are proud to name him Featured Artist for 2015," says SEWE Executive Director John Powell. "His years of experience on multiple continents give him a unique range of subject that is truly awe inspiring when shown within a full body of work as it will be presented at SEWE. We look forward to celebrating Grant's talent which has long been confirmed by art collectors and SEWE benefactors. The Featured Artist's exhibit at Charleston Place will be an exciting place to be in February."

As featured artist, Hacking will create the image used for the official 2015 SEWE poster, to be unveiled this fall.

Hacking, born and raised in South Africa, spent the early years of his painting career in his native country, which provided him the opportunity to travel extensively, researching material for his innovative wildlife compositions. At 25, Hacking moved to the U.S. and began focusing on more localized subject matter. His collection now includes figurative work, architecture, coastal scenes and landscapes, especially those close to his home in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

"Strictly speaking, I do not want to be categorized as either a wildlife painter or a landscapist because what I really paint is nature," he explained in a news release. "I try to give equal time to both genres. When the weather is good, I enjoy painting en plein air, and when the chill winds of winter arrive, I return to my studio where painting my memories of Africa instills a sense of warmth."

Although Hacking's technique varies greatly between the two genres, his landscapes are very painterly and a bit abstract while his brushwork becomes tighter when portraying wildlife - the two subjects really complement one another.

  • SEWE returns Feb. 13 to 15 for its 33rd annual season to celebrate wildlife art, conservation and the sporting lifestyle. More.

Trident Tech picks 10 student ambassadors for new year


New ambassadors pictured from left: Rhonda Cox of Charleston, Jana Sabrina Martinez of Goose Creek, Paige Matthews of Goose Creek, Deanna McCollum of Summerville, Alejendra Juarez of Ladson, Alexandra DeLuna of Pineville, and Margaret Gombus of Summerville. Not pictured: Bolin, Morris and Riviera. Photo provided.

Trident Technical College has selected 10 students who will represent the college as new student ambassadors for the 2014-2015 academic school year.
The students will assist the college's recruiting department by giving campus tours, making presentations to prospective students, visiting high schools and helping with special events.

The new student ambassadors are Sara Bolin, Rhonda Cox of Charleston, Alexandra DeLuna of Pineville, Margaret Gombus of Summerville, Alejendra Juarez of Ladson, Jana Sabrina Martinez of Goose Creek, Paige Matthews of Goose Creek and Deanna McCollum of Summerville. Erica Myers of Summerville and Japhet Rivera of Moncks Corner are returning student ambassadors.

Student ambassadors offer prospective students information from a student's viewpoint and must meet certain qualifications to represent the college. The selection process included meeting academic criteria, submitting an application with an essay and undergoing an interview process.

GOODBusiness Summit set for Thursday in Charleston

Thirty-five speakers will offer ideas on how successful entrepreneurs do well in business while creating a positive community impact on August 21 at the GOODBusiness Summit, which will be held at the Charleston Museum on Meeting Street.

The day-long event (8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.), which is presented by Lowcountry Local First and includes lunch and happy hour networking, will cover these topics:

  • Better Together: toward collaboration in and across industries, and away from the competition mindset
  • The Teenage Years: Beyond start-up and into business adolescence.
  • Place & Brand: Creating a great brand that is tied to place, and how those brands impact our quality of place.
  • GOODGrowth Salon: Toward creative growth and away from 'Anywhere, USA.'
  • Low Risk Entrance to Market: Pop-ups, incubation, coworking and mobile launch sites.
  • GOODProduction: Food, clothing and shelter - from start-up to success in manufacturing.
  • Location, Location, Location: Finding the best location for your business.
  • Marketplace of Ideas: Early-stage entrepreneurs vet ideas and opportunities.
  • True Confessions: Triumphs, tribulations & lessons learned from a seasoned entrepreneur.

Cost is $50 (student) to $140 (LLF member) to $180 (non-member).

RECOMMENDED

One More Thing: Stories and other stories
By B.J. Novak

Perhaps most known for his acting and directing work on The Office, B.J. Novak recently released his first work of fiction. In this compilation of 64 short stories, Novak speaks as the voice of a new generation - one that is wholly immersed in a world of technology, celebrity, and deluded reality, and one that views the world through a veil of witty cynicism and faint melancholy. His tales are above-all humorous, but with a nip of irony sad truth at their core.

Novak is a natural storyteller, putting new twists on old fables like the tortoise and the hare, and balking at the ubiquity of technology with a tale about a sex robot that falls in love. He highlights the absurdity of our celebrity-driven society with stories about a roast of Nelson Mandela and a classic mix-up between John Grisham and his new publisher. Whether a few pages long or more than 20, Novak's storytelling style mimics that of a stand-up routine, reeling the reader in until the punch line is delivered impeccably. It's a clever and amusing read for anyone.

- Jennifer Lively, Main Library

Find this and similar titles from Charleston County Public Library. This item is available as a book, audio book and downloadable eBook. To learn more or to place a hold, visit www.ccpl.org or call 843-805-6930.

An invitation: What Web sites, books or restaurants have you enjoyed? Send us a short paragraph review of why you liked a recent visit to a restaurant or a book that you recently read. Send to: editor@charlestoncurrents.com

Martin Whiteford Marion

Marion was born in Richburg (Chester County) on Dec. 1, 1917, and grew up in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. He is the son of John and Virginia Marion and a descendant of Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox" of the Revolutionary War. He married Mary Dallas in 1937 and has four daughters. He spent one year at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1935 and then played briefly for Chattanooga in the Southern League. He then signed a four-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals that paid $5,000 in its final year; both the size and the length of the contract were unheard of for a minor-league player at the time. He played with Huntington, West Virginia, in 1936 and then for Rochester, New York, in the International League from 1937 to 1939.

Marion made his debut with the Cardinals on April 16, 1940, and was their regular shortstop from 1940 to 1950. He was known as "the Octopus" due to his extremely long arms, and he also went by the nickname "Slats" because he was six feet two inches tall and weighed 170 pounds. He was a seven-time All Star and was voted Most Valuable Player and Player of the Year in 1944. He won four pennants and three World Championships in his ten years with the St. Louis Cardinals. Marion played in 1,572 games, collected 1,448 hits, and was a lifetime .263 hitter with 36 home runs and 624 RBI. Although he did not hit for power or for a high average, he developed a reputation as a clutch hitter. He was also considered the best fielding shortstop of his generation.

A back injury kept Marion from playing in the 1951 season, but he served as manager of the Cardinals that year. He then moved over to the St. Louis Browns and served as their player-manager in 1952 and 1953. Named manager of the Chicago White Sox in the final weeks of the 1954 season, Marion piloted them until the end of the 1956 season. He had a 356-372 record as a manager with three third-place finishes in five full seasons. He purchased the St. Louis Cardinals AAA franchise in Houston in the Texas League in 1960 and ran it for several years. Marion also managed the St. Louis Stadium Club business for many years.

-- Excerpted from the entry by Doug Southard. To read more about this or 2,000 other entries about South Carolina, check out The South Carolina Encyclopedia by USC Press. (Information used by permission.)

BROADUS

Getting veggucated


Select Health of South Carolina's Celebrations Committee held two associate education sessions titled "Get Veggucated: The Urban Agriculture Movement in Charleston" to explore how Germaine Jenkins' Fresh Future Farm concept is addressing health, education and economic empowerment issues in North Charleston through commercial urban agriculture. Select Health presented a $2,500 donation to the Fresh Future Farm at the conclusion of the event, fulfilling 10 percent of the charitable organizations' "Raisin Fresh Futures Campaign" goal. Pictured from left are: Anika Hall, Jenkins' daughter and muralist at Fresh Future Farm; Select Health associates Chris Welch, culturally and linguistically appropriate services coordinator; Sam Bellamy, community care connector; Maria Morales, senior bilingual customer service representative; Millicent Woods, disability advocacy coordinator; Celimar Maldonado, bilingual quality coordinator; Jenkins, founder and executive director of Fresh Future Farm. Photo by Mike Saia.

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Issue 6.43 | Monday, Aug. 18, 2014
Happy they're headed to school?

FOCUS
Don't allow children, pets in hot cars

BRACK
A little humor in politics is refreshing

PLUFF MUD KIDS
Day trip to Edisto

GOOD NEWS
New SEWE artist, TTC ambassadors

HISTORY
Martin Whiteford Marion

SPOTLIGHT

SCIWAY

FEEDBACK
Thanks for cat photo profile

REVIEW
One More Thing: Stories and other stories

THE LIST

Local place is top romantic restaurant

QUOTE

On that spark

CALENDAR

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CORRECTION

NO BIG READ. In last week's e-mail edition, we were provided with incorrect information about "The Big Read." It will not be held this year. We apologize for the error.

Southern hospitality wins again

A Charleston restaurant is the 13th most romantic restaurant in the country and the only one on a list of 15, according to a survey by ProFlowers just in time for August's National Romance Month.

According to the survey, Circa 1886 made the list for setting the mood for romance with "an elegant dining experience that is both comfortable and cosmopolitan." More.

Also on the list:

1. Stonehouse, Santa Barbara, Calif.
2. Zenkichi, Brooklyn, N.Y.
3. One if by Land, Two if by Sea, New York, N.Y.
13. Circa 1886, Charleston, S.C.

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The Great Migration: 7 p.m., Aug. 21, East Cooper Montessori School, 250 Ponsbury Road in I'On, Mount Pleasant. The CSO Gospel Choir will continue the I'On Summer Concert Series with a performance of "The Great Migration: 1915-30 African-American Southern Exodus." Tickets: $10-20. More.

The Exonerated: 8 p.m., Aug. 21-Sept. 6, Charleston Acting Studio, 915 Folly Road, James Island. Midtown Production presents this legal thriller on multiple dates. Tickets are $16 to $20. Learn more.

Grape stompin': noon to 5 p.m., Aug. 23, Irvin-House Vineyard, 6775 Bears Bluff Road, Wadmalaw Island. The vineyard's 11th annual grape stomping festival will feature squishing local muscadines, a Lucy look-alike contest and more fun. Admission is $10 per car. More.

Learn about bird illustrators: 5:30 p.m., Aug. 26, Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, Charleston. Museum archivist Jennifer McCormick will lead special tour on bird illustrators Alexander Wilson, Mark Catesby and John James Audubon. Only 10 places available. More.

Stono River Park meeting: 6 p.m., Aug. 26, St. John's High School, 1518 Main Road, Johns Island. Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission will hold the second public meeting on property near Limehouse Bridge that is undeveloped and may be turned into a county park. More.

Hitchcock movie marathon: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Aug. 29, St. Andrews Regional Library, West Ashley. The library will offer the best of Alfred Hitchcock in this day-long marathon.

Deluge concert: Gates open at 3 p.m., Aug. 31, RiverDogs Stadium, Charleston. Some 300,000 gallons of water, three bands and fun are part of this outdoor, water-themed concert that features Kat Robichaud (finalist, The Voice) and her band as headliners at 6:30 p.m. More: DelugeCharleston.com.

(NEW) Be Fit Charleston: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 6, Old Towne Creek County Park, Charleston. There will be a fall fitness festival, farmers market, fun-run, water slides, boot camp and more at this activity-filled day. Cost: $10.
Carolina Green Fair: Noon to 6 p.m., Sept. 21, James Island County Park, James Island. The Carolina Green Fair features conservation education through fun and inventive demonstrations, interactive play and music, and education shared by experts in their field. Come celebrate "being green" while enjoying beer, food, music and artisans from the Lowcountry! Food and beverages will be available for purchase. No coolers, outside food, or beverages permitted. Admission is free, thought it costs $1 per person to get into the park.

Book signing: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 18, Blue Bicycle Books, King Street, Charleston. Author Andra Watkins will sign copies of her 2014 novel, "To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis." More: AndraWatkins.com

ONGOING

Author submissions sought: Through Sept. 1. Join a forum for self-published authors and readers, and submit family-friendly content to Steven Schwengel, Main Library, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC, 29401. Submissions must be family-friendly and include the author's name, phone number, email and postal addresses. Authors of approved submissions will be invited to present their works during 4- to 8-minute presentations September 25. This event is not a sales forum, but a literary exchange for authors and readers More: phone 843-805-6943.

Yappy hour and more. Charleston County Parks will offer dog-friendly, after-work socials at James Island and Palmetto Islands county parks a dozen times over the summer. At James Island, Yappy Hour will be held starting at 4 p.m. with live music on Sept. 18 and Oct. 16. At Palmetto Islands, dogs, owners and musicians will appear with food trucks in Pups, Yups and Food Trucks on Aug. 21, Sept. 25 and Oct. 23. More.

Bird walks: 8:30 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Saturday. This is the time of year that a great variety of migrating birds fly through the Lowcountry so what better time to take part in one of the regular early morning bird walks at Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel. Pre-registration is suggested. Cost is $5. Walks also are conducted on James Island and Folly Beach.Learn more online.

FOCUS ARCHIVES

8/18: No pets, kids in hot cars
8/11: Ruff: County's greenbelt plan
8/4: Holling: Watkins's book

7/28: Fordham: Literacy program
7/21: Troy: Dolphin's new owner
7/14: Waronsky: Message focus
7/7: Devaney: Winning poster prize
7/1: Dodge: Take 5 campaign

6/16: Pritchard: Anti-cruelty effort
6/9: Wentworth: Palmetto Poem
6/2: Mullins: Play on bishop's murder

DOUG BOSTICK:
CIVIL WAR HISTORY

8/11: The inhuman threat
7/14: Nearly impregnable
6/9: Prisoners to Charleston
5/12: Change of command
4/14: Charleston capture?
2/10: Attack of the Hunley
1/27/14: Bleak conditions

ANDY BRACK

8/18: Humor and politics
8/11: Gov's race interesting
8/4: Letters to a camper

7/28: Writer says S.C. like Africa
7/21: Problem with chamber
7/14: On being fair
7/7: Do more on civil rights
7/1: Great trip to Wyoming

6/16: All about chiggers
6/9: Hollywood drama at capitol
6/2: D is for dysfunctional

LAFOND, McQUAGE:
ON SENIORS

8/4: There's an app for that
6/2: It takes a virtual village
5/19: Common IRA traps to avoid
4/7: Medication check-up
3/3: Read your deed
2/3/2014: Driving and being older

12/2: On the Personal Property Memo
11/4: Your time: great gift for seniors
10/7: Let's celebrate aging
9/3: Medicaid and your future
8/5: More on estates, wills
7/1: Estate planning myths
6/3: Pensions for wartime vets
5/6: Revocable Living Trusts
3/4: Resources to help seniors cope
2/4: On life estates
1/7: Next step in health care

KYRA MORRIS: MONEY

7/28: Your digital assets
7/1: Tax credits, deductions
5/26: Social Security conversation
4/29: Community ag/fisheries
3/24: Let's invest in Charleston
2/24: Getting beyond jitters
1/27/14: Financial independence

12/23: And now there is hope
12/2: The "thanks" of Thanksgiving
10/28: Impact of rising bond market
9/30: What happens when rates rise

LEIGH SABINE:
PLUFF MUD KIDS

8/18: Edisto day trip
7/21: Great reading places
6/16: Picking berries, making jam
5/26: Art and music for kids
4/21: ArtFields for kids
3/17: Spring break ideas in S.C.
2/17: Four great outings for limited times
1/20: Upstate wonders

12/16: More holiday fun
11/18: Winter activities to do
10/14: Four ways to preserve history
9/16: It's harvest time
8/19: Kids giving back

7/15: Childrens' museums
6/17: Interactive adventures
5/20: Birds, bees, butterflies
4/15: Signs of spring abound
3/18: Great local parks
2/18: What's new in Charleston is old
1/21: Blaze a trail in 2013
12/10: Great holiday adventure

PALMETTO POEM

8/4: Lamkin: A rose for my mother
7/7: Amaker: Out of breath
6/9: Wentworth: Path to the Beach

SISTER SITES
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