Kooky Mooky’s: Great food to eat in the park

By Pamela Brownstein The Lunch Bunch spent a sunny, spectacular September afternoon in Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park chowing down on super food from Kooky Mooky’s. Located in the cute little white building just off of Bay Street and across from Saltus, Kooky Mooky’s practically sits in the park. Owners Dave and Kelly Marcy have been running the operation and serving up tasty favorites like hot dogs and sandwiches to hungry families and visitors for the past two years. The menu is written on blackboards and the tiny shop has a cozy, eclectic feel. There’s not much room inside, so it is a perfect opportunity to eat at the nearby picnic tables in the park, especially this time of year. Kim, Elizabeth, April and I welcomed our new reporter Tess to her first Lunch Bunch outing. She ordered one of the many varieties of hot dogs, the Carolina Dog, and she said the coleslaw on top was awesome. April and Elizabeth both felt like turkey, so April chose the turkey... ...

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Lt. Dan Weekend returns

Beaufort welcomes Gary Sinise, the Lt. Dan Band, and all the wounded veterans and their families On Friday, September 16, at 8:30 p.m. in the Henry C. Chamber Waterfront Park, the Lt. Dan Band and actor Gary Sinise will take center stage in front of wounded veterans and their families who are attending the second annual Lt. Dan Weekend. Gary and the band have traveled worldwide to entertain those serving in the military. The band is named for “Lt. Dan”, the character Gary portrayed in the 1994 film “Forrest Gump,” a role for which he earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. As Gary began visiting troops around the world, people (even little kids) who didn’t know him as Gary Sinise the actor, would recognize him as “Lt. Dan”. Those in the military also identify strongly with the character. And so, the name for his group became an easy choice: Lt. Dan Band! The band plays everything from Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix classics to contemporary songs by Kelly... ...

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9/11 Commemoration in the park solemn, reflectful

By Lanier Laney The city of Beaufort and 20 area church groups worked together in partnership for a day of remembrance commemorating 9/11 at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort last Sunday. Beaufort County’s own local first responders were honored and applauded by the large, very appreciative audience in attendance. Between speeches by local dignitaries and music by local groups, “Taps” was played four times as audience members stood to honor those who died during each of the four attacks. Beaufort resident and 9/11 widow Teri Maude gave a very moving speech. Her husband, Lt. General Timothy J. Maude, the Army’s deputy chief of staff for personnel, was killed when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into his Pentagon office. Her husband, along with everyone else who died, was a hero, she said, adding, “Today is Patriot’s Day. Today is about every single individual who gave their life on Sept. 11. Today we come together to remember and fulfill that promise we made to one another to never forget.”... ...

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A day to remember deserves more than a day

For those who were not able to make it to the doubleheader Day of Remembrance ceremonies on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, you missed two moving back to back events. The first was organized by Mayor Pro Tem Donnie Beer on behalf of the city of Beaufort; the second was organized by the faith community, spearheaded by Pastor Shannon Mullen and his colleagues from the Beaufort Ministerial Alliance. Both were a community celebration of those who were lost during 9/11 and the heroes who worked tirelessly and at great risk trying to save those they could. As we focused again on the first time in the lives of many Americans — when we were surprised and forever burdened by the loss of thousands of innocent people on our own soil — tears rolled down our cheeks, we cheered for our own first responders and heard inspirational speeches and readings followed by prayer. Immediately following the tragic series of events on 9/11, we were... ...

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‘Art-in-the-Barn’ art sale

En plein air is a French expression which means “in the open air”, and is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Looking for great art for sale by artists who paint on location in the open air? Experience this beauty by perusing the works of Widgeon Point on Lemon Island from the Low Country Plein Air Society artists. The Low Country Plein Air Society includes both new and experienced artists and provides a venue for artists to meet, paint, interact, encourage and learn from one another. Painting directly from nature is a pursuit unlike any other painting technique. It challenges artists to concentrate every sensory nerve on the information in front them. They absorb it all, from sight to sound, from temperature to atmosphere, and then channel those feelings from head to hand, re-creating their impression in paints on paper or canvas. It is the purpose of the Low Country Plein Air Society to further the tradition of plein air painting both in and outside the art community... ...

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Port Royal: A town on the move

By Joe Lee, Councilman, Town of Port Royal Council In late July I was invited to provide an update on the status of the Town of Port Royal.  I  accepted the invitation knowing full well there would not be any problem coming up with sufficient content for such a report.  Our August has been a whirlwind of activity. First, as a community, we had to fight hard to convince the school board to keep open one of the few community schools left in America. With solid support from the entire county, we were successful. Now we are on to planning the “Century of Learning” celebration on September 24, a special afternoon recognizing Port Royal Elementary School at 100 years old — one of only two active schools in the state at 100 years. In conjunction with the school’s 100 year celebration, the town is sponsoring a homecoming dinner for all current and former Port Royal residents and the town is planning events for next year’s celebration of the 450th anniversary... ...

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Weekend Crime Report

NICE TRY: An 18-year-old boy was caught drunk in public with possession of alcohol near Bay St. and Wilmington St. After writing him two citations, the police officers turned the boy loose to some of his friends who were supposed to take the boy home. Only a half hour later, the boy was spotted vomiting on the sidewalk still heavily intoxicated. This time, he was placed under arrest and it was later discovered that he had given the officers a fictitious name. Maybe the next time you try to pull one over on the police, you should find a less public place to hurl, or you’ll risk upchucking your identity too. THE RUNS: When an officer attempted to pull over a car with no taillights, the car sped off trying to flee arrest. The man bailed on his friends in the car, making a run for it on foot. Not only did the passengers in the car identify him, but his photograph was also found. But hey, sometimes you gotta... ...

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New club in town focuses on moms supporting moms

By Pamela Brownstein When Kim Palmer found out her husband would be stationed at Beaufort and the family would soon have to move from Houston, Texas, she went online to check on the local chapter of the MOMS Club. She was surprised when her search came up empty. The wife of a Marine and mother of three had a feeling that would change when she got to town. Having been actively involved with the MOMS Club in Pensacola, Fla., and in Texas, Palmer knows the value of the club and describes it as a great way for women to come together. The MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club is an international organization developed for stay-at-home mothers. The club helps them feel good about their decision to stay home, and gives them opportunities to share activities with other at-home mothers and their children. Palmer said meeting up with other moms is helpful. “It’s reassuring to know you’re not the only one getting no sleep, without your hair done, and deprived of... ...

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Jets to play vital role in national defense, local economy

Construction of a $33 million F-35 pilot training center and $37 million Joint Strike Fighter training hangar, along with improved flight trials of the Marine Corps’ F-35B model, are timely as China expands its military, local leaders said. Marine Corps Air Station-Beaufort is slated to receive 88 F-35B Joint Strike Fighters, including three combat squadrons and two training squadrons. The first jets could arrive in 2014. Groundbreaking ceremonies earlier this month kicked off construction projects related to the new stealth jets’ arrival. “This is a strategic day for this base and for our nation. I’m really proud of Beaufort …. The people of Beaufort deserve to be very proud. You earned this, you won this,” Maj. Gen. Jon Davis, Commanding General of the 2nd Marine Air Wing, said at the groundbreaking. “The reason we are buying this airplane is to ensure that young riflemen have the protection to do the job. This airplane is going to save lives and protect our nation,” he said. Like all Marine Corps aircraft, the... ...

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