Straight Talk: Marketing Beaufort more efficiently

By Mayor Billy Keyserling One of the most important lessons I learned while working in DC, through my training as a mediator and serving the public, is that we must separate the WHO from the WHAT. When we focus on the What, we are more likely to get to the root of the problem, enhance communication, and learn from each other and move forward in directions with which most will agree. It would be very easy, in reading the following essay, to get focused on who did or did not do something, rather than the systemic issue I am writing about. So please bear with me and stick to the ideas and not the organizations, as I am not pointing fingers, laying blame of suggesting that I have all of the answers. At the same time this is about an important and necessary conversation that affects taxpayer dollars and the general health of our special hometown. Is it good stewardship for Beaufort City Council to invest limited city dollars thinly... ...

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City Council approves Vaden building annex

By Tess Malijenovsky Board members of the Alzheimer’s Family Services of Greater Beaufort came to the Tuesday night City Council meeting dressed in purple for their cause. An official proclamation was made to honor November as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. The board members gave each council member a purple bracelet so that they too can show their support. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Alzheimer’s disease is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States, the sixth leading cause of death among American adults, and the fifth leading cause of death for adults aged 65 years and older.” Son-in-law to Dan Vaden, who passed from Alzheimer’s, and family were also present at the meeting to ask that the City Council annex the former O.C. Welsh building to Beaufort’s commercial district. The commercial area is one of the largest in the county and will boost residential employment. The motioned was passed, meaning that the new Vaden of Beaufort location will soon be able to... ...

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Weekend crime reports

THE HAUNTED FLOATER: A woman volunteers to dress up in costume and frighten a crowd of followers as she guides them on a Ghost Tour downtown last Sunday, October 23. There’s something about frightening an innocent crowd with haunting tales that makes the volunteer’s work so worthy. On this particular Sunday evening, however, the ghost story was on her when she couldn’t find her car. The vehicle was later found behind Bricks locked up and without the key after mysteriously moving without any eyewitnesses. Whether the perpetrator was a haunted spirit or someone who couldn’t resist an unlocked car with the keys inside, we may never know. CHICKEN AMMUNITION: ‘Tis the season for hooligan folly — one house and car successfully egged by mischief makers on Wilmington Street last weekend. LEWD LARRY: Lewd Larry, we all know him, a relative of Chuggin’ Suzy. He was spotted last Saturday, October 22, around 1:25 a.m. relieving himself outside of Panini’s on Bay Street in eyeshot of a police officer. That Larry, he... ...

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Beaufort moves toward buried utility lines

Working to improve Beaufort’s safety and appearance, more power and low-voltage lines will be buried underground rather than strung from poles following action Tuesday by Beaufort City Council. The Council gave the first of two required approvals to an ordinance that basically requires that, as electrical power lines are relocated and/or moved underground, the low-voltage communications and cable TV lines move with the power lines. The goal: Reduce the number of poles and overhead lines crisscrossing the city. “As part of our continuing effort to improve the appearance of our city and to improve the overall safety for our residents and visitors, this ordinance is an important step for the future of Beaufort,” Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling said. Removing the overhead lines can improve safety by eliminating poles and by reducing the likelihood that falling tree branches will disrupt power, phone, cable or Internet services, Keyserling said. “Beyond that, it makes the City look a lot cleaner without the clutter of overhead lines crisscrossing our streets and intersections,” he added.... ...

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Friends of Crystal Lake group being formed

Upon completion of the new bridge and widening of Lady’s Island Drive the contractors presently using the former Butler Marine building on Lady’s Drive as a headquarters and laydown area will vacate the property and move to their next project.  At that point, the question of “what next” for the Crystal Lake property will arise. The 25 acres of property surrounding the 6 acre lake was purchased for the county as part of the Rural and Critical Land Program and can only be used for a passive park (no athletic fields). Beaufort County has completed a preliminary engineering study of the area to determine what types of use the land can realistically support.  Various organizations have developed conceptual drawings of how the property might be developed.  The next step is a full engineering study to include defining the property which meets the criteria of protected “wetlands”.  Such a study is not cheap and County Council must authorize the expenditure of funds for this purpose.  Upon completion of the engineering study... ...

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Captured Moments: Husband-wife team operates photography studio

Escaping the cold winters of Southern Maryland, Susan and Eric Smith moved to Beaufort in April and opened a new photography studio in the downtown area. They had a home-based studio for over 25 years in Port Tobacco, Maryland, and were considered the name brand of professional studios there. With a big display in the only mall for three counties, everyone knew who they were. After visiting the Shrimp Festival, and longing to live near the beach while they could still enjoy it, they sold their mailing list to their closest competitor, and relocated their studio, Captured Moments Photography, to 1402 King St. A portrait studio is more than just a guy with a camera. Captured Moments’ studio is everything a real portrait studio should be. They have two camera rooms. One is a large main room that can be used 360 degrees around, with roller systems of multiple backgrounds and muslins. The second room is an all white room for kids and special sets, like tea parties and babies.... ...

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Pan Am reunion in Miami attended by Dataw author

By Lanier Laney Rebecca Sprecher of Dataw probably never thought when she graduated from UNC and joined Pan Am as a stewardess  that she would end up spending one Christmas  on the shore of the Arabian Sea at a Karachi camel auction lit only by lantern light but that was exactly what happened when her usual flight to New Delhi got diverted due to fog. Becky’s written a wonderful fictional book based on the amazing facts of her career with Pan Am when she was based out of Honolulu for five years in the 70’s that includes her heart-rending participation in the Fall of Saigon and Operation Babylift.  It’s just been published and it’s called “Flying: A Novel.” Pan Am’s image of glamour, sophistication, and international presence led many to think of it as a symbol of America around the world.  Unfortunately it was this high profile that led to the airlines undoing culminating in the terrible bombing of the ‘Clipper of the Seas’ over Lockerbie Scotland by Libyan terrorists.... ...

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Excellence in photography

The Photography Club of Beaufort has announced the winners of the semi-annual Fall Competition, held Monday night, October 10,.  Judging the event were award-winning photographers Jonathan Dyer, photographer from the Beaufort Gazette/Island Packet, Gary Geboy, award-winning professional photographer, and Jonathan Goebel, assistant professor of art at USCB.       Prints were judged using the criteria of superb technical quality, composition and interest. During the competition, judges shared their expertise and offered constructive critiques to help the photographers improve their skills. The six winning photos from each category include: • Tom Valentino: “Egret” • Barry Wright: “Woman in Full Venice Carnival Costume” • Benny Jones: “Shrimpboat #1” • Juergen Thiessen: “Fruit Display” • Marge Pangione: “Curves” • Lamar Nix: “Beach Path” The Photography Club of Beaufort, now with over 80 members, meets at ArtWorks, 2127 Boundary St., at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of every month. For information and for full results of the fall competition, please visit www.photoclubbeaufort.com or call 846-9580. ...

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Arts Events

Beaufort High School drama presents play Beaufort High Theater proudly presents Robert Fulghum’s “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” This play is a comedy/drama full of stories about life.  Each story brings the pages of Fulghum’s book alive. This play is great for all subjects because of the wonderful themes, foreshadowing and symbolism. Remember some of the rules in kindergarten? Be Nice.  Do not Hit people.  Play Fair.  Wash your hands before you eat.  Flush.  If you hurt someone say you are sorry.   These are just to name a few, and as we get older we tend to forget them. The evening shows are October 27, 28, 29 at 7 p.m. at The Arts Center at Beaufort High School. Tickets are $5. Free organ concert at St. Helena Episcopal Organist Christopher Young, Jacobs School of Music Professor at Indiana University, in Bloomington, Ind., will give a 45-minute recital at noon at the Parish Church of St. Helena in Beaufort (Episcopal) Friday, November 4. The concert is... ...

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Fourth Annual Lowcountry Art Festival at Frogmore

Frogmore’s Lowcountry Store, located at 736 Sea Island Parkway in St. Helena Island, is hosting the 4th Annual Lowcountry Arts Festival at the Lowcountry Store from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 5. Many of the Lowcountry’s finest artisans will be onsite with their art, photography, woodwork, sculptures, fine crafts, quilting, pottery, basket weaving, stained glass, jewelry, local foods and other fine arts. The 2010 festival featured 32 of the Lowcountry’s finest artisans and this year’s program will feature many returnees and some talented newcomers. Past festivals have been exceptionally well attended.  It is a unique opportunity to meet and talk to the artists, craftsmen, growers and producers and view demonstrations as well as discuss and purchase unique works of art from the artisan personally.  Many artists are able to customize pieces and we have found that those attending get a first-hand look at the remarkable abilities of these artists from the Lowcountry and their interesting perspectives. Local musicians will be performing and foods including gumbo, Frogmore Stew,... ...

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