Holiday Traditions of the Lowcountry: Women put Nativity scenes on display

By Pamela Brownstein When Charlotte Boe got her first Nativity scene years ago, she had no idea it would lead to her current collection of more than 40 scenes. A member of the ladies circle at First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte is not the only woman who shares a love of Nativities. Last year, when the group went to visit the abbey at Moncks Corner, they admired the beautiful scenes depicting the birth of Jesus Christ and wanted to make a display of their own, said church member Marion Leach. “We decided it would be nice to show our collections to the public,” Marion said. “We will display them as attractive as we can.” On Friday, December 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3, there will be more than 57 Nativity scenes on display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the educational building of First Presbyterian located at the corner of Church and North streets. There are 19 women contributing to the display and all the scenes are unique. Some are handmade,... ...

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Weekend Crime Reports

FAKER MONEY MAKER: A male subject was caught trying to use two fake $50 bills at Wings-n-Things last Saturday. The faker gave the officer a false name along with an the additional $250 worth of counterfeit bills in his possession. Two pistols were also found in the suspect’s car with the serial numbers filled off. Someone needs to keep it Real. CHEATERS: Apparently around 1 a.m. at Panini’s last Sunday, four men held a woman back while another female punched the victim in the face several times. The victim claims she didn’t known the suspects or why they did this to her. Talk about an unfair fight! Pick on someone by yourself. TOUGH GUY: At 2:35 a.m. on Sunday morning, officers responded to Beaufort Memorial Hospital where they met with a 24-year-old man who was reportedly stabbed at Encore Night Club on Burton Hill Road. The victim was uncooperative with investigators regarding the details of what occurred. Although the injury did not appear to be life threatening, the attack on... ...

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Make it a fire-friendly turkey day

By Tess Malijenovsky A live fire demonstration took place at the Burton Fire Department on Monday, November 21, to illustrate the proper way to handle a stove fire on Thanksgiving. “Cooking fires are the leading cause of fires nationally, statewide and locally, thus there is no more dangerous a holiday than Thanksgiving,” said Daniel Byrne, firefighter and Community Support officer for Burton fire district. Firefighter Lee Levesque first demonstrated how to put out a stove fire by covering it with a pan lid to suffocate the fire. You can also use a cookie sheet, which will protect you like a shield. One of the biggest misconceptions about oil fires is with the use of water, water will actually spread the fire, rather than put it out. On behalf of Beaufort County firefighters, Byrne said: “We would like to encourage the use of fire extinguishes, get them out from under the sink and get them mounted at eye level by an exit or where people can see it and grab it.”... ...

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Firefighters educate about prevention

In the Marine Corps, every Marine is a rifleman. The Beaufort-Port Royal Fire Department mirrors that tradition by preparing every firefighter to teach fire prevention. “All of our firefighters are prepared and involved in prevention through education,” Beaufort Fire Chief Sammy Negron said. Firefighters with the City of Beaufort /Town of Port Royal Fire Department, from the bottom to the top, take part in fire prevention and education. “After months of preparation and reorganization, every firefighter in this department is involved in fire prevention.  Our firefighters do this in addition to maintaining the highest firefighting training and suppression standards expected of a Class 2 ISO fire department,” Negron said. Capt. John Robinson, the Department Training and Education Officer, has worked with each of the three shifts of firefighters to ensure they can all skillfully deliver the prevention and education programs. A few firefighters have conducted special prevention projects with Robinson, but all will continue to learn and grow as educators, Negron said.  Robinson continues to teach, and can now devote... ...

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Senior Leadership Program

A new group is forming now for the January 2012 Program conducted by Clemson University’s Beaufort Extension office. Space is limited to 35 participants. The one day per week, 13 week, Senior Leadership Program includes presentations about Beaufort County and local government with presentations by County Council members, Mayors of Beaufort County’s incorporated municipalities, economic development with business leaders, county school and local university education personnel,  arts,  human services and health. Unique to the program are special “insider” tours of various sites relevant to that day’s topic. During Military Day, for example, participants experience the behind the scene, inside workings of both Parris Island and the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. Environment Days include a tour of Waddell Mariculture Institute and a boat tour and hands on dredging to view the aquatic life of ACE Basin with an expert guide. Besides presentations by noted historians, History Day will include a tour of special portions of Beaufort’s Historic District, Penn Center and the ruins of a newly named National Historic Register... ...

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Black Chamber of Commerce receives grant from USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Department has approved the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce (BCBCC) as a micro-lender. It’s the only chamber in the country to receive this designation. The BCBCC was awarded $335,000 in loan funds as well as $40,000 in grant funds. The chamber is also contributing $125,000 of in-kind support, which will enable the chamber to assist local small business owners with capital and business training support. The chamber’s status as a micro-lender means that it will be able to make small business loans to entrepreneurs who are unable to secure a loan from traditional lenders, such as banks. These loans will have a fixed interest rate and can be used by micro entrepreneurs to cover qualified expenses related to their businesses. The award was presented at the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce Business Conference and Expo in Beaufort on November 5. ...

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BJWSA to conduct water treatment maintenance

Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority (BJWSA) will temporarily change the method of disinfecting the drinking water for its customers next month. The change is part of the routine maintenance program for the water distribution system. All of BJWSA’s retail and wholesale customers will be affected by this change, including utilities that receive wholesale water from BJWSA. Customers might notice a chlorine taste or odor in the tap water beginning Saturday December 3 through Monday, December 19. Crews will also flush the system by opening fire hydrants at various locations. This process is safe and customers can drink their water as normal. Customers who are especially sensitive to the taste and odor of chlorine should keep an open container of drinking water in their refrigerator. This will enable the chlorine to dissipate, thus reducing the chlorine taste. Change the water in your refrigerated container weekly. Localized system flushing also may result in some minor discoloration of the water. If water appears discolored, customers should run cold water for a few minutes.... ...

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Beauty inside and out: The Master Cleanse Detox

By Takiya Smith Last week we discussed the subject of an internal beauty regimen, the body cleansing detox. I shared a few key tips on the purpose of a detox, what it can accomplish and even made mention of one of my personal picks, the Master Cleanse detox. This week, I want to share with you my personal experience, a testimony of sorts, to the benefit of a total body detox. Besides the use of natural, organic ingredients working together to flush and purify the system, a good, healthy detox yields healing qualities as well. My very first experience, as well as knowledge with detoxing, came about three years ago, in the midst of my suffering severe allergic reactions.  As a child and well into my adult life I had never experienced an allergic reaction until my early thirties.  Late one evening, after eating some fast food, I broke out into a wave of hives accompanied by flu like symptoms.  After enduring the symptoms for 24 hours and many doses... ...

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Perfect Pitch product

What’s the NEXT big idea that could spur economic growth?  The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce wanted to know so they sponsored a state contest called “Perfect Pitch” to give budding entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch their business ideas. The more than 40 applications were whittled to 10 semi-finalists who competed on November 10 in the American Theater on King Street. Beaufort’s own Louise Hodges, owner of Greenbug All Natural Pest Control Products, was selected First Runner-Up for her invention — an Injector System that delivers Greenbug through existing irrigation systems and safely creates pest-free zones wherever water is directed. “Imagine no mosquitoes, no no-see-ems, no mole crickets and no fire ants in your yard,” explained Hodges. “With the Greenbug Injector System, all pest concerns are eliminated — safely and for less money than other options available.” Hodges, along with her husband Dan, ought to know.  Before moving to Beaufort, they owned a landscape design/construction firm in Charlotte, N.C. Once in Beaufort, they shifted their attention to the prevalence of... ...

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Nurse honored with DAISY Award

They’re the unsung heroes of the medical profession. Caring, compassionate and always on call, nurses are central to the patient experience, but seldom get credit for their steadfast service. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses was established in 1999 to recognize the “super-human” work nurses do every day at the bedside. Beaufort Memorial Hospital honored one of its own this week with the national tribute for going above and beyond the call of duty. Laura Hawkins, an RN in the hospital’s fifth floor oncology unit, had spent weeks caring for a 31-year-old Marine dying of esophageal cancer. As he continued to deteriorate, he became distressed about how it would affect his 5-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter. “He was afraid they were going to forget him,” said Hawkins, the mother of a 7-year-old girl. “I can’t imagine not being there for my daughter as she grows up. I wanted to do something to make him feel better.” The Bluffton resident found an online company that makes plush “Daddy Dolls” to help... ...

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