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April 11, 2012

Fire department rescues dog from tree

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Last week, the Beaufort Fire Department rescued little Cappy, a long haired dachshund, after she ran away and climbed a tree.
Chain Free Beaufort’s Kim Bonturi said she discovered her friend and neighbor, Mimi Austin, had lost her dog that she rescued. “I

Cappy in a tree before being rescued.

knew she was devastated, so I did the only thing I could at this point, got a friend of mine and me and her and her dog went out walking looking for little Cappy,” Kim said.
“We headed towards the Beaufort National Cemetery where Cappy was last seen six and a half hours earlier. We heading into the back portion (north side of National street) calling her name and shining flashlights — and then Cappy barked!” Kim described the scene. “She was telling us where she was, we followed her bark to a tall oak tree. We were looking every where in the thick, heavy brush around the tree. Mimi, who lives right next to the cemetery, heard her barking and rushed to help us. Mimi was cutting back all the brush and still no Cappy. I finally decided to call the non-emergency City of Beaufort Police dispatch to see if they would help with spot lights. At the same time, two police cars pulled up to see what was going on. We told them what we were doing, then one officer, said, ‘Well, there she is!’ We all said, ‘Where?’ We looked at the officer and he was looking up into the branches of the tree. Cappy had climbed 12 feet up the tree and was stuck.”
After that, the Beaufort Fire Department was called and they showed up with a 14 foot ladder and rescued Cappy.

Fourth annual Pet and Kid Fair

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Beaufort Dog at Habersham, located at 24-A Market in the heart of the Habersham Marketplace in Beaufort, will host its Fourth Annual Pet and Kid Fair Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Among the activities offered are dog contests, games, agility demonstrations and a vaccine and wellness clinic. Children’s activities and entertainment will also be offered. The event is free and open to the public. Beaufort Dog at Habersham invites the public to bring unwanted or gently used dog bedding and crates to the Pet Fair, as they will be recycled for animals in need. For more information, visit, call 843-812-5394 or email Beaufort Dog Owner and Top Behaviorist Kelley Blackston at The Habersham Marketplace is located at 13 Market St. in the Habersham Neighborhood, located off of Joe Frazier Road in Beaufort.

JSLB holds annual BBQ by the Marsh

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By Tess Malijenovsky
This Saturday, April 14, from 6 to 10:30 p.m., don’t miss out on the Junior Service League of Beaufort’s annual fundraiser: BBQ by the Marsh. What makes barbecue, an open bar, live music and friends even better is knowing the proceeds are directly helping Children Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) and CODA support victims of domestic violence.
The seventh annual BBQ by the Marsh will be at the historic Arsenal (713 Craven Street, downtown Beaufort). This landmark building dates back to 1798 and is a great spot to hear live music by The Broke Locals, eat food catered by Q on Bay, and enjoy a silent auction and an open bar.
“It’s our signature event,” said Carson Bruce, a member of the JSLB board and service committee chair. “It’s always a lot of fun.”
The Junior Service League of Beaufort (JSLB) is a nonprofit organization for the local community. Made up of roughly 50 active Beaufortonians and more than 200 friends, the civic group is dedicated to volunteerism and focuses on enriching the lives of women, children and families in the community. To date, this event has raised more than $100,000 for local charities.
Former President Gloria Duryea said that the Junior Service League of Beaufort chose CAPA and CODA as this year’s beneficiaries because of their aligning missions and great impacts on the community.  “Child abuse and domestic violence doesn’t discriminate against the socioeconomic level of a family,” said Duryea.
The JSLB has been busy recently. The group held the biggest blood drive in the county, bringing in 85 pints of blood, 76 of which were donated by first-time donors, last year. This year their prom boutique featured donated cocktail, semi-formal and formal dresses for young women, helping to boost their self-esteem and give them a great prom.
Tickets to the barbecue are $40 and can be purchased online at or by calling 843-315-7339.

Stroke Survivor

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Kevin Wiley has always taken his high blood pressure seriously. His mother died of a heart attack when she was only 30 years old and two of his uncles suffered the same fate in their 40s and 50s.
But when his right arm and leg began to feel heavy one afternoon in the spring of 2009, Wiley dismissed it and continued to go about his day. That evening, his wife Shelia noticed his speech was slurred.
“I didn’t want to admit something was wrong,” Wiley recalled. “I was in denial.”
By 2:30 a.m. the next morning, his symptoms had become so severe, he was hardly able to walk and was bumping into walls.

Kevin and Shelia Wiley

Shelia took her husband to the Beaufort Memorial Hospital ER where he was diagnosed with a stroke.
Although Wiley had been on high blood pressure medication for 10 years, he stopped taking it in the fall of 2008. Five months later, he had the stroke.
“I didn’t like how the medication made me feel, so I switched to homeopathic supplements,” said the 48-year-old father of four. “In hindsight, that was a mistake.”
The stroke left him paralyzed on the right side of his body. He had trouble swallowing and couldn’t speak clearly.
“Those first few months, I had to do everything for him,” said Shelia, a software manager with the Beaufort County School District. “He used to do all the shopping and most of the cooking. That was the biggest change in our lives.”
After almost a year of occupational, speech and physical therapy, Wiley is back shopping, cooking and serving as pastor of Second Pilgrim Baptist Church in Beaufort. But the stroke has left him with numerous disabilities. He walks with a wobble and is unable to use his right arm. He also suffers from short-term memory loss.
Once a health issue of the elderly, stroke is becoming more and more prevalent in adults in their 40s and 50s. Nearly half of all diagnosed strokes in South Carolina now occur to patients younger than 65.
The dramatic increase in young stroke patients has prompted Beaufort Memorial Hospital to host the area’s first stroke EXPO April 21 in Building 12 of the Technical College of the Lowcountry in Beaufort.
“People don’t realize you can suffer a stroke at any age,” said Kathy Campbell, director of Beaufort Memorial’s inpatient rehab unit. “Young survivors often have different needs and issues than older stroke survivors. We’re starting a support group to provide them with resources and tools to help them deal with the life-changing effects of stroke.”
The EXPO is being cosponsored by YoungStroke, Inc., an advocacy organization for adults who experienced a stroke between the ages of 20 and 64. Stroke survivor and founder Amy Edmunds will be among the guest speakers featured during the 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. event.
“In the U.S., we don’t differentiate stroke survivors by age,” said Edmunds, who had her stroke when she was 43. “But there are differences. Young stroke survivors can have better outcomes if they receive more aggressive therapy.”
Edmunds will be joined by neurologist Dr. Paul Mazzeo, internist Dr. Philip Cusumano and Greg Gilbert of the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department. The EXPO also will include a panel of four stroke survivors and a caregiver, among them Kevin and Shelia Wiley. They will discuss their experiences and how they cope with life after stroke.
“I’ve had to change some things in my life,” Kevin Wiley said. “I exercise four times a week now and I stay away from pasta and pizza.”
To register for the EXPO, call (843) 522-5585. For more information about Young Stroke, Inc., go to

Jonah and his whale: Part II

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By Danette Vernon
Many of us are familiar with the story of Jonah. He had a “whale of a time” with himself, running a gambit of emotions in the story, between resistant, then thankful; angry, then hot and bothered; despairing, then humbled.
Our own story can be much like this, a bit of an emotional roller coaster, until we reach our Nirvana. On Monday, we make the announcement of our intention to live a CHANGED LIFE, “No more donuts!” we vow. By Tuesday, we, just as quickly change our mind — and we have a donut to console ourselves. Surely people will realize we were just blowing off steam … again.
But there comes a time when the pain of not living as we wish is greater than our fear of the unknown, and we take one hesitant step forward, trusting, as Barbara Winters writes, “that when we come to the edge of all that we know, one of two things will happen, there will be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught to fly.”
Kevin Trudeau, noted expert on transformation, outlines his steps for change: 1. Find out who has gone before you, and were successful, read about them, talk to them if possible. Look for mentors if need be. 2. Assess your willingness to learn, to change, on a scale of 1 to 10. It should be a 10. If it’s not a 10, that is the first step to a new life — increase your willingness to learn new things, to change, until you reach a 10.
How do you do that? Well, ask yourself, what am I willing to give up, to be different; to live differently? Are you willing to give up comfort, the creature comforts of your own bed, the familiarity of your friends and family, the level of salary you currently have? Or more significantly, are you willing to give up your beliefs, the ones that no longer serve you?
But what can you do RIGHT NOW you wonder? Kevin further advises, to get out a piece of paper and pencil, and jot down, without thinking, your top 10 goals, and then rate them on a scale of 1 to 10. Any goals that rated a 10, start taking steps towards manifesting these goals, as they are the ones most likely to come true.
Finally, when considering any goal, doing the first thing in front of you is always the next step.
But doing things one step at a time, may not be for you, maybe you NEED the sudden slam of a door, in order to change; well so be it. It’s a rougher road — but get on it! Dan Vaden says, “Things fall apart, so that things can fall together.”
So tomorrow, you quit a job, slam a door, break a heart, and it may appear that all is lost, but it is in these very moments that you will come to the beginning of the new tales that you tell your grandchildren. The stories that will make them exclaim, “Then what happened?!”

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Beaufort Memorial observes National Healthcare Decisions Day

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In observance of National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16, Beaufort Memorial Hospital reminds community members that they can get easy access to state-approved advance directives on the hospital website at  Click on the “Patients and Visitors” section and click on Advance Directives.  Copies can be made in English and in Spanish.
For the past seven years, Beaufort Memorial has offered the free service of scanning copies of people’s advance directives and keeping them on file. If you are interested in doing that, please call Jamie McMahon, Director of Admissions, at 522-5097.
National Healthcare Decisions Day is observed annually on April 16 and is aimed at increasing the number of Americans who have completed an advance directive (“living will”), in which they name the person who will make medical decisions for them in the event they are seriously ill and can’t speak for themselves. Experts say only about 20-30 percent of Americans have completed an advance directive, even though all people age 18 and older should have one.
“It’s understandable that people would put off discussing the topic of serious illness and death, but it’s essential to have this family conversation in advance,” Pat Foulger, RN, VP for Quality Services said.  “It’s a discussion that should take place in the living room, not in the hospital waiting room when it may be too late.”
Beaufort Memorial has offered access to healthcare advance directives on its website for years, or call the hospital at 522-5171 to have the information mailed.

Orchid Salon supports clean water projects

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Aveda’s April 2012 Earth Month campaign will inspire its network of beauty professionals and consumers in more than 30 countries to raise $4.5 million for the protection of clean water — a basic human right that nearly 900 million people  worldwide fight for daily.  In support of achieving this goal, Orchid Salon, an Aveda concept salon in Port Royal, will host a monthlong fundraiser to raise money and invites guests and the community to join their efforts to raise money for clean water.  During the month of April, tickets can be purchased for a $5 donation and entries will be entered to win six months of FREE haircuts.  The winner will be selected on May 1.  All money raised will be donated to the Global Greengrants Fund to help support their efforts to provide clean water around the world.

High school students awarded for nature photos

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The Photography Club of Beaufort awarded the 2012 Dale Westcott Nature Award on Monday, April 9, at the club’s recent meeting. The award is given annually to local high school students for their nature photography in memory of Dale Westcott, a

Jackson Canaday's "Marsh" took second place.

club member, retired educator and avid nature photographer. Mrs. Barbara Westcott, a co-sponsor of the award, was on hand to present the checks to the students. Three area high schools participated this year and submitted a total of 65 photos.
First place was awarded to Enrique Duran from Bluffton High School for “The InBetween,” pictured above. Second place was given to Battery Creek’s Jackson Canaday for “Marsh,” seen at left. Third Place was awarded to Emma Carrol of Bluffton High School for “Floating Star Fish.” Two Honorable Mentions were awarded to Laura Roddey of Beaufort Academy for “Charlottesville” and Emma McCraken of Bluffton High for “Manning the Post.”

Grace & Glory Uptown donates 50 chickens

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GRACE & GLORY Uptown recently held a “Chicks for Chicks” fundraising event to benefit World Vision ( Through this event, GRACE & GLORY, Beaufort’s largest women’s boutique, was able to donate more than 50 chickens to hungry families in Africa.
Why chickens? Fresh eggs raise the levels of protein and other nutrients in a family’s diet.  The sale of extra eggs and chickens can pay for vital basics like rice, milk and school supplies.  Finally, families can sell the offspring for extra income or share them with other families in need.
The event was a huge success, supported by many women in the community who came out to support the cause. Cindy Turnbull, owner of GRACE & GLORY Uptown, offers a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to this worthy charity.
GRACE & GLORY Uptown is located at 1029A Boundary Street in Beaufort.  The women’s boutique carries a large selection of women’s clothing, shoes, accessories and home goods.  The boutique is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information, call the store at 843-521-4050 or friend them on Facebook,

The Indie Film Corner: A double showing

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By Dennis Tavernetti
“The Matchmaker” from The World Series presented by Emerging Pictures in HD at USCB Center For the Arts on Sunday, April 15 at 6 p.m.
Synopsis: Arik, a teenage boy growing up in Haifa in 1968, gets a job working for Yankele Bride, a matchmaker. Yankele, a mysterious Holocaust survivor, has an office in back of a movie theater that shows only love stories. As Arik begins to learn the mysteries of the human heart through his work, he falls in love. The girl he loves has just returned from America and is full of talk of womens rights, free love and rock and roll. The disparate parts of Arik’s life collide in unexpected, often funny and very moving ways as he lives through a summer that changes him forever. The film mixes comedy with drama as it tells a coming-of-age story unlike any you’ve ever seen before.
Ratings & Reviews:  The two leading film web sites give this film an IMDb rating of 7.1. Critics: Ferdi says it’s a “… wise and wonderful coming-of-age tale … teeming and brilliantly told story … performances are superlative and believable.” Jerusalem Post calls it “immensely pleasurable and moving … outstanding acting.”
Previewer’s Comment: This World film filmed in Israel (2010) is in Hebrew with English subtitles. It is a comedy at heart with very funny situations we would never imagine happening in our surroundings. It is the 1960’s and the memories of the Holocaust are only 20 years away and this is used in the film for us to remember that in spite of the past, we all need to move on, and what better way to move on than to find a new love to enjoy life and the future with.  Of course how to do that is always a challenge, and perhaps a matchmaker approach is better than church groups and online dating. The truth is they all have very funny results and in this case a teenager gets an education as well. I could think of worse summer intern jobs.
Rated:  Unrated, but can be considered likely to be PG-13.

“Reuniting The Rubins” from The Indie Series presented by Emerging Pictures in HD at USCB Center For the Arts on Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m.
Synopsis: An up-tight lawyer, Lenny Rubins, has to put his dream retirement on hold when his ailing mother emotionally blackmails him into reuniting his estranged children for a Jewish holiday. They may be peas from the same pod, but in Lenny’s eyes, his grown-up children are certainly not even from the same planet: a ruthless control-freak and hard-nosed capitalist; an outspoken, argumentative eco-warrior committed to the cause and an outer-worldly Buddhist Monk; and to cap it all, a Bible bashing born-again Rabbi. While they might quarrel and fight, they are still family. It is going to take a whole lot of soul searching and sacrifice for all involved to come together in this heartwarming, comic, family drama that will have you thinking of your own extended family with a smile.
Ratings & Reviews:  The two leading film web sites give this film an IMDb rating of 5.2 (middle of the road) and Rotten Tomatoes audience rating of 67.  Not a favorite of the critics due to its exaggerated personalities and situations that stretch the imagination, but audiences give it OK marks for an evening’s comic diversion.
Previewer’s Comment: This UK World film in English reminds us how diverse our families are and why we do not always look forward to family reunions. However, they give us fodder for laughs and angst for years after. Family reunions somehow take” keeping up with the Jones” to the next level, even more intense than your 20th high school reunion, which is mere child’s play. Not all films are intellectual journeys that provide great awakenings in our being. This film is just for fun; and although it doesn’t qualify as slap stick comedy, it is that type of film.
Rated: PG

Tickets for adults are $7, seniors $6, students $5. Call USCB Center for the Arts box office at 843-521-4145 or purchase tickets day of performance. The box office opens one hour before show time.

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