The power of female friendship: She hands you water when you have had too much wine and she hands you wine when you have had too much life

By Cherimie Crane Weatherford It is found in preschools, gym classes, dance lessons, bathroom stalls and occasionally in that hour where the whole world seems to have gone blindingly dark; a sympathetic glance, a shared tissue, a gentle hand that silently screams, I am here and we can handle it. It is female friendship, the foundation of most anything memorable and necessary for anything manageable. Such a sacred, sweet and fierce bond is formed in that one moment where one woman sees herself in another. When the competition fades, the jealously subsides, and the learned habit of judgment sheds its cloak and the true feminine mystique reigns. Few women can recall momentous events that aren’t shaded by the colors of their closest friends. Notorious as our gender may be for devouring our own, every woman has at least two females who would readily walk through fire at first summons. It isn’t always family, it isn’t always the most likely of pairings, but it is always certain, safe, and without condition.... ...

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Beaufort seeks volunteers to roll up sleeves on form-based code

Knowledgeable volunteers are needed to review and critique Beaufort’s new Form-Based Code, an in-depth guide to how the historic city should develop over the next century. The committee will be formed by mid-June with work expected to start in August. The hands-on, line-by-line review of the 400-page document will ensure the document “fits” Beaufort, said Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling. “What we’re doing is ‘Beaufortizing’ the code so it fits and protects what we have while taking our hometown to the next level of excellence,” he said. “Those before us worked very hard to create and protect our history, our natural resources, our scenery and scenic vistas. We need to be sure the Form-Based Code we put into place recognizes and celebrates those elements.” Members of the Beaufort Form-Based Code Advisory Committee will be asked to: • Ensure that the draft document is easily understood by all user groups and contains the right balance of content and layout to make it user-friendly; • Review and recommend an appropriate development review process... ...

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News briefs

Buckle up, Beaufort The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the 2012 Buckle Up South Carolina campaign. The men and women of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office are proud to partner with the South Carolina Department of Public Safety and law enforcement agencies throughout the state in the annual Memorial Day Buckle Up South Carolina campaign. This campaign focuses on the importance of using a seat belt during the operation of a motor vehicle. Increased enforcement of the South Carolina seat belt law will run through June 3. For additional information, please contact Captain Allen Horton at 843-255-3264 or visit www.buckleupsc.com. Traffic team to conduct checkpoint Members of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Team will be conducting a traffic safety checkpoint on Thursday, May 31, from 7 to 9 p.m. The checkpoint will be held at the following location: • U.S. Hwy 21 (Sea Island Pkwy) at Ball Park Road (Northbound traffic) This Public Safety Checkpoint will be conducted to enforce all South Carolina State Laws,... ...

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Cancer Survivors Day Celebration

Cancer survivors and their guests are invited to celebrate “Expressions of Survivorship” by attending Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s third annual Cancer Survivors Day Celebration and art exhibit on Sunday, June 3, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Beaufort Memorial Keyserling Cancer Center. The free celebration is open to any cancer survivor and his/her guest, and will feature live music, refreshments, a brief program, door prizes, and a special opportunity to view several art works that are part of the national Lilly exhibit “Lilly Oncology on Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey.” Program speakers will include BMH physicians, nurses, and cancer survivors who will share their personal stories of survivorship. Registration is requested by Friday, June 1. Call 843-522-5585 to register or for more information. ...

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Have you ever stopped to think…

By Martha O’Regan And forgot to start again? When I saw this bumper sticker many years ago, I laughed out loud with a response of “yep, all day long.” How many times a day do you get distracted by all the “bright shiny objects” that continuously vie for our attention? Do you get to the end of a day with that to-do list still full? And, who doesn’t walk into a room and wonder “why did I come in here” and have to retrace your steps to remember? Or, is it just me? The truth is, we live in a world of information and stuff overload and our brains are so jumbled with conflicting data from so many “experts” or too much stimulation from all of our technological gadgets, making it difficult to focus, even when we desire it. Unless we are living on a deserted island, we all have the propensity for one of the many “alphabet soup” syndromes labeling our inability to give undivided attention to a specific... ...

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Blinding eye diseases may show no early symptoms

Mark Siegel, MD, FAAO The American Academy of Ophthalmology urges all Americans to make regular dilated eye exams a part of their health routine during Healthy Vision Month. Observed each year during the month of May, Healthy Vision Month is an annual campaign to educate the public about ways to make their healthy vision last a lifetime. In addition to routine eye exams, healthy habits — such as a nutritious diet, regular exercise, not smoking, and wearing sunglasses — can help prevent eye disease and vision loss. There are seldom any warning signs or symptoms during the early stages of serious eye diseases like glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. However, it is in the early stages of disease that treatments can most effectively prevent blindness. The only way to catch many eye diseases early is through routine screening. Most Americans understand the importance of regular dental visits or cancer screenings, but often forget about their eye health until they notice a problem. Too often, this costs patients their... ...

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If not you, who?

By Will McCullough When considering putting your property on the market, I think it’s very important that you interview at least two or three potential listing agents. In the Beaufort area, there are literally hundreds of licensed real estate agents and finding the right Realtor to represent you can make a huge difference in seeing your property sell in a timely manner and for as much as possible. In complete honestly, it isn’t always a matter of just who’s “better,” it’s often more a matter of “who’s a better fit” for you and your specific needs. That being said, I wanted to share what I’ve always considered the best question I’ve ever personally been asked by a potential client during a listing interview. The question was simple: “If you couldn’t recommend yourself or even an agent from your company, who are a few other local agents you’d recommend to list our home?” Please allow me to be completely up front, as a local agent myself, I’m obviously biased. However, truth... ...

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Disaster preparedness

By State Farm™ agents No one can control where or when a natural disaster might occur. But good emergency planning can help reduce a disaster’s impact on your family’s health and safety. Use the information below to help create a disaster preparedness plan for your family. Stay Informed A key part of disaster preparedness is knowing where to find the best, most current information. For immediate needs, keep a battery-powered AM/FM radio or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio receiver in your home. When hazardous conditions occur, tune in for the latest information and instructions. It’s also a good idea to learn more about emergency programs in your community. The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can direct you to national and state programs. Contact your local police or fire department to find out about programs in your immediate area. For longer-term planning, the Federal Alliance of Safe Homes (FLASH) is a good place to start. There you can learn about the most... ...

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Kevin and Rosemary Cuppia: Hearts of gold

By Lanier Laney Rosemary and Kevin Cuppia have owned and operated Modern Jewelers on Bay Street for more than 30 years. Rosemary, a Beaufort native, met her husband Kevin — a transplant from New Jersey whose family moved to Hilton Head Island — when she was in the 10th grade at Beaufort Academy and he in the 11th. They both graduated from University of South Carolina with marketing management and merchandising degrees and in 1981 got married. Modern Jewelers was originally started by Lester and Virginia Hiers in 1947. Rosemary’s dad, Carson Rembert, took over as manager in the 1960’s, and later bought the business. Kevin and Rosemary worked together with her dad for a few years after college and then he offered them the opportunity to buy it. They jumped at the chance to stay in Beaufort and the idea of working together in their own business. Today they have built the store into one of the best in the region, chosen as “Beaufort’s Favorite Jewelry Store” every year... ...

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