Raise your banner up for Flag Day

On Thursday, June 14, our American Flag will be 235 years old. In honor of this event, the Beaufort Council and Assembly of the Knights of Columbus will sponsor a birthday celebration at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort. The festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. The celebration will consist of the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, the singing of the National Anthem and a patriotic musical program presentation by members of the St. Peter Catholic Church Choir. All are invited to join State Sen. Tom Davis, Rep. Shannon Erikson, Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling, the Knights, the Boys and Girl Scouts and all your friends and neighbors for this patriotic celebration. Come early, bring the family, lawn chairs, picnic baskets and blankets. Be prepared to be uplifted. Be prepared to feel proud — proud to be an American. For those who are unable to attend, remember to pause at 7 p.m. and recite The Pledge of Allegiance. Honor flags support LDW3: This year, for $100 you can be... ...

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What it means to be a good father

By Daniel Brownstein On my father’s bulletin board, hangs a note written to him from his father. My dad, often brimming with sentiment, had penned his dad a letter on Father’s Day 1986, thanking him for being such a wonderful role model and for raising him the way he did. That sparked a return note about how proud of him my grandfather was. My grandfather grew up the poorest kid in town after his father — an immigrant from Romania — died of tuberculosis when he was just five. He scratched his way into the middle class after joining the Army Air Corps as an airplane mechanic. His boss was so impressed with his work ethic that he took him along to NASA. He and my grandmother put both of their boys through college and set up a scholarship to help pay for their six grandchildren to get the education they had valued so much, but couldn’t afford to obtain when they graduated from high school. My dad has a... ...

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Two dedicated dads: David Byrne and Randy Hamilton

David Byrne By Tess Malijenovsky “It was fairly early in my wife’s pregnancy,” David Byrne remembers. “And I’ll never forget when the lady who was doing the ultrasound said, ‘Um, everything’s OK … Dad, do you want to have a seat?’ ” David learned he’d be the new father to triplets — George, Olivia and Samuel. At 28 weeks pregnant, Bethany and David received news no parent wants to hear.  While Samuel had always been a bit small, his growth had come to a standstill and he was actually losing nutrition. The longer the pregnancy continued, the greater the risk of losing him. David and his wife had an important decision to make: Risk losing Samuel or deliver the babies 12 weeks early. On January 28, 2009, George was born at 2 lb., 10 oz. and lived in the NICU for nine weeks. Olivia was born at 2 lbs., 12 oz. and also lived in the NICU for nine weeks. Samuel was born at 1 lb.., 9 oz. and lived in... ...

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Winning writer

Six-year-old Nathan Tran of Beaufort took first place in the PBS KIDS Go! writing contest. Nathan won as an independent entry for his original story called “Ice Escape.” His story is now in the second round of national judging. Nathan’s mom, Emily, said he will be a first grader this fall at Coosa Elementary. ...

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the home chef … on dad’s favorite dish

By Harlene Deane Whenever my daughter asks her dad what his favorite dinner is, his reply is always “spaghetti and meatballs!” We like to keep him healthy so we cook up this recipe … Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs INGREDIENTS 12 ounces ground turkey 4 ounces turkey sausage, casings removed, crumbled 6 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese 4 tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme 3/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground black pepper 2 tsp olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes 10 ounces spaghetti DIRECTIONS Mix turkey, sausage, 4 tbsp cheese, 2 tbsp parsley, 2 garlic cloves, thyme, salt and pepper in medium bowl. Moisten hands and form mixture into 1-inch balls. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion; sauté 5 minutes. Add 2 garlic cloves; stir 1 minute. Add tomatoes; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until sauce thickens slightly, about 12 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add meatballs to... ...

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Thinking of going skinny sipping this summer? Think again!

By Terry Sweeney The same thing happens to me every June as it suddenly dawns on me that summer is actually already here and I will, sooner or later, be called upon to appear in public in my bathing suit. A private confab with my closet’s full- length mirror confirms the worst. Either some cruel prankster has exchanged my grown up middle-aged man-trunks for those of a much skinnier 12-year-old skateboarder, or I have overeaten myself into my best imitation of a Vietnamese pot-belled pig. A Happy Wino friend of mine says she has summer shorts and khakis in various sizes depending on the ups and downs of her girth.  But when June comes around and she can’t fit into her biggest pair (her “fat” pants as she calls them); the jig is up and she immediately stops eating — but not drinking! The problem with mixing dieting and drinking — or going “skinny sipping” as I call it — is that when you cut out breads, pasta, potatoes, and... ...

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Keeping culinary diversity is crucial for Beaufort

By Pamela Brownstein When I heard recently that Port Royal Pasta Company on Ribaut Road had closed, I was surprised. It seemed to be busy, and there was a buzz about the food. When I heard that Heckler’s in Beaufort Town Center had closed, I was shocked. The food was really good, and it appeared to me to be a popular place, especially during karaoke night. Then when I heard that The Tooting Egret downtown was closing, I was floored. The food there was excellent, and I always saw people eating outside. It was personally upsetting because the general manager Matt had been so generous by donating his time and knowledge of wines to help us throw a fundraiser at the restaurant that was just fabulous. The restaurant businesses is tough, and no more so in a still-struggling economy, so I wish all the employees a speedy job recovery. But in the midst of this depressing news, there is hope on the horizon. The old Koth’s grocery store on North... ...

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Take it easy

By Jack Sparacino An old friend from work recently wrote to me from New Mexico about a trip he made to Walmart.  He thought I might get a kick out of seeing one of the newer products they had for sale, and he included a picture. The item is called “Batter Blaster.” It’s pancake batter in a pressurized can, made by a company in Austin, Texas. No time to mix up your own batter? Too much work involved?  Well, just heat up a griddle and spray away.  Minutes later you’ve got pancakes or waffles, and in four different flavors no less. Life is good, right? I was so excited about this invention, I grabbed my buddy “Flip” (he loves pancakes) and we started brainstorming other new product ideas to help people avoid lifting any more fingers than absolutely necessary. Here are some of our initial concepts. We hope you like them, too. 1. “Batter Up.” This one was directly inspired by Batter Blaster.  But instead of using a whipped cream... ...

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City gives first approval to budget without tax hike

Beaufort’s proposed budget for 2012-13 provides a 3 percent cost of living increase for all qualified city employees but Beaufort City Council nixed the idea of a $35 fee for private vehicles registered within the city. Instead, council directed to staff to find alternatives to the $313,390 that would have been raised by the vehicle fee. Raising the city’s stormwater management fee from the current $65 to $105 is an option proposed by City Councilman Mike Sutton. Another option is to reduce capital expenditures such as new police and fire vehicles. The $16,142,646 budget received first-reading approval Tuesday by City Council. Final review and voting is scheduled for June 26 at City Hall. “This is a balanced budget, this is a sound budget, and this is a budget that takes care of the City of Beaufort,” City Manager Scott Dadson said. “There aren’t any ‘extras’ in it, but we tried to continue the momentum we’ve started.” The city has enjoyed stable cost structures for the past several fiscal years due... ...

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Gov. Haley talks hurricane safety

By Pamela Brownstein On Friday, June 8, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley spoke at the Beaufort County Law Enforcement Center and urged residents to take responsibility for their own safety in case of a hurricane. She said emergency officials on the local and state level are prepared should a disaster strike, and she expects the people in South Carolina to do the same. “You need to know where you’re going to go,” Haley said, if there is an evacuation. The governor and other local and state emergency responders emphasized the importance of having a preparedness plan that includes  having water, batteries, a full tank of gas, and even good tire pressure. The biggest change this year is that evacuations will not be voluntary, only mandatory. This way, officials said, once the evacuation is issued, residents are likely to take it more seriously. Other speakers included Todd Ferguson, Beaufort County Emergency Management Director; George McKinney, Director of the South Carolina Emergency Management Division; Dick Jenkins, State Traffic Management Engineer for the... ...

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