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July 05, 2012

Sheriff’s Office promotions

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The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office wishes to congratulate the following personnel in recognition of their achievement and dedication. Effective as of the Monday, July 2, ceremony, the following civilian personnel have been promoted: Jennifer Burns: Promoted to Sheriff’s Tech II, Sharon Chavis: Promoted to Sheriff’s Tech II and Lori Tuten: Promoted to Sheriff’s Tech II.

Civitas awards honor local business leaders

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The best and brightest of northern Beaufort County’s business leaders earned recognition with Civitas Awards Friday night at the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 10th annual event.
Held at the Dataw Island Clubhouse, the annual meeting and Civitas Awards included Chairman Jon Rembold handing the gavel to new chair Frankie Denmark of Hargray, and an overview of 2011’s accomplishments and 2012’s goals by President Blakely Williams.

From left, Rep. Shannon Erickson; winner of the Lowcountry Young Professional award, Stephen Murray; Jeff Kidd; and Kendall Erickson.

There were 34 nominees for 12 Civitas Awards this year.
The highest honor, the Lifetime of Leadership Award, went to Robert DeLoach. Other nominees included Bernie Kole and Larry Mark. The award recognizes an individual who has made great contributions to his/her community with their lives through various avenues of service. Service may come in the form of business growth and development, setting higher standards and/or demonstrating great leadership skills.
DeLoach has lived in Beaufort all his life with the exception of his college years and his World War II service in the Navy.  He has positively impacted the lives of Beaufort residents over the last six decades with his invaluable engineering experience, beginning at Parris Island where he worked for 37 years as a mechanical engineer and at BES, Inc. where he has completed countless projects, introduced groundbreaking technologies in the field of engineering and mentored five generations of young engineers for the past 36 years.
Among DeLoach’s numerous volunteer hours include: the Beaufort Academy Board of Directors; Lady’s Island Business Professionals Association (LIBPAS) Board of Directors; South Carolina Social Services Board of Directors; and the Boy Scouts of America as District Commissioner.
The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador of the Year was Valerie Althoff.
Other Civitas winners included:
• Regional Economic Impact: Technical College of the Lowcountry.
• Excellence in Free Enterprise: Greenbug.
• Community Stewardship: Robinson Grant.
• Outstanding Nonprofit: HELP of Beaufort.
• Outstanding Leadership Beaufort Alumni: Terry Bennett.
• Tourism Leadership: Beaufort Water Festival.
• Outstanding Employee: Androula Weiland, Main Street Beaufort USA.
• Military Citizenship Award: Bill Severns.
• Lowcountry Young Professional: Stephen Murray, Kazoobies Inc.
• Junior Enlisted Service Member of the Year: HM2 Samuel Woodson
• Non-commissioned Officer of the Year: Sgt. Ashley Mohr.
Judges for this year’s event included Kevin Cuppia, John Perrill, Jeff Evans, Bill Bootle, Jeff Kidd and Sallie Stone.

News briefs

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Stewart to speak at LIBPA July meeting
Dick Stewart, Chief Executive Officer of 303 Associates, will be the guest speaker for the July 10 meeting of the Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association to be held at 8 a.m. in the Beaufort Realtors Association Headquarters located in the Professional Business Park on Lady’s Island Drive.  The meeting is open to the public.
In addition to serving as the Founder and Managing Member of 303 Associates, Stewart is the founder and managing member of a hospitality company that operates the Beaufort Inn and Grid Properties, LLC a property company with holdings in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Stewart and his wife Sharon gave the original Crystal Lake property to the county for the purpose of it becoming a park and recently provided financial support for the creation of the Port Royal Sound Foundation.

US 21/Boundary Street project topic of event
Beaufort County and the City of Beaufort have scheduled an informal open house regarding the US 21/Boundary Street road improvement project. The open house will be held Thursday, July 12 between 5 and 7 p.m. at Beaufort City Hall, 1911 Boundary Street. Preliminary alignment and traffic data will be available for review. The project begins at Neil Road and ends at Ribaut Road. It calls for replacement of the center turn lane with a median, realignment of SC 170 and the addition of a 10 ft. multi-use path. City and county officials and consultants will be on hand at the event to answer questions regarding the project.
Related maps, drawings and the draft environmental assessment will be available at the county engineering office for public review following the open house. The engineering office is located at Building #3, 102 Industrial Village Road, Beaufort.  Additional information may also be obtained by calling the office at 843-255-2700.

Citizen input sought for naming rail trail pathway
Beaufort County Council wants help from residents in naming a proposed pedestrian/bicycle trail planned for northern Beaufort County. The 13-mile-long trail will be developed along the former railroad right of way from the Town of Port Royal through the City of Beaufort and portions of the unincorporated area of Beaufort County to the Whale Branch River. Spurs connecting portions of the trail to the community are also a part of the project.
County Council will hold a public hearing on the name for the trail on Monday, July 23 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers, County Administration Building, 100 Ribaut Road. All interested residents are encouraged to attend and offer their suggestions.
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Scenes of Summer

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Despite wearing inflatable “swimmies,” this little girl never got out of arm’s reach Tuesday afternoon June 26 at Hunting Island State Park.
Despite wearing inflatable “swimmies,” this little girl never got out of arm’s reach Tuesday afternoon June 26 at Hunting Island State Park.

Sun bathers had to find a good spot between washed up logs, seaweed and sea turtle nesting sites at Hunting Island the day after Tropical Storm Debby brushed the Lowcountry. Photos by Bob Sofaly.

Local Marine recipient of Purple Heart

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By Pamela Brownstein
When James Wesley Colman III was growing up, he always looked up to his dad, Jim, a veteran who spent more than 20 years in the Marine Corps.
So when James, who goes by Jimmy, decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and join the Marines, he said, “I knew better than 99% of the other people what I was getting into.”

Even though he had been around Marines his entire life, Jimmy, 26, had to experience first-hand the reality of being deployed and what it means to protect his country.

Jimmy Colman, right, with his mom and dad.

He started boot camp in March 2011, and by December his unit was sent to a small base in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.
While on patrol there in February of this year, he was shot in the leg by enemy fire. What Jimmy calls “a routine gun shot,” the bullet went straight through his calf, and after two surgeries, he was on the mend. After a month in the hospital, instead of going home or back to the U.S., he returned to his platoon.
“I had already made it clear that I wanted to go back to my base. I didn’t want to leave, really,” he said.
But last week, after serving out his tour and being awarded the Purple Heart, Jimmy was able to come home to Lady’s Island.
He said the most important thing he learned while away was a greater appreciation for his family and friends, and not to take them for granted.
His dad Jim, who owns the landscaping company Lawn Solutions, threw a party for his son’s homecoming that included a DJ,

Jimmy on patrol in Afghanistan.

an inflatable slip n’ slide, and a caterer serving barbecue, something Jimmy craved while he was away.
Jimmy cites his dad as the person who has inspired him most in his life.
“He’s always been a role model and supported us in whatever we did,” he said.
But Jimmy’s bravery and dedication to his unit serve as an inspiration to his community and to everyone who stands for freedom this holiday weekend.

Back with friends in Beaufort.

Cubes for the Cure: Firefighters create nonprofit in honor of Bob “Banny” Banfield

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On April 25, Beaufort lost a brother firefighter and dear friend to cancer.
Robert “Banny” Banfield was an avid runner, competition swimmer, husband, nature enthusiast and health nut. He was only 54 years young when he lost his battle with neuroendorcrine cancer.
Many of Banny’s family, friends and co-workers knew that Bob was the most physically fit person for his age group and was a person who lived a healthy lifestyle. He ate healthy/organic foods, ran marathons, biathlons, and competed in swim meets often. Bob even competed in the Hunting Island Biathlon months before passing away to show defiance towards his cancer.

Robert “Banny” Banfield was an avid runner, competition swimmer, husband, nature enthusiast and health nut. He was only 54 years young when he lost his battle with neuroendorcrine cancer.

Bob always put an emphasis on his physical fitness because he wanted to be in the best shape possible every time he stepped off the fire truck ready to act.
Cancer is a major illness that can threaten anyone at any given time. Firefighters are against more alarming odds than the general public. In a three-year study completed in 2005 by the University of Cincinnati, researchers concluded that firefighters face a 102% greater chance of contracting testicular cancer than any other type of worker, a 53% greater chance of multiple myeloma, a 51% greater chance of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a 39% greater chance of skin cancer, a 32% greater chance of brain cancer, a 28% greater chance of prostate cancer, a 22% greater chance of stomach cancer, and a 21% greater chance of colon cancer.
Before Banny passed away, his coworkers sat down with him one night at the firehouse during one of their big firehouse dinners and told him as a department they wanted to pull together to dedicate this year to raising money in his honor to help find a cure for cancer.
Firefighter Nate Hildreth said, “The smile on Banny’s face is something that will stick with me for a long time. I still wonder if it was because we were doing this in his honor or if the thought of all us actually doing a marathon was comical. Either way he was very honored and humbled.”
“Cubes for the Cure” was formed in early March 2012 with the goal to raise money and promote cancer awareness. The group has teamed up with the Beaufort Memorial Foundation for guidance and recognizing that Bob requested all proceeds to be donated to the Keyserling Cancer Center.
Along with the mission to run the half and full marathon in Savannah at the Rock and Roll Marathon on November 3, the new nonprofit is also going to attempt a world record. One of the firefighters will be running a full marathon while attempting to solve more than 100 Rubik’s cubes in order to break the current Guinness World Record that was set last year to raise awareness for prostate cancer. Every penny of all tax-deductible donations and sponsorships made during this event will be given to the Beaufort Memorial Keyserling Cancer Center to fund cancer research.
Cubes for the Cure is reaching out to the community locally, across the region and around the country to get involved. For those who have either never ran a race, have always considered doing one or are already an avid runner as Banny was, join the team to run or walk the half marathon (13.1 miles) or the full marathon (26.2 miles). Also, take a quick moment and jump on the social media wave to keep up to date on the group’s progress. “LIKE” Cubes for the Cure on Facebook and “Follow” them on Twitter @cubesforthecure.
Volunteers are also needed in the coming months at several fundraisers being held leading up to the race, including an event Oct. 20 at Carolina Wings in Port Royal. The group is seeking volunteers to help at various checkpoints along the race route in Savannah to help refresh Rubik’s cubes for the world record team, or to just show up to cheer on everyone.
As firefighter Hildreth said, “We are hoping that the organization of Cubes for the Cure will promote public awareness of all types of cancer to include neuroendocrine carcinoma, show that cancer has no prejudices to any one health style, and find more individuals who would like to participate in our cause as we ‘Battle for Banny.’
Chances are we have probably all known someone or even lost a close friend/family member to cancer. We hope that one day we can discover a solution to this disease and give us that edge to keep us around a little longer to celebrate life with those who love us.”

Get the Details: Visit to sign up for a half or full marathon. Or simply make a tax deductible donation to the cause at or

Notable Beaufort gardens on tour

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By Lanier Laney

A delegation from the renowned Charleston Horticultural Society, including Co-founder Karl B. Smith along with Committee Chairs  Susan Epstein and Mary Miller, toured 15 notable Beaufort Gardens this past week and were very impressed with the gardening skills they saw.

Dean Hall Plantation, Seabrook.

“My admiration of and attraction to the city has grown immeasurably because of this visit,” said Karl Smith.
“What a fabulous day we had in Beaufort,” said Plantasia and Tours Director Susan Epstein.  “Every stop we made was a gem!” said Andre Michaux Committee Chair Mary Miller.
Below is a list of gardens they visited, including  the wonderful gardens at Dean Hall Plantation where Gay Fowler has done a truly amazing job with the design of her old rose, formal gardens, and outbuildings.
Woody and Lynne Collin’s magical sustainable organic farm in Seabrook was also a favorite on the trip.  Woody is the founder of Friends of Gardens Corner, the new group that is working toward putting a historical marker up to honor Dr. Alexander Garden who planted the first gardenia plant in America in Sheldon at Gardens Corner. The gardenia plant was named after Dr. Garden by noted Swedish botanist  Carl Linneaus.
Lunch was at the lovely Bay Street house and garden of Peggy Reynolds.
The Charleston Horticultural Society (CHS) is a nonprofit organization with membership open to all. The organization has

Karl Smith, Gay Fowler, Mary Miller and Susan Epstein.

grown to more than 1,300 individual and business members interested in learning about all aspects of horticulture through lectures, a newsletter, educational workshops and special tours.
Upcoming events include the Gateway Walk — Places for the Spirit on Wednesday, July 18, from 9:15 a.m. to noon. Join CHS and explore one of Charleston’s best kept secrets. In 1930, the Garden Club of Charleston enlisted the help of Loutrel Briggs to design a series of walkways through the graveyards and public spaces connecting Archdale Street to Philadelphia Alley that became the Gateway Walk. Local architectural historian Karen Prewitt will lead the journey through history, architecture and social customs.
For information or to join, call 843-579-9922  or go online to

Featured Beaufort Gardens:

• 711 Prince St., Sam & Heather Vale,  Nancy Law.
• 803 Prince St., Mike Rainey.
• 511 Prince St., Robert Smalls House, Bonnie and John McCardell.

Marsha Williams and Scott Sonoc’s garden at 500 Port Republic St.

• 503 Washington St., Lisa and Jeff Sanderson.
• 501 King Street, Diane and Conway Ivy.
• 500 Port Republic Street, Marsha Williams and Scott Sonoc.

The garden of Sam and Heather Vale and Nancy Law, 711 Prince St.

• 601 Bay St., Gwen & Scott Myers.
• 2212 Bay St., Peggy and Wayne Reynolds.
• Dean Hall Plantation, Seabrook, home of Gay and Frank Fowler.
• Lynn and Woody Collins, Seabrook
Plus many other beautiful gardens and yards were appreciated from the
street by the group.

The garden of Gwen and Scott Myers.
Crist garden.
Diane and Conway Ivy’s garden.










The garden of Lisa and Jeff Sanderson, 503 Washington St.

Put ‘proper breathing’ on your list: Take care of yourself by learning to take a deep breath

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By Danette Vernon
I recently found a list of “25 Things to Do Before You Turn 25” by January Nelson. I thought, well, even at age 52, it’s never too late to accomplish what I might have started at 25.
Number 1 on the list was, “Make peace with your parents (check). Whether you finally recognize that they actually had your best interests in mind or you forgive them for being flawed human beings, you can’t happily enter adulthood with that familial brand of resentment.”
Other random, yet pertinent advice: “Kiss someone out of your league. Minimize your passivity. Make a habit of going outside. Enjoy the light. Relearn your friends. Forget the internet. Learn to say no — to yourself. Find a hobby that makes being alone feel lovely and empowering and something to which you look forward. Forget who you are, what your priorities are, and how a person should be.
Finally, Number 25: “Quit that job that’s making you miserable, end the relationship that makes you act like a lunatic, lose the friend whose sole purpose in life is making you feel like you’re perpetually on the verge of vomiting. You’re young, you’re resilient, and there are other jobs and relationships and friends if you’re patient and open.”
Ah, Number 25 — if only I had started earlier!
So what is the easiest thing I, or any of us, could do, barring making actual changes in our lives?
We can start with taking care of ourselves by learning to breathe — yes, breathe — but deeper.
Most of us breathe very shallowly, which your body may experience as chronic hyperventilation. This breathing pattern alone may cause us to stay in a state of emotional upset. In addition, some of us even hold our breath.
“Fear stops your breathing,” Gay Hendricks, noted psychologist, tells us. He goes on to explain that animals instinctively freeze when scared, holding their breath to assess the situation and to prepare for “flight of fight.” If an “all clear” is felt, they go back to breathing normally. On the other hand, humans may maintain a traumatized breathing pattern for years.
Simply put, your belly needs to expand outwards when you breathe in, and suck inwards when you breathe out. To change this pattern to one that will promote healing, first practice tensing the stomach muscles, especially around the navel, then relaxing them. Do this just to get familiar with how it feels to deliberately tense, or relaxed them. Try this 8-10 times. Then just take a few deep breaths. Practice. Next, breath in deeply to a count of four, hold your breath for a count of four, breathe out for a count of four, hold for a count of four.
Add an affirmation, as you breathe, if you like, “This deep breath is all I need,” or “I breathe out worry, and breathe in peace.” Try it.
Then believe that “this deep breath is all you really need” to start on the list you missed out on at age 25.

The truth about eyelash extensions

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By Takiya Smith
For the past two and a half years, I have professionally, knowledgeably and successfully practiced as a trained and certified beauty consultant. My area of expertise allows me to specialize in semi-permanent eyelash extensions, which differ greatly from self-applied false eyelashes. I have been questioned about eyelash extensions and have heard others offer incorrect information, thus improperly educating clients. In this article, let’s discuss the truth about eyelash extensions.
First, the proper name for professionally applied lashes is semi-permanent eyelash extensions, which are individual, synthetic fibers that are grafted to each natural lash, one at a time.  The fibers, ranging from real or faux mink, plastic and even human hair, are adhered using a surgical grade adhesive that can not be purchased in stores and is only sold to and recommended for use by trained and certified specialists.  Hair extension glue, super glue and nail glue, among others, are not acceptable nor professional and can cause rash, irritation and infection to the sensitive eye and surrounding skin.
Semi-permanent eyelash extensions should only be applied by a professional, otherwise the end result could lead to improperly applied extensions and damage to the natural lash line.
One of the biggest myths regarding semi-permanent eyelash extensions is that they will cause breakage or damage to the clients natural eyelashes. The truth about the matter is that as long as the lashes are applied properly by a trained professional, the extensions will not cause damage or breakage.
Eyelashes, like hair on our heads, grow from a follicle and shed regularly.  Both the hair from our heads, as well as our lashes, go through three stages of natural growth: Anagen (growth), Catagen (transitional), and Telogen (resting). These three phases of hair growth, transition and resting are natural, and each individual eyelash has a life cycle of roughly 90 days in which they grow, shed and grow some more. Each cycle is never ending, and as semi-permanent eyelashes are adhered to the lash only, not the skin or blocking the follicle, this allows the process to continue healthily and naturally. The lash extension stays attached to the natural lash which is shed, thus leaving behind a newly emerged lash that will eventually shed as well. Several factors, such as health, medication, atmosphere, diet and exercise can determine the growth cycle of your natural lashes, however eyelash extensions are not the cause of lost lashes. Lash extensions can last between four to six weeks and can be worn indefinitely with routine maintenance every two to three weeks.
In relation, false applied lashes such as adhesive lash strips and flares, which differ greatly from semi-permanent eyelash extensions, can be bought and applied personally, but are made to be worn temporarily for a matter of hours throughout a day.  The adhesive is water soluble latex-based and should be washed and removed nightly due to being applied directly to the skin, thus blocking the follicle. Continued or prolonged use can and will damage and break the lashes as well as cause inflammation and infection due to blockage.
For more information regarding the facts about semi-permanent eyelash extensions and false eyelashes, visit

Protect your eyes this holiday weekend

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By Mark Siegel, MD, FAAO
The holidays are a favorite time for Americans to shoot fireworks. Yet mishaps with fireworks could make the holiday memorable for all the wrong reasons.
Each year, thousands of Americans are injured using fireworks, and 1,300 people injure their eyes. Eye injuries from fireworks include cuts, burns, abrasions, retinal detachment, optic nerve damage, rupture of the eyeball, and complete blindness. This damage is often permanent.
Young children and teenagers account for more than half of all fireworks injuries in the United States. In one memorable case, a six-year-old boy found an M-80 firework in his home and lit it with a barbecue lighter. The explosion resulted in a traumatic injury that impacted the boy’s throat, face and eyes. His parents called 911 for help and his eye injuries required an immediate cornea transplant and lens replacement, and he has undergone several additional eye surgeries since then with permanently reduced vision.
Our eyes are very delicate, and you only get two of them, so a fireworks accident can be truly devastating. Unfortunately, many Americans get caught up in the excitement of the holiday, and forget that fireworks are also dangerous explosives. Children are particularly vulnerable to fireworks hazards.

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