Burton Fire District celebrates promotions

The Burton Fire District held a ceremony recently promoting seven of its members to new ranks including a new officer. Firefighter Justin Blankenship was promoted from Engineer to Lieutenant and will now serve as an engine company officer. Lieutenant Blankenship is a ten year veteran of the Burton Fire District and has been decorated for actions on the emergency scene as well as assisting with the Blue Angle’s crash. Firefighter II Brandon Thompson, Andrew Wright, Jedidiah Huth, Chad Coates, Kahn Sejour, and Matthew Pennington were promoted to their current rank. All firefighters were required to pass both written and practical examinations that met both local and national standards’ for firefighting. “We are proud of all the newly promoted firefighters,” said Burton Fire Chief Harry Rountree. “The demands on our personnel are growing with increased emergency calls along with the dynamics of those calls which involve everything from medical situations to hazardous materials. Our promotional process is very demanding to ensure our personnel can meet those challenges for those we serve.... ...

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Photos sought for 2013 Land Preservation Calendar

Contest Theme: Beaufort County Birds & Their Habitats Beaufort County Birds and Their Habitats is the theme for Beaufort County’s annual photo contest and photographers have until September 4 to submit pictures of birds and/or selected habitat locations. Winning photos will be used to create a 2013 calendar, which will serve as a public information tool regarding the County’s Rural and Critical Land Preservation Program. The contest has been held every year since 2005. It began shortly after Beaufort County Administrator Gary Kubic was hired. He said this year’s theme will appeal to birders and anyone else who appreciates the outdoor beauty of Beaufort County. “The enthusiasm generated each year among local photographers for this project has been very rewarding. We want to be flexible, though, so we have given photographers the option of shooting specific scenic habitat locations if they wish. They do not have to submit photos of birds unless they want to. The contest has always been a lot of fun for photographers and for my staff... ...

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The Baby Diaries: What to do when he’s on the move

By Pamela Brownstein Wanted: A smart, friendly, funny, caring nanny who cooks, cleans my house, teaches my baby to walk and talk, sings songs in a British accent about helping the medicine go down, has a cheery disposition about working for free, then flies home using her umbrella. Oh, wait a second. I just described Mary Poppins. I forgot she’s a fictional character. Still, when it comes to babysitters, she sets some pretty high standards. Even though she’s not real, my situation is: Realizing that I won’t be able to take care of my baby and work at the same time. I have been fortunate that I have been able to juggle both, since I work from home, and for the first six months, my baby had fairly simple needs, and he’s really sweet and good. But now at six and a half months, Wolfe is a busy boy. He is eating baby food and moving all over the place (not at the same time, obviously). These are awesome milestones... ...

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Lowcountry Broil: Enhancing the appearance of our city is a shared responsibility

I agree wholeheartedly with the comments recently published in Lowcountry Broil suggesting some needed improvements to the entrance of Beaufort’s National Cemetery.  While the cemetery is well maintained and offers appropriate and solemn homage to our honored dead, visitors are greeted by a view of the maintenance facility and associated heavy equipment. This seems unnecessary and inappropriate considering the natural beauty of the site and its important purpose. It should be possible to identify a less obtrusive location on the grounds and relocate these maintenance facilities particularly given the recent expansion of the acreage, yet it may ultimately fall to local citizens to bring this concern to the attention of city fathers and the VA. There are other locales in Beaufort we see every day that could benefit from similar improvements. While other residents may have their own list, I can’t help but think that the city could upgrade the landscaping and maintenance of the three city-owned cemeteries bordering Boundary Street as, in the same vein, the Sixteen Gates cemetery... ...

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The Indie Film Corner: “Your Sister’s Sister”

“Your Sister’s Sister” from The Indie Series presented by Emerging Pictures in HD at USCB Center For the Arts Wednesday, July 25 at 2 p.m. Synopsis: A year after his brother Tom’s death, Jack is still struggling emotionally. When he makes a scene at a memorial party, Tom’s best friend, Iris, offers up her father’s cabin on an island in the Pacific Northwest so Jack can seek resolution in solitude. Once there, however, he runs into Iris’ sister Hannah who is reeling from the abrupt end of a seven-year relationship and finds solace in Tom’s unexpected presence. A blurry evening of drinking concludes with an unplanned sexual happening, made even more embarrassing by Iris’ sudden presence at the cabin the next morning. A twisting tale of ever-complicated relationships is set in motion with hilarious and emotional consequences. The outcome of the triangle is in doubt from beginning to end. Ratings & Reviews:  Internet rating sites, IMDb: 6.7; Rotten Tomatoes: Critics: 86/Audience: 80 Very Good marks. Critics: USA Today: “…romantic, funny,... ...

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Please stand up

By Danette Vernon You hit the gym after work, and for dinner you have brown rice, grilled salmon, and a salad. Then you sit down to a little TV before bed. After all, after an eight hour day at the office, you’ve earned it! Or maybe you eschew television for a game of Solitaire on your computer while posting on Facebook and checking your email. Either way, you may spend the whole evening just relaxing. If that’s your day, well, despite your best efforts, you may be on your way to a heart attack, diabetes and a host of back ills. You might want to consider standing up as you read this. Why? Sitting for long periods of time, “promotes a lack of whole body muscle movement,” which Swedish-based researchers say is the more correct way to define sedentary behavior. Even if you exercise regularly or take an evening walk every night, as a woman, your risk of metabolic syndrome, a precursor to diabetes and heart disease, jumps 26 percent... ...

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DeLoach gets lifetime of leadership award

Robert DeLoach, vice president of Beaufort Engineering Services Incorporated (BES Inc.), was awarded the 2012 Lifetime of Leadership Award by the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce. Mr. DeLoach is one of only 10 recipients to have received the award from the chamber. With the exception of his time in college and his service in the Navy during WWII, Mr. DeLoach has lived in Beaufort since his birth in 1926.  For 37 years Mr. DeLoach was employed as a mechanical engineer by the Department of Defense at Parris Island. Upon his retirement, he received the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, the highest medal awarded by the Department of Defense during peacetime to a civilian. Mr. DeLoach has been affiliated with BES Inc. for the last 36 years. During his tenure with the company, BES Inc. has grown from one office in Beaufort into a regional company with five offices throughout the Southeast with over 50 employees. In the last 61 years, Mr. DeLoach has mentored over five generations of new engineers and... ...

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Social Security: A woman’s perspective

By Whitney McDaniel Regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, Social Security will not — and was never designed to — provide all of the income you’ll need to live comfortably during retirement. At best, your income from Social Security will supplement that from other sources. So if you’re planning to factor Social Security into your retirement plan, you should learn all you can about how to enhance your benefits. For females, however, there are some unique factors to consider in the equation. Because Social Security generally has annual cost-of-living adjustments, you have an inflation-protected benefit for as long as you live — and for women, those increases are vital since women generally live longer than men. In addition, Social Security provides dependent benefits to spouses, divorced spouses, elderly widows and widows with young children. While Social Security is neutral with respect to gender (individuals with identical earnings histories are treated with the same in terms of benefits), the following 2008 numbers released by the Social Security Administration... ...

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Local chef cooks up fun at book signing

By Lanier Laney Debbi Covington had record sales at her ‘Celebrate Everything’ book signing event at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club the other night. She said, “Thank you! I’m overwhelmed by the number of friends and customers who attended our soirée and cookbook signing!” Congrats also goes to Paul Nurnberg who did the beautiful food photographs as well as the cover of the book. Just shows you what can happen when two great Beaufort talents come together.  Good luck on your book tour, Debbi. Here are some pics for you from Susan DeLoach.                             ...

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Christening ceremony ‘awakens the dragon’

The beautiful and moving DragonBoat Beaufort Christening and Remembrance ceremonies were held at the Water Festival last Saturday afternoon. As the brand new 48’ dragon boat docked at Beaufort’s Downtown Marina, high priestess Mary Ann Mikell asked Dick Stewart to paint in the eyes in the traditional DragonBoat “Awakening” ceremony for race readiness. His wife then poured Champagne over her bow, christened her “Braveheart” and pronounced her ready to race on her cancer survivor mission. Once awakened, Braveheart put on an DragonBoat Exhibition of precision paddling and racing for Water Festival spectators highlighted by the traditional Survivor’s Ceremony. Each of the 20 paddlers, the Helm and the Drummer dropped a red carnation into the Beaufort River as the name of a friend or a loved one lost to this ubiquitous disease was called out to the crowd. DragonBoat Beaufort is a nonprofit that sprang into being when several Beaufortonians saw the “Awaken the Dragon” documentary winner at this year’s Beaufort Film Festival. In just under five months, a dynamic team... ...

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