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Denice Davis finishes strong in her 3rd Boston Marathon

By Betsy Hinderliter On April 15, 2013 bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon and inextricably altered the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of people. The entire country felt the loss and “Boston Strong” became the catch-phrase of the day. “There was no mistaking it was an explosion,” recalls Denice Davis who completed the marathon for the first time that year just minutes before devastation hit. In 2013, Denise had just finished the race and was closing the taxi door when the first bomb exploded. “The street we were on was immediately shut down. Then there was the second explosion. Panicked people were running everywhere – it was total chaos,” she added. Somehow her cab driver managed to get them out of the area and was able to make his way to the bus station where Denice traveled back to the ferry and then to her anxious family on Martha’s Vineyard. The tragedy of three bystanders losing their lives, dozens of others seriously injured and the... ...

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The definition of kismet — when the United Way hired Tina Gentry

By Michael McNally It all started in a land far, far away…In this case, that would be Tennessee where Tina Lamb Gentry was born a mere 45 years ago. But Tennessee was a short stop on her journey to the Lowcountry. Tina came to Beaufort with her parents when she was 10 and graduated from Beaufort High before heading to college at USC. There, she collected multiple degrees and also collected her high school sweetheart, Kevin, as husband. While starting a family of their own, Tina made a career move into the field of hospice palliative care. This move was due in part to Tina’s compassion related to her godmother spending her last days in a hospice facility back in Tennessee. But beyond that, Tina decided she wanted to make a positive impact not just on a few people, but also on an entire community. She wanted to become involved in a non-profit organization serving an overall community need. In 2011, while living in Asheville, NC the Gentry’s suffered two... ...

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Beaufort Elementary in good hands

Elementary schools have sure changed in the last 40 years. At least they have in Beaufort. And moving them even further ahead is the new Principal at Beaufort Elementary, Melissa Holland. Melissa is the daughter of a radio executive and growing up had the curse and blessing of living in a lot of different towns. She spent some time in Hilton Head which is where her love of the Lowcountry began, but her love of academics started way earlier. Melissa remembers going to an opera in Pittsburgh as a youngster where she was told by her Principal that she should really consider being a teacher. And she hasn’t wavered off that path ever since. After getting her BA in Early Childhood Education at Clemson, she added two masters’ degrees – one in Early Childhood Education and one in Educational Administration. She has taught first and second grades in number of local schools and has had a focus in literacy throughout her years of working. Melissa got her feet wet in... ...

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Special delivery

Once upon a time, there was a nice young man from New Jersey who ran nursing homes and assisted living facilities for a living. His love of cooking came from his family. Both his parents and grandparents owned restaurants. So, he tried his hand at that and owned a restaurant in Louisville, KY for a while. He moved to Beaufort in 2006 to run Bay View Manor here in town. One day, he had a thought. Was there a way to combine his love of food and restaurants with something that would suit the needs of the elderly? And thus was born Gourmet on Wheels. Tony Mazar, founder of this wonderful idea, now rents a kitchen usually at a club that is closed on Mondays, solicits help from family and friends, and creates low calorie, low salt, and low sugar gourmet meals for mostly seniors that are delivered on Tuesdays and are ready to heat and eat. The meals are microwavable and freezable and usually are the right size for... ...

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Meet Jim Marks

Jim Marks and his family moved to Beaufort almost 17 years ago by way of Chicago where he was headmaster of a local school. Jim, and his wife Sally, made their home on Dataw Island and quickly became involved in the greater community – Sally with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry and Jim with Beaufort Academy. “I grew up in a family who was very community-minded, so volunteering just feels right,” Jim shared. It makes sense that he would settle in a place like Dataw. Jim said, “My neighbors seem to gravitate towards giving time and resources to their community. So, supporting local nonprofits was a natural next step.” In doing so, he continued his lifelong commitment to serving his community that began with his career in education. Jim continued to share his time, talents, and resources with many organizations. Three years ago, he added Coastal Community Foundation to that list. Jim now serves on the Foundation’s Board of Directors, Community Stewardship Committee, Beaufort Listening Network, and... ...

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Kenneth Szarek: Former marine supports military 24/7

Kenneth Szarek is the Field Service Representative for Boeing and he’s in charge of the training and support of Marine Corps customers relative to the operation and maintenance of the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft at the Marine Corps Air Base Beaufort. A former Marine himself, Kenneth says he’s humbled and honored to support the USMC mission through his work. “What they do every day is amazing and necessary,” he says. “I’ll do whatever it takes to support them.” Kenneth’s USMC active duty aviation maintenance background, his MBA from Webster University in Webster Groves, Missouri, and a lifelong appreciation of the engineering behind military aircraft led him to his current occupation. He’s also worked as an Adjunct Professor at both Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and USC Beaufort. Father to 20-year old Errin, a Beaufort High School graduate now attending Coastal Carolina University, and 13-month old Elijah, Kenneth says nothing makes him prouder than being a dad. He enjoys pick-up volleyball and basketball games and has visited five of the seven continents. He’s a... ...

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James McTeer II: Local author and school librarian draws on family history for first novel

Born and raised in Beaufort, James Edwin McTeer II was inspired by the life of his namesake grandfather – James Edwin McTeer – for Minnow which will be published by Hub City Press in May of this year. Minnow won the “First Novel Prize” from the South Carolina Arts Competition in 2014. “[My grandfather] was High Sheriff of Beaufort County for thirty-seven years,” James says, “and also worked as a local witchdoctor. His forays into the strange world of voodoo were an inspiration for me as I tried to capture the weird and spooky atmosphere of the Lowcountry on the page.” Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk calls Minnow  “A gorgeous fever-dream of a novel. McTeer’s story of a young boy’s quest achieves a narrative drive and depth that are rare in any novel, much less a debut effort. Minnow picked me up by the scruff of the neck and carried me along as powerfully as a novel by Pat Conroy or Toni Morrison.” James works as... ...

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Dawn Faivre: Lime Lite Salon owner believes in working hard and love what you do

In high school and college, Lime Lite Salon owner Dawn Faivre was frequently asked by friends to style their hair for special events. “I would often forget to allow time for myself because I enjoyed helping them get ready,” Dawn says. “This is when I knew cosmetology was my passion and decided to pursue it as a career.” In 2001, the Greensboro, North Carolina native attended Trident Community College and received her cosmetology license. Since then, she’s been on a path to improve each client’s day. According to Dawn, running a salon is about “having a not so happy-go-lucky client transform into laughter and smiles or supporting someone through a hard time by just being there to listen.  It’s not just creating great hair, it’s also about the bonds and trust that are built.” Of course, as owner of Lime Lite Salon, Dawn is also responsible for banking, payroll, orders, day-to-day management, coordinating in-salon education and overseeing all operations in addition to her favorite part of the job – being... ...

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Laura Roddey started down the philanthropy path very early

It’s not many 11-year olds who spend their summer raising money for a favorite charity, but that’s exactly what Beaufort native and Wofford College sophomore Laura Roddey did when she was 11. In the summer of 2006, Laura began selling t-shirts to support Little Red Dog Foundation, which her neighbor, Anne Guthrie, started in 2005. Handling promotion, sales, collections and delivery herself, Laura raised about $700 for Little Red Dog, which provides specially equipped three-wheeled cycles for people who are mobility challenged. Fast forward to Christmas 2011. Laura and her brother Thomas, 17, who’s now a junior at Beaufort Academy, made a meat rub to give to family and friends as holiday gifts. The rub proved very popular and Laura and Thomas hatched a plan to sell the rub through a new company – Sea Island Seasonings – and donate 100 percent of net profits to charity. With help from parents Tim and Emma, Sea Island Seasonings was soon up and running. “With Sea Island Seasonings, Thomas and I have... ...

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An insurance agent who is a really good neighbor: Amy Bowman

For Amy Bowman, time seems to fly. The Jacksonville, Florida native moved here in 1996 to start the State Farm Insurance Agency which means, since she has been in business here for almost 20 years, she’s now has clients she’s known since they were babies. Starting as a claim adjuster, Amy has worked with State Farm for most of her career. “Our mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and have our clients realize their dreams,” Bowman says. “Insurance is not a tangible product and can be difficult to understand. Working with clients throughout their lives, helping them tailor their insurance and financial services needs as their families grow or they near retirement, is gratifying to me.” Bowman goes on to say there is never a dull day at her agency. Aside from handling the duties of the agency, she and her staff have been known to rescue stray pets along Ribaut Road, jumpstart disabled vehicles, and give driving directions to Parris... ...

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