, The NewsMagazine For Young Profess iona Is F E' NewsMagazine ® Volume XXVI Number 6 November 5 - November 19,2.009 Campaign Update INDlSIRY MikeRxston 13% 31% M\RIlE BEArn .Ioel Foster 31% 30% 73% N¥tle. Beach Resk:lertial fV¥tle Beach G:if OliB !Ovid lAIRrt 2% N¥tIe Beach atts :May .lo RogelS NCRIHSIRAND 60% ScottChton 47% N:rth Strarrl.Residrtial 117% N:rth Stmm Olb; EOUIHSIRAND :Mak0I5Jey 63% WxxlyFOid 60% Dtvid Berton. 32% 55% 65% Bab Krunn& TockJ Leay 95% lNlAND 43% 45% Bridgette JoIn;on & Vicki Castle 59% Ca~yaLts BiD Holt 73% ~ilJanli!S 19% PUBllCSERVIc:FE Rose NIarielJi:R'sey & Fled Rida:t:l;m 30% 17% 2% 64% Greg RicI:adron, Rick ~ & F'..st.lEr MUlloy 2% Gard Strard Gxemrerr ~I.eab, lVhk Knea &Steve 31% 6% $483$28A5 Total Dive as ci: 1~ 35% I Campaign Chair, Steve Chapman We Deed Volunteers! V1TA, Volunteer Income Ta-'{ Assistance, Program offers free assistance to those with low-tomoderate income and assist eligible taxpayers in claiming any special credits and deductions for which they mi gh t be el i gi ble. A II Vol unteer Tax pre parers are trained and certified by the IRS in basic income tax return preparation. The VITA Program volunteers prepare FREE BASIC federal and stale tax returns (Iiled electronically). Anyone can vol un teer!!! Vol 11 nteers directly prepare a taxpayer's returns based on information provided by the taxpayer or answer tax-related questions. NOTE: Accuracy is important. However, volunteers afe not libel for errors made in preparing taxes. If you are interested and want to help, please contact our local VITA representative, Utocqua Grissett, at (843) 347-5195 ext. 5. North Strand Residential is over goal at 117% - CONGRATS!! Who will be next? STAND UNITED for Horry County Now. as never before, people in our area are facing the biggest and toughest challenges of their lives. Many are living a paycheck away frOI11 financial hardship. Hundreds of families are worried about paying for groceries next month. And thousands have medical needs beyond anything they could ever imagine. For more than 35 years, United Way of Horry County bas been our community's trustedleader and partner in improving lives, tackling key community social issues, and making a lasting difference in the quality of life we all enjoy. One gift to United Way helps 36 programs throughout Horry COlUJty. It takes all of us working together to influence the condition of all. Last year, our local United Way, helped over 11,700 youth and children succeed in their lives, gave strength, safety and health to more than J 8,700 farn il ies, promoted self sufficiency to almost 4,320 individuals, provided 285,765 hot, nutritious meals to elderly shut-ins and offered assistance to 188,634 residents jn need. Every person can make a difference in Harry County, OUf communitycounts on United Way to bring togetber all the stakeholders in the community to find common solutions. You can make a powerful impact in ourcommunity by donating to your local United Way and the 36 local programs we support. Together, we Call accomplish more than any individual or organization can alone. Bringing together people to advance the common good: that's what it means to LIVE UNITEU. $I a week can deliver 15 days of hot, nutritious meals and visits to an elderly shut-in. $2 a week provides 40 parents with qual ity early learning experiences for their children to be ready for school. $33 week provides six sessions of preschool group speech therapy to children with speech and language disorders. $4 a week provides 10 weeks of after school care for one child. $5 II week provides 20 children with healthy food for the weekends during one month. $8 a week provides one patient with blood pressure and cholesterol prescriptions for one month. $10 a week helps provide necessary exams and support services for two children who have been sexually assaulted. Every dollar helps the 36 local programs our United "Way supports: MyrtleBeachAlternatives.com Alternatives NOVEMBER 5 - NOVEMBER 19,2009 ALTERNATIVES CONTENTS COMMENTARY: The Iran Charade by Rich Lowry .4 HOAs frustrate members by Paul. Gable 5 Brooklyn Painters exhibit at CCU by Mona Prufer 6 Conway Chamber holds President's Gala by Bridgert.e Johnson .7 2009 NC Oyster Fest deemed successful by M.egan Masser 8 Clemson Bioenergy Summit follows the 'rules of [he road' 9 ALTERNATIVES FEATURE: lilling Farm by Jack Gregory .... . 10-11 C ham b e rannou n ces award winners by Nan cy Gray . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . .. . . .12 LEARNING ALONG THE WACCAMAW: by linda Ketron 13 "To Your Good Health" by Dr. Paul G. Donohue 14 Day for healing mind, body and spirit at UCC by Karen Larson 15 Glenn's 10: Savannah, Ga. by GlennAmette III •........................... .16 EARTH TALK: "Letters" - From EIMagazine 17 Strange But True / Celebrity Extra / Salome's Stars 18 Literary Page: by Mona Prufer/Best Seller Lists .•....•.........•.. 19 Dancing with the Harry County Stars . . .. . 20 PaintWflmingron! NOli. 7-14 21 COMMENTARY: Celebrate our rivers by Christine Ellis 22 NIGHT LIFE & ENTERTAINMENT: Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band At Savannah Music Fest by BrianM. Howle I Beach Newt: CBMA Awards, SxSE,.PeeDee Blues Bath and Jim Quick's Big Fish Shtick by Dariel Bendin I Megadeth Endgame Tour at House of Blues on NOli. 28 by Brian Howle /Concert Calendar 23 - 26 GEEK STRAND: "Flashback TV in Ink" Buck Rogers and Galacrlca 1980 return in comic books by Christopher A. Huff 27 Barefoot Landing holds Lighting of the Land while rewarding locals .18 Mint exhlbit explores identity theft in art world by Elizabeth Isenhour 29 COAST FEATURE: Cucalorus Fi.lm Festiyal by Connie Nelson 30-3 I CAL.ENDAR OF EVENTS 32 Tea Party Express Bus Tour by Janet Spencer 33 Salling Sand: SC Beachs from the US Geological Survey .34 'Frankenstein' visits CCU by Mona Prufer 35 What's .reallyin your dog's food! from www.5ixWise.com 36 Twisting In The Wind / Paw's Corner .37 National Law Enforcement Officen; Memorial Goff Classic by Cheryl Harden , .. 38 SUPER C.ROSSWORD .39 BRIEFS ALONG THE COAST Horry County Museum Board Inducts New Officers The Horry County Museum Staff and Board of Trustees recently held their annual. Induction of Officers dinner. The dinner took place at the L. W. Paul Living History Farm in Conway Thursday October 15, 2009. Recently elected to office were; Ted Gragg, Chairman, Dr. lack Thompson, Vice Chairman, and Florence Vaught, Secretary. Ted Gragg was one of the founding members of the Horry County Museum and is currently the owner of the South Carolina Civil War Museum in Myrtle Beach. He also serves on the South Carolina Sesquicentennial Committee. Dr. Jack Thompson is a recognized local historian and has personally documented the many changes the Grand Strand has seen over the past 50 years as a photographer and author. He is the owner of Jack Thompson Studios in Myrtle Beach. Mrs. Florence Vaught bas served the museum in the past aschairman of the board, founding member of the Friends of the Harry County Museum, and also stands Oil the Horry County Museum Fou.ndation Board. L~R, Harry County MUSeum director R. Walter Hill, IV; Ted Gragg, chairman; Florence Vaught, secretary; Anne Wrigbt, administrative director, and Dr. Jack Thompson, vice chairman .. Photo by Jack Thompson Studio. By Nicole AieUo Annual Citywide Home Cleanup Day In NMB Nov. 7 Keep North Myrtle Beach Beautiful will hold its Annual Citywide Cleanup from 9 a.m.-ooon OJ] Saturday, Nov. 7. The annual cleanup provides Nonh Myrtle Beach residents an opportunity to discard unwanted items including appliances, TVs, furniture, paint, pesticides chemicals, oil and tires, etc. Items call be dropped off at the following locations: • Roses in Windy Hill at 3500 Hwy. 17 S. • The old Food Lion parking lot atSl l Hwy .17 S. • Creek Side ill Chen), Grove Lf residents are unable to get their discarded items to the drop locations, they can leave items curbside for pick up on Monday, Nov. 9. The City of North Myrtle Beach Sanitation Department will pick lip the items during the week of Nov. 9; however, items must be brought curbside, items must be separate from normal trash, appliances must be laid Hat and doors taped shut or removed and items should be left out in a safe manner. Keep North Myrtle Beach Beautiful is a volunteer committee that organizes cleanups, promotes recycling programs and beautification projects in the community. For marc information on this event, to become a member OJ to volunteer, call. Gregg Barnhill. at 843- 280-5673. The Long Bay Symphony Presents Nationalistic Fervor Nov. 8 By Carolyn Pittman During the upheaval of the "Age of Revolution," national cultural identi ti es also began to emerge from the landscape. Experi ence some 0 f symphonic music's finest examples of this musical independence in Sir William Walton's regal Crown Imperial Coronation March, the Spanish folk. musicbased Three-cornered hat: Suite No. 1 by Manuel de Falla, Czech composer Anton Dvorak's beloved Symphony No.8, and the ethereal Violin Concerto No. J by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev - featuring internationally acclaimed violinist Judith Ingolfsson. Concerts are Sundays at 4 p.m. at the MBHS Music & Arts Center, heralded for its comfortable seating and exceptional acoustics. Preconcert lectures with Dr. Evans begin at 3: 15 p.m. Single tickets from $35 to $45 (Senior $30 to $40). CaLI 843-448-8379 for information and to purchase tickets or visit www.LongBaySymphony.com. Local Hotel Group Offers Chance at $5 Room Nights By Lyo MeUl.er 1f you've been dying for a getaway to the beach, but the budget was just too tight to squeeze it in, MYltleBeach..Hotels.com is giving away a chance to hit the Orand Strand for only $5 per night. The company,. which manages multiple oceanfront resorts up and down Myrtle Beach, is giving five winners a $5/njght, two-night stay at the Caribbean Beach Resort & Villas, Compass Cove Resort, or the Breakers Resort every Friday between now and Nov. 20. Simply become a fan of their eight resorts 0]] Faeebook, then every Friday during the above dates, participants will need to watch those pages for the wall post "It's $5 Friday time!" If they're one of the first five people to comment on that post, they win two nights at the above hotels for only $5 per night. The $5 room nights, limited to two per person, are available through Dec. 31, excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information and a list of the resort Facebook pages to watch on Fridays, visit ht1p:llbudurLcoml89y3. • NOVEMBER 5 - NOVEMBER 19,2009 Alternatives MyrtleBeachAlternatives.com COMMENTARY By Rich Lowry ,.he Iran Charade The revelation of an Iranian uraniumenrichment facility buried in a mountain at an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps base near the religious city of Qom might seem ominous. If, that is, the Iranians were determined to develop a nuclear weapon. Fortunately, we are advised that they are not. In November 2007, U.S. intelligence agencies wrote a National Intelligence Estimate concluding, "We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003,. Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program." The intelligence community - appears to be sticking by its judgment, which means - cue the sighs of relief - that the Qom facility may be only a strange curiosity. Apparently, tlle Iranian regime is an obscurantist theocracy with an unquenchable taste for conducting massive expertments in advanced physics. In secret. In heavily defended facilities. The 2007 NIB bad a very circumscribed definition of a weapons program, but it included "covert conversion-related and uranium enrichment-related work." Exactly what Qom is for. What do the Iranians have to do to convince U.S. intelligence tbey 113ve a weapons program? lf'the mullahs have a sense of humor, they must enjoy the farcical aspect of their showdown with the hapless "international community." Immediately after President Barack Obama and Co. scolded them over the Qom facility, they testlaunched short- and medium-range missiles in an in-your-face military exercise named The Great Prophet IV. The Alternatives NewsMIIfIRZine 721 Seaboard Street- Pella Plaza Suite 15· Myrtle Beach, S.c. (8<",,..,, HWI'. 501 & 101/, A"e'me N,ml,) A lrerna live Pe rindi ca Is, Ltd. Drawer 2485, M yrtle Bea ch S C 29578 843-444·5556 FAX (84J)-444~5558 8.each Newz Editor Dariel Bendin Travel Editor Glenn Arnette, III Literary Edltor Mona Prufer M{frketillg & Bditoria! Jack Gregory Jean Hampton Kathy Wiant Janet Spencer Get In Touch With Us Online editorial@;altern!ltives.sc Iranians want to become a nuclear power on the Pyongyang Plan, featuring lots of bluster and lies coupled with interminable negotiations and negotiations over negotiations. The Qom facility is less a surprise than more confirmation of standard Iranian procedure. In 2002, the Iranians were caught with an undeclared enrichment facility at Natanz, A few years later, they were caught trying to figure out how to get a warhead onto a Shahab missile. Each revelation brings its international tsk-tsking, as Iran's program marches on. In a painfully wishful sentiment, Obama says that gaining a nuclear weapon is not in the Iranians' interest But Tehran isn't so foolish, With a nuke, it knows it will have a deterrent against us; a means to destroy Israel; and au instant boost to its influence and prestige in the region. The Iranians consider the world order to be deeply unjust, foisted on everyone else by the Jews and the West, using the lie of the Holocaust for leverage. Iranian power is to be the instrument of this order's reformation, The regime would have to be thoroughly irrational - even on its own apocalyptic tenus - to want to give up the prospect of a weapon merely to avoid tougher sanctions that may never arrive. The Europeans have been embroiled in negotiations with the Iranians for years, pleading with them to abide by repeated U.N. resolutions urging them to suspend their uranium enrichment. 111e Iranians have kept going since 2006. Tellingly, they had indeed suspended enrichment back in 2003, after the Europeans told them they risked courting the same fate as Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Through the haze of delusion over Iran's nuclear ambitions, that's a stark lesson in the persuasive power of fear. But why would anyone who is not an American insurance executive or a highly compensated banker be scared of Barack Obama? Rich LOWlY is editor of the National Review Editor-In-Chief fI/U/ Publisher William E. Darby Creative Director Michaela Wood Sports Editor Paul Gable Dining Editor Terry Jones READERS COMMENTS Comments made by Birgit H. Darby before MB City Council 1 am before you today to remind you of what a gem we have within our city limits. Webster University, with 112 campuses throughout the United States, Europe and Asia and in this area caned the Myrtle Beach Metropolitan Center, has given untold numbers of Ioca 1 and nearby residents the opportunity to reach their dreams of receiving Masters Degrees ill Education. This year, 187 individuals received degrees from the Graduate School Program, including students from around the Country as well as from Bulgaria, India and South America It was my privilege to attend their thirty-second graduation ceremony held at tile Carolina Opry, The packed auditorium Officer Brenda Christy was filled with family and friends, rejoicing in the accomplishments of th esc gra d uates, Since 1.976, Webster University has been a. tremendous asset to this area of South Care lina, Our police department has been enriched by the education received by some of Myrtle Beach's finest, including our Chief of Police as well as by some members of the staff of the City of Myrtle Beach. This year Webster University has established a "Wall of Fame," as a tribute to those students who earned the designation of "Student of the Year." The program was started in 2004, but not until this year were portraits made of each recipient, past and present, and unveiled at the graduation ceremony on October 11. The "Wall of fame" is located ill the hallway of the Administration. building, near the administrative offices. It was with a great deal of pride I witnessed one of out finest unveil. her portrait. In 2006, Myrtle Beach Police Investigator, Brenda Christy, received the "Student of the Year" Award and gave the cornmencement address. Although she hails from West Virginia, she has called Myrtle Beach home since 1985 and, 10 this poi nt, is the only one from Myrtle Beach, S.C., who has received this high honor, The other five recipients were all from N.C. While reading the program, I noticed that the first recipient of the Joseph McGarry scholarship has received his Masters in Business Administration this year. The scholarship was given in memory of one of our fallen heroes, who was ki!led in the line of dury i.n December, 2002. Officer Christy was instrumental in the establishment of this scholarship, as well as numerous other endea vors, such as rars ing money for the Police Officers memorial Fund in Washington DC and many other worthy causes. The residents of this area should be gratefu I for this outstanding University in OUf midst and we should be proud of the accomplishrnents of Myrtle Beach Police officer, Brenda Christy, Free Pre-Approvala C"roli"a MOrLlI'a.II'" is cl"dical"clL.<> pr<>vi.d.i.ng <>ul:SL=cliug cuat.orn er- sa_llSfi:lCUOIl" We wi ll wo rk. wiuh YUH to mak.e sure you uodc:rjll,l,aJ1:d the tcr-rn s Qf yQUT mO:r1.ga"gcl(),!U'l~Wilh prQgram.s Lik c, F"I-LA 31Jd VA purchases 'or rcrm~~nce~ you't"c s urc to ,get lhe r-igln prO~Tam. to 111. your. ueeds Jr's as ,ea.sy as 3 click or ;YOUI' mouse. ~www~Carolln .. aM.ortg. age. 5C -r We mal(e marrgages eosy. fr---J ............... =.....u;~---- Ap.:ply N o.lEl _'"'" __ 16 NOVEMB.ER 5- NOVEMB.ER 19,2009 Alternatives MyrtleBeachAlternatives.com SAVANNAH The Mansion on Forsytb Park The Art of Luxury! By Glenn Arnette, ill Recently I told you aboutthe two fantastic properties in Savannah, Georgia - The Bohemian Hotel and I The Mansion Oil Forsyth Park. Now I I want to give you the rest of the , story. If you missed Part l, go to www.worldtravelbyglenn.corn and click on Savannah / Bohemian Holel. Besides having the most beautiful setting and extremely comfortable beds, The Mansion on Forsyth Park bas the 700 Drayton Restaurant, the 700 Kitchen Cooking School and the Poseidon Spa along with Jeff Mcl.aughlin, the general manager, and Savannah's Mansion of Forsyth Park. most professional hospitality team. It does not get much better thai] this! Let me start by telling you that the 700 Drayton Restaurant is a celebrated experience with a vibrant cocktail lounge known as the Casimir's Lounge, chic artwork and stunning chandeliering and of course the dining areas that nestle into this 1 888 Savannah Mansioll. The menu is a world experience with foods Mansion Dining Room. prepared by top chefs in their magnificent kitchens. The menu varies and offers low country foods like Wild Caught Shrimp Ceviche, Georgia Spot Tail Bass, Roasted Pork and Carolina Sea Scallops, Roasted Beef Teuderloin and more. Just wail until you try the House Made Banana Bread Pudding! That is to die for! There is also a 700 Cooking School housed in the facility that offers hands 011 opportunity to cook with the Chefs. Believe me when you have the experience that I had you will feel like one of the best! Darin Sehnert, cooking school Director, had me making "real Southern grits" from scratch and preparing shrimp for that famous dish known as "Shrimp and Grits." My class members thought I should go into the business, but 1 have already been there and done that! What a shame I am not living in ...... E ..... o~ Con.ray A Myrtle Beach Tradition For Ouer 40 Years is Now in Conway. Expe.rience ihe most fuel-effieienr line of tires all the road and enjoy exceptional long-lasing peflonnanoe with Michelin * IIUN/ROYALlI BFGODdricti __________ r·il!s 'Calegmy IC51iIlg based on SAE J I' 269 rolling rosiSlnncc ind ustry jITlIctie< •• 1-1.7- Basic Oil Change starting at $24.9.5 RE( •• 7i) Located at the Hwy. 5 .... &50 I overpass. Just 1/ .. mile east of Oliver'S IRestaurant. ,.jre "OW.O Is The OHjcjal "jre Sponsoir Of CCU. Mansion Cooking School. Savannah, as I would attend every class offered by Darin. He is very personable, and as the bead guy, he is very professional One day you will see Darin with his own television show. When in Savannah contact him through the hate! at 912" 238-5181 or go to www.700kitchen.com. You will thank me! Another exceptional experience at the Mansion is the Poseidon Spa. The swimming pool draped with beautiful soft white sheers canopying the entire OPEN DECK is a picture in itself. The treatments range from the Spa Manicure, the Poseidon Lavender Bliss Pedicure, lJltra Soothing Eye Treatment, and the Ocean Silk Body Wrap to the Poseidon's Signature Scrub and more. You must indulge your sens- weddings, receptions, parties, and more. Also there is a classic outdoor amphitheatre where concerts will be presented featuring some of tile greatest orchestras and performers, So, as you can see, this is and will continue to be the "ill" spot for those who know when visiting Savannah. If youhave any questions, call the front desk at 912-238-5158. When they answer, you will fully understand why Savannah is known for its hospitality. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to discover your qualities of life! Until next time, I thank you for your many comments regarding travel and entertainment. You know I am there to find the very best. Visit Glenn Arnette and read more about his travel adventures at wwwworldtravelbyglenn.com. Mansion Cocktail Lounge. es, give your body a lift and totally relax. and nourish your mind. OMG, bow I discovered Paradise on Earth! Finally, the location of The Mansion on Forsyth Park is center to everything you will enjoy while touring Savannah. Just a walk in the parks all the way to Bay Street is a treat in itself. For those who enjoy shopping there are many quaint boutiques and shops along the way. Directly across the street and in connection with the City of Savannah, the Mansion will be adding a new adventure called Cafe on Forsyth Park for special events, Mansion Spa. MyrtleBeachAlternatives.com Alternatives NOVEMBER 5 - NOVEMBER 19,2009 17 EA From the Editors of EIThe Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Celebrities and billionaires are sheUing out big bucks for cutting edge green· friendly cars like the Tesla Roadster. But what are the rest of us-who live in the budget-constrained real world=-to do about buying a new car that does right by the environment? ~ M.G., Stroudsburg, Penn, With so many new energy efficient cars in showrooms today, there's never been a better time to go green with your next car purchase. A few years ago the Toyota Prius was the go-to model for those with an environmental conscience and up to $30,000 to pay for the privilege of getting 35-40 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 45-55 on the highway. But today there is such a wide selection of fuel efficient and low-emissions vehicles that even those on a IfH 7at4 budget can afford to go green. To wit, Honda's new Insight is the first hybrid gasoline-electric car available new for less than $20,000 (starting at $19,800). With fuel efficiency ratings of 40 miles per galion (mpg) in the city and 43 on the highway, the Insight surely won't cost much to operate either. There are plenty of other hybrids to choose from today, too, though most cost at least a few thousand dollars more than equivalent non-hybrid models. Toyota's Prius, which is only available as a hybrid, still leads the pack as the world's top selling and most fuel efficient hybrid. Its cost has dropped some, now starting at $22,400, and the "3rd generation" Prius 1 0 now claims an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) combined city/highway rating of 50 mpg. This most recent A growing selection of fuel efficient and low-emissions vehicles ~ i:nclud.ing hybrids and those with conventional and lower-emission diesel engines ~ are available to consumers today, including many that those of us on tight budgets can afford. Photo courtesy HondafHyundaiIBMW. edition even features a whimsical solar panel on the roof to power a ventilation system that keeps the interior of the car cool even OIl scorching hot days. Hybrid versions of Honda's Civic ($23,800), Nissan's Altima ($26,780), Ford's Fusion ($27,625) and Escape SUV ($31,500), Mercury's Milan ($31,590) and Mariner SUV ($29,995), Toyota's Camry ($26,J 50) and Highlander SUV ($34,700) are also in showrooms in dealerships across the U,S. Maoy smaller cars with reguJar gasoline engines also get great mileage with low emissions for even less money. Some examples include the Corolla ($15,350), Matrix ($16,550) and Yaris ($12,355) from Toyota, Honda's Fit ($14,900), tbe Mazda 3 ($ i 6,045), Chevy's Aveo ($1l,965) and Cobalt ($14,990), the Hyundai's Accent ($9,970) and Elautra ($14,145), Pontiac's G3 ($14,335), the Kia Rio ($11,495), the MrNI Cooper ($19,500), Ford's Focus ($15,995), and the Smart Car F orTwo ($11,990). Diesel fuel is now cleaner than ever, and a few automakers are going down that road. Volkswagen's Jetta TDI ($22,660), Audi's A3 TDI ($29,950) and BMW's 335d ($43,900) are three examples of high performance vehicles with solid green credentials regarding fuel efficiency and emissions. An added bonus is that such cars can run on carbon-neutral biodiesel as well as petroleumbased diesel fuel. Consumers just starting their search for a new ride should check out GreerrCar.com, which provides detai.led information on the many greener vehicles available today as well as those on the horiZOllo Also, the federal government's website FuelEconomy.gov provides detailed mileage and emissions information on dozens of new cars every year, and provides users with an easy and free way to compare different vehicles along the Lines of environmental impact. Dear Earth'Iafk: Wby is the plankton in the oceans dying? And what does this mean for the health of the oceans and marine life? - Marilynn Block, Portland, Ore. As the lowest link on the marine food chain, plankton-sthat tiny aquatic plant, animal and bacterial matter floating throughout the world's oceans- is a vital building block for life on Earth. Besides serving as a primary food source for many fish and whales, plankton plays a crucial role in mitigating global warming, [ndeed, the ocean is the world's largest "carbon sink": As much as one-third of man-made C02 emissions are stored in. the oceans and therefore do not contribute to global warming, This is because its plant component, phytoplankton (its anima] component is called zooplankton), pulls massive amounts of carbon dioxide (C02) out of the atmosphere as it photosynthesizes. But various environmental factors are taking their toll on plankton the world over. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported recently that marine phytoplankton is declining across the oceans, Even Canadian cod fishermen are noticing that the plankton-feeding fish they catch are often nearly starving as a result of lack of this crucial food source. A 2007 study published in the scientific journal Nature found that human-caused increase in C02 pollution is altering the pH (acidity) levels in the oceans. This change in chemistry is expected to have adverse effects on the entire ecosystem. More acidic ocean water inhibits the ability of shell-forming marine organisms-from plankton to mollusks to corals-to fonn prop" erly. Smaller and less healthy populations of plankton would be bad news for all fhe other creatures above it on the ocean's food chain, Higher water temperatures, also attributable to our fossil fuel addiction, can also have a devastating effect on plankton. A recent report in the Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom noted that, in the Adriatic Sea cooLer winter conditions-which are less frequent in a warmer world-s-are needed for plankton production and nutrient a vai I abili ty. Furthermore, warmer sea temperatures can cause "blooms" of other sea Life (such as happens with algae), resulting in oxygen starvation in the water, a condition that is devastating to plankton and other marine creatures and organisms. In other situations, blooms of phytoplankton themselves-the tiny plants can gorge on the nutrients from the run-off from fauns and lawns on land---can lead to oxygen starvation in the water. "The decomposition of these multitudes of phytoplankton removes oxygen from seawater, creating oxygen-poor 'dead zones' where fish cannot live," reports Carly Buchwald, a res earch er at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Satellite imagery shows that these "dead ZOI1CS" are expanding. Some scientists are advocating "iron fertilization"-the spreading of large amounts of iron across the world's seas-to spur plankton growth. But others worry that such tinkering with complex ecosystems could have potentially harmful effects. Send yOElr environmental questions to: Earth Talk®, PO. Box 5098, Westport CT 06881,eCfrlhla/k@emagazine.com. Read pas! columns at: emagaz ine. com/earth talk/ 'archi ves .php. EariliTalk® is now a book! Details and order ill/ormation at; emagazine, com/earthtalkbook: Various environmental. factors are taking their toll on plankton the world over. This is bad news because, besides serving as a primary food source for manyfisb and whales, plankton plays a crucial rule in m.itigating global warming. Pictured: Microscopic phytoplankton from McMurdo Sound in Antarctica. Photo by Professor Gordon T. Taylor, Stony Brook Unlverslty, courtesy WikiPedia .. IB NOVEMBER 5- NOVEMBER 19,2009 AIterna tives MyrtleBeachAlternatives.com By Samantha Weaver ·It was Ogden Nash, well-loved American author of humorous poetry, who made the following sage observation: "The door of a bigoted mind opens outwards so that the only result of the pressure of facts upon it is to close it more snugly." • The modem dishwasher was invented all the way back in 1889, and it's no surprise that it was a woman, not a man, who came up with the labor-saving device. It is inter- I esting to note, however, that it wasn't her own labor Josephine Cochrane was saving when she invented the device; Mrs. Cochrane had servants to do the washing up. In fact, she wasn't interested in saving labor at all - she was simply tired of the servants chipping the fine china. • You had more taste buds before you were born than you do now - more than you've had at any time in your life, in fact. • The beloved children's book "Green Eggs and Ham" would not exist ifit hadn't been for a bet. Bennett Cerf, Dr. Seuss' editor, bet the author $50 that he couldn't write a book using no more than 50 different words. Dr. Seuss used precisely 50 words, collecting the $50 and creating a classic at the same time. • You might be surprised to learn that about 29 percent of people who go to beauty spas are men. • If your family is like most American households, you waste approximately $600 every year by throwing away unspoiled food. • The world's tallest tree can be found in Redwood National Park, in California. The tree, known as "Hyperion," stands nearly 380 feet tall. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell." - Harry S. Truman • It was way back in the 19th century that American statesman Daniel Webster made the following sage observation: "The world is governed more by appearances than realities, so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it." • Scary movies like "Jaws" notwithstanding, experts claim that you are 50 times more likely to be killed by a bee than you are to be killed by a shark. • All official American flags must be lowered and put away at night - all except one. The flag that was placed on the moon on July 20, 1969, by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (for obvious reasons) remains flying at all times. • Although almost everyone today thinks of the dictator Napoleon as being unusually short, records show that he was actually 5 feet, 6 inches tall, which was the average height for a man in France at that time. • Those who study such things say that the coolest parts of the sun are approximately 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, while the hottest spots can reach a whopping 15 million degrees. • The popular pub pastime of darts originated in the Middle Ages as a training game for archers. • Theodore Roosevelt was the first American president to drive an automobile, as well as the first to own one. • Although our lives are centered around (and sometimes seem completely ruled by) the seven-day week, not all cultures have demarcated dates that way. Ancient Egyptians once used a 10-day week, and ancient Romans followed a pattern of 8- day weeks. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "In my many years I have come to a conelusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress." - John Adams Celebri-e., &~ byCindyElavsky Q: There is an actor in the movie - "Desperate Hours," with Mickey Rourke and Anthony Hopkins, who looks just like "Law & Order: SVU" star Christopher Meloni. Was that him, and if not, are they related? - Teresa P, Fort Worth, Texas A: The actor you are thinking of is Elias Koteas, who is often mistaken for Christopher, and vice versa. In fact, I sometimes confuse the two myself - the resemblance is uncanny! Elias is mostly a film actor, co-starring in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Haunting in Connecticut," "Crash," "Shooter," "Two Lovers" and the upcoming "Shutter Island," among many others. Christopher is best known for "SVU," but also was featured in "Wet Hot American Summer" and "Nights in Rodanthe," in addition to his extensive television work. of the show can still find it. It just might take a little looking! Q: I read that Maura Tierney had to drop out of NBC's "Parenthood" to seek treatment for breast cancer. Who will be replacing her? And how is Maura doing? - Hallie, via email A: NBC has confirmed that Lauren Graham will be joining the cast of "Parenthood" as single mother Sarah Braverman. Production is scheduled to begin in November, with "Parenthood" joining NBC's lineup in early 20 10. The series is based on the 1989 movie of the same name, which starred Steve Martin, Jason Robards, Dianne Wiest and Mary Steenburgen, Lauren's most recent TV gig was as the coolest mom on the block, Lorelai Gilmore of "Gilmore Girls." Mama is said to be responding well to treatment, and I wish her all the best for a full recovery. Q: Three generations of my family love NBC's "Merlin." Will it be back for another season? - Beth G., Roanoke, Va. A: As of this writing, NBC has not yet announced if it will pick up the original BBC show "Merlin" for its second season. However, if it does, it will most likely air sometime in spring or summer 2010. If you have satellite or cable TV,. you can catch original episodes on BBC-l (depending on what channels your provider offers), which began airing Season 2 on Sept. 19. It also was recently announced that the BBC has picked up the show for a third season. So, whether or not NBC renews "Merlin," fans READERS: Many of you have written in throughout the years to find out when" Ally McBeal" will be released on DVD. Well, after a long wait, fans can finally get all five seasons of the show on DVD. "Ally McBeal: The Complete Series," a 32·disc box set with tons of extras and special features, is finally available. You can find the DVDs at any retail store (Target, Wal-Mart, Borders, etc.) or check online (amazon.com and ebay.com, to name a few) for special deals. You also can purchase each season individually; however, only Season One is available separately as of now. Have a question for Cindy? E-mail heratletters@cindyelavsky.com. or write to her in care a/King Features Weekly Service, Po. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• i< * ." l Salome's " Stars "*+ ARI ES (March 21 to April 19) A rejection of your attempt to be friendly leaves you with two choices: Try again, or give up. If you want to make another effort, go slowly. Let things develop without pressure. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) It could be a problem dealing with unfamiliar people who do things differently from what you're used to. But rely on that strong sense of purpose to get you through this difficult period. GEMIN.I (May 21 to June 20) To avoid neglecting a personal matter because of a demanding new workplace schedule, start prioritizing immediately. Knowing how to apportion your time takes a little while to set up. C.ANCER (June 21 to July 22) It won't be easy to avoid some of the pressures that come with change. Best advice: Take things a step at a time, and you'll be less likely to trip up while things are in a chaotic state. LEO (July 23 to August 22) A much-talked-about workplace change could be coming soon. Be sure to get all the details involved in the process, and once you have them, you can decide how you want to deal with it. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) You might still believe that your trust was betrayed, although the facts would appear to prove the opposite. But by the week's end you should learn something that will help set the record straight. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Holiday plans could be a challenge because of shifting circumstances. But a more settled period starts by midweek, allowing you to fum up your plan-making once and for aiL SCORPIO (October 2l to November 21) The facts continue to be on your side. So make use of them in dealing with any challenge to your stated position. Also, open your mind to the offer of help from an unlikely source. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) There could still be a communication problem holding up the resolution of a • troublesome situation. Stay with it, and : eventually your message will get through • and be understood. CAPRICORN • • • • (December 22 to January 19) A possible change in your workplace schedule might create a chaotic situation for a while. But once things begin to settle down, you might find that this could work to your advantage. AQUARIUS • (January 20 to February 18) • A recent job-linked decision might need to : be reassessed because of the possibility of : finding benefits you might have over- : looked. Check out all related data to help : in the search. • PISCES • • • • (February 19 to March 20) • A persona] situation you agreed to might : not be as acceptable to the other person : involved in the matter. Avoid pressuring : and bullying. Instead, seek common : ground by talking things through. : BORN THIS WEEK: • • You have a gift for touching people's • minds as well as their hearts. You : • would make an outstanding educator. • Lauren Graham • ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Myrt'eBeachA'ternatives.com Alternatives NOVEMBER 5- NOVEMBER 19,2009 19 THE LITERARY PAGE • THE LITERARY PAGE "The Clinton Tapes: W restli n g History with the President" by Taylor Branch (Simon & Schuster, $35) Reviewed by Larry Cox If you're a political junkie, this fascinating new book should be at the top of your reading list, Be forewarned, however, that it bas more twists, turns and surprises than a well-written novel. Clinton approached journalist Taylor Branch shortly after his ejection to the presidency in 1992 and asked if he would 10 be his inhouse historian. Branch agreed, instead, to help Clinton create an unfiltered, verbatim, contemporaneous record with the primary goal to preserve uncensored raw material for future historians and Clinton's post-presidential memoir. With that in mind, Branch began slipping in and out of the White House armed with a tape recorder. Branch and President Clinton met 79 times, mostly in the informal setting of the While House fam ily quarters. As might be imagined, Clinton spoke candidly and shared many of the private thoughts be THI~ CLINTON TAPES * WR 1·:STI.1NC HISTORY ~ ~ I tl r lit- I'IIES IDE x T TAYLOR BRANCH .'. I I ~IIII" r ...... I ~ ... I • ~, r lit I ~ II I ~,< ~ " ~ I • night a drunken President Boris Yeltsin tripped security alarms by sneaking out in his underwear to hail a taxi for late-night pizza. Equally fascinating are Clinton's observations in 2000 concerning George W. Bush and John McCain. He saw Bush as a gifted campaigner but unqualified to be president, and McCain as qualified but with no idea of bow to run. "The Clinton Tapes" offers an incredibly revealing view of one of this country's most bri I liant, beleaguered and perplexing presidents. Political reporting does no! get much better than this. "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters" by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters (Quirk Books, $12.95 each) Reviewed by Ealish Waddell Take a beloved classic, add a heapi I1g dose of the supernatural and garnish well with silliness, and you have two of the most surprising publishing sensations of the year. There's not much intro needed for "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" -- the title tells you exactly what you're getting. The story is Austen's, with the manners. ba lls and the fami I iar social whirl of London, only occasionally marred by attacks of the murderous risen dead. The Bennett sisters, a clan of warriors trained in the deadliest martial arts, have enough 011 their plate keeping their country home safe from these pesky "unmentionables" without worrying about marriage as well! "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters" is even more fantastic, set in an alternate England colored in shades of steampunk and populated by tentacled menaces right out of H.P. Lovecraft, where London is an underwater pleasure dome and pirates roam the rivers of Devonshire. Like "Zombies," the origiua I story is still there, but hints of untold mysteries in the wings help "flesh out this weird worLd we are only glimpsing. It's tempting to read these IlOVeiS with a. copy of the original by your side checking passages as you go to see how they've been altered. But try to resist, for immersing yourself i.nto the bizarre worlds the authors have created is part of the charm. Though the implication that the novels require these "improvements" to make them un-boring is patently false (and disproved by nearly 200 years of each one being in print), there is no doubt thattbe additions are heck of a lot of fun, As an author with a keen eye for the absurd, Jane Austen herself might j list agree. had that could not be revealed publicly. The topics included everything from war and peace to his personal interactions with Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, The actual. tapes of the conversations were given to Clinton, who kept themin his sock drawer. After each meeting, Branch dictated a second tape that included his impress ions of the topics covered and his personal take on Clinton's moods and manner; The result is a book that contains many surprises. For example, there is a startling account of the BESTSELLERS HARDCOVER FICTION 1. 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For an independent bookstore near you, visit IndieBound.org. 20 NOVEMB.ER 5 - NOVEMB.ER 19,2009 Alternatives Myrt/eBeachAJternafi ves. com Dancing With the Horry County Stars "Dancing with the Stars," the number one television showin the world is getting ready to start a new season as will the Dancing with the Horry County Stars fund raiser that began last year, raising 92,000 dollars from a standing room only crowd. This season's event will be held Saturday even iag, November 21, starting at 7 p.m, The event will be held at Marina Inn at the Grande Dunes, benefiting Business Education Expectations/ Early College High School and The Long Bay Symphony. The idea was spawned for the first season when Marsha Griffin, BE2 Consultant, attended a similar event that was held in Brunswick County in late August of last. year, benefiting Brunswick County Community College. The idea grew as she recruited Brunswick County dance participants, but Harry County residents, Jennifer Hall and Karen Deese to assist her in what became a mammoth, but worthwhile project. This year will even be more explosive and YES we want to make even more money, we think we can???? Partnering with The Long Bay Symphony was originator Gri ffias , brain child, knowing that live music would be a challenge, but would be well worth it. It was indeed a challenge last year, but as arranger Marc Cbesanow came to the rescue, we laid down a great pattern for this second year's effort. The Academy of Dance, owned by Karen Deese dancers will again open the show and will set the toae for 19 Horry County Stars and their professional dance partners. Tango, jive, waltz, samba, foxtrot, as well as other ballroom favorites will fill the evening with excitement. The Long Bay Symphony has again assembled a top notch dance band, all comprised of sitting symphony members while arranger Marc Chesanow will again arrange and perform all the music for the evening, yes, the two free dances will be inclusivel. With a still uncertain economy Marsha Griffin was thrilled beyond: words when South Atlantic Bank called her and ask to be Shining Star sponsor, then low and behold who steps up but State Farm, Bobby Kelly and Boling Century 21 to be Twinkliug Star Sponsors, wbat more could an event p I ann er ask for, of course no one understands the power of education as the economic development engine like Hony County, thank heaven! This year has a stellar cast of stars: PJ. Browning, publisher The Sun News; Zade Conner, America Athletic Club; Charles Evans conductor The Long Bay Symphony; Melissa Downs-High, comptroller, South Atlantic Bank; Carey Graham, developer, Landsouth; Mary Ellen Greene, Horry County School Board member; Monica Hardee, A.O. Hardee Construction Company; Deborah Harwell, W.RNN; Palm Adobe Communications; Laura Hibbit, principal, Hibbirs Insurance Company; Amanda Kinseth, reporter, Channel 15; Alys Lawson, mayor, Conway, S.C.; Neil McCay, Burroughs & Chapin; Jimbo Newton, hair stylist, Salon Edge; Jamie Richard, teacher, Early College High School; Holly Schrieber, CFO, Coastal Carolina National Bank; Richard Singleton, commercial real. estate, Coldwell Banker, Chicora; Denny Starr, personal trainer, Cinzia; co-star Ruby, In Style Network and Michael Wells, attorney, Coastal Law. Of course for each star there is a professional dancer donating many volunteer hours. As each of these stars dance for education and culture, there is indeed a twist: there is a dancing skills winner as well as a winner for who raises the most money. The citizens of Horry County can all help with this part of the competition as you can go online and vote for your favorite star, pro or judge. Ten dollars buys a vote, with all proceeds going to Horry County K-12 Foundation and The Long Bay Symphony. The website is www.horrycountybez.com. Just click 011 LEARN MORE and then VOTE. You can vote using VISA or MasterCard. The fund raiser needs to average $1.,500 dollars per day in order to meet the organization's SlOO,OOO goal for online voting before the doors on Nov. 21, so vote it up! Tables for twelve are available for $1,000 and include two bottles of champagne, a seat, full buffet and open bar (wine and spirits). Single tickets are available for $125 per person. Purchase your tickets and tables online at www.horrycountybe2.com or call Marsha Griffin at 843-449-9675 or contact The Long Bay Symphony at 843-448-8379. In addition, all dancers have tickets for tables and singles and they get credit in their fund raising if the sale comes through them, so help your favorite all you can. Make checks payable to Harry County K-12 Foundation. Both the foundation and the symphony are 501 (c)3 registered non-prof Is and you may count this as a ] 00% donation. By Carolyn Pittman Master Class Features Violin Virtuoso Jessica Lee A violin master Class with guest artist, Jessica Lee w111 be held on November 7 in the Choir Room at First Baptist Church of Myrtle Beach from 4 to 6 p.m, This opportunity for young violinists from the Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra to perform and receive instruction is sponsored by the Toby Evans and Long Bay Symphony Guild Scholarship Fund. The event is free and open 10 the public. Jessica Lee will be the featured soloist fOJ The Long Bay Symphony's concert "Nationalistic Fervor" to be held on November 8at 4 p.m. at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center. Ms. Lee will be performing Violin Concerto No. 1 by Russian composer Sergie Prokofiev. A native of Virginia, Jessica began playing the violin at age three and quickly captured national attention with a feature article in LIFE magazine. Following studies with Wei gang Li of the Shanghai Quartet, she was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music at age fourteen and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree under the tutelage of Robert Mann and fda Kavafian. ln May 2003, she completed her studies with Robert Mann for a Master of Mus i.c Degree at the Juilliard School and currently resides in New York. Jessica Lee has been playing violin since she was three years old. By Susan Wbarff' Experience the Art of Giving The countdown has begun for the multi-charity fund-raising happening, An Afternoon with 111e Arts, Presented by Luxury Baths & More and organized by gr8events, the artisans' showcase sale and benefit auction will take place at Filet's at Harbourgate Marina in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Sunday, Nov. 22 from 1 :30 pm to 4 p.m. Select artisans from Harry, Brunswick and New Hanover counties will provide an outstanding array of origina] creations perfect for those just-forme and one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts. The Live Benefit Auction has something for everyone, from framed photography to a three-day rental from Freedom Boats. Throughout the afternoon, guests will beentertained by dance and vocal per-forrnances by Arts Alive, the culinary delights of Filet's at Harbourgate Marina and drawings for a number of very special door prizes. Susan Wharff, grsevents owner and even! coordinator said: «The generosity and support of our sponsors, Luxury Baths & More, Anderson Brothers Bank, Freedom Boats, KHB Interiors, Webster Financial, Brass Pineapple Salon, Curves, Elliott Realty, John Griggs Insurance, Labod Chiropractic, Little River Florist, Little River Rotary, Royal Maids, and Young Interiors bas been overwhelming in making An Afternoon with The Arts happen. The gifted artisans from Artist Tree An Extraordinary Experience in The Art of Giving Studio, Johnny Dawsey Vessels, Good Day Sunshine, Isle Beads, Jeffcoat Pottery, Knitting Up A Storm, MendozaLand Photography, Nancy Wickstrom Watercolors, Pine Garden Baskets, Pop's Glass, and Vic Gillispie have gone above and beyond to make this charity benefit a huge SUccess. We live in an area filled with. talent and kindness. We are confident that attendees and the Amer-ican Cancer Society Relay4Life, Fostering Hope and Arts Alive Performing Arts alike will profit from tbis fun-filled Afternoon with The Arts. It is truly an Extraordinary Experience in the Art of Givi ng!" Tickets ($20 in advance/$25 at the door) are available in North Myrtle Beach at The Artist Tree Studio at 503 Main St and Knitting Up A Storm at 1415 Old Highway I 7, in Conway at Fostering Hope, tOOl 2nd Ave and Pop's Glass Station at 911-A NormanAlley, in Little River at LifeQuest Swim and Fitness Center, 4390 Spa Dr or by calling gr8events at 843-504-4422. MyrtleBeachAlternatives.com Alternatives NOVEMBER 5 - NOVEMBER 19, 2009 21 Paint Wilmington! Brings Plein Air Artists To Port City Nov. 7 - 14 Paint Wilmington] is an arumal event that gathers respected painters from across the country to paint the landscapes, waters, and streets of the Wilmington, N.C. area. The dates for Paint Wilmington! 2009 are Nov. 7 to 14. New to the group this year is Xiaugyuan Jie, whom you already know a bit if you've seen lee Age 2, Mulan or Lifo and Stitch. Richard Oversmith is a North Carolina painter from out m the mountains. Joining them are Perry Austin, John Poon, Gavin Brooks, LmTY Moore, and Steve Songer. Paint Wilmington I offers much to enjoy for art lovers and collectors.There are painting demonstrations and artist talks scheduled throughout the week. On Tuesday, Nov. 10, John Peon, Paint Wilmington! offers the unique opportunity to watch museum-quality artists ar work. Shown From th« Island, 40 x. 30, oil on canvas by Perry Austin. whose honors include Best of Show for the Society of Western. Artists, Arts for the Parks Annual National luried Exhibition (including a Landscape Award of merit) and the Artist Choice Award at the Sonoma Plein Air event, is offering a paintmg demonstration at the Bellamy Mansion. Baltimore, Md. artist Gavin Brooks's work has been in the juried Oil Painter of American National Exhibitions, Paint Annapolis and the Plein Air Easton, where she was the Grand' Prize Winner. The artist, who is also featured in the Nov. issue of American Artist magazine, will present "The Anatomy of a Landscape" at the Wrightsville Beach Museum, also on Nov. 10, from 12:30 to 2 p.rn, She offers a second presentation, "Converting Nature Iato Art" on Nov. 12 at the 8 all amy, from 6 to 7 p.m. Renowned Ala. painter Perry Austin will demonstrate on Nov. 12 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at tbe Wrightsville Beach Museum. An invitation-only preview night is set for Friday evening, Nov. 13, wi th the arti s ts in a tten d an ceo Th e exhibition of new work opens on Every years onlookers gather to observe the artists in downtown Wilmington, in local marinas and in the marshlands. Shown all Land, 12 x 16 oil on panel by La rr y Moo r e. Nov. 14, but the painters will hit the ground painting all Saturday November 7. They will be painting the fall colors of the marshes and trees this year instead of the early spring greens of prior years. Contact the gallery each day to learn where the artists are scheduiedto be painting. Keep in mind, however, that these artists work quickly to catch the light, and may move to an a ther location unexpectedly. For more information, contact Walls Fine Art Gallery at 910- 343- 1703 or visit the website at www.wallsgallery .. com. Walls ga llery is located at 2173 Wrightsville Ave. in Wilmington. Pawleys Festival Wraps Up 19th Season The Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art, held annually in September, has concluded its 19th successful season of bringing live theatre and music to the area. The two-week event kicked offwith the Pawleys Island Wine Gala, traditionally the Festival's major fundraising event. Tills year's Gala was no exception attracting the largest attendance to date and representing over 60 renowned wineries. Ln addition to its fine wines, the event is known for its signature bars d'oeuvres, silent auction, Live music and most notably wines for pllrchase at prices well below retail. The Gala set the tone for the two-week Festival, which featured well-received entertainers who performed to nearly sold out crowds. Aside from nationally acclaimed performances, the Festival provides outreach to the youth in our area through clinics and concerts. This year's event was no excepLion. The talented performers of Dallas Brass provided a clinic and concert to the music students of Georgetown High School, which school officials have described as "an invaluable experience that is sure to influence these young individuals for years to come." The Cultural Council of Georgetown County and the Pawleys island Festival of Music and Art also cosponsored the first Dr. Lee Minton 'Young Treasures Scholarship' for the 20 10- 20 II academic year. "The Festival was a success," said Delores Blount, executive director of the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art. "Even during this slow economic time, we received contributions from many corporate sponsors, patrons and muses that enabled us to continue Dr, Lee Minton's primary mission of bringing visual art, theater, and music to the youth of the area." Dates for the twentieth The Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art have been set for Sept. 24 - 26 and Oct. 1 - 3, 2010. For more Information on the Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art, visit them online at hrrp.r/www.pawleysmusic.com. The next Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art will be held Sept. 24 ~ 26 and Oct. 1-3, 2010. NOVEMBER 5 - NOVEMBER 19,2009 COAST.SC COMMENTARY Celebrate Our Rivers By Christine Ellis Protecting our quality of life involves many facets, including protection of our natural resources, our native trees and plants, am local fish arid wildlife, a clean and ample supply of freshwater, and the natural beauty that surrounds us. Laws provide for these protections but real protections are provided by local citizens who watch over and protect the natural resources in their own backyards and in their local communities. Each of us have a responsibility to ourselves, to lour community and to om children and their children to work to protect clean water, clean air, OUJ natural areas and the wildlife it supports. The Waccamaw River is an important artery that passes through our communities, bringing with it a clean supply of freshwater, providing a home for a diversity of plant and animal life, receiving and storing floodwaters in its vast floodplains and swamps, supporting recreational uses Like fishing, swimming, and hunting, and providing the aesthetic - beauty for om area. The Waccamaw River i.s just one of the local rivers that provide for our local community, The Black, the Pee Dee (both Great and Little), the Lynches", and tbe Sampit are all our local rivers passing through our communities and each important to supporting our economy and our quality of life. All are worthy of protections. The Waccamaw Riverkeeper Program of Winyah Rivers Foundation is working to protect our local rivers through our education and advocacy efforts, Strengthened by the commitment of our members and volunteers we work to raise awareness of issues that have the potential to impact our natural resources and advocate for protections. We are local, we are grassroots and we're serious about protecting OlU· rivers and their riches. We work within the local community, with other environmental groups, with municipal officials, with local citizens to promote our mission of protection of the coast: NewsMlIfIllZine 72:1 Seaboard Street - Pella Plaza Suite 15· Myrtle Beach, S.c. (B."" ee " HH~'; 50l & lOll< A ",,,IJe Nnell,; Alternative Periodicals, "Ltd. Drawer 2485, Myrtle Beach. SC 29578 843-444-5556 • 1-800-968-5819 FAX (84J)-444~5558 Get In Touch With Us Online edi torial@alternatives.sc health of OlU· rivers and the lands within the greater Winyab Bay watershed. In Georgetown County, efforts are underway to better protect oUI community's trees. Preserving trees is a simple strategy to clean water naturally and reduce stormwater flow, while benefiting the community in other ways and saving money. Maintaining and increasing tree canopy is a best management practice for stormwarcr and water quality management In the words of one famous poet, "I thinkthat 1 shall never see a billboard lovely as a tree . ." In Harry County, efforts are underway to provide incentives for low impact development in our communities, Low Impact Development (LID) is a comprehensive land planning and engineering design approach with a goal of maintaining and enhancing the pre-development hydrologic regime in urban and developing watersheds. Incorporating LID techniques into new and existing developments will provide for more natural environments and open space for people to enjoy and help to create connectivity between communities for people to enjoy walking, bicycling and nature. If you think our local natural resources are worth protecting, there are many things you can do to help. One way is to speak to your district representative on the Planning Commission and County Council and let them know that you support these and other conservation initiatives in your community. Another way is to implement some easy fixes in your own home (install water saving devices to reduce water consumption, use a rain barrel to collect rainwater and use it to water yow-lawn and gardens, find out how to reduce your use of pesticides and fertilizers, etc.). And, if you want to become a supporter of the Waccamaw Riverkeeper Program, join us at our November 7 event, Celebrate Our Rivers @ Ripley's. For more information, call 843-349-4007 or visit www.winyahrivers.org, Christine Ellis currently serves as Waccamaw Riverkeeper for the Winyah Rivers Foundation. Sports Editor Paul Gable · . ' HOL·· YWOO Pitt Pad4tm4_ .. - -_..... .... ..- Bruce wuus fn""er 0/43 Gmlld Stmnd Pres: (/ l1.."{ml~ including .'0-,<'1"(11/ Excellellce ill M
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