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Volume 4 Issue 20 FREE February 6, 2009

Sullivan’s Island • Isle of Palms • Goat Island • Dewees Island

Better together
Valentine’s Valentine's
wines Day from
By Andrew Harris
was trying to figure out a good name for this Lucky Dog
I column and nothing seemed to make sense,
or was just too cheesy (“Wining and Dining
with Drew Harris”, ha!). Then Jack Johnson’s
song “Better Together” interrupted my thoughts
(it’s my ring tone for my wife, Michelle) and and the crew
eureka! I had the title of the column.
I’ve been drinking wine for a long time and at Island
eating, well, my whole life. About ten years
ago, I started to seriously get into wine and from
then on, things just spiraled into an obsessive Eye News!
hobby and, subsequently, a career. I love good
wine. I love good food. But most of all, I love
good wine paired with good food.
Wine comes in a multitude of types, varieties,
flavors, etc., so choosing the right bottle can
often prove to be difficult. That’s where this
column and I come in. I hope to provide a little
guidance through the sometimes difficult task of
pairing wine with food.
There is no exact science to pairing, and the
only rule of thumb I have is this: If you like
it, pair it. If you don’t like it, don’t! It can be
that simple. However, try to stay within some
guidelines since the right wine can enhance an
already delicious dish and the right food can
bring out the best qualities of a wine, but the
opposite is also true. The wrong wine can kill a
dish and vice versa (Imagine a hearty Cabernet
with a delicate piece of white fish - yuck!).
I will do my best to provide suggestions for
pairing food and wine. I intend to go beyond p y Vale
the obvious pairings: A big Cabernet (Cliff Hap Love,
Lede $59.99) with a hunk of grilled meat or a Rosi
see Better Together on page 5

Inside Island Eye

Barefoot Bistro page 11 Whetstone wine tasting page 14 Happy trails page 17
2 February 6, 2009
Sullivan’s Island Town Council
The Sullivan’s Island Town Council held days while the new bridge is put in place. unload. Mayor Carl Smith announced recourse.
their regular meeting on January 20. The first of November is the estimated that a committee made up of interested “That’s what it’s there for,” he said.
date for that closure as it would be near parties has been developed to discuss the However, the Water Department may
Ben Sawyer project underway the close of the tourist/hurricane season. issue of noise. The Council failed to make be in deeper trouble. The department is
After all the talk and planning, it seems At a cost of $31.5 million, the project a motion to vote on the noise ordinance, projected to have a $184,000 budgetary
that residents should be seeing the first is being funded completely by federal effectively killing it. shortfall this year. It also has a much
signs of the replacement of the famous dollars. The new bridge is expected smaller surplus to cover the difference.
Ben Sawyer Bridge. to look much like the old one. There Paid parking The department would have to use nearly
“This is a great day,” Council member will also be a functional bike path. Council member Everett Presson stated 30 percent of its $650,000 surplus in
Everett Presson stated before recalling The causeways approaching the bridge that his Streets and Maintenance order to cover it.
the battle over whether the bridge should on either side will remain untouched. Committee had come together on a “At this point, there are only so many
have been a fixed or swing span bridge. However, it was mentioned that Mount few details regarding paid parking and things you can do,” Perkis said. He
The decision for a swing span bridge, Pleasant may do some work on the bike suggests moving ahead with the idea in pointed out that raising water rates
he argued, is probably responsible for paths on their side of the bridge. order to have things ready by summer. would have little effect on the shortfall
the Isle of Palms’ decision to build the There will be a couple of on-site offices He expects to present the idea to the rest this late in the financial year. Instead,
Connector. for the project team. You can visit of Council at their February meeting of he suggested spreading out the Town’s
Leland Colvin, SCDOT Assistant for more the Committees of Council. However, capital projects over a longer period of
Construction Engineer, stated that information and updates. The website details were not available by our time.
construction was expected to begin was expected to be completed by publication deadline. Council member Buddy Howle pointed
once they receive all of their permits, February 1. out that permits and construction
which they expect to have by early The organizations involved with Money woes continue to be in decline from previous
February. They have been planning the project are the Department of Ways and Means Chairperson Mike years.
since November, 2008, and waiting Transportation, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Perkis reminded the Town that it is still
for a land disturbance permit from the PLC, and Civic Communications. in the throes of the financial depression Growing the Planning Commission
State’s Ocean and Coastal Resource infecting the whole country. According As he stated at the January Committees
Management office. They estimate the What noise? to Perkis, interest rates have dropped of Council meeting, Jerry Kaynard
project will take 18 months to complete. The Council backed off their attempt significantly in the various accounts re-introduced an ordinance that
According to Colvin, the new bridge will to pass a noise ordinance after some holding the Town’s funds and they would add two more members to the
be built on site next to the old bridge. discussion. Council member Mary Jane are looking at other options to move Planning Commission. The ordinance
Once they are ready to exchange the Watson reiterated her conclusion that the money. In addition, even with the was chugging its way through Council
two, tidal shifts instead of cranes will lift there is very little noise in the commercial increase in business license fees, the as members were consistently split 4-3
and lower the bridge into place. The old district in the morning when deliveries Town is projecting a budget shortfall of on every vote. However, the absence of
bridge will be demolished afterwards. to the Kangaroo have drawn some $128,000. While he argued against using one Council member at the December
Access to Sullivan’s Island via the Ben complaints. She stated that drivers are the Town’s reserve funds over the past
few months, it appears there may be little see Council on page 3
Sawyer will be closed for about seven being made aware of better places to
February 6, 2009 3

Letters to the Editor Luck y D o g P ubl i sh i n g , L L C

Dear Editor: Dear Editor, who have spent the last few months Publisher of the Island Eye News, The
  dedicating their time and money to help Island Connection and The Folly Current.
With the Isle of Palms Mayoral race As an Isle of Palms resident, I know a make his home handicap accessible.
Lynn Pierotti
under way, I was surprised to see some side of Dick Cronin that most do not get Publisher
information from Dick Cronin.  To quote a chance to see and he has my vote for In particular, I would like to offer
him from this newspaper, “I would work Mayor. my thanks to Ryan Buckhannon of the
with the balance of Council to make Isle of Palms. His donation of all the Kristin Hackler
My career as a teacher included Editor
sure our spending does not exceed our training future teachers prior to their ceramic tile to the construction of a
income.  The key step in this is listening graduation from the state teacher’s new 100 square foot wheel-in handicap
to our community and setting priorities.  bathroom and shower was integral to the Swan Richards
college.  Recognizing strong leadership
At this time, we need no new physical success of the project. I approached him Graphic Designer
qualities was clearly part of my job.
facilities and need to resist cannibalizing several months ago with a lofty request
In 2008, I served as co-captain of the
our emergency fund.”  I think the only for a large commitment of time and
Isle of Palms tennis team.  Dick was a Ali Akhyari
person that needs to take this advice money. After being denied by several Assistant Editor
is Dick Cronin himself.  Last January, team member along with players from other tile suppliers, I expected the same
when City Council pledged $2 million IOP and Mt. Pleasant.  Dick provides a result. However, Ryan enthusiastically
to help pay for the beach renourishment calm, competitive personality dedicated agreed to help the project by simply Heather Boggs Holbrook
on Wild Dunes, Dick Cronin wanted to doing his best, and most importantly, saying "It's the right thing to do". Contributing Editor
he is a team player.
to “cannibalize’ the Accommodations
and Hospitality Tax reserve funds. He As a team player, Dick will listen In the months since he made the Becca Finley
wanted to spend an extra $700,000 on to the needs of all residents in a fair commitment to this effort he also chose Copy Editor/Reporter
top of the $2 million pledged!  He was and unbiased manner.  He is absolutely to run for the office of IOP mayor. I
quoted as saying, “We’re sitting on committed to the Isle of Palms.  In my thought it was important for the residents
Brittany Urbach
$1.6 million in Accommodations and opinion, such skills and qualities are of IOP to know what type of person we Reporter
Hospitality Taxes.”  He proposed this on essential in a leader. have on our ballot for the upcoming
January 10 in the special City Council I encourage all Isle of Palms residents runoff. As a military veteran, I greatly
meeting, but the motion failed because to vote for Dick Cronin for mayor on appreciate those who support our Armed Chelsea Langan
none of the other eight Council members Forces and its veterans. As a resident Advertising
February 10.
seconded the motion.  After Mr. Cronin   of Isle of Palms, I also appreciate a high
wasn’t able to tack on his extra $700,000 Sincerely, level of integrity in our leaders as they Interns
expenditure, he was the only person to   make decisions daily for the well-being Jennifer Millar
vote against the entire thing.  That’s a Rick Howell of our community. When I go to the Bridget Hinkebein
little childish if you ask me.  So maybe polls again on February 10, I will vote Bri Horahan
Isle of Palms Ashley Anderson
Mr. Cronin should try to be honest with for Ryan Buckhannon, and I hope those •
the residents of the Isle of Palms as to who read this will consider doing the Contributors
how he wants to spend island funds. Dear Editor, same. "It's the right thing to do." Jason H. Cohen
Becca Finley
J.P. Parks If you would like to learn more Mary Gatch
A very worthy service project is Sarah Harper
Isle of Palms being completed next week to help about the project for MSgt Don Eagle or Drew Harris
MSgt Don Eagle, a former Air Force donate to his ongoing care and expenses Eric Horan
colleague of mine from Charleston Air please visit http://msgtdoneaglefund. Carol Killough
Force Base's 17th Airlift Squadron. Don com/. Dimi Matouchev
Meredith Nelson
was severely injured when he was struck Diane Oltorik
Council from page 2 Thank you,
by an uninsured motorist last year. He
meeting killed the ordinance with a has steadily recovered, but will now be
3-3 tie. Given that there are no more confined to a wheel chair for the rest of Rob Hamill Published by
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4 February 6, 2009
Isle of Palms City Council
by Brittany urbach
upset by the change in definition as

he City Council meeting was the negativity of tourists. The CVB Center to learn more about the exciting
held at 7pm, Wednesday, January has noticed that booking windows activities to do in Charleston. They well. “I think that definition is a cynical
28. All members of Council were have shortened, with people waiting inform visitors on the best places to eat, action, and it’s about as cynical as I
present. much longer to book their traveling shop, go to the beach, and more. think I can imagine a City Council
Mayor Pro Tem Rice for one more arrangements. Mount Pleasant is expected to have taking,” says McMackin in response
month “Overall, we’ve actually fared pretty a Visitors Center opening in the near to the new definition of what a family
The Council voted to have Mayor well compared to the competition,” says future. means.
Pro Tem Rice serve in her current Lawson. “Our marketing efforts are full Fraternities and mini hotels on the “It seems this language is a twisted
position for another month until a throttle. We’re working harder than we Isle of Palms? attempt to make right what we believe
Mayor has been chosen. Councilman ever have.” Isle of Palms’ definition in their is wrong on the Isle of Palms,” says
Duffy requested to extend Mayor Pro Charleston county overall sold 2.6% comprehensive plan for what a “family” McMackin. “I think our residents
Tem Rice’s position as Mayor Pro fewer hotel rooms this past year than means seems to be causing a ruckus. want the Council to protect them and
Tem for the rest of the year. “I’m very 2007, but were up 4.2% in the daily Residents are fearful that mini hotels their way of life. Instead, it seems
honored,” replied Mayor Pro Tem Rice. rate—a great accomplishment. Part of and fraternities would fall under the like our single family neighborhoods
“I would be willing and I certainly have this success is due to CVB’s advertising definition of what a family means. are eroding, slowly, for the sake of
experience at this point.” in magazines with a high-end target They fear for the well being of the what? Some more accommodations tax
Charleston Visitors Bureau attracting market. “We have stayed away from the neighborhoods they live in. money?”
tourists word ‘discount,’” says Lawson. “We “If I’m not mistaken, the definition Money situations causing drama
Perrin Lawson of the Charleston firmly believe that the word ‘discount’ says, ‘a group of unrelated people, not Councilman Dee Taylor spoke
Visitors Bureau (CVB) presented an doesn’t really move people—what does limited to four, which used to be on our on behalf of the Ways and Means
overview of the CVB’s efforts to make is value.” current code, constitutes a family in Committee. The first order of business
Isle of Palms a popular destination for The CVB is trying to encourage a short term residency,” says resident was the recommendation from the
tourists. people to come down for long weekends Beverly Ballow. “That would include a Accommodations Tax Advisory
“The Isle of Palms in many ways and visit. The newest package they’re fraternity.” Committee to approve $3,000 to
is like downtown Charleston,” says launching is called “Good Neighbor Barbara Bergwerf, a member of General Government to produce 5,000
Lawson. “There needs to be a real Getaways”. This package is going to the Planning Commission, was also maps of the Isle of Palms. The motion
balance between the concerns and needs reach out to residents of neighboring concerned with the definition of what passed unanimously.
of the residents, as well as this being an states, such as Georgia, North Carolina, a family means. “I personally think the Councilman Taylor’s next point
open and welcoming community from and other areas of South Carolina, in change is inappropriate,” she says. “It’s was the recommendation to the Real
the business perspective.” order to attract a market that can drive to not appropriate for our comprehensive Property Advisory Committee to award
The CVB’s goal is not to bring in Charleston. “Really getting that driving plan.” Furthermore, no other state has the Front Beach Parking Lot lease
more people, but bring in more people market is so very, very important to us,” any definition in their code of what
who are willing to spend more money. says Lawson. constitutes a family, she says. see Council on page 22
They try to actively recruit people who Southern Living magazine is one Resident Jane McMackin was
blend in with the community of Isle of such place in which the CVB advertises.
Palms, says Lawson. Recently, Isle of Palms was listed as
There are many economic concerns one of the magazine’s top 10 beaches.
for travelers, which causes a great The CVB encourages people to spend
problem in tourism levels. Lawson more money when they come to visit,
says there’s a national hype fueling persuading them to visit the Visitor’s
February 6, 2009 5
and cheesecakes. The medium tannins,
Better Together from front page dried cherry, cranberry, and vanilla notes Buckhannon to face Cronin in run-off
bring out the sweet essences of milk
California Chardonnay (Stephen Ross
chocolate. By Ali Akhyari
$24.99 or Michael Sullberg $10.49) with

roast chicken in a butter or cream sauce. Shiraz (Shotfire $23.99) works fter the January 27 special result, Buckhannon will face Cronin
I’ll also barely touch on regional pairings especially well with dark chocolates and election on Isle of Palms, the in a run-off election scheduled for
such as Chianti (Felsina $27.99) with a truffles. The jammy, spicy, fruity nature City was still without an inte- February 10.
rich Italian pasta marinara, Pinot Noir of Shiraz (especially a Wine Spectator rim mayor. Despite eclipsing the other Buckhannon expected to split votes
(Belle Pente $34.99 or 1000 Foot $17.99) Top 100 Shiraz like Shotfire) accented two candidates with almost double with Bettelli and believes the majority
with beef bourguignon, or an Australian by oaky vanilla tannins when paired with
the votes, Dick Cronin fell just short of Bettelli’s supporters will back him
Shiraz (Flinder’s Run $34.50) with a dark chocolate is “slap your momma”
divine. of being declared the outright winner instead of Cronin in the runoff. He
beautifully braised leg of lamb.
after receiving 49 percent of the 1210 also pointed out that a large portion
The focus of this first installment is Now, if your Valentine’s Day plans
Valentine’s Day selections and there will (Since it’s on a Saturday this year) votes that were cast. of Cronin’s support came from Wild
be more to come! And remember, all include breakfast in bed or a romantic Cronin says that his early success is Dunes. He expects the runoff to be
wines in this section are available from brunch, sparkling wine (Brut de Charvis a reflection of the residents’ confidence much closer as a result.
your local island wine (and more) shop, $10.99), Champagne (Duval-Leroy in and understanding of how he can “I would like to believe that the
Café Medley. $43.99), and dry Roses (Petale de Rose serve them as Mayor. He believes the residents of the Island would like
Wine and chocolate $23.99) work especially well with any confidence is a result of his approach someone who plans to serve in the
Candles? Flowers? A baby-sitter and variety of breakfast cuisine. to politics, which residents have seen City's highest office to represent the
hotel reservation? There are a number Finally, I’ll briefly touch on some firsthand during his time as a member entire Island and not just one particular
of integral components to a successful of my wife’s personal Valentine’s Day
of the City Council. area or interest group,” Buckhannon
Valentine’s Day. One such component special pairings: oysters and a crisp, dry
white (Xarmant Txakoli $17.99), crab “Over the years, I have met said. “I work at all levels of the City
that shouldn’t be overlooked is the
(in any form) (awesome with Barranc and listened to a large number of to ensure that the residents and the
pairing of wine and chocolate.
It’s almost impossible to screw up a dels Closus $25.49) and a residents. I believe my dedication to community are being served in a
Valentine’s Day if it includes wine and medium-rare filet (one understanding our community is my manner to which they deserve.
chocolate. A general rule of thumb is that of her favorites: Orin strongest asset,” Cronin says. In addi- “My commitment to you is to
the wine should be at least as sweet, if not Swift’s The Prisoner tion, his presence as a member of the approach each and every one of your
a touch sweeter, than the chocolate. Dark $43.99). community might help identify him concerns with open dialogue among
chocolates do well with big, in your face, I hope that you have with voters. “I can be found biking all Council to reach objective decisions
bold Reds such as Zinfandels, Cabernets a fantastic Valentine’s over the island all year long,” he adds. that our administration and staff can
and Syrahs, while milk chocolate works Day and enjoy whatever
Ryan Buckhannon came in second effectively act upon. An unbiased
with Pinot Noirs and even a Muscat. Now you end up doing; but
remember, you can’t go with 27 percent while Marty Bettelli
for some pairing suggestions: see Run-off on page 6
wrong with wine and finished with nearly 24 percent. As a
Sparkling Shiraz (The Black Chook
$18.99) is a sparkling wine made of the chocolate!
typically spicy and jammy Shiraz grape. Café Medley is
Strawberries, raspberry jam…yeah. located at 2213-C
Delicious with dark or milk chocolate. Middle Street, Ste. 2,
Port (Trentadue Chocolate Amore Port Sullivans Island. We
$31.99) pairs especially well with dark hold a wine tasting
chocolate due to the sweet, but refined from 6 to 9pm every
raisin-like flavors. Wednesday and are
Petite Sirah (Peirano Estate $14.99) open Tuesday –
has a deep, jammy quality with cassis Friday from 7am to
and spice tones that pair well with dark 9pm, Saturday from
chocolate. 8am to 9pm and
Muscat (Signal Hill Vin de l’Empereur Sunday from 8am to
$19.99) has orange peel, maple, and clove 6pm. For more info
or to hear about our
notes that complement white chocolate or
specials, call 793-
even light milk chocolate very well. Also, 4055.
I know it’s not chocolate, but recently
I had an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie with A general rule of thumb
Muscat…wow! is that the wine should
Pinot Noir (Tarrica $14.99 or Siduri be at least as sweet, if
$29.99) does spectacularly with milk not a touch sweeter, than
chocolate or lighter chocolate mousses the chocolate.
6 February 6, 2009
"Whet" your appetite How is sound made?
By Kristin Hackler

hush fell over the children at Sullivan’s Island Elementary as musicians
from Chamber Music Charleston settled behind their instruments. All eyes
in the packed auditorium were focused on the four performers, who in turn
looked toward program director and founder Sandra Nikolajevs as she introduced
the quartet. “In string quartets, the two violins always play together,” said Sandra.
“Does anyone know how sound is made on a violin?” The violinists, Frances Hsieh
and Megan Allison, demonstrated their sound by playing a G major scale in thirds.
On Thursday, January 22, Atlanticville on Sullivan's Island hosted a fantastic wine “What’s this instrument?” she asked the crowd. “A cello!” said a student, excitedly.
dinner, featuring former Charlestonian Jamey Whetstone, founder and wine maker for “Close!” said Sandra. “It’s a viola, and it plays the very rich notes in the quartet.”
Whetstone wine cellars. The wines were excellent and the food was expertly paired. For
The violist, Gretchen Frazier, played a short phrase to demonstrate. Finally, Sandra
more information about Atlanticville's wine dinners, please call 883-9452.
introduced the cellist, Tim O’Malley, who played a series of low notes that made
the kids laugh out loud.
“What is a march?” she asked the crowd. “Is it fast? Is it slow? Or is it right
in the middle?” The group agreed that a march is right in the middle, and to
demonstrate, the quartet played “The Emperor’s March” from the movie Star Wars.
Sandra went on to describe the different types of music that they would be
performing that day in their multimedia presentation of A Circle Unbroken, the
musical adaptation of local author Margot Theis Raven’s critically acclaimed
children’s book of the same name set to the music of William Grant Still.  Local
musicians from Chamber Music Charleston, a local basket maker and additional
local figures (the narrator and her “grandchildren”) appear in this film, produced
by ArtsMusic Productions (a new company I formed so that I could take on this
Reader Rachel Dowling read the story aloud as the quartet performed, playing
happy music; “water” music which involved pizzicato, the musical technique of
plucking strings; and lullabies. She told the tale of the basket children in Africa,
who made baskets with reeds in an unbroken circle for fanning rice and gathering
water. She told how they were stolen from their land and taken to America,
where they continued to make baskets and teach the method to their children. The
story continued through wars and into modern times. Each part of the story was
illustrated with beautiful paintings projected on a screen to the left of the musicians.
The performance was almost half an hour long, but the time seemed to fly by. When
the quartet finally lifted their bows from their strings for the last time, the crowd
erupted in applause.
If you missed the Chamber performance on January 28 at Sullivan’s Island
Elementary, Chamber Music Charleston will give the performance again on
Saturday, February 7, at 2pm at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, 25
Ann Street, Downtown Charleston. They will begin with a sing-along to “The
Bear Necessities” followed by “Circle Unbroken”.  Then on Sunday, February
8, at 3pm at Johns Island Presbyterian Church, 2550 Bohicket Road, Chamber
Music Charleston will give a brief introduction to the string quartet followed
by an introduction to the American spiritual and demonstrations of its influence
on classical music.  The string quartet will then perform three movements from
Antonin Dvorak’s “American” String Quartet while images of the America that so
influenced the work are displayed on a screen.  The concert concludes with “Circle
Unbroken”.  This concert is free as well, but reservation for the free tickets are
encouraged.  For more information, please call 559-9380.
Run-off from page 5
approach to problem solving, welcoming public input and reasoned discussion
among residents would be a refreshing approach for the City and is a goal that I
believe we can achieve.”
Buckhannon says that he will continue knocking on doors and telling voters
why he’s running for Mayor. It is an important part of the election process, he
says and encourages voters to ask “why not” if a candidate is not doing so.
“I took on this challenge because of my love for this City,” Buckhannon says.
“I truly enjoy being a part of this City, and want to serve as this Island’s next
February 6, 2009 7
Fighting the good fight
BY Bri Horahan

ecent winner of the Nancy had it really?
Stogner Award, Diane Oltorik, The IOPNA held its first official
explains how she became meeting in January of 2008. Prior to that
involved with the Isle of Palms meeting, however, a group of residents,
Neighborhood Association (IOPNA). including Mrs. Oltorik, organized to fill
It all began four years ago, when the the four City Council seats that were up
property across the street from her for election. They were able to fill three,
Beachside Community home was forcing the opposition to take note.
purchased by a developer. Plans to Mrs. Oltorik then helped to establish
demolish the existing house and build the Observer Corps, of which she is the
a multi-level residence/rental property chairperson. Two members of the Corps
were to proceed without question, even attend every city meeting held each
though the actions violated set bylaws month in order to observe and know
and covenants. Mrs. Oltorik fought immediately what is happening in their
for the city to uphold their established community. The observers take note
laws and not allow the proposed of what is happening, and Mrs. Oltorik
development. The developer filed a compiles the information and presents it
lawsuit against the Oltoriks that lasted on their website,
for three years. Finally, the developer Mrs. Oltorik rightly received
dropped the suit, and the property was the Nancy Stogner Award for her
bought by private residents. involvement in the IOP community.
The Beachside Homeowners All she wants is for city government
Association was already in effect to hold up its covenants and laws that
during this affair with Mr. Oltorik as the maintain single family dwellings on
president. But, Mrs. Oltorik wanted to the island. She hopes that IOP can
protect the rest of IOP from developers achieve a balance between residents
and rental properties, especially the and tourists, making it a “place to come
inner city part of Forest Trail and home to,” the association’s motto.
Hartnett Boulevard. When the inner city The Award is given in honor of a truly
residents came around with a petition special individual, Nancy Stogner, who
for City Council against potential always fought for what was best for the
development, Mrs. Oltorik signed it IOP community. Mrs. Oltorik certainly
Diane Oltorik holds up her first annual Nancy Stogner Award.
willingly. The residents were informed earned it.
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Morning fog Red-Tailed Hawk

By Eric Horan By Sarah Dargan Harper

y friend Doug Gardner and I passed through the Sea Pines Plantation
gate on Hilton Head just before sun up this spring morning. We were

he Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo You may recall the raspy, screeching
headed to Lake Mary in the Forest Preserve to photograph wading birds. jamaicensis) is our most call of the Bald Eagle often heard
They spend long hours, days even, gathering nesting materials and preparing for common hawk and perhaps in movies and TV shows. These are
their chicks to arrive. In another month, the island will be filled with hundreds of the most easily recognizable, with its actually recordings of Red-Tailed
birds, tending to their clutch of chicks full time. But this trip, we were intent on large, stocky body and conspicuous tail. Hawk vocalizations which have been
photographing their nest building. They are found as far north inserted to make the Bald Eagle sound
The rookery in the Forest Preserve used to be on a small island in the middle of as Alaska and their range more appealing (or perhaps more
Lake Mary. For a few months each spring it served as home to egrets, herons and extends south to Panama. intimidating or powerful?). In
ibis. We launched our kayaks into the glass-smooth water in a heavy fog, counting They feed mostly on reality, the call of the Bald
on the fog lifting with the sunrise. The fog did eventually lift; but while waiting, I small mammals, but Eagle is a faint chirping which
got this nice image of my friend paddling. will occasionally feed sounds more like a whistle.
Eric Horan publishes a calendar of his work every year and his columns discuss on snakes, birds, So next time you are driving
the picture for each month. You can view and/or purchase his 2009 calendar at rabbits and perhaps around the islands, keep an the neighborhood eye out for this beautiful
Chihuahua (or bird. In the last couple of
Photo tip: With each situation you encounter outdoors, plan your gear and
Yorkie). But don’t weeks, I have seen a Kestrel,
how you want to approach your subject. You need to pay close attention to
pull out your bb a Merlin, ospreys, Red-
the weather, light direction and quality for the time you will be out. When in
gun just yet: these Shouldered and Red-Tailed
coastal waters, study the tides. (Check with local papers, tourist guides or my
birds are protected Hawks on the Sullivan’s
annual wall calendar Lowcountry 2009, South Carolina.)
by federal law. The Island causeway. I’ve also
Once in the field, remain open to the unexpected. Your spontaneity can bring
handsome Buteo in spotted a Cooper’s Hawk and
new opportunities. In our case, we could have sat in our boats, grumbling while
my photograph is a a Sharp-Shinned Hawk while
waiting for the sun to burn through the fog. Instead, we managed to capture
juvenile. He (or she) driving down Middle Street. It’s
some nice kayaking shots.
has somewhat lighter a miracle I haven’t caused a head-
Extra precaution should be used when shooting birds on the nest and
plumage, a brown striped on collision…
extreme care taken when they have chicks. You do not want to scare birds
tail and lighter irises. Be All pictures by Sarah Harper. Sarah
off their nests or worse, startle young chicks to flee the nest prematurely.
careful not to confuse a Red-Tailed is a Sullivan’s Island resident, an avid
The chances for their survival would not be good. The local waters are full bird watcher and a passionate bird care
Hawk with a Red-Shouldered Hawk,
of alligators with others predators on land such as raccoon, fox and bobcat, advocate. If you have any questions or
which is slightly smaller, more evenly
waiting for such a mishap. With nesting birds, it’s best to use a photo blind or
streaked, and lacks the speckled breast need help with bird identification, you
position yourself with a long lens far enough away to prevent disturbing any can contact Sarah at dargan3484@
band of the Red-Tailed Hawk.
natural behavior.
February 6, 2009 9
More from the great fluoride debate
By Mary Gatch
of the Island Eye News and to learn that 40’s? The full history might make Based on LD50 data from Robert E.
we have a temporary respite. your blood boil just a little (visit Gosselin et al, Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products 5th ed., 1984
History: FluorideChronology.htm for an

ou’ve probably seen this
warning on your toothpaste. In 1939, the American Water Works extensive chronology of events). In the Maximum Contaminant Levels
When I found my 2-year-old Association decided there was sufficient 1930’s, fluoride was a toxic waste by-
daughter happily ingesting toothpaste evidence about fluoride to classify it product of the production of aluminum
right out of the tube, I scrambled to as a hazardous material, like lead and and fertilizer, and the key compound
find the number for poison control, arsenic. used in the production of the atomic
who concluded that the amount Before the push for fluoridation bomb.
ingested would probably not cause began, the dental profession recognized In the late 40’s, the ADA shifted its
any significant harm. It was enough that fluorides were not beneficial but opinion on fluoride and began to support
for me to switch to using fluoride-free detrimental to dental health. In 1944, fluoridation of water supplies. In 1952,
toothpastes. the Journal of the American Dental the ADA journal instructed its dentists
I was surprised to learn that there is Association (ADA) reported: "With not to discuss their personal opinions
enough fluoride in a tube of toothpaste 1.6 to 4 ppm fluoride in the water, 50 about fluoride. In 1972, the ADA
to kill a small child. So, I’ve started percent or more past age 24 have false reports in its journal that dental incomes
to question the use of fluoridated teeth because of fluoride damage to their and dental costs per person are higher in
toothpastes and the addition of fluoride own." fluoridated communities.
to our drinking water. I was pleased to What happened to shift fluoride
see Ali Akhyari’s article in the last issue from a drinking water hazard to a Relative Toxicity
commonplace additive by the late

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Enjoy a one-year financial “holiday”

By Dimi Matouchev

lthough it sounds strange, may well have had to sell some stocks
you may encounter situations or other investments in your retirement
in which you have to accept plan when their price was down. To
money, even if you’d rather not. Such help people avoid having to “sell low”,
is the case with required minimum Congress acted.
distributions (RMDs) from your Ultimately, you will have to end up
traditional IRA, 401(k) or other taking distributions again. But before
employer-sponsored retirement plans. that happens, take some time to decide
But thanks to recent legislation, you can how large a distribution you should
ignore the “required” part of RMDs — accept each year. If you need the money,
at least for a year. you might have to take out more than
Specifically, lawmakers recently the RMD. But if you can get by on just
placed a one-year moratorium on taking the minimum distribution, you may
regardless of age, you must generally this RMD “holiday” for 2009? For the
(RMDs) for 2009. If you’re not familiar want to do so, thereby keeping as much
begin taking RMDs. This is also true if answer, you need look no farther than
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But thanks to the new legislation, you Consequently, as 2008 draws to a close,
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Why did Congress decide to provide the previous year — which means you

Debate from page 9 checked information on websites mg). Consumption of other foods in our the production of our hormones
both promoting and opposing water modern world will further increase this including thyroid, adrenal, and sex
Too much of a ‘good’ thing: fluoridation. From one of the sites child’s intake. hormones. Researchers have found that
The most readily apparent symptom promoting fluoridation (the Linus supplementation with iodine may help
of too much fluoride is dental fluorosis Pauling Institute), I learned the What can you do? to flush fluorides and other toxins from
and decay. Fluorosis causes yellowing following: Many cities in the U.S. have been our body.
of teeth, white spots, and pitting or • The ‘adequate intake’ (AI) of able to keep fluoridation out of their
mottling of enamel, which is caused fluoride for children ages one to three water systems based on public votes The good news:
by an excess of fluoride while the is .7 mg/day; the AI level is the amount and outcry. Most countries in Western Thanks to the grass roots efforts of
permanent teeth are developing – which is believed to reduce dental caries Europe have banned fluoridation. thousands of people, concerns over
generally between three months and without causing unwanted side effects You can choose a fluoride-free fluoride are coming to light. In the
eight years of age. • A child drinking three cups of water toothpaste. Tom’s of Maine and Peelu meantime, I’ll hope that Charleston
Rates of fluorosis have been steadily per day will consume about .71 mg/ offer some good options. Water System will take a further look
climbing in all areas of the country. day based on recommended ‘optimal’ Reverse-osmosis and distillation before continuing with costly repairs
One reason that fluorosis levels are so fluoridation levels purifiers are expensive, but they will and allow its dependent citizenry to
high is that we are ingesting fluoride • Researchers estimate that children remove most of the fluoride from your make its own choices about whether or
from many sources. In addition to the under six years of age ingest an average drinking water. not we want to add fluoride to our own
fluoridation of water, most Americans of 0.3 mg of fluoride from toothpaste Choose organic foods and juices as systems.
are using fluoridated toothpaste, and with each brushing they will contain less of the fluoride
many use mouthwashes and rinses with • A sippy cup filled with grape juice from pesticide residue. Mary Gatch is an owner of DwellSmart, a
fluoride. Some are taking supplements. could contain .5 mg of fluoride Breast-feed infants or use fluoride- one-stop shop for healthy and environmentally-
And, we are ingesting fluoride through So a child who brushes his teeth free water to mix with formula. One friendly products. Mary lives on Sullivan’s
food and drink due to the fluoride twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, 4oz bottle of formula mixed with Island with her husband James, daughter
pesticide residue and the use of drinks three cups of fluoridated water, fluoridated water is going to put them Julian, and son Adam. You can contact her by
fluoridated water in agriculture. and one cup of grape juice will be at over that amount. e-mail at or by
visiting the store at 615 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.,
In my research for this article, I 1.81 mg (far above the AI level of .7 Eat a diet rich in iodine and consider
Mount Pleasant (between Eco Fitness and
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trace element and is necessary for
February 6, 2009 11
Put your best food forward

Barefoot Bistro
By Becca Finley
Photo by Kim Thompson
Let’s discuss hidden gems. You know detail. excellent find is
what I mean … that place you pass by The menu changes and evolves the Pan Seared
and wonder what lies within or you with the seasons, ensuring you will Swordfish served
hear about it from a friend of a friend experience a new sensory explosion. with local shrimp
of a friend who’s actually been there. If available, request the Roasted over roasted winter
Well, head to Isle of Palms because Pear Salad. The pears are poached vegetables and a
this unexpected surprise awaits you … in a molasses apple cider and served saffron mussel broth,
the name: Barefoot Bistro. This Euro- over warm wilted baby spinach and accompanied with a
American bistro embodies downtown topped with prosciutto, crumbled small nest of roasted
quality, but is conveniently located at Danish bleu cheese and spiced pecans. tomatoes and folded
the beach. The sweet/salty combination in this pecorino Romano
Chef/owner Justin Garrison relocated salad is heavenly. Pair this with the cheese and a side of
from the D.C. area in March of 2006 Rose Sangria. While in Spain, Justin steamed asparagus.
to open Barefoot Bistro, where the old examined various sangrias recipes and Cooked to perfection,
pizza place resided in the IOP business has adapted them into his signature the swordfish stands
district. During college, Justin pursued sangria with two different rums, Paisano proud, moist and
a degree in business, all the while wine, lime and local berries. meaty; a delightfully
keeping his hand in various kitchens. Looking for a true Maryland Crab rich dish, without
Upon graduating, he traveled to Spain Cake? Look no further. Justin does not being overpowering.
and Italy to study food and fell in love play around with filler … this is the real Come on over Chef/Owner Justin Garrison.
with Mediterranean cuisine that focuses deal; pure lump crab, baby. Many places on any Sunday for thru Saturday noon-2:30pm; dinner
on freshness and local resources. When make the sad, sad mistake of adding a good old fashioned Southern brunch -Wednesday thru Saturday 5-9pm; and
looking to open his own restaurant, peppers, onions and bread crumbs, but featuring Eggs Benedict with a Shrimp- Sunday brunch 10am-2:30pm. For more
he searched for a city that would offer the simple ingredients Justin remains Crawfish Etouffee, Ice Cream Battered information, call 843-886-4445.
these attributes, and the Charleston true to are lump crab, salt, pepper, French Toast and a classic BLT. In the Fun Fact: Justin and his wife Julie
area fit the mold. His food philosophy lemon and some egg whites. Then, to warmer months, enjoy live jazz on the have a newborn at home.
maintains that the entire food/dining give us a presentation boost, the crab patio. If you need an event catered, Becca Finley (beccafinley@
journey should show the love its creator cakes are layered on top of a skillet look no further. Barefoot Bistro will a freelance writer and
put into it. All of his creations, from the cornbread and surrounded by a sweet surpass your wildest expectations. They marketing/branding specialist (www.
flavor to the presentation, are bursting corn, squash, zucchini and red onion specialize in private events, holiday who recently moved to
with originality and innovation. The confetti. Barefoot Bistro specializes parties and company events. Hours Sullivan’s Island from Dallas, Texas.
staff exceeds all expectations in terms of in seafood and uses local Crosby’s of operation are: lunch - Wednesday
affability, service and attention to every Seafood for all of its fish needs. Another
14 February 6, 2009

IOP Exchange Club helps the

Fired up
children of the Lowcountry
Provided by Dimi Matouchev

n January 22, The Isle of Palms child abuse. The funds were raised in
Exchange Club presented 2007 and 2008 from the Isle of Palms
checks to national and area Connector Race for the Child, which
agencies who work towards the is held each year by the Isle of Palms
Exchange Club’s goal of preventing and Mount Pleasant Exchange Clubs.
child abuse. Checks for $2200 each All of the funds raised at this event are
were given to HALOS, Windward dedicated to helping local non-profits
Farms, the Dee Norton Lowcountry battle the problem of child abuse. The
Children’s Center, Parent’s Anonymous, IOP Connector Race is held the first
and the Low Country Orphan Relief Saturday in October every year, and the
Fund.  A check for $700 was presented 2009 race will be held on October 3,
to the National Exchange Club 2009. For more information, please visit
Sullivan’s Island Mayor Carl Smith swears in the Town’s two newest fire fighters: Foundation for the prevention of 
Jody Cox (left) and John “J.C.” Gypin (right).

Water: quite the troublemaker

By Brittany Urbach

ater conservation efforts an immeasurable impact. With fewer
are extremely helpful to people visiting the island and renting,
the environment, but are less water is being used. The department
contributing to a $184,000 budget doesn’t have a price estimate on this
shortfall for the Sullivan's Island Water impact, but is sure it has made some
Department. Several factors contribution to the budget deficit.
The island’s water conservation In addition to the troubled economy,
efforts have had a $30,000 - $40,000 a delayed rate increase for services
(Left to right) Dan McQueeney, President of the SC District Exchange Club, who
impact on the water department’s which was implemented last year has
accepted a check on the behalf of the National Exchange Club’s “Campaign for Kids”;
budget, says Gress. When the pipeline also contributed to the shortfall. The Susie Lee, Board Member, for Lowcountry Orphan Relief; Kim Clifton from HALOS; Jim
in the harbor was being repaired and increase wasn’t put into action until a Raih, President of the IOP Exchange Club; Donna Slipko from Dee Norton Lowcountry
Sullivan’s Island was using water month after the fiscal year had begun—a Children’s Center; Deborah McKelvey, Executive Director of Windwood Farm; and
from the Isle of Palms, the Town mistake which cost them an estimated Elizabeth Grantham, Prevention of Child Abuse committee chair for the IOP Exchange.
asked residents to use as little water as $15,000 - $20,000 in revenue.
possible. Residents were also asked to Unexpected invoices from capital
put a hold on water irrigation, such as projects carried over from the previous
watering their lawns. After realizing year added $40,000 to the budget loss.
their lawns were still thriving when Employees working overtime have also
less water was being used, residents been an issue. The department tries to
have developed a more long-term reward employees who work overtime,
water conserving mind-set. This has but when calls come in for work, they’re
resulted in less revenue for the Water required to respond. This, in turn, costs
Department. money.
“We encourage people to do that,” The Department has hired a rate
says Gress in reference to people consultant to help them restructure their
conserving water despite effects on fees and other budget issues. Gress
revenue. anticipates that there will be a public
In addition, fixtures, which expel meeting in the near future to discuss the
less water have also contributed to the results with the public.
impact on the budget. Although the "I don't think this (the deficit) is
impact is small, it adds up over time. going to carry over to next year,” says
And, of course, the economy has had Gress. “I don't think we're going to have
February 6, 2009 15
Listen to your heart (rate) this Valentine’s Day!
By Meredith Nelson, M.Ed
benefits. Work too hard and you risk

omeone recently said to me, “I rate. Your maximum heart rate is Once you have established your
just don’t get the whole heart rate generally determined for the average aerobic base and have acquired a an injury and/or burnout, and you may
thing”. That made me stop and population by subtracting your age from reasonable degree of fitness, you are find that your workouts are too difficult
think: how often do instructors say to the number 220 for men, and 226 for ready to begin working in higher ranges. to complete. Many people are guilty
their clients or classes, “You should be women. The number you get is equal The 75 – 85% range is known as the of seldom working in the lower ranges
working around 70 to 75%!”, “Today’s to your maximum heart rate. Then you strength zone, anaerobic threshold, or because they want every workout to be
workout will be in the fat-burning can multiply that by .65 and .75 to find lactate threshold. This is the point at challenging. Although higher intensities
zone!” or “We’re going to keep the your 65 – 75% range. which your body switches the source usually result in a feeling of success
intensity low today in our endurance When you are working within this of energy from fat to carbohydrates. and increased endorphins, the lower
ride!” What exactly does all this mean? range, you are utilizing fat to obtain When you are unable to speak more intensities are necessary to train your
All three of the preceding statements the energy needed to exercise. This than a word or two a once, are very body to be effective at burning fat.
generally refer to the same thing. is known as the aerobic, fat-burning, breathless, or feel like you are working Many people, however, interpret this
Training with a heart rate monitor can cardio or endurance zone. At this level at an eight on a scale of one to 10, you to mean that they can workout on a
be extremely helpful to those wanting of exertion you should be able to go have arrived at this range. This range machine and remain in the prescribed
to get more from their workouts. A for over one hour. Unfortunately, you is important because it is here that your “fat-burning zone” for thirty minutes
heart rate monitor can tell you if you are need to go for at least that long, because heart actually becomes stronger. Your and be successful at their goals. As I
working too hard or not hard enough to although your body is using fat for body is burning the source of energy said earlier, working in this range burns
accomplish your goals. True, a heart rate energy, not much energy is required and that is most accessible: the sugars in fewer calories overall and therefore, you
monitor is not necessary, but it can tell therefore not many total calories are your blood. Generally you can hold this need to exercise in this range for at least
you if you need to work harder or back being burned. However, this range is intensity for a while, but not as long as one hour. Otherwise, fewer calories
off a bit. important to train in for several reasons. you can hold the aerobic state. overall will be used for energy.
Your heart rate is an indicator of your Beginning exercisers should stay Working even harder requires another With all this said, I do want to make
effort, and is measured in the number of within this range and gradually increase fuel from another system: the ATP. clear a few seemingly contradicting
beats per minute (bpm). The harder you their intensity over time. Weeks, Adenosine triphosphate is immediately points. Heart rate monitors are not the
work, the higher your heart rate goes even months, may go by before a accessible in the body and is used for end-all, be-all to working out and losing
and the higher the bpm. Depending on new exerciser is able to increase their short, intense bursts of energy. Sprinters weight. If you are just getting started
how hard you are working, your body intensity higher than 75% of the MHR. require the use of the energy system. on an exercise program, I encourage
has certain ways of obtaining the energy Older individuals may find it necessary You may find your heart rate climbing you to do something – anything - for 30
required to do the work you are asking to exercise within this range all the time. to 92% or more of your maximum heart minutes daily. For someone just starting
it to do. Seasoned exercisers and competitive rate, but you won’t be able to sustain out, exercising in the correct zone is not
Once you are exercising hard enough athletes need to work within this range this effort for much longer than about 90 terribly important. What is important is
to breathe a little more deeply, become at least once or twice a week to maintain seconds. that you are exercising at all.
slightly breathless, and find it difficult their aerobic base and ensure that their Wearing a heart rate monitor can help Secondly, don’t let this make you
to speak in complete sentences, you bodies are efficient at burning fat for you make sure you are working within think that working out in your lower
have probably raised your heart rate energy. Working at a lower intensity the appropriate ranges for your specific ranges is not beneficial at all. Actually,
to about 65 – 75% of your maximum will not stress your system enough to goals. Work at too low of an intensity
capabilities, or your maximum heart warrant any adaptations . . . i.e. results! and you don’t reap the cardiovascular see Heart Rate on page 18
16 February 6, 2009

Martin Luther King Day essay contest

he Edgar Allan Poe library discrimination has shared the dream schools, use different bathrooms and
recently held an essay contest and injustice in with Dr. King is by drinking fountains and had to sit in the
in honor of Martin Luther King the world. inspiring others to back of the bus. Today, due to the efforts
Day on January 19, and President- Many years make a difference. of many Civil Rights leaders like Dr.
elect Barack Obama’s inauguration later, long after They are also great King, black people and other minority
on January 20. Students at Sullivan’s Dr. King was pubic speakers and people can do the same things that white
Island Elementary were asked to write gone, something very caring family people can do.
a story, telling how they think that happened that men who take Black, white, male, and female
President Barack Obama is living the would change responsibility. Dr. individuals can vote, go to college, and
dream that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. America King and President- even become President of the United
spoke of in his famous 1963 “I Have a forever. The elect Obama are States of America. This is a miracle and
Dream” speech. The first prize essays forty-fourth amazing men who definitely a dream come true for many
are reprinted below and were written President of the care for everyone, not people!
by Gillian Armstrong, Devon Lee, United States just their friends or
Matthew Haigler and Marion (last Barack Obama African Americans. Most original essay
name unknown). Honorable Mention was elected, Both of these By Marion, class 2-U
winners included Will Eudy, Christen the first African men are American President-elect Barack Obama is
Kaul, Bobby Gardner, Lauren Medich, American icons who spoke living the dream of Doctor Martin
Michael Wolf, Reid Haigler, Kate President ever to the public about Luther King Jr. How? I know. Barack
Harper, Michael Ulrich, Carly Edwards in the nation’s history. Barack Obama problems and fixed them. I think Dr. Obama had a fair and square chance
and Michael Reilly. isn’t just living the dream. I believe he King and President-elect Barack Obama of becoming President of the United
is the Dream. have changed the world by using their States of America. It’s equal because
First place – class 5-C dream that all of us would be united. back then, African American people
By Devon Lee First place – class 5-S couldn’t even get anywhere close to
Martin Luther King, President By Gillian Armstrong First place – class 5-M being President of the United States of
Obama: two name America will know President-elect Barack Obama is By Matthew Haigler America. President-elect Barack Obama
for the rest of its days. In the 1960s, living the dream of Dr. King in many President-elect Barack Obama is was as lucky as ice cream that nobody
Dr. King had a monumental dream; one ways. First of all, he became a leader for fulfilling Dr. King’s dream by winning ate and didn’t melt. I voted for Barack
that he believed would one glorious the public and in a way, they were both the election because of his character Obama. Barack Obama is living the
day come true. He dreamt that Black, spiritual leaders. Both of them have rather than the color of his skin. dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
White, Catholic, Jews and all faiths and brought change to America by uniting In Dr. King’s day, black people were PS – Barack Obama is the first African
colors would join together and walk on two different cultures. not given the same rights as white American President.
the road of freedom. He died fighting Another way President-elect Obama people. They had to go to different
February 6, 2009 17

Cub scouts revitalize island nature trail

Provided by Carol Killough

he Cub Scout Pack 59 Webelos, chartered of plant and animal life in such a small area,”
by Stella Maris Catholic Church on said Island Turtle Team project leader Mary
Sullivan’s Island, re-dedicated the Pringle. “I can’t think of any other school that
Sullivan’s Island Elementary School Nature has a setting as rich in maritime and coastal flora
Trail on Friday, January 30, in a brief ceremony and fauna as Sullivan’s Island Elementary. I
recognizing the importance of this natural commend the Scouts for their very hard work in
asset to our community. Fourth and fifth grade clearing the paths and bringing the trail back to
Webelos Cub Scouts Christopher Diamond- life.”
Hettinger, Matthew Dodds, Wynn Fabrizio, The Sullivan’s Island Nature Trail has 15
Kyle Harris, Clayton Johnson, John Jones, stations which allow students and teachers to
Andrew Killough, Devon Lee, Jack Marino, see first hand the coastal landforms, plants and
Price Nimmich, Michael Psenka, AJ Schmidt, animals which make up our fragile ecosystem.
and Elliott Suggs, along with their families, spent The Trail starts at the school playground, which
two Saturdays in November and one day over the backs up to the maritime forest. From the
Christmas break cleaning up the trail, which has maritime forest, students traverse through the
been neglected for some 14 years. PHOTO BY CAROL KILLOUGH secondary and primary dunes, out to the beach to
“The importance of children understanding 1985 by former SIES Principal Fleming Harris and tidal pools and back through a separate trail to see
and caring for our natural environment cannot be former SIES teacher Judith Cummings Reese. At wax myrtles, “toothache” trees, the effects of the salt
underestimated,” said Sullivan’s Island Elementary that time, with the assistance of many government spray and more.
School principal Susan King. “I am extremely agencies and individuals including the South Carolina “It is our hope that the Pack 59 Webelos dens
proud of the Webelo’s efforts to revive this very Department of Natural Resources, a booklet trail guide of the future will continue to adopt this trail as
special trail. Sullivan’s Island Elementary School was created to highlight the flora and fauna of the their community service project and that it will be
is extremely fortunate to have an ‘outdoor science trail, completely illustrated with pen and ink drawings annually maintained and regularly utilized by children
classroom’ just beyond our back door! I look forward by Mrs. Reese. Soon after, the trail was utilized not throughout the state for years to come,” said Killough.
to seeing this educational resource used by our only by island children; students throughout the state Pack 59 is a Cub Scout pack with the Coastal
students and others for generations to come.” of South Carolina enjoyed field trips to the trail to see Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America
After a few outings to confirm the existing path and learn their coastal science lessons first hand. Some and is chartered by Stella Maris Catholic Church
placement and post markers, (all of which were of these children had never seen the beach, despite on Sullivan’s Island. Scouts from Isle of Palms,
reclaimed and restored), the Webelos den was put living within miles of the ocean. Webelos den leader Sullivan’s Island and Mount Pleasant are members of
to work trimming and raking aside limbs, vines and Carol Killough is heading up an effort to redesign and Pack 59, with active dens for each grade first through
weeds, all in accordance with the Town’s existing reprint the now depleted booklets this spring, with fifth. If a boy is interested in becoming a Cub Scout,
beach path ordinances. Following the Boy Scouts of the help of Billy McCord from the South Carolina or would like more information, he may contact the
America Outdoor Code, the scouts did not remove Department of Natural Resources, Mary Pringle from Council Service Center at 843-763-0305.
anything from the site except trash found. No foliage the Island Turtle Team and island resident Robbie School groups interested in arranging use of the
was completely removed from the trail. Instead, it was Kennemur of ProLegal Copies, who is donating his nature trail may contact Trudie Cantrell at SIES at
raked aside to allow wildlife to continue using the printing services. Artwork and photography of native 883-3118.
berries and branches as food and as nesting sources. species located on the trail is needed. “After walking
The Sullivan’s Island Nature Trail was created in the nature trail, I was very impressed with the diversity
18 February 6, 2009
Community water fluoridation from my perspective
By Jason H. Cohen, DMD

s a practicing dentist, a member be inaccurate or even as do mothers who are nursing Too much of anything can be
of the American Dental harmful. their infants. Children also harmful. Infants should not use
Association, and a caring It is documented benefit from water fluoridation fluoridated toothpaste and children
island resident, I hope that I can utilize by the ADA that after by drinking tap water. This is over the age of 18 months should use
my educational background, clinical more than 60 years because, as fluoride ions are toothpaste with limited fluoride. It
experience, and knowledge base to of community water incorporated into the developing is true that if fluoride levels in water
identify some important facts regarding fluoridation, this tooth structure, the fluoride become too high, it can harm teeth.
fluoridation. I will reference the process has dramatically enhances the tooth’s structural This happens not by causing dental
American Dental Association’s library improved our oral health. integrity and makes the enamel caries, but by mottling teeth, weakening
to help support the concepts in this Of course, it has not (the tooth surface visible when them and making them unpleasant in
article. perfected it. In 1995, we smile) more resistant to caries appearance.
In 2005, the ADA celebrated 60 years the United States Public (also known as tooth decay). Can optimally fluoridated water
of water fluoridation with a 72 page Health Service stated Did you know that dental caries supplies or naturally fluoridated
article identifying facts and dispelling that water fluoridation is are the most widespread disease water supplies pose a health risk
myths regarding water fluoridation. the most cost effective, in the world? to an individual or a community?
Water fluoridation, while not perfect, practical and safe Dental caries occur as According to the ADA, “In August
is so important that in 1999, the Center means for reducing the bacteria in our mouths feed 1993, The National Research Council,
for Disease Control and Prevention occurrence of dental on food particles and make a branch of the National Academy of
recognized it as one of the 10 most decay in a community. waste in the form of enzymes. Sciences, released a report for the EPA
important public health achievements in Because of water These enzymes are acidic that confirmed that currently allowed
the 20th century. fluoridation, adults have and erode our enamel (and fluoride levels in drinking water do not
The practice of dentistry and the retained their teeth with An example of dental root surface, if exposed). In pose a risk for health problems such as
decisions made regarding public dental greater longevity. In caries, commonly our mouths there is a constant cancer, kidney failure or bone disease.”
health are evidence based. This is a my clinical experience, known as tooth decay. process of demineralization Scientific studies on fluoride and
strong and important concept. It means this has not only had a and re-mineralization. This is a fluoride consumption have been
that dental treatments, and decisions positive physiological natural, healthy tug of war. By performed and scrutinized for decades.
regarding dental health, are based upon effect, it has also had an important effect ingesting fluoridated water, fluoride There will always be more research
scientific studies. Such studies have on the functionality and emotion of the ions pump into our saliva, helping the on the same subject. We will always
generally and internationally accepted individual. Together, these effects can re-mineralization effort. As we age, our learn more and we will, from time to
guidelines so that we can generate valid, help to improve our overall quality of salivary function (quality and quantity/ time, improve on what we know and
credible evidence from which we can life in a cost effective way. output) decreases. This is why it is experience paradigm shifts, but it’s
attempt to help people. In our dynamic Fluoride ingested systemically important for us to continue to drink about trying. That’s what we do, we try.
information age, “pseudo-scientific” is very important to the developing fluoridated water throughout life. It is healthy to question ourselves, our
information is passed along readily and tooth. This is true as early on as in the Fluoride applied topically (at home leaders and those who take care of us,
consumers may be tempted to formulate womb. Pregnant women benefit their and in the dental office) further helps but it is most healthy to be respectful,
strong opinions that may potentially fetus by drinking fluoridated tap water, to strengthen tooth structure. Did you especially when it comes to respecting
know that fluoride is used topically to yourself. You can do the most for
help reduce dental sensitivity? It is also yourself by delving deep into the facts
used as a component in some restorative that research indicates to be true, not by
materials so that it can impregnate making important decisions based on
tooth structure and again help fight de- “pseudo-scientific” data.

Heart Rate from page 15 Meredith Nelson, M.Ed, is the owner

of PrimeTime Fitness, Inc, on Sullivan’s
every once in a while, even once or Island. Offering group fitness classes,
twice a week, it is helpful to exercise PrimeTime Spin, private yoga, personal
in your lower ranges for even thirty
training, and monthly gym membership,
minutes. Rest and recovery is a very
important part of your overall fitness, Meredith divides her time between the
and more gains may actually be made gym on Sullivan’s Island and limited in-
during times of rest than during your home training on Daniel Island, where
workouts. she resides along with her husband
Heart rate training can be Mark. Meredith can be reached with
intimidating at first, but once you have your fitness questions at 883-0101, or
learned how to use this helpful gadget,
your heart rate monitor can be a true
reflection of your heart.
February 6, 2009 19

It’s in the bag!

By Diane Oltorik

he IOP Neighborhood card, the Island Eye newspaper,
Association is introducing a important phone numbers, an eco-
new reach out program for friendly grocery bag, a local tide chart,
new residents on the Isle of Palms; and koozies.
whether they’re owners or long term The participating restaurants so far
renters. The “New Resident Outreach are:
Program” will feature a gift bag filled Huck’s (JJ Kern), Banana
with information about the island. “Each Cabana (Gary Hart), Coconut Joe’s
bag will contain a welcome letter and (John Parker and David Buganaski),
will highlight our wonderful eating The Windjammer (Bobby Ross and
establishments, right here on the island.  Malcolm Burgis), Barefoot Bistro
We believe that if you are living here, (Justin Garrison), Long Island Cafe
then you should be eating here,” says (Patti and Buddy Thomas), Budiroes
Dee Weilbacher, Chairperson of the (Kim and Ronnie Johnson), Quiznos
program.  “There is a restaurant here (Hans Zithshi), Taste of China (Ann
that suits anybody’s taste, and the and Ricky Ching Tin), and Morgan
IOPNA wants to encourage everyone Creek Grill (Carla Pope). In Wild
to stay on the island for any dining Dunes, participating restaurants include
experience: formal, informal, eat in Hudson’s Market and The Lettered
or eat out!”  Ms. Weilbacher is really Olive (Becky Golden).
enthused by the response from our “Our participating restaurants are
restaurant owners and managers.  “So willing to offer their discounts on an
far, there are 12 restaurants participating ongoing basis,” says Ms. Weilbacher,
in this venture, and discount coupons “and my Committee and I hope we
and menus from each restaurant are ‘in can continue to work together to make
the bag’!  We believe they understand the IOP ‘a great place to come home
that we are trying to build a cohesive to.’  That is the IOP Neighborhood
community of residents, starting with Association logo and making the IOP
our eating establishments”.  a great place to come home to is our
 The gift bag will also include The goal.”
Pelican (a brief guide to IOP), a map If you hear of any new residents
of  IOP, Turtle Team information, a or long term renters that are moving
Recreation Department guide, the Fall/ or have recently moved to the Isle of
Winter IOP Neighborhood Association Palms, please contact Diane Oltorik at
Newsletter, an IOPNA membership 886-6114.

The Big One is Coming



“Under the Big Tin”

5-8 p.m.
Rain or Shine
$20.00 Advance $25.00 Day of Event
All You Can Eat Single
Bring Your Own Knife
Hot Dogs and Fish Stew

Tickets available at Fire Station, Town Hall,

Piggly Wiggly at Sea Island Shopping Center,
Simmons Seafood and Exit Realty

20 February 6, 2009

The year of the Ox

The tops of freshly cut bamboo branches strung with colorful ribbons
could be seen bouncing through the air at Sullivan’s Island Elementary on
Friday, January 23. Below the gold-green branches, children from the Kaleido-
scope group sported handmade masks, Chinese flags, lanterns and wind
catchers. They marched to the sound of a drum, circling in the parking lot and
stopping just in time to welcome the star performance: a Chinese lion dance,
performed by members of the Masters Studio of Self Defense.

According to tradition, the lion is seen as a guardian creature and the

dance is performed to exorcise evil spirits by stirring up the old dust of the past
year. The rhythmic beat of the drums and dancing scatters the dust to the The dance was followed by displays of skill by the Masters Studio of Self
winds and invites in the good luck of the New Year. A cabbage is fed to the lion Defense students, including a double sword demonstration by Wendy
as an offering and to pay homage to the guardian animal. The students at the Burkhardt, a single sword demonstration by Hansje Gold-Kruuk, a Kwan-do
school laughed as the lion “spit” the cabbage to the ground as the performers demonstration by Kalev Kruuk and a fan dance featuring five of the Studio’s
behind the mask pretended to eat the offering. The lion dance is often students.
confused with the dragon dance, with the main difference being that the For more information about the Masters Studio of Self Defense, visit
dragon dance usually involves ten or more people, while the lion dance only
uses two.

Luck in the Chinese New Year

Good luck
*Opening windows and/or doors invites good luck.
*Switching on lights scares away ghosts and spirits of misfortune.
*Cleaning the house from top to bottom invites the good spirits to take up
*Wearing a new pair of slippers that were bought before the New Year,
because it means that you step on the people that gossip about you.

Bad luck
*Washing your hair washes away your own luck.
*Avoid clothes in black and white, because black is the symbol of bad luck
and white is the color of Chinese funerals.
*Sweeping the floor is forbidden on the first day of the New Year, as it sweeps
away the good luck that has settled.
*Do not offer anything in fours, as the pronunciation in Chinese of the
number four sounds like the word for “death”.

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February 6, 2009 21

Isle of Palms Rec Center

Isle of Palms Recreation Center Free Ages 8-12 Yrs. Learn the fundamentals New session begins February 24 $85 resident/$90 non-resident
843-886-8294 Friday Night Hoops
February 6 Total Body Challenge Women’s Intermediate Tennis
Youth Baseball Registration 6pm-8pm Tuesday thru Friday Tuesday & Thursday
Fast Start, T-Ball, & Machine Pitch 7-12 Yrs. 8am-9am 9-10am
IOP residents only: January 20 - 23 $10 Everyday a different challenge Tennis experience needed.
Open: January 26 – February 6 $7 per class or purchase # of classes $85 resident/$90 non-resident
$30 resident/$35 non-resident Yoga (16 Yrs. +)
$20/$25 Fast start 12:30pm to 2pm Kinderpuppy Mat & Floor
Tuesdays & Thursdays Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm Wednesdays, 1:45-2:45pm
Alice in Wonderland $80 resident/$85 non-resident/session New session March 2 50+ Yrs.
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, February $10 per class Learn basic commands. Focusing on Pilates, floor exercises
19-21 Must have DHLPP and Kennel Cough $10 per class/or pay for the session
Starting at 7pm Sports Conditioning vaccinations to participate.
Directed by Jimmy Ward Tuesdays & Thursdays $90 residents/$95 non-residents Senior Sports Classic
$5 General Admission 5:15pm to 6:15pm class Tuesday, February 10
Advance Tickets available at the $40 resident/$45 non-resident Companion Dog 10am-12 noon
Recreation Department $7 per class Mondays, 7:30-8:30pm
New session March 2 Bocce Ball
Men’s Spring Softball Evening Yoga (12 Yrs. +) Taught good manners and further Pre-register by Feb.6th
Registration February 2-27 5:30pm to 6:30pm commands. Socialize and learn to play.
$425 per team Mondays & Wednesdays $90 residents/$95 non-residents
Game days Monday & Wednesday $60 residents/ $65 non-residents/6 Speaker Course
Captain’s meeting March 5, 6pm weeks Youth Drawing Wednesday, February 11, 2pm
$7 per class Ages 7 to 12 Yrs. Family Matters with Long Term Care
Men’s 3 on 3 Basketball Wednesdays, 4-5pm Learn how Long Term Care Insurance
Registration February 2-27 Lowcountry Blues Bash New session in February can play a role in preserving your assets.
$60 per team Saturday, February 7 $50 residents/$55 non-residents
Game days Tuesday and Thursday 5pm-8pm Cupid’s Card Shoppe
Captain’s meeting March 4, 6pm Sunday, February 8 Ballet Wednesday, February 11
2pm-5:30pm Ages 2-5 Yrs. 4-6pm
Salsa Dancing $5 admission Mondays, 12:30-1pm Make a Valentine for the one you love.
Ages 12 Yrs. + Children under 12 Yrs. Free New session February 23 12 Yrs. & under
No partner needed Doors open 30 minutes prior to 1st $115 residents/$120 non-residents FREE
Thursdays, 7:30pm-8:30pm performance
$35 residents/$40 non-residents Youth Tennis Doggie Day at the Rec.
New session begins March 5 Gymnastics (3+ Yrs.) Tuesdays & Thursdays Saturday, February 28
Tuesdays, 3:30pm-4:15pm 6-8 Yrs. old 4-5pm 9am
Canasta $70 resident/$75 non-resident 9-12 Yrs. old 5-6pm Rabies Clinic
First and third Tuesday of the month New session begins February 10 New session begins February 17 Annual IOP Dog Licenses
11:30am-2:30pm Cheer/Dance Class $80 residents/$85 non-residents 11am
Best In Show Competition
Adult Co-Ed Tennis Must pre-register by

Poe Library events Thursdays, 6-7pm

New session February 19
$45 residents/$50 non-residents
Friday, February 27
Registration CLOSED day of the event.

Poe Library Do-it-yourself crafts with Grace

1921 Ion Ave Dunbar Women’s Beginner Tennis
Sullivan’s Island February 7, 10:30am. Valentine’s Day Tuesday & Thursday
883-3914 crafts. 10-11am

Hours: Drum Circle

Surfing for trash

Monday & Friday: 2 – 6 February 13 at 7pm
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday: 10 – 2 Sponsored by Creative Spark
Adande African Dance and Drum
Guessing jar of chocolate kisses Ensemble.
Come in and guess how many kisses! Authentic dances performed in colorful

he Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to keeping our marine environments
Jar will be available until counted on dress, accompanied by a lively troupe as clean as possible and our local Charleston Chapter is no exception. The
Valentine’s Day. of drummers. Charleston Surfriders conduct regular beach sweeps and have dedicated
themselves to keeping Sullivan’s Island clean throughout the winter and spring.
Story time for the Tuesday morning Kaleidescope If you have ever wanted to be a part of Surfrider and/or help protect one of our
toddlers and preschoolers Kindergarten through third grade will greatest natural resources, then this is terrific opportunity .
10:30 to 11am meet 3:30-4:30pm. The Charleston Chapter of Surfrider will be conducting beach sweeps every
February 10, 17 and 24. Ages 2-5. Fourth and Fifth grade will meet 4:30- fourth Saturday morning throughout the 2009 winter and spring. Their next
5:30. sweep will be held on February 28 at 10am. If you’re in unfamiliar territory, just
Story time for Thursday morning show up on Sullivan’s Island at Station 22 1/2 and ask for Amy Black or Sallie
preschoolers Beach Lover's Book Club Miller, who will hand you some gloves and trash bags. Don’t miss this chance to
10:15-11:15am Slipknot by Linda Greenlaw. Please have an impact on our local environment while meeting new, like-minded people
February 12, 19 and 26. Ages 3-5. call the library (883-3914) for details. at the same time. This is the only Earth we have and there’s only one Sullivan’s
Island on it.
22 February 6, 2009

Council from page 4 Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rice responds members Duffy, Piening, and Loftus In regards to the recent move
to Councilman Piening’s concerns vote in favor of the amendment, while from analogue radio to digital radio,
contract to Schupp Enterprises for saying, “I would beg to differ with some the other Council members voted no. Councilman Buckhannon raises some
$68,000 for 2009 and $85,000 for years of those figures. I just really feel we’re The motion did not pass. concerns. “We’re having some issues
2010 through 2012. Councilman Taylor in a great situation working with Schupp After the motion failed, Mayor Pro with digital radio transmission. Some
commented that it would be more enterprises. I’m looking forward to this Tem Rice says, “Going forward with communications are being garbled.”
economical to hire professionals to take relationship.” the public safety building, we knew He assures Council that both the
care of the parking situation. Councilman Taylor then says the we were going to reduce our revenue Chiefs and the City Administrator are
The motion was for $68,000 for the 12% reduction, which Councilman in parking because we were taking working diligently to try and work out
2009 calendar year and $85,000 for the Piening mentioned, could be a spots from the parking lot—so that the problem. “We’re kind of on the
calendar year of 2010 through 2012 correct figure. “Right now there’s was a given that we were going to lose outskirts of that radio band, and it’s
with a 15% of all revenue in excess of probably about a 40% reduction,” says revenue.” She then commented that somewhat difficult for our public safety
$85,000 coming back to the City. Councilman Taylor. He also mentions the standing committees work hard for to get messages,” says Councilman
Councilman Ralph Piening took the that the City doesn’t want to raise fees months and months towards the best Buckhannon.
floor after hearing this. “I’m going to on parking to generate more revenue interest of the City. She says the Ways
vote against it,” he says. “I voted yes because the high parking price could and Means Committee has the best Hard work pays off
for it at the Ways and Means meeting cause people to park in neighborhoods. intentions for the City. The Personnel Committee is working
but unfortunately, before that meeting I At this point, Councilman Michael Councilman Taylor says that if diligently to come up with a new
didn’t have time to study it—this was all Loftus spoke up. He also didn’t have anyone has any questions, to contact pay rate system for City employees.
coming together very quickly.” time to look over the proposal. “Quite him. He can be reached a variety of The City’s employees have been
Councilman Piening continued frankly, we’re going to lose money ways and would be happy to respond to compensated with a cost of living
saying in the past year the contract every year of this contract, from actual any inquiries. “But you need to respect allowance. Councilman Piening says
generated about $132,000 a year. The historic numbers that we received,” says the process,” he says. the Committee may possibly change an
original bid this year at $68,000 is a the Councilman. “So we’re going to Councilman Loftus was upset by the increase in pay to a merit based agenda,
substantial decrease from what they have to cut other services, or, you know, conversation and attempted to speak so that the best employees could be
received last year, an area of concern we’re going to have to come up with against it once again. He was denied rewarded and encouraged to stay on in
for Councilman Piening. The City is that income some other way.” the floor and Mayor Pro Tem Rice the City.
looking at a 12% decrease in the number Councilman Loftus then made a called for the vote. Council members “This is a pretty big change and a
of parking lot spaces, and a 12% motion that the Council negotiate the Duffy, Piening, and Loftus voted against pretty big project,” says Piening. “For
decrease on $132,000 would be about contract for one year. “I’d like to make the motion, while the other Council that reason, it’s not something you want
$16,000, says Councilman Piening. the motion that we go with the current members voted for the motion. The to rush through. We’re going to spend
Councilman Piening proposed the one year ‘till the end of the fiscal year, motion passed 6-3. quite a bit of time working on this and
City make the contract span a shorter and see what the numbers are, and then hopefully we’ll have a plan to rule out
period of time. He suggested a two re-negotiate the contract based on that.” Electrical junction box to be moved this fall.” The Committee is looking to
year contract, as oppose to a four year Mayor Pro Tem Rice put the The Approval of the Bulkhead implement this agenda starting in 2010.
contract. “We’re looking at a substantial amendment motion on the table to go replacement change order #1 to relocate
decrease of revenue for the City,” says one year with Schupp Enterprises and above ground electrical junction box Discussion regarding height
Councilman Piening. re-negotiate after 12 months. Council passed unanimously. At the Ways and restrictions
Means meeting held on January 20, City Administrator Linda Tucker
Administrator Tucker explained that if introduced new bills, resolutions, and
the box were to remain where it is now, proclamations. She presented the First
it would sit in the center of the sidewalk. Reading of Ordinance 2009-01: An
Chris Moore of Jon Guerry Taylor Ordinance Amending Section 1-3-
also commented that if the box stayed 31 of the City of Isle of Palms Code
in its current location, there wouldn’t of Ordinances to Create a Standing
be enough cable to go through the Committee Known as the Real Property
bulkhead. If they were to purchase more Committee. Councilman Taylor moves
cable, it would be fairly expensive. to pass this motion. Motion passed
New block on the street Next was the First Reading of
At the previous Public Safety Ordinance 2009-02: An Ordinance
Committee meeting held on January 13, Amending Section 5-4-58 of the City
citizen Chris Donovan spoke out against of Isle of Palms Code of Ordinances
the barricade recently placed on her Relating to the Granting of Zoning
25th avenue property. She encouraged Variances, which was coupled with
the Committee to come up with a the First Reading of Ordinance 2009-
solution for vehicles parking on her yard 03: An Ordinance Amending Sections
for long periods of time. 5-4-2 and 5-4-12 of the City of Isle of
If the Isle of Palms blocked off the Palms Code of Ordinances Relating to
street, the Department of Transportation the Height of a Structure. These two
would make the Isle of Palms fully ordinances are companions, which were
responsible for the street, which would born out of the November discussions
be a huge burden for the City. The about height restrictions on elevator
situation is still being evaluated. shafts, says Tucker.
If people need to reconstruct
On the radio—Whoa-a-a-a on the buildings after this time, they must
radio follow current rules, not rules from
Councilman Buckhannon brought when they were originally built.
to the attention of Council a discussion For example, if a building needs
of a draft ordinance on Radio reconstruction and has an elevator shaft
Communications within Commercial higher than current height restrictions
Buildings. The idea is that any new from when the time it was built, they
construction builders must adapt the must follow today’s rules—even if that
building so that radio transmissions can means they have to eliminate a floor.
adapt outside of that building. Older Councilman Taylor moved to pass
buildings do not need to follow this rule, ordinances 02 and 03 to the Planning
but if they were to be renovated, they Commission before the first reading.
would need to follow the regulations in Motion passed unanimously.
the ordinance.
February 6, 2009 23

Wild Dunes Authors Luncheon a great success

By Jane McMackin

t was a full house at the Sweetgrass her favorite titles came to her before the
Pavilion on Saturday, January 17, for book was written. While she was in the
the Author’s Luncheon sponsored bathtub shaving her legs, she thought of
by the Wild Dunes Club, benefiting the words, “hissy fit” and decided they
the Trident Literary Association and would make a great title for a book. She
the College of Charleston’s School got out of the bath and called her agent;
of Education, Health and Human a conversation ensued, and the leg never
Performance. Featured authors included did get shaved that day.
Mary Kay Andrews, Billie Letts, Bret There were various answers about
Lott and Mary Alice Monroe, who were how the authors invent characters for
led in discussion by moderator and their books, but the general consensus

PHOTOS BY Jane McMackin

South Carolina Poet Laureate, Marjory was that many characters are blends of
Wentworth. people in their lives, including mothers,
Two of these authors, Bret Lott fathers, children, schoolmates and even
and Billie Letts, are Oprah Book Club people they read about in the newspaper.
selection winners. At the luncheon, they Two of the featured authors are
discovered that they had been awarded local. Ms. Monroe lives on Isle of
the honor within one month of each IOP ladies: (L to R) Bridget Bettelli, Linda Bettelli, Loraine Sottille, Amy Sottille and Palms and writes stories that include
other. Mr. Lott had written his winning Marcie Cronin. issues about the local ecology. Mr. Lott
book, Jewel, ten years before the award. teaches fiction writing at the College
It was out of print and had fallen to presented itself when she became were written in longhand, and now he of Charleston. Ms. Andrews lives in
number 1,069,713 on the New York pregnant. With a difficult pregnancy, the types his stories on the computer. Mary Atlanta, and Ms. Letts is from Tulsa,
Times book list. By the end of the day, doctor had ordered her to stay in bed. Kay Andrews said that she sketches out Oklahoma.
when it was announced by Oprah as her Her husband took the TV away, gave her plot with a felt tip pen in black and Attendees were pleased with the
selection, it had rocketed to number one her a yellow pad and pencil and said, white marble composition books. She lively discussions during the event
on the best-seller list. “Now is your chance. You’ve always used to write in the car pool line while and left feeling inspired. The event
When Mary Alice Monroe was asked wanted to write.” With this gift of time everyone else was complaining about coordinators were just as happy with the
how she decided to become a writer, and a heart full of stories, she became the teachers. Ms. Letts still types on an luncheon’s turnout. “We’re just honored
she responded that the biggest problem an author. electric typewriter; she likes to hear the to be able to host this event year
for people who want to write is time. Asked how they write; that is, hum and the clack, clack of the keys. after year,” said Elizabeth Kelly, the
With full time jobs, families and other whether they write on computers or When the question was posed as to marketing communications manager for
activities, finding the time to write is a by pen and pencil, the answers varied. how the authors came up with their Wild Dunes, “And we’re pleased that
challenge. Ms. Monroe’s opportunity Mr. Lott said that his first three novels titles, Ms. Andrews declared that one of it’s been such a growing success.”