help make sea turtle release a reality
By BETH NATHAN
Public relations manager, South Carolina Aquarium
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
20, 2009 -- One extremely passionate 7-year-old boy, one very sick
sea turtle, four garage sales, three craft shows, 500 homemade turtle
chocolates and numerous 10-cent bottle refunds add up to a winning
combination for patients in the South Carolina Aquarium's Sea Turtle
is the Kemp's ridley sea turtle that inspired Ethan's efforts.
(South Carolina Aquarium photo.)
the 7-year-old inspired by a behind-the-scenes tour of the aquarium's
Sea Turtle Hospital, has worked diligently for over two years raising
funds to support the hospital patients. In his honor, on July 26
Ethan will join aquarium staff in releasing Wadmalaw, the Kemp's
ridley turtle whose story first inspired him to educate others about
the plight of sea turtles and work toward raising money for their
treatment. Two other rehabilitated sea turtles, Kiawah and Winyah,
will also be released on July 26 at 3 p.m. at Beachwalker County
Park, located on the west end of Kiawah Island. (Parking is limited
and Beachwalker County Park parking fees will apply).
Ethan, a resident of Caledonia, Ontario, Canada, first came to the
aquarium when he was 5 years old to deliver $214 he had raised for
patients in the Sea Turtle Hospital. On his initial visit, Ethan
met Wadmalaw, a critically ill patient. Inspired by his encounter,
at home he continued to educate others and raise money to aid in
the medical care of these threatened and endangered species. His
passion has added up to enough money, to date, to feed eight sea
turtle patients for an entire year or to cover a year's worth of
medication and procedures for a patient in the Sea Turtle Hospital.
is invited to watch the release of sea turtles Wadmalaw, Winyah
and Kiawah at 3 p.m. July 26 at Beachwalker County Park, located
on the west end of Kiawah Island. Additionally, from July
22 through July 25, the South Carolina Aquarium's Sea Turtle
Hospital will offer additional behind-the-scenes tours at
1 p.m. and 2 p.m. daily. For more information, or if weather
for the release might be questionable, go to http://www.scaquarium.org.
For advance bookings for a Sea Turtle Hospital tour, call
the aquarium at 577-FISH (3474).
July 26, Ethan plans to present a $1,000 donation to the aquarium
during the beach release on Kiawah Island. With the planned gift,
Ethan's donations total $2,274. He continues to raise money for
the hospital through his own fundraising ideas and has most recently
asked for turtle donations in lieu of gifts from his friends for
his birthday, says his mother, Shelley Harrison. In school in his
hometown of Caledonia, Ethan uses show-and-tell to educate his peers
about sea turtles, asking them to stop using plastic bags "because
sea turtles eat them thinking they are jellyfish," he said.
He purchased a reusable bag for each child in his class and asked
them to use the reusable bag instead.
In June, Ethan won his school's Principal's Award for Student Leadership
because of his conservation efforts for sea turtles and the environment.
He was also nominated for both a Junior Citizen Award and an Amazing
Kid Contest on a local radio station.
a Kemp's ridley sea turtle, was admitted into the South Carolina
Aquarium's Sea Turtle Hospital on July 11, 2007 after being caught
by a fisherman on hook and line on Wadmalaw Island. The hook was
lodged deep in the turtle's mouth and the fisherman was unable to
remove it. On the day of Wadmalaw's arrival, under full anesthesia,
surgery was performed and the hook was successfully removed.
Turtle Hospital staffers administer medicine to Wadmalaw.
(South Carolina Aquarium photo.)
were also additional complications. Wadmalaw was floating, not interested
in food and was very lethargic. With an unknown future and poor
prognosis, the staff held out hope and proceeded with treatment
for the small turtle, which included antibiotic and antifungal injections,
vitamin injections and tube feeding. Physical therapy was initiated
to keep its flippers from becoming atrophied. In late September
2007, Wadmalaw started to show interest in food, and in January
2008 began getting movement back in some of the flippers. By May
2008, after undergoing five sets of radiographs, a CT scan and multiple
medications, Wadmalaw started showing signs of great improvement.
Sea Turtle Rescue Program Coordinator, Kelly Thorvalson wrote on
her blog, "Time is this animal's friend," and so it was,
as now it is healed and ready for release.
Sept. 22, 2008, Winyah, a Kemp's ridley, was found comatose after
getting entangled and trapped underwater in a channel net used to
catch shrimp in the Winyah Bay in Georgetown. Upon arrival at the
Sea Turtle Hospital, staff kept the animal at an angle to drain
the fluid from the lungs. An antibiotic regimen was initiated to
prevent pneumonia, which would have been likely without treatment.
Due to the large amount of fluids, it was evident that while caught
in the net the turtle was unable to come to the surface to breathe.
Now healthy, Winyah is ready for release.
washed up on Kiawah Island, this juvenile debilitated loggerhead
was admitted into the Sea Turtle Hospital on March 28, 2009. The
turtle was hypoglycemic, moderately emaciated, dehydrated and covered
in small barnacles, algae and skeleton shrimp, indicating it had
been lethargic for a long time. Fluid therapy, antibiotics and dextrose
were immediately administered. Supportive therapy continued and
Kiawah began showing signs of improvement. By May 2009 the turtle
was eating well and very active. Having added the necessary weight
and with its bloodwork analyzed, Kiawah is ready for release.
Beth Nathan is public relations manager for the South Carolina
Welcome to the
party: Better carriage rules needed
ANDY BRACK, publisher
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
20, 2009 - When we
wrote in April that the City of Charleston should do more to
protect carriage animals, the outcry was predictable.
don't know what you're talking about." Or, "Horses have
it better than many animals." And even, "They're draft
animals bred to work." And the local newspaper, The Post
and Courier, maligned an animal rights group that lobbied for
change: "But our good manners don't require us to let animal-rights
extremists dictate an end to a well-regulated business that contributes
to our historic city's character." (April 9, 2009).
guess what? Those poor, misguided animal rights folks had a valid
beef about the way carriage animals are treated. Earlier this month,
"Charleston's most comprehensive inspection of its carriage
tour industry" (Post and Courier, July 3, 2009) found
some improper feeding, slack record-keeping and poor living conditions
for carriage animals.
fact, one company now faces 11 citations and has asked for a jury
trial following the city's review of what's happening in the industry.
What a difference three months makes. Even more surprising, The
Post and Courier now is calling for a review of horse safety rules:
city should re-examine its ordinance dealing with horse carriages
and make any changes necessary for the care of the horses
residents are right to insist that carriage horses are well cared
for and that the city's regulations are strong enough to make
sure that's the case." (July 17, 2009)
Sounds familiar: "Charleston City Council needs to revisit
rules that govern the carriage industry and try to ignore all but
certain shrill complaints by the industry
. Our city's leaders
should craft more conservative and transparent regulations that
take the animals' welfare into account more than the pocketbooks
of their owners." (CharlestonCurrents.com,
April 20, 2009).
are a lot of things City Council could do to bring its regulations
into the 21st century:
Council members should revamp rules that allow carriage animals
to operate up in heat up to 98 degrees. Other cities have lower
thresholds. New Orleans, for example, only allows mules to tote
wagons before 5 p.m. in the steamy, summer months.
regulations allow animals to pull up to 17 people. That's too
many. If the industry wants to maintain charm, it should have
real carriages - up to six or eight people only - not the monstrous
wagons that are specially built because other communities don't
allow that many passengers.
Regulations should require all carriage animals to be identified,
either with tattoos or computer chips, to allow independent veterinarians
to keep up with each animal's health.
and accountability. Regulations
should require that authorized, independent professionals keep
individualized records for each animal to monitor health and safety
conditions. Records need to be made available online and frequently
Perhaps it is time for carriage drivers to receive special licenses
from the city to show that they know how to operate on noisy streets
and how to keep animals from being spooked by traffic and noises.
changes can ensure that carriage animal regulations are conservative
(written with animal welfare in mind) and progressive (written to
ensure the industry remains viable) at the same time. Examples:
Better monitoring, better work conditions, better rest, larger stall
spaces, rules that outlines what happens to animals when they're
sick or no longer able to work, and a new place for the public thermometer
that measures heat conditions.
line: While Charleston City Council reviewed carriage animal regulations
a few years back, it did so with massive influence by carriage operators.
Now in light of the recent inspection that cast doubts on the industry's
ability to self-police, council members should independently overhaul
these liberal rules that favor carriage owners and instead focus
on welfare of the carriage animals. That won't put anybody out of
business, but will ensure that things are done right and not, as
the recent inspection found, keep some 19th century conditions.
Brack, publisher of CharlestonCurrents.com, can be reached at: email@example.com.
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hotels earn honors in Travel + Leisure survey
is the fourth best city in America, according to Travel
+ Leisure magazine readers who took part in the 2009 World's
Best readers' survey. That's the same position the city held last
year, after moving up from No. 6 in 2007, according to the Charleston
Convention & Visitors Bureau. In this year's survey, New York
City, San Francisco and Quebec City beat out Charleston in the U.S./Canada
three Charleston properties were ranked among the Top 100 Hotels
in the Continental U.S. and Canada: Planters Inn (No. 8), the Sanctuary
at Kiawah Island Golf Resort (No. 16) and Charleston Place (No.
+ Leisure has a circulation of approximately 1 million and is a
highly regarded source of travel and dining information designed
for the well-traveled person who has a strong interest in leisure
activities. Helen Hill, executive director of the CVB, says it's
a privilege for the city to be recognized again. "We've known
for quite a while that Charleston is a special place with world-class
amenities and attractions," she says. "The fact that the
sophisticated readers of Travel + Leisure also recognize this is
an added bonus."
Travel + Leisure honors come on the heels of last month's news that
Where to Retire magazine has named Daniel Island one of America's
"1009 Best Master-Planned Communities." It's the third
time Daniel Island has made that list.
Chef/Little Chef contest to promote healthier eating
a locally based national nonprofit that helps overweight and obese
children, will host a fundraiser to help support after-school programs
for Title I schoolchildren who are struggling with obesity. The
idea of Big Chef/Little Chef is to have a local chef and a child
answer the question, "How will Charleston eat healthier in
event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Charleston
Civic Design Center, 85 Calhoun St. Five children will be paired
with five local chefs - Nico Romo of Fish, Michelle Weaver of Charleston
Grill, Robert Carter of Peninsula Grill, Craig Diehl of Cypress
and Marc Collins of Circa 1886. After a session in the kitchen creating
their masterpieces together, the kids and chefs will present their
recipes to the audience in an "Iron Chef" format. The
prepared dishes will be available for small samples, and attendees
will vote by ballot on who best answered the healthier-eating question.
are $35 in advance or $40 at the door (beer, wine and food samples
are included), and can be purchased by e-mailing Louis@louieskids.org.
nears for nonprofit Thrive! Prize applications
nonprofits that want to apply for a Thrive! Prize from Pluff
Mud Connect [Focus, 5/14/09] have until July 31 -- just
about 10 more days -- to turn in their applications. Pluff Mud Connect,
a new Web-based matching service that connects nonprofits and local
businesses, announced several weeks ago that it would offer five
prizes of $1,000 each to area nonprofits who can answer this question:
"If your organization received an extra $1,000 that could only
be used for a one-time project, what would you do?"
Thrive! Prizes were inspired by Pluff Mud Connect's mission to help
nonprofits grow their capacity and sustainability. The awards will
focus on one-time projects that strengthen a nonprofit's staff,
volunteer base, fundraising, marketing or other infrastructure needs.
To be eligible, an applicant must be registered as a 501 (c) 3;
must be physically located in Charleston, Beaufort, Berkeley, Colleton,
Dorchester, Georgetown, Jasper or Hampton county; and must be registered
with Pluff Mud Connect, which is free to all area nonprofits.
to the question should be submitted at Pluff
Mud Connect's Web site by the July 31 deadline. The organization's
team will choose semi-finalists, and members of the Web-based community
will then be invited to pick the five winners, says founder Laura
Mud Connect is an underwriter of CharlestonCurrents.com.
Weekend road work
will mean lane closures on Maybank Hwy.
who travel Maybank Highway on the weekends will want to be aware
of some temporary lane closures that will be under way this weekend
and next. Road crews will be relocating underground utility lines
for the Folly Road and Maybank Highway Intersection Improvement
work will begin after 9 p.m. July 24 and will continue through 5:30
a.m. July 27. The following weekend, work will begin after 9 p.m.
July 31 and continue through 5:30 a.m. Aug. 3.
the work includes the movement of an SCE&G gas line under the
highway near the intersection of Maybank Highway and Old Folly Road,
road lanes will have to be temporarily closed to traffic. At no
point will the entire roadway be blocked to traffic. Charleston
County officials are asking the public to take notice of traffic
control signs and message board information.
have been able to complete many of our recent activities with minimal
traffic impacts and the shifting of lanes between Wappoo Cut and
Crosscreek Drive, but upcoming work to move underground utilities
and add a new drainage line under Maybank Highway cannot be completed
without temporarily closing traffic lanes," said Steve Thigpen,
Charleston County Transportation Sales Tax Program construction
get up-to-date information, including traffic alerts, construction
status and project details, go to http://www.ccroadwise.org/folly_maybank.html.
If you have a review of a book, movie, restaurant or local arts
endeavor, please send no more than 150 words to editor Ann
Thrash. Make sure to include your name and full contact information.
popular, almost bloodless coup led by Arthur Middleton and a host
of prominent colonists, the Revolution of 1719 ended proprietary
rule in South Carolina. Proprietary governor Robert Johnson was
deposed on December 21 and James Moore, Jr., a respected landowner
and war hero, was proclaimed provisional governor, setting the stage
for South Carolina's transformation into a British royal colony.
Lords Proprietors of Carolina intended their colony to be a money-making
proposition from the outset. With the bottom line as their top priority,
they governed Carolina erratically and ineffectively, and always
with economic expediency in mind. Initially the proprietors resisted
representative government and incited bitter factionalism in the
colony. When they failed to see any return on their investment after
several decades, their overbearing leadership turned to outright
neglect. The failure of the proprietors to assist South Carolina
during and after the devastating Yamassee War (1715-1718) and against
pirates (1718-1719) provided colonists with galling evidence that
the men in London had placed personal profit above the public welfare.
in land-settlement policies and the vetoing of key legislation,
seemingly guaranteed by Archdale's Law (1696), brought the province
to confrontation with the proprietors. The Commons House of Assembly,
representing the colonists, responded by appointing officials, raising
new taxes, and revising the quit-rent law in open defiance of proprietary
authority. In November 1719 Johnson was informed by members of the
legislature that they were "unanimously of Opinion that they
would have no Proprietors' Government."
who had tried to moderate the escalating quarrel, was forced to
dissolve the assembly. When a new assembly convened in December
1719, assembly members ignored Johnson's authority and deemed themselves
a "Convention of the People." As such, they elected Moore
governor and petitioned the British crown to be made a royal colony.
Even though the first royal governor, Francis Nicholson, was not
sent for a year and a half, the provisional government maintained
the reins of power, blocked two attempts by Johnson to overthrow
them, and maintained a sound economy.
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publicist Peter Wentworth offers this list of five new beach-read-worthy
books by local authors.
to Sullivan's Island" - Dorothea Benton (Dottie) Frank
Light Over Carolina" - Mary Alice Monroe
Years of Happiness" - Nicole Seitz
Weight" - Batt Humphries
of Folly" - Frank Braden & Ellie Davis. About this book,
Wentworth notes, "It's a book of photos of the beach, to
take to the beach, but don't get it wet as it is quite exquisite."
a lively life
live once -- but if you work it right, once is enough."
Joe E. Lewis (1902-1971)
Business Challenges: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 21, Center
for Women, 129 Cannon St., Charleston. The Center for Womens
Entrepreneurial Woman Series will feature a workshop called Solving
Your Five Biggest Business Challenges. What are the make-or-break
issues you need to identify to keep your business successful? How
can you best adjust to a failing economy and still thrive? Find
out what resources are available to businesses through the federal
stimulus plan and other resources to help entrepreneurs stay afloat
during the economic downturn. Cost: $20 CFW members, $40 nonmembers.
Habitat Fundraiser: 7:30 p.m. July 24, Blackbaud Stadium,
Daniel Island. The Charleston Battery's match with the Carolina
Railhawks will be a benefit for local Habitat for Humanity organizations.
Tickets are $15 each, and the entire ticket price will be donated
to the organization provided that the tickets are bought in advance
from Habitat. Call Habitat at 768-0998 to purchase.
on the Cooper: 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 25, Mount Pleasant
Pier at Memorial Park, foot of the Ravenel Bridge in Mount Pleasant.
Shag under the stars at the new pier. Music provided by The Sneakers
(four-piece party band playing beach music, jazz, funk and blues).
Beverages available for purchase on-site. Tickets: $8; only 800
tickets will be sold and must be purchased at the event (no advance
sales). More info: 795-4386.
ONGOING AND SOON
Preparedness for Businesses: 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. July
30, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 2750 Speissegger Drive,
North Charleston. The chambers Business Continuity Planning
Council will host the workshop, which features experts from local
governments and utility companies explaining how to write a business
continuity plan that works before, during and after a storm. Cost:
$25 chamber members, $35 nonmembers. Registration
Gospel Choir Auditions: 5:30 p.m. July 30 and Aug.
4, Citadel Square Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 342 Meeting
St. Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir will hold voice-assessment
auditions for new volunteer members; singers whose voices are in
the lower ranges (tenor and bass) are especially needed. Candidates
should come prepared to sing a solo of their own choosing and also
to vocalize in a choral setting. More
Spiritual Ensemble Auditions: 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Aug.
8, Citadel Square Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 342 Meeting
St. Charleston Symphony Orchestra's Spiritual Ensemble will hold
voice-assessment auditions for new volunteer members; singers whose
voices are in the lower ranges (tenor and bass) are especially needed.
Education Open House: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 11, Continuing
Education Center (Building 910), Trident Technical College Main
Campus, 2001 Mabeline Road, North Charleston. The event is designed
to familiarize participants with TTC continuing-education courses
and they can provide training for a new career or personal enrichment.
Talk with course instructors, tour the facilities, register for
fall classes, learn about financial options, and enjoy refreshments
and prizes. More info: 574-6111.
Rucker Homegrown Concert: 7 p.m. Aug. 13, Family Circle
Tennis Center, Daniel Island. Rucker will offer a special concert
to help bring in donations of school supplies for needy local students.
Country music star Dierks Bentley will be among the special guests.
Fans are urged to bring school supplies to the concert to donate.
Tickets: $40 for floor or first-tier reserved seats; $32 for reserved
second-tier seats; $25 general admission third-tier seats. To purchase:
Ticketmaster Charge-By-Phone (1-800-745-3000), local Publix outlets,
Family Circle Tennis Center ticket office, or online
Seining at Sullivan's: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28, Station
30, Sullivan's Island. The Station 30 area on Sullivan's Island
area has been a seining hotspot for generations. Join the experts
from Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission to catch and
discover a variety of marine critters at the first CCPRC seining
program on Sullivan's Island. A registered and paid chaperone is
required for participants ages 15 and under, and pre-registration
is required. Open to ages 6 and up. Cost: $7 Charleston County residents,
$9 nonresidents. Registration/more
info, or 795-4FUN.
In this section,
we offer a list of good reads that you might want to consider reading:
Short History of a Small Place, T.R. Pearson
Book of Marie, Terry Kay
Jazz, Jack McCray
Be Sober in the Morning: Great Comebacks, Putdowns, and Ripostes,
Chris Lamb (List)
Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman, Merle Miller
a book to us
New local music CD
Uses of social media
Time for renovations
Dog days at Drayton
new food show
on car tags
way of tithing?
to old clunker
to squeeze in
Class of 2013
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