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TURTLES FOR TURTLES: A young Canadian boy named Ethan is so passionate about helping the sick turtles at the S.C. Aquarium's Sea Turtle Hospital that he sold 500 chocolate turtle candies to raise money for them. Ethan will be a special guest this Sunday at the release of three turtles on Kiawah Island. Read Today's Focus to learn more. (Photo provided by South Carolina Aquarium.)

:: Boy helps with turtle's release


:: Better carriage industry rules needed

:: Vent by sending us a comment

:: Five beach reads

:: Fourth, Thrive prize, Louie's kids, more


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___:: HISTORY: Revolution of 1719
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Child's efforts help make sea turtle release a reality
Public relations manager, South Carolina Aquarium
Special to

JULY 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 Rescue Program.

Wadmalaw is the Kemp's ridley sea turtle that inspired Ethan's efforts. (South Carolina Aquarium photo.)

Ethan, 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.

Watch the release

The public 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 For advance bookings for a Sea Turtle Hospital tour, call the aquarium at 577-FISH (3474).

On 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.

About Wadmalaw

Wadmalaw, 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.

Sea Turtle Hospital staffers administer medicine to Wadmalaw. (South Carolina Aquarium photo.)

There 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.

About Winyah

On 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.

About Kiawah

Found 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 Aquarium.

Welcome to the party: Better carriage rules needed

By ANDY BRACK, publisher
Special to

JULY 20, 2009 - When we wrote in April that the City of Charleston should do more to protect carriage animals, the outcry was predictable.


"You 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).

But 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.

In 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.

Wow. What a difference three months makes. Even more surprising, The Post and Courier now is calling for a review of horse safety rules:

"The city should re-examine its ordinance dealing with horse carriages and make any changes necessary for the care of the horses….Charleston 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)

Hmmm. 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." (, April 20, 2009).

There are a lot of things City Council could do to bring its regulations into the 21st century:

  • Heat. 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.

  • Weight. Charleston's 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.

  • Identification. 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.

  • Transparency 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 updated.

  • Licensing. 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.

Other 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.

Bottom 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.

Andy Brack, publisher of, can be reached at:

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City, hotels earn honors in Travel + Leisure survey

Charleston 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 category.

Also, 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. 22).

Travel + 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."

The 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.

Big 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 the future?"

The 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.

Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door (beer, wine and food samples are included), and can be purchased by e-mailing

Deadline nears for nonprofit Thrive! Prize applications

Local 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?"

The 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.

Answers 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 Deaton.

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Weekend road work will mean lane closures on Maybank Hwy.

Motorists 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 Project.

The 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.

Because 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.

"We 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 contracts manager.

To get up-to-date information, including traffic alerts, construction status and project details, go to


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Revolution of 1719

A 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.

The 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.

Interference 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."

Johnson, 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.

-- Excerpted from the entry by Louis P. Towles. To read more about this or 2,000 other entries about South Carolina, check out The South Carolina Encyclopedia by USC Press. (Information used by permission.)


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Save the books

Local book publicist Peter Wentworth offers this list of five new beach-read-worthy books by local authors.

  • "Return to Sullivan's Island" - Dorothea Benton (Dottie) Frank

  • "Last Light Over Carolina" - Mary Alice Monroe

  • "100 Years of Happiness" - Nicole Seitz

  • "Dead Weight" - Batt Humphries

  • "Humours 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."

On a lively life


"You only live once -- but if you work it right, once is enough."

-- Comedian Joe E. Lewis (1902-1971)


Solving Business Challenges: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 21, Center for Women, 129 Cannon St., Charleston. The Center for Women’’s 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. Registration (required).

Battery's 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.

Shagging 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.


Hurricane 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 chamber’s 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 (required).

(NEW) 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 info.

(NEW) 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. More info.

Continuing 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.

Darius 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 here.

Surf 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:

  • A Short History of a Small Place, T.R. Pearson
  • The Book of Marie, Terry Kay
  • Charleston Jazz, Jack McCray
  • I'll Be Sober in the Morning: Great Comebacks, Putdowns, and Ripostes, Chris Lamb (List)
  • Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman, Merle Miller

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10/15: Bender: Special Olympics
Baron: Breast Center
Ginn: Growing prosperity
Buffum: Waterkeeping
Personal branding
Acker: Designer fashion
Spencer: Art galleries
Riley, Moryl: MOJA
Gaither: Green Room
Chesson: Museum Mile
Barnette: Chas. Ballet
Deaton: Thrive Prize
Rawl: Charting courses
Jurcova-Spencer: Creatives
Brooks: Rural Mission
Yarian: New local music CD
Fisher: Uses of social media
Hall: Time for renovations
Morris: Dog days at Drayton
Lindbergh: Gifted school
Jackson: Insurance tips


10/15: Bob's new food show
10/8: Robot ice cream
10/5: Costumes, snarks
Must-see TV
9/17: Fall leaves
Cold comfort, more
Being a fan
Good, bad, spineless
Locals on Runway
Cookie contest
Vote on car tags
True confessions
New way of tithing?
Lookout for manatees


10/12: Renovated Gaillard?
10/1: Napa wine trip
9/28: Anti-crime measures
9/21: Caw Caw park
Debris policy
Mystery solved
This and that
SC's treasures
8/17: RIP to old clunker
8/10: Lots to squeeze in
8/3: On flying Delta
7/27: Conspiracy theories
7/20: Protect carriage animals
7/13: Economic thaw here?


10/15: Giving blood
Top ratings
Major league
Book sale
Citadel football
Taste of Charleston
Feeding the need
History for sale
Shrimp baiting
Day of Caring
Free legal clinics
8/31: CofC Class of 2013
8/27: Citadel Class of 2013
7 stores, 7 days
You know you're from...
On the school menu
Wines for grilling
First Day Fest facts
Sales tax holiday
Twittering tips

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