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Issue 2.57 | Monday, May 31, 2010 | Remembering America's veterans

A long line of flags seems to honor Memorial Day by snapping to attention in the wind along the walkway to the Yorktown on Sunday morning at Patriots Point. The maritime museum will mark Memorial Day today with a 9 a.m. ceremony at which retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. Myron Harrington will speak about sacrifice. See the calendar for details. (Photo by Ann Thrash)

:: Health care law impacts graduates


:: New SC poll flummoxes

:: Send us your thoughts

:: Top 5 Southern artists

:: Drayton Hall, nurse honored, more


___:: CALENDAR: This week ... and next

___:: REVIEW: Send us a review

___:: HISTORY: Medal of Honor recipients

___:: QUOTE: On heroes

___:: SPOTLIGHT: Meet an underwriter


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Health care law impacts insurance for 2010 college grads

President, Workplace Benefits
Reprinted with permission

Editor's note: May and June's graduates are probably thinking about kicking back and relaxing for a little while now that classes are out, but their parents might have their minds on some of the financial issues that arise with a graduation, including what it all means for the student's health insurance. Reese McFaddin, owner of Workplace Benefits on Daniel Island, wrote a recent blog post on what the new health insurance reform legislation means for parents and students. We thank her for letting us reprint it today.

MAY 31, 2010 -- It's May and for many young people it's graduation time! College graduation is a huge accomplishment and an exciting time. But for me, all I remember is being scared to death. I did not want to leave my friends and certainly was not ready for the grown-up world, which was defined by my father saying, "It's time to get off the payroll."


As if getting off the payroll and graduation weren't daunting and depressing enough, many of us also had to quickly scramble to find health insurance within weeks of graduation. Our only options were finding a job or purchasing an individual policy.

Now that health reform is the law of the land, a college-age child will be able to stay on his or her parents' plan until age 26. As it stands now, this will be in effect beginning September 23, 2010.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina and United Healthcare are ahead of the curve and are allowing young adults in this category to be covered on their parents' plan (individual or group) effective June 1, 2010.

As mentioned before in a previous blog post, this guideline is only defined as being under the age 26, and the young adult does not have to be in school. The IRS has not further defined "dependent." In other words, the law doesn't mention anything about the dependent having a job, being married, or being supported with "X" amount paid per month.

Things to consider if you have a graduate in the family:

  • Do you have one child already on your employer plan? If so, it's probably more cost effective for all of your dependent children to stay on your policy.

  • Is this is your last or only dependent child? Then an individual plan might be a better financial option, as it is cheaper and the child can keep it past the age of 26 (regardless of marital or job status). However, if your child has pre-existing health issues, then staying on your group plan will be best.

Congratulations, 2010 graduates, on the next chapter of life -- and being able to stay on the payroll until you are 26! Please keep in mind, the points on this blog post are subject to change and may be interpreted differently by the IRS and the insurance carriers. This is just a general outline from what we tentatively know right now.

Reese McFaddin owns Workplace Benefits.

Recent poll still has us scratching our heads
By ANDY BRACK, publisher

MAY 31, 2010 - With about a week before the primaries, a new InsiderAdvantage/ Statehouse Report poll still has us flummoxed.


The poll, taken the night following the May 25 headline-grabbing accusations that GOP Rep. Nikki Haley had an extramarital affair with a blogger in 2007, showed voters still preferred her over three male opponents. Of the respondents who said they would vote in the Republican primary, just over 30 percent said they'd cast ballots for Haley, compared to 20 percent for Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer and 14 percent each for U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett and Attorney General Henry McMaster.

With South Carolina being such a "family values" state, it's tough to explain why Haley would keep the lead. Either Republican respondents weren't overly concerned about the allegations involving Haley or they had not had enough time on the night the poll was taken to process what the allegations of impropriety meant.

Or maybe the folks being surveyed were sick of the smarmy side of politics. Just look at how they responded when asked whether they would be more or less likely to vote for a candidate accused of having an extramarital affair. Some 18 percent said they'd actually be more likely to vote for someone who had an affair - certainly a response that is counterintuitive in this conservative state.

Regardless of the truth of the allegations involving Haley, her campaign ought to worry a little because 45 percent of respondents said they wouldn't vote for or would be less likely to vote for a candidate who faced allegations of an affair.

An old rule of politics is that perception is more important than reality. In the days ahead, if the Haley campaign can't corral this scandal, it might end up having a lot of problems.

Other results of the poll found Democratic Sen. Vincent Sheheen of Camden leading in his party's primary for governor. Of those who said they'd vote in the Democratic primary, 26 picked Sheheen and 17 percent tapped state Superintendent Jim Rex. Charleston Sen. Robert Ford nabbed 12 percent. Some 45 percent of voters said they didn't know who they'd vote for or had no opinion. In other words, two weeks out, the election was wide open.

The race for lieutenant governor was an even bigger wild card. In a four-way GOP field, former Mount Pleasant Sen. Larry Richter had 16 percent. Others in the field: Florence councilman Ken Ard (13.7 percent); Orangeburg lawyer Bill Connor (11.3 percent) and Columbia businesswoman Eleanor Kitzman (5.1 percent). Some 53.6 percent of those polled had no opinion or didn't know who they would pick on June 8.

Other highlights of the InsiderAdvantage/Statehouse Report poll:

  • Wrong direction. South Carolina is headed in the wrong direction, according to 50.2 percent of respondents. One-fourth said it was heading in the right direction. Another quarter said they had no opinion. The results from the May 25 poll are dramatically different from a December InsiderAdvantage/Statehouse Report poll in which 39 percent of respondents said the state was headed in the wrong direction.

  • Mine, not yours. South Carolinians tend to think their legislators do a better job than the legislature as a whole. Almost half of respondents (49.5 percent) rated state legislators as a whole as below average or failing. But only 34.4 percent said the state legislators for their district were below average or failing. Conversely, 26.8 percent graded their legislators as outstanding or good, compared to 15.4 percent of respondents who rated all legislators as outstanding or good.

If you want to see the full poll results, visit

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Teachers, military, fire/police/EMS offered deal at Drayton Hall

Beginning today and continuing through Labor Day, Drayton Hall plantation is offering free admission to teachers, members of the military, firefights, police officers and EMS personnel. The special deal also covers one guest.

Admission includes extensive access to the property, a professionally guided tour of the house, a 45-minute interactive program on African-American life, self-guided marsh and river walks, the self-paced Voices of Drayton Hall Interactive Landscape Tour on DVD, entrance to the African-American cemetery, and more. No special tickets are necessary; participants only need to present an official ID or a recent pay stub to the gatekeeper.

"This will be our fourth consecutive year of offering complimentary admission to members of the military (active duty and retired), firefighters, police and EMS - and our fifth consecutive program of its kind for teachers," says Kristine Morris, director of communications for Drayton Hall. "Every year this special promotion, which was created to recognize service to country and community, grows in interest and participation. This summer we are looking forward to welcoming many new and returning friends to say, 'Thank you. Job well done.' "

Drayton Hall, a National Trust Historic Site, is located at 3380 Ashley River Road. For hours, directions or other information, call 769-2603 or go to

Mt. Pleasant ER nurse honored for Adopt-A-Highway work

An Emergency Department nurse from East Cooper Medical Center has picked up an award for his efforts to keep the Lowcountry clean. Jeff Hunter, RN, was recognized with an Adopt-A-Highway Award at the annual Community Pride Luncheon earlier this month. Community Pride is a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental stewardship among all citizens of Charleston County.


What started as a simple healthy activity to promote his overall wellness turned into a personal endeavor on Hunter's part to create a cleaner and greener community. "A couple of years ago, I got on a health kick and began to walk to work," he said. "I noticed a ton of garbage on the road and decided to adopt a road and pick up trash while on my way to the hospital."

Hunter adopted Bowman Road as part of the Adopt-a-Highway program. More recently, he has adopted Mount Pleasant's Hospital Drive, where East Cooper Medical Center is located. He will patrol both Hospital Drive and Bowman Road for the next two years.

"We are very proud of Jeff and happy our community acknowledges his efforts to beautify our neighborhoods. He also works very hard in the emergency room, always with a smile," says Janie Sinacore-Jaberg, CEO of the hospital. "He's a special human being, and we're very lucky to have him as part of our family."

Vintage kitchen items to be offered at culinary group's sale

Vintage cookbooks, silver serviceware and linens will be among the offerings at the annual Culinary Tag Sale sponsored by the Charleston chapter of Les Dames D'Escoffier, a worldwide philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverages, and hospitality. The sale, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon June 12 at the Real Estate Gallery, 214 King St., will benefit the organization's scholarship fund.

A variety of culinary finds and handmade treats from Les Dames members will be featured at the sale, including an array of items for the kitchen and collectible pieces, including a vintage fondue set, a distinctive green enamel escargot set and a wealth of great cookbooks. In addition, attendees will have a chance to win gift certificates or other items.

Coffee and homemade goodies will be offered for guests to enjoy while they browse.

The sale is open to the public, no tickets required. Only cash will be accepted for purchases.


HAVE A REVIEW? If you have a review or recommendation 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.

Medal of Honor recipients

Approved by the United States Congress in 1862, the Medal of Honor is America's highest award for military valor. Thirty native South Carolinians have been awarded the medal for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity" above that of their comrades in arms. On rare occasions the Medal of Honor has been awarded for individual exploits taking place in peacetime. Among them is Shipfitter First Class George Huber Wheeler of Charleston, who received the award for extraordinary heroism during a fire at Coquimbo, Chile, on January 20, 1909.

The first South Carolinian to receive the award during military action was Ernest A. Garlington of Newberry, who earned the honor for "distinguished gallantry" against the Sioux Indians at the Battle of Wounded Knee on December 29, 1890. Early in the following century, naval surgeon Middleton Stuart Elliott of Beaufort and Commander William A. Moffett of Charleston each received the decoration during hostilities against Mexican forces at Vera Cruz in April 1914.

Eight South Carolinians were awarded the medal during World War I, including three who made the supreme sacrifice. Six recipients were members of the 118th Infantry, which received more Medals of Honor than any other regiment in the American Expeditionary Forces. Among them was Providence native Corporal James D. Heriot of the Thirtieth Division. Heriot made a lone thirty-yard dash against a German machine gun nest and forced the team to surrender, only to fall himself later that day. In 1991 the sisters of Corporal Freddie Stowers of Anderson County were presented a posthumous award for his extraordinary courage while attempting to destroy a machine gun that had pinned down his men during World War I. Stowers was the only African American from the war awarded the medal.

While serving in Nicaragua between the world wars, Marine Corporal Donald L. Truesdale of Lugoff saved the lives of the members of his patrol by shielding them from the shock of an errant grenade on April 24, 1932. During World War II five South Carolinians were awarded the medal for courage and self-sacrifice. Marine Sergeant Robert A. Owens of Greenville made a charge against a well-placed Japanese gun that was wreaking havoc on American landing operations in the Solomon Islands on November 1, 1943. His sacrifice silenced the gun and paved the way for a successful invasion.

During fighting in the Korean War, three of the four South Carolina recipients were presented the honor posthumously. The fourth, Marine Staff Sergeant Robert Sidney Kennemore of Greenville, miraculously survived the blast of a grenade on which he had thrown himself to protect his platoon. Seven native South Carolinians were awarded the Medal of Honor during American involvement in Vietnam. The last Medal of Honor action of the Vietnam War occurred on Halloween night 1972, when Greenville native Petty Officer First Class Michael Edwin Thornton saved the life of his team leader Lieutenant Thomas Norris. Thornton's is the rare case of one Medal of Honor recipient receiving the award for saving the life of another recipient.

- Excerpted from the entry by Samuel K. Fore. 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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Top 5 Southern artists


Here are one Southern artist's picks for the top five Southern artists of all time. This list comes courtesy of Lese Corrigan, a local artist who works primarily in oils. Her portraits are representational, but she also trusts her instincts as an expressionistic realist, she says. Corrigan is a Charleston native, owner of the Corrigan Gallery and past president of the Charleston Fine Art Dealers' Association.

  • William Halsey

  • Jasper Johns

  • Alice Huger Ravenel Smith

  • Elliott Daingerfield

  • Henrietta Johnston

On heroes

"I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom."

- Bob Dylan, American singer/songwriter (1941 - )


To adopt a duck in the Charleston Duck Race and have a chance to win part of $30,000 in cash and prizes -- and maybe $1 million -- go to this Web site. Then complete these steps:

  • Click on the registration link and fill out the online form to adopt a duck of your own.

  • In the drop-down menu beside "Name of Rotary Club," select "East Cooper Breakfast" if you want to help editor Ann Thrash's club or "Rotary Club of Charleston" for publisher Andy Brack's club.

  • Then fill in Ann's or Andy's name as the "Rotarian to Be Credited."


Memorial Day, Patriots Point: 9 a.m. May 31, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum's Vietnam Support Base area, Mount Pleasant. Retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. Myron Harrington will speak on sacrifice and help visitors honor the fallen on Memorial Day. Parking and admission free until 9:30 a.m.

(NEW) Philip Simmons Jewelry: June 1-June 30, Johns Island Regional Library, 3531 Maybank Highway. To honor the birthday of master blacksmith Philip Simmons (1912-2009), jewelry from the Simmons Gift Shop will be on display. The pieces feature designs previously created by Simmons in wrought iron for commissioned gates. Artisans in Mexico reproduced the sterling silver pieces by hand. The Simmons Gift Shop is located at the home of Philip Simmons (now a museum house) and is operated by the Philip Simmons Foundation, Inc. For more information, visit Also in June, the library will be displaying prints of Simmons' ironwork by artists Jonathan Green and John Jones. More info: 559-1945.

(NEW) Master Naturalist Sampler: 9 a.m. to noon June 5, Palmetto Islands County Park, Mount Pleasant. Enjoy a sample of the Master Naturalist training program with at look at the hummock islands and salt marshes of Palmetto Islands County Park. Learn about estuaries, ecotones, edge biodiversity, and flora and fauna identification. Cost: $10 Charleston County residents, $12 nonresidents. Open to ages 16 and older. Pre-registration (required): online.

Afternoon Tea: Through June 6, St. Matthew's Lutheran Church at Marion Square. The ninth annual tea benefits the church's Outreach Learning Center, which provides a food bank and programs for residents of the neighborhoods near the church. Tea sandwiches, desserts, and music daily, plus art and a boutique. Hours: noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. More info.

Colonial Art Tour: 4 p.m. each Thursday, Through June 24, Heyward-Washington House, 87 Church St., downtown. Explore the art of portraiture and satirical engravings popular with wealthy colonial Charlestonians. The Charleston Museum's art collection at the house features portraits by Jeremiah Theus, Samuel F.B. Morse and Henry Benbridge; later copies by Johann Stolle and George Whiting Flagg; and original, irreverent engravings of William Hogarth. Cost: $10 adults, $5 ages 3-12; free for Charleston Museum members. Reservations not required. More info: 722-2996, ext. 235.


Food and Farming Course: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays for nine weeks, beginning in June. The Food and Farming Entrepreneurship Course is offered by FastTracSC and Clemson Extension for those who are interested in becoming food-system entrepreneurs (urban/rural farmers, local food artisans, chefs/caterers, bakers, food media, processors, etc.). Cost: $145. More info:

Chamber Annual Meeting: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 3, Charleston Area Convention Center. The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting will feature a keynote address from Marco Cavazzoni, vice president/general manager of Boeing Charleston. Updates on the past year and the presentation of the 1773 Awards and Workplace Flexibility Awards included as well. Cost: $55 chamber members, $85 nonmembers. Registration/more info.

Nighttime at the Museum: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 4, Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Family-oriented event gives kids a chance to see all the surprising things that go on at the museum after dark. The theme is "History A to Z." Kids can enjoy curator artifact stations, a scavenger hunt, classic cars from the Lowcountry Model A club, medieval fighting demonstrations, and crafts. A light pizza supper is included, and there will be an ice cream station as well. Cost: $10 per member adult, $20 per nonmember adult, $5 per member child, $10 per nonmember child; free for age 3 and younger. Registration (required). More info or call 722-2996, ext. 264.

Piccolo Beach Music Bash: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. June 4, U.S. Customhouse, corner of Market and Concord streets downtown. Free concert for all ages featuring beach and Lowcountry-themed music and entertainment by acts such as the Panjamdrum Steel Drummers, the Explorer's Club, DJ Mike Hart, and Palmetto Soul. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

'Celebration of a Day': 5 p.m. June 5, Gage Hall, Archdale St. The Unitarian Church in Charleston's Chancel Choir and accompanying musicians will take part in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival of Churches and Synagogues. "Celebration of a Day" is a service of music, stories, poetry and songs, compiled by church member Susan Conant. Songs and stories from cultures around the world including Aztec Myth, Hawaiian chant, spirituals and music for cedar flute. Open seating; tickets not required. Free-will offering will be taken at the door to support the restoration of the church. More info: 723-4617 or online.

Community Night Meal: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 9, Lighthouse Church JUVO Center, 1177 Gregorie Ferry Road, Mount Pleasant. Healing Farm Ministries sponsors a community meal on the second Wednesday of every month to raise awareness about the organization, which provides a place and activities for members of the community to experience relationships with those who have disabilities. Participants will work together to prepare and share a meal. Open to anyone touched by a disability or anyone who wants to learn more about HFM. More info/registration: e-mail or call 971-9300.

Mobile Skin Cancer Screening: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 12, Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark, Wannamaker County Park, North Charleston. The Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission and MUSC will man a fully equipped mobile doctor's office to offer free skin cancer screenings. The mobile unit will also visit the Isle of Palms on July 10; it will be set up on the front beach from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. that day. No appointments necessary. More info: 792-1414.

Sweetgrass Class: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 19, Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Learn to make traditional sweetgrass baskets with basketmaker Sarah Edwards-Hammond, who comes from a long line of basketmakers and has passed down the tradition to her own children, grandchildren and others in the community. The instructor will share a brief history of the art form, then participants will get started sewing their own basket. Workshop fee includes a starter and all supplies. No experience required; program is designed for adults. Cost: $40 museum members, $45 nonmembers. Registration (required): Online or call 722-2996, ext. 235.

(NEW) Scouts Day at Whirlin' Waters: June 19, Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark, Wannamaker County Park, North Charleston. Lowcountry Scouts are invited to the Charleston County PRC's Ninth Annual Scouts Day. Scouts can enjoy the water park, earn a patch on animal safety, win prizes, and enjoy a tasty catered picnic at Luau Landing. (Patches and catered picnic additional cost.) Lunch reservations must be made by June 16 (on-site registration not available). Cost: $12.99 per Scout and family members. Register online or call 795-4FUN (4386).

(NEW) Blogging Tips: 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. June 24, Charleston County Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. This month's Small Business & Nonprofit Networking Lunch looks at the differences between blogging, blogging professionally and having a professional blog. Presenter Heather Solos of will cover tips and strategies for using a blog as part of your small business marketing strategy. Registration is not required. More info: 805-6930.


7/26: Parezo: Personal chefs
Bender: Shark Week
7/19: Witty: Growth in down market
Carroll: Networking
7/7: Blanchard: Financial planning
Shaffer: Picky Eaters Group
6/28: Bender: Fishy Fourth
6/24: Belden: Society 1858
6/21: Stevenson: Summer reading
6/17: Handel: On Jim Fisher
6/14: Reeves: Summer dress
6/10: Martin: Garden tips
6/7: Dubrofsky: Green homes
6/3: McCutcheon: Young pros
McFaddlin: Health benefits
5/27: Ledbetter: Senior riders
5/24: Myers: Microloan's impact
Gadson: Rural Mission's needs
5/17: Bender: Bocce bashing
DeMarco: Homeless help
Spencer: Ending violence
5/6: Westmeyer: Fish to buy
Maas: Spoleto tips


7/29: Lazy? Boiled peanuts
Purple Toes book
Art opens doors
Lots to do on 4th
Ways to nab skeeters
Dump the Pump, more
Lots to do locally
Dancin' for dollars
Locals' 15 minutes
Strawberry season
New for foodies
Poll managing
Adopt a Duck
Indelible ink
Grab-bag of items
In jingle semifinals
Blues and birds
Recalling "The Charleston"
East Cooper hospital
Green mowers
Get outdoors
Local guide book for kids
Reviewing Jenny's book
MSNBC looks at success
Tell Mt. Pleasant
Winter plant tips
New books


8/2: Cherry juice, Gardner
Biden on Hollings
About Turkey
Campaign trash
Impatient electorate
Haley's thin record
Daddy-daughter trip
Gulf spill report
New SC poll flummoxes
BBQ should be state meat
Advice to new grads
Bad Spoleto poster
First District candidates
Don't veto cigarette tax
Great weekend of fun
Remembering Civil War
Be counted in Census
SC economy is recovering
Meeting Turkish neighbors
Clyburn whips up support
The Wreck rec
Cut all of the cuts
A look at summer camps
School district Einsteins
About mules
Bauer should get out
Gibbs at White House
Friend's new show
Rockwell painting
Palmetto Priorities
Piggly Wiggly visit


5/27: Facebook on privacy
Spark Charleston, more
Green Wizard, more
Encouraging biz signs
Biz fair, CED venture
Lowcountry tech hub
Advice on working with Boeing
1/21: Co-working group
1/7: Free library text questions


8/2: Bedside reading
7/29: Five for fall
Hollings library
7/22: Wine + Food fest
New Chas app
Chas at top
7/7: SC films
7/1: Keeping cool
LinkedIn tips
Be an Angel
CFW finances
Pirate facts
Gadsden Flag
Butterfly tips
1773 awards
Good reads
5 Southern artists
Local jazz legends
Piccolo for kids
Pats on back
5/17: Tea tips
Myth detector
5/6: Cooking with Mom
Turtle tales

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