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Issue 3.04 | Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 | Honor America's veterans


REMEMBERING:
She mourns her loss, clinging to the folded flag that symbolizes the death of a member of America's armed forces, and resting her hand on the empty helmet supported by a rifle. This sculpture in Mount Pleasant's Waterfront Park is a fitting tribute on Veterans Day. Photo by Lauren Guerard.


TODAY'S FOCUS
:: The 11th hour of 11th day of 11th month

CURRENTS

:: Christmas so early?

THE LIST
:: Five ways to get rid of roadblocks

BUSINESS INDIGO
:: 787 delays, more

GOOD NEWS
:: Historic buildings, Nunez, Lata, more

FEEDBACK
:: Got a beef? Let us know

ALSO INSIDE

___:: CALENDAR: This week ... and next
___:: REVIEW: Send us your reviews
___:: HISTORY: AME Church and education
___:: QUOTE: On design
___:: SPOTLIGHT: Meet an underwriter


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TODAY'S FOCUS | permalink
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

By MARSHA GUERARD, editor

NOV. 11, 2010 -- I can't help thinking on Veterans Day of the two veterans I knew best: my dad and my brother.


Guerard

Dad served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, a tail gunner. He was small and wiry, a perfect fit for folding himself into that tiny, exposed bubble hanging below the back of the plane for flights over Italy. Those flights took him farther than he'd ever imagined from his home in tiny Cumberland Gap in the coal mining region at the border of Kentucky and Tennessee.

My big brother was a Marine and volunteered to serve a tour in Vietnam soon after graduating from high school in Cincinnati. He wanted to get it out of the way -- waiting to be drafted would have meant a longer tour anyway.


The writer's brother, Kenneth W. Brooks, and father, Kenneth A. Brooks, in a 1979 photo.

Like my dad, he traveled farther than he'd ever imagined to end up in Vietnam. He came back whole, but never the same. He became an accountant, married and had two children, divorced. He died in an accident at 36 while working in Saudi Arabia.

Whenever I visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., I think about how, in a way, my brother's name could be etched there -- because the boy I knew never returned from Vietnam, really.

The Veterans Day holiday began as Armistice Day in 1919, commemorating the time one year earlier when fighting ceased between the United States and Germany on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Congress changed the name in 1954 to Veterans Day, to honor not only those who fought in World War I, but in World War II and all the nation's wars.


Kenneth A. Brooks in his Army Air Corps uniform.

Many of the local Veterans Day observances took place this past weekend. But if you'd like to stop for a moment today and honor those who've served our nation throughout its history, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is opening a portrait exhibit to highlight veterans in all branches of the service. The ship is open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., guests will have the opportunity to meet veterans who served in World War II through the Vietnam War eras, as well as veterans who were photographed for the project and a group of the photographers who participated in the project. All will be on the ship to answer questions and discuss their work and life stories.

Today on Veterans Day, museum admission is free for veterans and active duty military. Normal rates apply for other guests. The exhibit will be onboard the USS Yorktown through the winter holidays.

A moment of silence will be held at 11 a.m. today, in honor of my dad, my brother and all of the veterans who have served this nation.

Longtime journalist Marsha Guerard is editor of Charleston Currents. You can reach her at: editor@charlestoncurrents.com.

CURRENTS| permalink
Do we really need a little Christmas -- right this very minute?
By ANN THRASH, contributing editor

NOV. 11, 2010 - There it was on TV on the morning of Nov. 1, a few short hours after Halloween: the first holiday commercial of the 2010 season. It was for a product that I'm sure says "Season's Greetings!" to you as much as it does to me: Pampers.


Thrash

It's the same ad they used last year (and maybe the year before) -- babies sleeping to the barely sung, almost-whispered tune of "Silent Night." Verily, I say unto thee: Nothing says "sleep in heavenly peace" like a dry diaper.

Within hours, there were more such holiday-oriented commercials, largely from national merchants such as Home Depot and Overstock.com ("Ho, ho, ho, the big, big O, Overstock-dot-com," to the tune of "Jingle Bells").

This rush to the holidays drives me crazy, annually. It briefly crossed my mind to start a Facebook page called "I Refuse to Patronize Any Business That Runs Holiday Ads Before the Week of Thanksgiving." Wouldn't you know it, there actually IS a page called "Holiday Commercials Should Be Played ONLY During the Holidays." But as I was on the verge of "friending" it, it occurred to me: Lighten up, Ann. Those advertising dollars, whether spent on TV, online or in print publications, do get people out to shop for deals, and that's good for the economy.

Thanksgiving is two weeks from today, Hanukkah starts at sundown in three weeks, and Christmas is six weeks from Saturday. So the reality is that "the holidays," broadly speaking, are here. If you think, "Well, not quite yet," realize this: The annual Festival of Lights at James Island County Park kicks off tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. If you live in that neck of the woods and are dreading the traffic tie-ups that are likely to increase in the weeks ahead, just remind yourself that the festival has become a regional tourist draw, and those folks will be leaving some cash behind in Charleston County before heading home.

The holidays are indeed good business for the Lowcountry. Several years ago, the Charleston Convention and Visitor's Bureau set up a great Web site devoted to holiday activities and promotions around town. You've gotta love the slogan of the "Christmas in Charleston" campaign: "Sleigh bells ring, children sing and Santa has a tan." The campaign is working, too: Witness that Charleston got a plug in this month's Travel & Leisure magazine as one of "the Best Places to Spend the Holidays."

If you're still having trouble getting your jingle bells on, like I was, maybe you just need a little nudge. Here are a few happenings coming up between now and Thanksgiving to get you in the holiday state of mind. To be honest, I still need a little convincing myself -- so I might see you out there.

Next week:

  • Nov. 19-20: Charleston's Holiday Market, North Charleston Area Convention Center. Specialty shops, boutiques, arts and crafts, seasonal stuff, toys, etc. Santa will be there, too, for photos with the kids.

  • Nov. 20: Towne Centre Christmas Tree Lighting, 6 p.m. in front of Belk. Other than the tree-lighting at the Festival of Lights on Friday night, this might be the earliest such event in the Lowcountry.

Thanksgiving Week:

  • Nov. 21: Hospice Candlelight Memorial Service, 5:30 p.m., Colonial Lake. Much different than the other events mentioned here, this candlelight service is a moving memorial that ultimately brings a message of hope to those who attend. At the ceremony, luminaries are arrayed around Colonial Lake in honor of those who have passed away. The individuals' names are printed on the luminaries, and if you reserve one by Nov. 15, your loved one's name also will be printed in a program that's handed out at the service. The short memorial service includes music, readings, and quiet time for thought. Go to the Hospice of Charleston Web site for more information. Contributions for luminaries will support Hospice's efforts to expand access for low-income, uninsured patients; to support bereaved families with communitywide events such as the candlelight memorial and a camp for bereaved children; and community education.

Ann Thrash, a contributing editor to Charleston Currents, can be reached at: ann@charlestoncurrents.com.

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SPOTLIGHT
South Carolina Aquarium

The public spiritedness of our underwriters allows us to bring CharlestonCurrents to you at no cost. In this issue, we turn the spotlight on the South Carolina Aquarium, the #1 attraction in Charleston. The aquarium offers interactive excitement and value for visitors of all ages. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the South Carolina Aquarium aims to inspire conservation of the natural world by exhibiting and caring for animals, by excelling in education and research, and by providing an exceptional visitor experience. Guests can explore new exhibits such as a rare albino alligator, Penguin Planet with four Magellanic penguins, the Touch Tank featuring Atlantic stingrays, the 385,000-gallon Great Ocean Tank featuring sharks and moray eels as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes looks at the extraordinary care that is provided to rescued sea turtles in the Sea Turtle Hospital. Check out the daily educational programs with animal feedings and dive shows. Start planning a visit to the South Carolina Aquarium today at www.scaquarium.org.

BUSINESS INDIGO | permalink
787 problems: Delays stretching to three years
By PETER LUCASH, contributing editor

NOV. 11, 2010 - The Charleston plant may be ready soon, but industry publications are reporting that Boeing is telling its customers that the 787 Dreamliner will be delayed further, making the project three years behind schedule- - and costing Boeing a small fortune in penalties to customers and lost orders.


Lucash

Aviation Week, the leading industry publication, reports that Boeing has told customers there will be more delays for the new plane in addition to those already announced. More.

The magazine reports that Korean Air has been told to expect a 10-month delay into 2012. Boeing has denied the report, and says that it will still deliver the first plane in the first quarter of 2011 to All Nippon Airways. The report suggests that the ramp-up of production will be slower than planned, which could explain the delays in later deliveries.

Meanwhile, the electrical problem on Tuesday resulting in smoke in the cabin - and a declared emergency -- does not help matters. Stay tuned.

ImmunoLogix garners special tax credit.

ImmunoLogix, Inc., a Charleston biotech firm has been awarded $244,479.24, the maximum amount to companies competing for the $1 billion Therapeutic Discovery Tax Credit program established within the federal health reform law. ImmunoLogix is a human antibody discovery and development company specializing in transforming naïve B?cells producing fully human antibodies targeting any and all antigens in a number of diseases.

Each grant is designed to offset up to 50 percent of the company's qualifying research and development costs. To qualify, competing companies had to have a human resources headcount of less than 250 employees.

Events:

  • BarCamp this Saturday! The second "unconference" will be at the College of Charleston. Come and vote for my presentation on starting a business in Charleston! See www.barcampchs.org for info and to register.

  • Date change in TechAfter5, Nov 16. We'll see you Tuesday at Southend Brewery on East Bay Street for the monthly gathering of tech folks. First beer on the house. Look for close to 100 folks at the Charleston gathering - larger ones have been running in Greenville and Columbia-- so bring your business cards!

  • Business continuity/disaster planning workshop. The second in the series of Chamber workshops on business continuity and disaster planning will focus on communications - with your employees, customers and the media. Hold the date -- Dec. 7!

Peter Lucash is a Charleston-based businessman who runs Digital CPE, a training, consulting and information media company that works to improve the business management of organizations. You can read and subscribe to the full edition of the Business Indigo blog here.

GOOD NEWS | permalink
Photos of local historic buildings available online

Nearly 1,000 photographs of area historic structures are now available to the public through the Lowcountry Digital Library and the Charleston Archive.

The 985 photographs are from the collection of the Records of the Historic Preservation Planner, Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments, 1970-1981. Most of the collection was gathered in the 1970s and early 1980s for the purpose of placing the properties on what was then the recently created National Register of Historic Places.

Most of the sites included in this collection were successfully added to the National Register, but some did not pass muster. A full description of the contents of this collection can be found on the archive's Collections page.

The majority of the photographs were taken by Elias Ball Bull -- the first to hold the title of "Historic Preservation Planner" for the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments. Archives staff member Celeste Wiley spent months digitizing these photographs, and created rich metadata files for each image that provide robust contextual data to viewers.

To peruse the 985 images, visit the Lowcountry Digital Library site and click on Charleston County Public Library under the "Institutions" link. Or, follow this direct link to the front page of the Preservation Planner's photographs.

Former RiverDog Nunez named to Topps' Triple-A team

Former Charleston RiverDogs infielder Eduardo Nunez is among the 10 players selected to the Topps Triple-A All-Star Team.

The best performances in all Minor League Baseball classifications are again being honored by the Topps Company of New York, N.Y., in conjunction with Minor League Baseball. View online.

Nunez (23) of Azua, Dominican Republic, hit .289 with 25 doubles for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees while sporting a .976 fielding percentage, which was among the best for shortstops in the International League. After signing with the Yankees as a free agent in 2004, Nunez played parts of 2006 and 2007 with the RiverDogs, hitting .232 in 181 combined games with three home runs, 68 RBI and 36 stolen bases.

He was also the shortstop on the 2009 Topps Double-A All-Star Team when he played for Trenton.

FIG Chef Mike Lata to battle Iron Chef Jose Garces

"Whose cuisine reigns supreme?" That is the question Chef Mike Lata of FIG restaurant in Charleston will put to the test as he battles Iron Chef Jose Garces of the hit show Iron Chef America, which airs at 10 p.m. Dec. 5 on the Food Network.


Lata

In honor of the premiere, FIG restaurant is hosting a live viewing party at Taco Boy downtown, complete with an outdoor projection screen showing the episode. The event starts at 9 p.m. on Dec. 5.

Chef Lata traveled to New York this summer to tape the battle against the newest Iron Chef, Jose Garces. The secret ingredient for "Garces vs. Lata" will be revealed at the beginning of the show, which serves as the kickoff to the Food Network's holiday season.

For more information about FIG restaurant, call 843-805-5900 or visit www.eatatfig.com.

Open house set Saturday at affordable cottages

The Charleston Affordable Housing Program is hosting an open house of the Cottages at Longborough from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

This is a great opportunity for people to come see the townhome-style condominiums, ask questions, meet lenders and the neighbors. The Cottages at Longborough are located at Hester and Tenth streets in the Wagener Terrace Community. Directions: Take Rutledge Avenue to Gordon Street, make left onto Gordon, take Gordon to 10th Avenue, make right onto 10th Avenue, make right onto Winyah Alley, and make left onto Charlesfort Alley. Contact Florence Peters (843) 724-7353 with questions.

Liberty Fellowship to hold Summit 2010 on Nov. 30

More than 140 Liberty Fellows and other South Carolinians will meet from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 30 to collaborate to bring about positive change in the state.

Keynote speaker Dan Heath, co-author of the best-selling books "Switch" and "Made to Stick," will speak on how to change things when change is hard. Afterward, led by Liberty Fellows, attendees will collaborate to identify bright spots and potential solutions for issues facing South Carolina today in the areas of economic development, education, public policy and health/environment. The day will end with a panel discussion and networking hour.


Hipp

In 2002-2003, South Carolina businessman Hayne Hipp worked with Bernie Dunlap, president of Wofford College, to develop a program that built upon the proven approach of the Aspen Institute. The Liberty Fellowship is designed to take that approach to a different level - Fellows are expected to take action to benefit South Carolina.

Registration for the Summit is $75, and includes a copy of "Switch" and lunch. Some partial scholarships are available. To register, go online.

Magnolia Plantation hires Frazier as marketing manager

Herb Frazier has joined Magnolia Plantation and Gardens as public relations and marketing manager.

Previously, Frazier was a freelance writer and public relations consultant based in Charleston. He has more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience as a reporter with five newspapers in the South, including The Post and Courier.

REVIEW
Send us your thoughts about books, dining

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 Marsha Guerard. Make sure to include your name and full contact information.

SC ENCYCLOPEDIA | permalink
AME Church tied to education in South Carolina

To escape racial discrimination in Philadelphia's Methodist Church, Richard Allen, a former slave, organized the African Methodist Episcopal Church there in 1787. It is the oldest African American religious denomination and existed mainly in the North before the Civil War.

The denomination's origins in South Carolina date to 1818. In 1817 the attempt of white Methodists in Charleston to control the activities of black church members precipitated a mass exodus of 4,367 from the church. The following year many went on to establish the African Church, which was affiliated with the AME denomination. At this time Charleston's membership was second only to that of Philadelphia, and it was the southernmost branch of the denomination. Suspicious of its northern connections and the autonomy the church represented, white authorities routinely harassed its members. Church leaders' involvement in the 1822 Denmark Vesey slave conspiracy led to destruction of the church and dispersal of its membership.

In 1863 the church was reestablished in South Carolina when the first AME missionaries, the Reverends James Lynch and James Hall, began their operations in and around Port Royal, Edisto, and Beaufort. On May 15, 1865, in Charleston, Bishop Daniel Payne organized the South Carolina Conference, which originally also included North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. African Methodism grew rapidly and was black Carolinians' second largest denomination at the end of the century. In 1880 with 300,000 primarily southern members, the first bishops for the South were elected. All had important ties to South Carolina.


Payne

African Methodism promoted education, and churches frequently housed secular and Sunday schools. To raise the educational level of ministers, Payne Institute was established in Cokesbury in 1870. Relocating to Columbia in 1880, the school was renamed Allen University and was the first college controlled by African Americans in the state. South Carolinians were also in the forefront of the denomination's missionary efforts. In 1878 the AME Liberian Mission Church headed by the Rev. Santania Flegler departed Charleston with the Liberian Exodus participants. Bishop Henry McNeal Turner's efforts organized the denomination in Sierra Leone and Liberia in 1891 and southern Africa in 1896. In 2004 one-third of the denomination's 3.5 million members were Africans and the church was growing most rapidly in western and southern Africa. South Carolina, which constitutes the Seventh Episcopal District, had the third largest membership of the church's 19 districts.

Advocating "the Gospel of Freedom," African Methodist ministers have played important roles as secular leaders. Between 1868 and 1876 seven AME ministers were elected to the South Carolina state legislature. Church leaders used their offices to articulate community grievances and to protest against lynching and racial discrimination. In 1948 the Reverend Joseph DeLaine organized black parents against racial discrimination in Clarendon County's public schools. The resulting litigation was one of the cases decided in the U.S. Supreme Court's famous Brown v. Board of Education decision. The mission of the church has always been broadly based, and its resources have been deployed to address a range of social problems, including HIV-AIDS, health-care disparities, affordable housing, and foster care.

-- Excerpted from the entry by Bernard E. Powers Jr. 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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THE LIST | permalink
Five ways to get rid of roadblocks

Elaine Yarbrough will lead the Center for Women's 9th Annual Entrepreneurs Networking Event on Nov. 15. Since she's talking about what blocks women's wisdom in the workplace, we thought we'd ask her how to demolish those roadblocks. Here's her response:


Yarbrough

As women strive to use their leadership talents, they often are playing on an unequal field of power and influence. The adaptation to a more masculine style and the energy drain that comes from trying to get and keep your voice in the room make it imperative that women learn to balance power:

  • Check your attitude about power. Do you sidestep visibility and recognition when they come your way? Or can you, even if uncomfortable, say "yes" to the credit others are trying to give you? Say "yes."

  • Gain influence by knowing and responding to others' interests while keeping your own needs clearly in mind. Does the other want recognition? Connection? Success? You can help provide that. In exchange, what do you want from the other? Tell people. Remember the workplace is based on exchanges.

  • Keep a strong network of women colleagues and friends. Use the network. Call others and tell them what you want and need and ask for their help. Solicit their support in meetings so you can speak your wisdom.

  • Develop women and men mentors for various aspects of your life - personal and professional. Others can help open the way for you. In turn, notice who you can help.

  • Read and notice women role models. How do they gain influence? Communicate confidence? Sometimes you just have to act confident until you feel confident. Remember that women connect and nurture each other to relieve stress. Keep connected.

The Center for Women's Entrepreneurs Networking Event will be 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 15 at The Citadel Holliday Alumni House on Hagood Avenue. The event is intended for business owners, the self-employed, entrepreneurial "wannabes" or those interested in making more contacts in the business community. With its 'speed networking' concept, you will meet 30 women quickly and effectively as you move from table to table. Each woman will have the opportunity to introduce herself, her business and her interests to everyone at each table. Register online.

QUOTE
Knowing good design

"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."

-- Steve Jobs, (1955-) Apple founder

CALENDAR: THIS WEEK | permalink

Blessing of the Vine Festival: 1 to 5 p.m., Nov. 13, Irvin-House Vineyard, located at 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island. At the 8th Annual Blessing of the Vine Festival, wine lovers can witness the blessing of muscadine grapevines by a priest, and enjoy live music from The Hawkes while taking in the charming setting of Irvin-House Vineyard. The event, which includes a burger-cookng contest, is open to the public, admission is $5 per car. Food will be available for purchase from Taco Boy, Home Team BBQ and Alchemy Coffee Shop. The Blessing ceremony will start at 2 p.m. For more information, call (843) 559-6867.

3rd Annual Rural Mission Oyster Roast: 3-6 p.m., Nov. 14, Bowen's Island Restaurant. Don't miss this terrific November oyster roast that supports the outreach programs of the Rural Mission, which helps those who have the least. Enjoy great roasted oysters, food, drinks, live music and a great sunset view. Tickets are $25 for adults, $5 for children and are available from the Rural Mission at 843-768-1720, or buy at the door or order online.

Field feast: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 14, Rosebank Farms, 4455 Betsy Kerrison Parkway on Johns Island. The second annual Lowcountry Field Feast honors all things local, from landscape to produce to seafood. Proceeds from the farm field trip and family-style supper will benefit Lowcountry Local First's sustainable agriculture program. James Beard Award-winning Chef Mike Lata of FIG restaurant will cook supper, Sidi Limehouse and Louise Bennett of Rosebank Farms will serve as hosts and the dinner will take place in their backyard by Haulover Creek. Local bluegrass band The Bushels will entertain. Tickets for the event are $125. To purchase tickets, visit www.lowcountryfieldfeast.com or call 843-853-9120.

CALENDAR: ONGOING AND SOON

The art of negotiation workshop: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Friday, begins Nov. 15, 297 East Bay St. Erica Ariel Fox leads this workshop using the Beyond Yes Method to turn stressful personal or professional relationships into successful ones. Cost: $850. Go online for more information or phone the Sophia Institute, 843-720-8528.

(NEW) Medicare Drug Plan Event: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 16, East Cooper Medical Center first floor classroom. The enrollment period for the Medicare Part D drug prescription plans begins Monday and runs through Dec. 31. This free workshop will explain the plans. Angela R. Edwards, state health insurance program counselor with the Trident Area Agency on Aging, will assist with plan comparisons and answer any questions about enrollment. Participants are asked to please bring a compete list of all medications and dosage, any letters they may have received regarding the new plan and their Medicare card. To register, call (843) 884-7031.

(NEW)Veteran's Salute Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 19, Carrabba's, 2150 Northwoods Blvd., North Charleston. The Palmetto Chapter of Women in Defense meeting will feature a panel of active/former/retired military representing each branch of the armed forces. They will share their experiences, discuss how the skills they obtained in the military have transferred into their personal and professional lives, and answer questions from the audience. RSVP to event@WIDpalmettochapter.org by Nov. 15. Cost is $20 member, $25 non-member. Cash only at door. Visit the Web site for more information.

(NEW) A Spiritual Christmas: 7 p.m., Nov. 27, at Royal Missionary Baptist Church, 761 Luella Avenue, North Charleston; and 5 p.m., Nov. 28 at Bethel United Methodist Church, 57 Pitt St., Charleston. The CSO Spiritual Ensemble, under the direction of Nathan L. Nelson, will give two performances of "A Spiritual Christmas," a rousing and moving program of African-American spirituals and sacred music set to a holiday theme. The Nov. 27 evening performance also features the Youth Orchestra of the Lowcountry and members of the Royal Missionary Baptist Church Choir sharing the stage.

Metanoia's Christmas Jubilee: 6 p.m. Dec. 2, Charleston Area Convention Center, North Charleston. Tickets are $30 per person; $15 for children; $240 for a table. Advance purchase is required by Nov. 19. For information on the Jubilee or to purchase tickets, call 843-529-3014.

(NEW) That Holiday Book Sale: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 3, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 4, at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road. Books, CDs, DVDs, and rare collectibles will be on sale. Books have been picked for quality with gift-giving in mind, and prices start at just $1.The Charleston Friends of the Library, a non-profit volunteer organization, raises money through book sales to help fund Library services, equipment, training, materials and public programming. Admission is free.

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FOCUS ARCHIVES

12/30: Kiser: Yoga champ
12/27:
Guerard: Hunger, homeless
12/20:
Emerson: Ordinance
12/16:
Meals on Wheels
12/13:
Joye: Court system vital
12/9:
Barnette: The Nutcracker
12/6:
Kaynard: Recycling ideas
12/2:
Swayne: Health reform
11/29:
Boisseau: Idea harvested
11/22:
Hamilton: Operation Home
11/18:
Humphreys: Being healthier
11/15:
Dittloff: Saltmarsh
11/11:
Guerard: Veterans Day
11/8:
Stanfield: Metanoia invests
11/4:
Hannah: Immunologix
11/1:
Clements: Red Cross
10/28:
Roberts: Road myths
10/25:
Jones, Patrick: Schools
10/21:
Spencer: Fine Art Annual
10/18:
Duncan: 220 years of service
10/14:
Colbert: Smartphones
10/11:
Barnette: Ballet season
10/7:
Bailey: YESCarolina book
10/4:
Crosland: HeadsUp on injuries
9/30:
Starland: Visual arts
9/27:
Vural: Art, essay contest
9/23: Blanchard: House in order
9/20:
Barry: Going "social"
9/16: Hutchisson: Being green
9/13:
Schleissman: Wood workshop
9/9: Kirby: Sobering success
9/6:
Brooks: Great volunteers
9/2: Graul: Lowcountry Loc 1st

ANN THRASH ARCHIVES

12/30: Spiked Ambrosia
12/16:
Retooling sports gear
12/9:
Looking for perspective
12/2:
Experience a gift
11/18:
Ticket for downtown
11 /11:
Early for Christmas?
11/4:
On sharpening knives
10/28:
On voting decisions
10/21:
Fall color, parties
10/14:
Squirrel away some pecans
10/7:
New film on Jews, baseball
9/30:
Making It Grow
9/23:
Diving into the Lowcountry
9/16:
Curbing domestic violence
9/9:
Shrimp-baiting time
9/2:
Tail-wagging and -gating
8/26:
Urban gardening
8/19:
Nirvana, Class of '14
8/12:
History is interesting
8/5:
Robert, Variety Store
7/29:
Lazy? Boiled peanuts
7/22:
Purple Toes book
7/14:
Art opens doors
7/1:
Lots to do on 4th
6/24:
Ways to nab skeeters
6/17:
Dump the Pump, more
6/10:
Lots to do locally
6/3:
Dancin' for dollars

ANDY BRACK ARCHIVES

12/27: Planning Kansas trip
12/20:
Remembering Owen
12/13: Inspiring entrepreneurs
12/6:
Be careful what you ask for
11/29:
Our linguistic heritage
11/22:
Shared sacrifice
11/15:
Media responsibility
11/8: No "new era" for SC
11/1: "Invest" isn't dirty word
10/25: Challenges ahead
10/11: Highway problem
10/4:
Dupree and Senate
9/27:
Haley-Sheheen race
9/20:
Political, energy efficiency
9/13:
British invasion
9/6:
Meet Dave the Potter
8/30:
Gulf pix make impact
8/23:
Thank a teacher
8/16:
Pharmacy, juice
8/2:
Cherry juice, Gardner
7/26:
Biden on Hollings
7/19:
About Turkey
7/7:
Campaign trash
6/28:
Impatient electorate
6/21:
Haley's thin record
6/14:
Daddy-daughter trip
6/7:
Gulf spill report

MARSHA GUERARD ARCHIVES

10/21: Charleston: good performer
8/19: How many med schools for SC?

PETER LUCASH: BUSINESS INDIGO

10/28: Eggers joins Blackbaud
10/14:
Restorative Physiology, ArborGen
9/30:
Finance, accounting class
9/9:
Busy with meetings
8/26:
On biz interruptions
8/12:
Pecha Kucha 7 coming
7/29:
TwelveSouth again
7/14:
Tech After 5 hits Chas
7/1:
TwelveSouth scores praise
5/27:
Facebook on privacy
5/13:
Spark Charleston, more
4/22:
Green Wizard, more
4/1:
Encouraging biz signs
3/18:
Biz fair, CED venture
3/4:
Lowcountry tech hub
2/4:
Advice on working with Boeing
1/21: Co-working group
1/7: Free library text questions

GREG GARVAN: CHARLESTON GREEN

9/23: Shredding together
9/16:
Saving money
9/2:
Energy standards needed
8/19:
Investing can be tied to ideals
8/5: Trident Tech green grant

LIST ARCHIVES

12/30: Top lists from 2010
12/27:
5 tech trends for 2011
12/20:
5 holiday party tips
12/16: Holiday recycling
12/13: 5 offbeat SC places
12/9: 5 financial sites
12/6: 12 uses of WD-40
12/2: 5 for Web traffic
11/29: 5 on dehydration
11/22: 5 for going back to school
11/18: 5 on foreclosure
11/15: 5 for exercising
11/11: 5 to rid roadblocks
11/8: 5 for keeping warm
11/4: 5 favorite ballets
11/1: 5 for your face
10/28: 5 parenting tips
10/25: 5 on long-term care
10/21: 5 on childhood obesity
10/18: 5 homeless myths
10/14: 5 on breast cancer
10/11: 5 beef cuts
10/7: 5 back helpers
10/4: 5 for recruiting
9/30: 5 kids' books
9/27: 5 for kayaks
9/23: 5 for pets
9/20: 5 at the Gibbes
9/16: 5 date nights
9/13: 5 fall plants
9/9: 5 wine resources
9/6: 5 magical moments
9/2: 5 great preachers

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