THE LONG AND WINDING LANE. A wall in the area of Longitude Lane and Church Street makes a graceful bricked swoop around the corner. Photo by Michael Kaynard.
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MAY 9, 2011 - Charleston County Public Library is facing a crossroads filled with big decisions that impact the library's future.
With a growing demand for library services combined with budget cuts and evolving technologies, we need to make smart, informed decisions about how the library should grow, and that includes better understanding what services and programs are the most important to area residents. We also need to take a hard look at our buildings, including whether we need more libraries and whether we need to renovate or relocate existing branches.
To make better decisions, the Library's Board of Trustees hired a private consulting firm to help us create a five-year Strategic Plan that will assess current operations and include input from area residents gathered this week through a series of community meetings, focus groups and telephone surveys.
Providence Associates Library Planners, a firm that has worked with libraries since 1979, is holding six community meetings at area branches to ask residents what they think about the library, how they use it and what changes they'd like to see in library services, buildings, operations and programs in the future.
To make sure the library fulfills the community's wants and needs, we need to hear from area residents. We need people to share their ideas and suggestions. We want them to tell us about their experiences at Charleston County libraries, and let us know if they've had experiences or received services at libraries elsewhere that they'd like to see in Charleston.
The consultants also will be doing a random telephone survey this week, specifically hoping to gather feedback from both users and non-users. Many people hate taking telephone surveys, but hopefully residents will give 10 minutes of their time to provide input that will shape the library's future. The market research firm doing the survey is Opinionology, so if that name shows up on caller ID, please take the call and share your opinions.
To make this Strategic Plan meaningful, we need residents to attend the community meetings and tell us what they want from their public library system. Their ideas, suggestions and comments are vital.
The public comments will be combined with Providence's independent assessment that applies "best practices" and looks at trends in library service and technology. The final result will be a Strategic Plan with an action plan of what changes or improvements need to be made to make Charleston County Public Library the very best it can be.
Overall, Charleston County is lucky because we have a good library system. Charleston County Public Library is an award-winning, nationally recognized library. Last fiscal year, more than 3.8 million items were checked out from the library, which is a 95 percent increase in the past decade. And this year, we expect more than 150,000 people to attend the free programs, classes and events offered at the system's 16 locations.
But, even a great library system can find ways to be more efficient and make improvements. To do that, we need a roadmap for the future, and we need county residents to help us shape that roadmap. Please take this opportunity to share your ideas for CCPL's future, after all it's your public library.
Janet Segal is chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Charleston County Public Library.
The Seven Wonders of the Lowcountry
By ANDY BRACK, publisher
2011 -- The perfect weekend weather had a lot of people talking about
how great it is to live in the Lowcountry. And that got us to thinking
about all of the wonderful places along the coast from Georgetown to Beaufort
aficionado of lists of all sorts (see right column), we decided to take
our musings one step further - to localize the idea of the Seven Wonders
of the World that we learned in school. Our conclusion: There are a lot
more great places in the Lowcountry than you might originally think.
in no particular order, is our list of the Seven Wonders of the Lowcountry:
Bridge. This marvelous bridge over the Cooper River stands out as
an architectural and aesthetic achievement that people can see for miles
around. If you view it at just the right angle -- such as coming over
the Interstate 536 bridge over the Ashley River, the cables look like
sails on a big boat.
The centuries-old tree on Johns Island is iconic of the natural beauty
of our region. Not only is the tree found on several organizations' logos,
but it provides a daily reminder to be thankful for what we have - and
to protect it.
Center. Since 1862 when Quaker teachers started a school for freed
blacks on St. Helena Island near Beaufort, the Penn Center has been a
leading cultural and educational resource that has kept the Gullah Culture
alive. In the days ahead as the region moves forward in preserving a Gullah-Geechee
corridor, the Penn Center will remain a vital cog in helping us remember
lessons from the past.
Corners of Law. The intersection of Broad and Meeting streets in Charleston
represents the region's place and respect for institutions like the church
and government. Always on the map for visiting tourists, the Four Corners
and the beautiful homes and businesses nearby are part of what characterizes
Charleston as Charleston.
Basin. The confluence of the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto rivers south
of Charleston is a testament to the importance of preserving natural areas
in the region. Along with the Cape Romain National Wildlife to the north
of Charleston, the ACE Basin's more than 200,000 acres of protected land
means the marshes, maritime forests and wildlife of our area will be preserved
forever. That's an important message - and an important draw for tourism
- as many places struggle to keep land out of developers' hands.
61 plantations. Just about everybody who visits Charleston imagines
what plantation life was like in antebellum days. The plantations along
S.C. Highway 61 - Middleton Place, Drayton Hall and Magnolia - are among
the most beautiful around. They're not to be missed.
Sumter. Not only is this place where the War Between the States started,
but it's an architectural marvel - a man-made island in the middle of
one of the most striking natural harbors along the East Coast. Flanked
by Fort Mountrie and Fort Johnson, the harbor fortifications of Charleston
played an important role in the community's business and maritime climate
several other places not on the list that could easily qualify - the Lowcountry's
marshes; Bull's Island; the beaches at Sullivan's, Folly or Kiawah islands;
the College of Charleston's Cistern area; and Cypress Gardens. Some Facebook
friends suggested other icons of our area: pluff mud, the Unitarian church
graveyard and Lowndes Grove Plantation.
Now that we've got your brain's juices bubbling, what's missing from our list?
your Seven Wonders of the Lowcountry and we'll include them in a coming
issue. Or tell us what to remove from our list and what you would add
instead. Send suggestions to: email@example.com.
We love getting input from you. If you have an opinion you'd like to share (150 words or less), send your letters to the address below. We look forward to hearing from you!
The public spiritedness of our underwriters allows us to bring Charleston Currents to you at no cost. In this issue, we turn the spotlight on West Of newspaper, the West Ashley's community newspaper that highlights community news, opinions, schools, dining, arts and more for the 62,000+ people who live west of Charleston's Ashley River. West Of also publishes the James Island Messenger for people who live on James Island. Visit West Of online or via Twitter.
The Historic Charleston Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve and protect the integrity of Charleston's architectural, historical, and cultural heritage, asks the community to send in questions by 2 p.m. today (May 9) for panelists in advance of the community forum to be held at 7 p.m.
Questions will be reviewed to determine those most frequently asked. Questions also will be taken at the forum. During the forum, a sampling of questions will be presented to the panelists by the moderator.
Panelists will include Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr.; Harry W. Miley Jr., founding principal, Miley & Associates Inc.; James I. Newsome III, president and CEO, S.C. State Ports Authority; John O. Norquist, president and CEO, Congress for the New Urbanism; Jaquelin T. Robertson, FAIA, FAICP, founding partner, Cooper, Robertson & Partners; Jonathan B. Tourtellot, founding director, Center for Sustainable Destinations; and Andrew Zitofsky, project director, Dover, Kohl & Partners.
The forum facilitator will be Tyson Smith, a certified mediator and consultant to the Historic Charleston Foundation, who is a principal with White & Smith Planning and Law Group.
supports a transparent, community-driven planning process to determine
the optimal redevelopment plan for the entire Union Pier property. This
community forum will be in a question and answer format conducive to in-depth
and transparent dialogue with a panel of local officials and experts in
the field of urban planning and design.
Stamp Out Hunger food drive planned for May 14
If every household in the tri-county area left just one can of non-perishable food for their mail carrier to collect on May 14, the Lowcountry Food Bank would have over 400,000 pounds of food to serve to families in need.
Hunger is a widespread problem in coastal South Carolina, with 190,000 in need of food supports last year. More than half reported having to choose between buying food and paying their utilities.
The problem becomes more critical in the summer, when children are out of school and no longer receiving free or subsidized lunches.
Trident United Way encourages everyone in the Lowcountry to support the Stamp Out Hunger food drive this year. It's so easy to leave a couple of cans of food out by your mailbox for the letter carrier to collect.
With the support of the National Association of Letter Carriers and the National Association of Rural Letter Carriers, the food that is placed by your mailbox will be collected and delivered to the Lowcountry Food Bank.
Last year, the food drive netted 80,000 pounds of food, enough to feed 62,400 hungry residents.
Seven local nonprofits win grants in Facebook contest
Charlestonians know how to give a thumbs up to their favorite community organizations - just ask the seven local nonprofits that are among 100 nationwide that will receive $25,000 grants from Chase Community Giving after loyal fans on Facebook "liked" them.
But don't log out of your computer just yet, a second round of voting begins May 19 where even more money is at stake. The seven organizations plan to band together in hopes of gaining even more grant money.
The organizations that will be receiving the much-needed $25,000 grants include:
To find out how you can help these seven groups win even more from Chase, follow this link for more information.
SEWE selects artists for 2012 Wildlife Exposition
Dustin Van Wechel has been named featured painter and Don Rambadt will be featured sculptor at the 2012 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.
event, which will mark 30 years of excellence in wildlife art, conservation
promotion and outdoor sporting pursuits, will be Feb. 17-19, 2012.
"My work is a reflection of my love of nature and the outdoors, and my style is something I've always thought of as 'in development.' As I've grown as an artist, I've noticed my work is finding more focus in both the way I approach a painting and in the resulting look of any finished piece," Van Wechel said.
After completing his BFA in sculpture in 1995, Rambadt began sculpting part-time while working at a sculpture foundry in Milwaukee, Wis., where he specialized in the casting of monumental bronze sculpture. In 2001, he left his foundry work to focus on sculpting and participating in exhibitions. His unique work has been included in the Birds in Art exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wis., and the Society of Animal Artists Exhibition.
Using birds as a point of departure, Don explores the relationship of positive and negative space and manipulates this interplay in mixed metals to give the impression of life and movement. His work, although somewhat abstract, is based on anatomical accuracy. "I feel you should have an intimate understanding of your subject matter before you attempt to abstract it. This allows you to select which characteristics to emphasize, or de-emphasize, in order to create a certain feeling in the piece," Don explained.
Ten Roper St. Francis nurses named among state's top 100
Each year the South Carolina Nurses Foundation honors the Top 100 registered nurses in South Carolina with the Palmetto Gold Award, which recognizes those who exemplify excellence in nursing practice.
This year, in conjunction with the kickoff of National Nurses Week, Roper St. Francis Healthcare is pleased to announce that 10 of its nurses have received this honor.
"Ten percent of the nurses on this prestigious list are all professionals in the Roper St. Francis Healthcare system. This makes us extraordinarily proud," said David Dunlap, President and CEO, Roper St. Francis Healthcare. "Nurses are the backbone of every health care system. As one person said it, 'Nurses are one of the few blessings of being ill.' To Roper St. Francis Healthcare employees and patients, nurses are a blessing each and every day."
The winners at Roper Hospital are:
The winners from Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital are:
During the 1972 session, the General Assembly wrestled with a proposal permitting some restaurants, hotels, motels and private clubs to dispense liquor in bottles of between 1.6 and 2 ounces. Those in favor, including Governor John West, stressed that this would assure quality (the minibottle would be opened in the presence of the purchaser), reduce public drunkenness (since brown baggers would not feel obligated to finish their bottles before departing), and provide considerable tax revenue. Those opposed warned of increased crime and rampant alcoholism.
In November 1972 the electorate backed a constitutional amendment that ended brown bagging by a vote of 143,083 to 103,219. Had the minibottle era been a success? Tourism certainly increased, and chamber-of-commerce folk quickly praised the minibottle as "a more civilized approach" to the traditional cocktail hour than brown bagging. However, drinks became much more expensive, and only Class A restaurants (at least 40-seat capacity) and true nonprofit clubs were supposed to stock minibottles - rules that were not always strictly observed.
By the close of the first decade, some five thousand hotels, motels, clubs, and restaurants were dispensing minis. Revenue was impressive, but not as great as had been predicted. There was reportedly less public drunkenness, and alcohol consumption did not seem to be increasing at an unreasonable rate. But minibottles earned the opposition of some groups, including the hospital industry, chambers of commerce, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and others. In 2004 nearly 60 percent of South Carolina voters approved a referendum to remove the minibottle requirement from the state constitution.
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Five for email spring cleaning
With spring comes spring cleaning, but there may be one item you left off your to-do list that desperately needs a cleaning: Your email inbox! Here are five tips from Marsha Egan, the author of "Inbox Detox," for you to beat the inbox blues and get rid of the stress of having an overflowing inbox.
For more tips on ways to handle your email, visit Marsha Egan's website at www.inboxdetox.com.
"You can't just
ask customers what they want and try to give that to them. By the time
you get it built, they'll want something new."
(NEW) Beginning Fiction Writing: 6 to 8 p.m., today, Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. This meeting for adult writers will help free your imagination, explore the craft of storytelling and develop a network of writers. Each class is topic-oriented, with discussion and exercises aimed to refine your skills and achieve your goals. Breakout critique groups are encouraged. For more information, call 805-6930. No registration is required.
(NEW) 10th Annual It's In The Bag Purse Auction: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., May 13, City Gallery at Waterfront Park. A wide variety of artists and others create purse designs that are auctioned at this popular fundraiser for the Center for Women. Tickets available here: $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
(NEW) What You Need to Know About Divorce: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., May 14, Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road. This free workshop is designed to help you take the next step, no matter where you are in the process of untying the knot. Trained professionals deal with the legal, financial and family and personal issues of divorce. Presented in conjunction with S. C. Collaborative Law Institute.
David Mamet's "Race": 7:30 p.m., May 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 2 p.m., May 22. PURE Theatre's production of "Race" by David Mamet will be presented at PURE Theatre at Ansonborough Square Shopping Center, 334 East Bay Street, Unit I. Multiple Award-winning playwright/director David Mamet tackles America's most controversial topic in a provocative new tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. Tickets are available online or by phone at 866-811-4111. Also, the box offices opens half an hour before showtime.
Leslie McCravy 5k: 8 a.m., May 14, Edwin S. Taylor Pier, Folly Beach. Registration: $30 for adults, $15 for children on www.active.com. The 3rd Annual Leslie McCravy Memorial 5K Run/Walk. Top 3 overall Men and Women and top 3 Men and Women in each age group will win prizes, including makeup sessions at Stella Nova, Dinners at O-ku and Oak Steakhouse, tickets to visit the South Carolina Aquarium, one night stay at the Water's Edge Inn, a men's tie from Vineyard Vines, and more. After party begins by 11 a.m. at Blu Restaurant & Bar. Register online.
CALENDAR: ONGOING AND SOON
(NEW) Kickin' It for a Kidney: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., May 15, Joseph P. Riley Jr. Stadium. Local Cougars radio commentator and television talk show host Everett German needs to raise the funds for a kidney transplant. Kickin' It For a Kidney will have food and beverages, live music, jump castles, giveaways and a silent auction with proceeds benefiting the transplant surgery for this father of two. Admission is $20. Also, an account has been set up at South Carolina Federal Credit Union. If you would like to make a donation, you can drop it off at any SCFCU location, and make checks payable to "Friends of E".
Golf Marathon: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 16, Daniel Island Golf Club. HALOS will host its 2nd Annual Hundred Holes for HALOS Golf Marathon and Tournament to raise funds for local abused and neglected children. Marathoners will golf all day and attempt to play 100 holes. Teams of four begin the 18-hole course at noon. Each team or marathoner will raise $1,000 to participate. Breakfast, lunch and on-course refreshments will be provided all day. Visit here to register and learn about sponsorship levels.
Trees and Tree People: 6:30 p.m., May 22, 297 East Bay St. "Trees and Tree People: Greening Ourselves, Saving the Planet" with Jean Shinoda Bolen. Her words will lead us from knowledge of what trees are and what they do, to the symbolic, sacred meaning, soulfulness and wisdom of trees. To read more and register, go online.
Slavery in the Movies: Myths and Misconceptions: 6:30 p.m., May
26, Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road. This
fascinating presentation shows how the portrayal of slavery in movies
has changed over the years. Presented by Donel Singleton and Nate Johnson
of Fort Sumter National Monument.
Pro Bono Law Seminar: Immigration Law: 6:30 p.m., May 26,
Dorchester Road Regional Library, 6325 Dorchester Road. Robert A. Condy
will lead the seminar with a lecture followed by an open discussion.
(NEW) My Father, Myself: Creative Resilience in Aging: 6:45 p.m., May 31, Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. Can art save us from the ravages of dementia, or transform the experience of aging? Jerald Winakur discusses how art can help the aging and their caregivers cope with the changes in their lives. Winakur is the author of Memory Lessons: A Doctor' Story which chronicles his life as a geriatric doctor and his experiences caring for his father, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease. A book signing will follow the lecture; books will be available for sale.
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