OVERTON PARK: Santee Cooper's Overton Park, featuring a 400-foot beachfront swimming area on Lake Moultrie as well as shelters and a playground, has opened for the season and will remain open through Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily with certified lifeguards on duty. The park will be open on weekends only once Berkeley County schools resume in August. Admission is $2 per person ages 4 and up. A season pass allows unlimited entries for up to 4 people and can be purchased for $40. For more information, call Overton Park at 843-761-8039, the Old Santee Canal Park at 843-899-5200, or visit the Santee Cooper Web site.
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JUNE 2, 2011 - A recently released American Red Cross survey reveals that only 1 in 5 American youth is familiar with the Geneva Conventions, while 4 in 5 think that the U.S. should better educate young people before they can vote and enlist in the military. These rules protect civilians in conflict zones, allow safe passage for the sick and wounded and promote humanitarian treatment of prisoners.
April 12, 2011, marked the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War, a terrible conflict that divided our nation, pitting brother against brother on the battlefield.
Amidst the carnage, the Civil War produced examples of humanitarianism and concern for the vulnerable. Clara Barton, later the founder of the American Red Cross, brought medical supplies and comfort to the wounded throughout the war and led an effort to search for missing men afterwards.
International Humanitarian Law is a set of rules that seeks to restrict the means and methods of warfare while protecting civilians, prisoners of war and wounded soldiers. As a party to the Geneva Conventions, the United States has an obligation to teach IHL to its armed forces and civilians.
The American Red Cross offers resources to help educators connect American History to humanitarian law and principles. The American Civil War: A Humanitarian Perspective is inspired by the Exploring Humanitarian Law curriculum developed by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Education Development Center.
To mark this anniversary, the American Red Cross conducted extensive polling to better understand American attitudes and opinions about international humanitarian law. The results showed the following:
The American Red Cross urges teachers in schools across the country to use the Red Cross curriculum "Exploring Humanitarian Law," which can be incorporated into social studies and history classes. Find more detailed information and download the free toolkit at www.redcross.org/ehl.
About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization - not a government agency - and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
It's the family lexicon that binds us together
By MARSHA GUERARD, editor
JUNE 2, 2011 - A young boy walked up to watch a group of adults trying to deal with a calamity in his neighborhood. A large truck had tried to drive under the concrete railroad trestle, which refused to give way. The truck was stuck, the bridge damaged and traffic snarled.
A traffic engineer sized up the situation and suggested using pneumatic jacks to lift the trestle off the truck and allow it to pass through. The boy sincerely hoped this solution would work, since he'd never seen a pneumatic jack before, but was disappointed to hear that the nearest jacks were a hundred miles away in a bigger town.
Finally, he tugged on the engineer's shirt and asked, "Why don't you let the air out of the tires?"
From the time my husband first told me that story, probably 25 years ago, the term "tire-inflation problem" became a part of our family lexicon. We pull it out when the solution seems obvious to one of us while the other is perplexed.
I'm convinced that every family has its own private lexicon of favorite sayings, gestures and code words. It's what binds us together as a unit, part of the mystery and magnificence of being a family.
I spent Memorial Day at a party with my daughter's in-laws, and in the space of about 10 minutes heard them share at least three from their volume. The most entertaining for the uninitiated was when they both raised their arms and said, "Whee!" in unison.
It is the universal top-of-a-roller-coaster motion I'm describing here, but they were sitting by a swimming pool at the time. Turns out, they drive a cool Miata convertible, and whenever they cross over the big hill on the Ravenel Bridge, they throw up their hands and shout "Whee!" It makes them giggle, so now they do it occasionally when sitting still.
The Guerard Family Lexicon includes:
If bars and cajuzzis don't make you smile, perhaps this news tidbit from England will.
[Regarding Andy Brack's May 30 column]: Is it possible that the general withdrew from the Race to the Top because he was afraid of losing the contest, and used ideology as a cover story? Generals don't like to lose.
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2011 -- The Charleston
Digital Corridor's highly successful co-working/incubation center,
Flagship, will be expanded by an additional 13,700 square feet at the
official opening ceremony on June 8. The new facility, dubbed Flagship2
(FS2), is almost three times larger than the adjacent Flagship and represents
an investment of $500,000 by the city.
The new downtown Charleston facility, located at 78 Alexander St., complements and expands the Flagship's current office space offerings (75-150 square feet) with a variety of office configurations ranging from 300 to 3,000 square feet. Fifteen of the seventeen available offices at FS2 have been leased to companies from the software, engineering, internet technology, sustainability, social media and marketing sectors.
after 5 - June 21
at Corridor - June 17
launches new online training tools
Mallory Factor has been appointed as The Citadel's 2011-2012 John C. West Professor of International Politics and American Government.
In addition to teaching courses on geopolitics and the American conservative tradition, Factor will direct a year-long speaker series on America's role in the emerging global order. The lectures, which are sponsored by West Chair Foundation and the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice, are free and open to the public.
Factor is president of Mallory Factor Inc., an independent merchant bank and financial relations consultancy that he founded in 1976. Factor is a columnist for "Forbes" magazine and also writes and speaks frequently on economic and political topics for cable news stations, leading newspapers and other publications. He also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served as vice chairman of the council's Task Force on Terror Financing.
"We are excited to have someone of Mr. Factor's experience and political expertise," said Gardel Feurtado, head of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice. "As a leader in his field and a renowned journalist, Factor will bring a new perspective to The Citadel on America's role in the world and will add to our students' understanding of their world and in their future leadership."
of Wesleyan University, Factor attended Columbia University's Law and
Business schools, and is the co-chairman of The Monday Meeting, an influential
meeting of economic conservatives, journalists and corporate leaders in
New York City. He has recently formed a similar meeting in Charleston
known as The Charleston Meeting.
County already has received more than 200 applications for the youth work
program that was approved by County Council on May 26. The deadline to
apply for one of the 75 jobs available will be 5 p.m. Friday.
is for students ages 16 to 21 to obtain summer employment and explore
the various career opportunities that exist within county departments,
while gaining critical workforce skills.
an application or for more information, contact Sonnie Robinson by phone
at 843-958-4062, by email
the application online. Applicants also can visit the Charleston County
Human Resources Department at the Lonnie Hamilton, III Public Services
Building located at 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston.
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens has announced that Preston Cooley has been named manager of the main house, a nine-room Victorian-style mansion that reflects Charleston society following the Civil War.
Cooley joined the Magnolia staff in January 2009 as a museum educator with Magnolia's "Slavery to Freedom Project," which interprets the contributions of African Americans at Magnolia.
of the Anderson County community of Williamston, Cooley earned a history
degree from the College of Charleston in 2004. After college, he and his
wife, Bonnie Cooley, operated Charleston Church Tours in the historic
district. Tom Johnson, Magnolia's director of gardens, said, "I've
never met a person who loves history as much as Preston. His addition
at the house will raise that tour to another level of enjoyment for our
After the war black gardeners also influenced the design of azaleas beds at Magnolia, which is the first garden in the country to plant azaleas outside.
World TeamTennis Lowcountry
launches June 18
This free event is open to the public and will feature a celebrity coach for each team. World TeamTennis Finals Weekend presented by GEICO is scheduled July 22-24, at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston.
Nine local tennis facilities have drafted their best tennis players to compete in this one-day WTT format tournament. Matches will consist of five sets, including women's singles, men's singles, women's doubles, men's doubles, mixed doubles, and will be played using WTT rules, including no-ad scoring, on-court coaching, substitutions, with lets played.
Several prizes are offered for player and fan participation. Food and beverage specials will be offered throughout the event.
"This event is designed to introduce the fun and entertaining format of World TeamTennis to the fans in Charleston," said WTT co-founder Billie Jean King. "The WTT Pro League season officially kicks off on July 4th, so this is a great opportunity for local pros and spectators to get excited for the season, as well as Finals Weekend in July."
A periagua was a long narrow canoe made from the hollowed trunk of a tree, sometimes widened by being built of two sections with a flat bottom inserted between. The addition of planks along the sides could deepen the vessel. The name derives from piragua, the Carib word for dugout canoe, which the Spanish adopted.
In colonial South Carolina the periagua was the workhorse of river travel. It took settlers to the backcountry and served as their main vehicle of transportation and supply. The commissioners of the Indian trade utilized periaguas to send trade goods such as cloth, blankets, tools, salt, gunpowder, guns, and rum to Indian nations and to bring back deerskins that were exported at great profit. The provincial legislature authorized periaguas as scout boats to patrol the inland passages south of Charleston to protect the colony against hostile Indians and Spanish raiders from St. Augustine.
Because individuals working independently constructed boats using available materials to serve their own needs, the sizes and shapes of boats classified broadly as periaguas differed widely. The builders used local cypress with a basic Indian dugout design enhanced by European boat-building techniques. Four to ten oarsmen supplied the motive power in narrow rivers, but some periaguas carried sails and removable masts for coastal bays or brief forays into open ocean. It is likely that a schooner rig was common, and the terms "schooner" and "periagua" were probably interchangeable because "schooner" describes the rigging and "periagua" refers to the hull. The average periagua had the capacity to carry thirty to fifty barrels of rice.
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Five completed projects
If you are stalled in traffic because of what seems like interminable construction projects throughout the Lowcountry, we bear good news. Here are five projects recently completed that were funded by the transportation sales tax:
To keep up-to-date
on road projects, visit the official website at www.ccroadwise.org.
"It is better
to wear out than to rust out."
sampler. Here's a mere sampling of this week's Piccolo Spoleto events.
For a calendar of all events, go
Floppin' Flounder 5K: 8 a.m., June 4, near Sullivan's Island Fish Fry Shack. The 20th Annual Floppin' Flounder 5K Run/Walk is one of Charleston's favorite races. Hosted by the Charleston Running Club, with help from the Sullivan's Island Fire & Rescue Department. The fee before June 1 is $20 ($15 for Running Club Members) and after June 1 it is $25 for all participants. Registration fee includes a race shirt, food and drinks. Register online.
Stargazing on Daniel Island: 9 p.m., June 4,
Etiwan Park on Daniel Island. Join the Charleston Parks Conservancy for
an evening under the stars at Etiwan Park on Daniel Island. The Lowcountry
Stargazers will lead a look into the nighttime sky. The event is free,
but registration is required. Sign up at http://budurl.com/hfv4. For more
information on the Conservancy, visit www.CharlestonParksConservancy.org.
Magnolia Garden Walks: 10 a.m., June 4, 11, 18,
and 25. Enjoy a morning garden walk at Magnolia Plantation and
Gardens with garden director Tom Johnson at 10 a.m. every Saturday in
June. After the hour-long walk, Magnolia will treat you to free snow cones
and popcorn from the Peacock Café. The walk is free with the $15
garden admission. For more information, call 843-571-1266.
CALENDAR: ONGOING AND SOON
Upstairs at McCrady's: 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. sets, Now through June 10, McCrady's, 2 Unity Alley. Jazz Artists of Charleston announces its 4th Annual JAC Jazz Series, regular sets at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. featuring some of Charleston's premiere jazz musicians, along with regionally, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. The series will include two special events, Holy City Homecomin' featuring Art of the Song and The Charleston All-Stars. Detailed ticket and program information are online.
You Are Safe:
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday through June 25, Rick Rhodes
Photography Gallery and Studio, 1842 Belgrade Ave., Charleston. An interdisciplinary
art project presented by Tina Christophillis, visual art; Justin Nathanson,
video/photography; and Brit Washburn, poetry. Admission: Free.
ART FOR CHARITY: 5:30-7:30 p.m., June 10, 438 King St. A special reception and gallery event to benefit the American Red Cross. With entertainment provided by D&M Productions, food from Rue de Jean and wine provided by Ice Box. Suggested donation at the door: $10. For more information, go to artforcharitysc.com.
Art and Music Festival: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., June
18, 411 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. To celebrate the revitalization
of an area of Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant, three local businesses,
Square Onion Too, Earthly Artifacts and Awendaw Green, present the first
Coleman Point Village Art and Music Festival with four live bands, unique
art and a variety of food and beverages. Admission is $10 and proceeds
benefit local nonprofits Daisy's Place and Southern Women Animal Task
(NEW) Living Local: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., June 30, Sweet Olive garden and gift boutique in I'On at 264 N. Shelmore Blvd., Mount Pleasant. With the wide variety of creative local artists and local products in the Lowcountry, Sweet Olive will hold a new free monthly happy hour to celebrate everything local. The first Living Local Happy Hour will have a culinary twist showcasing the creations from local vendors such as Purple Palmetto Dips, Neita's Charleston Vinaigrettes & Marinades, Charleston Mix Bloody Mary Mix and more. Future monthly themes will include locally made home products, artists and authors and horticulture. Wine and beverages will also be provided. Admission: Free.
Charleston Arts Festival: The
city of North Charleston's Arts Festival continues through June 13
with dozens of lectures, concerts, displays and performances. Admission
to these events is free. Go
online for a complete listing. A few highlights:
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