WE GOT THE BEAT: The Taiko Charleston Japanese Drummers perform at the Charleston County Library as part of the kickoff of the Summer Reading Program. The drummers performed twice on June 8, and at least 600 people attended. The Japanese drummers will perform again on June 25 at 11 a.m. at the St. Andrews Regional Library off Sam Rittenberg Boulevard. For more on the Summer Reading Program, see today's List at right. Photo courtesy of Charleston County Public Library.
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JUNE 16, 2011 - It's that time of year again - the favorite part of the year for school-aged children and adults alike -- summer! When it's too beautiful to stay indoors, many families will spend considerable time soaking up the fun and sun. And while hosts and guests contemplate the great grill debate -- gas or charcoal -- one thing is clear: summer fun can quickly turn dangerous.
Roper St. Francis Healthcare experts encourage parents, vacationers and outdoor enthusiasts to be aware of every-day summer dangers and how to protect themselves from BBQ, sun and firework burns.
Delicious but dangerous
According to a study conducted by the Health, Patio & Barbecue Association, 82 percent of all U.S. households own a grill or smoker. Of that group, 45 percent reportedly use their grills at least once or twice a week, with increased use in the summer months. Burn and scald injuries are the most common BBQ-related injury.
Roper St. Francis Healthcare emergency services treat an average of 25-30 BBQ-related burns each summer.
"Most of the patients we see are avid grillers but there's always that one time which can be dangerous," says Dr. Daniel Lewis of Roper Emergency Physicians, Roper Mount Pleasant Hospital. "After we treat the injury, we recommend that the patient conducts a grilling-area assessment before their next attempt to ensure it's safe."
Before you take the helm in front of the grill, follow these tips to avoid BBQ-related burns:
Fuse safety into fireworks fun
"We also see a lot of injuries and burns related to fireworks," says Dr. Lewis. "As beautiful as they may be, they are extremely dangerous and must be handled with caution." When the weather is hot, the fireworks are sizzling. Two out of three firework-related injuries occur during the end of June and the end of July, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and more than half of those reported injuries are among people under the age of 20.
"Simple burns related to fireworks can be treated with pure aloe and over-the-counter pain medication. If a burn blisters immediately, we urge patients to seek medical care as soon as possible to reduce risk of infection and permanent scarring," says Dr. Lewis.
Before those "ooohs and ahhhs" turn into "ows," follow these basic tips for firework safety:
Don't feel the burn
Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will develop basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma (the two most common types of skin cancer) at least once in their lifetime, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Follow these lesser-known tips to stay out of that statistic:
Roper St. Francis Healthcare is available in several convenient locations around the Lowcountry - West Ashley, James Island, Kiawah Island, downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant. Its physicians urge families to know the location of the nearest emergency care facility before an emergency occurs. To find the location nearest you, visit www.rsfh.com.
Rain good, but storm could have done more
By MARSHA GUERARD, editor
JUNE 16, 2011 - There's a thunderboomer lighting up things outside as I write this, and I am uncharacteristically hoping it will continue despite the winds and streaks of lightning across the sky.
Generally, I elbow my cat out of the way as I crawl under the bed during storms. It's a family tradition that started with my mother, who was seriously terrified of lightning. I think it may have skipped a generation with my kids, though, because they always laughed at me when I made them climb into the bathtub during tornado watches.
Tonight, I'm braving the storm and hoping it will last, not only to soak the expanse of concrete we laughingly call our yard, but even more to provide some hope for local farmers. It must be agonizing to watch a drought drag on as your crops shrivel in the field.
Familiar faces are popping across the late-night TV screen: Anthony Weiner looking grim after photos surface from his college days of him in women's underwear. Digging out college photos is a cheap shot, but then, this story of a guy who tweets soft porn pictures of himself is pretty cheap all on its own. Next appears John Edwards, smiling as if he's about to kiss a baby on the campaign trail when he's really being booked on federal charges of misuse of campaign funds. And there's Ah-nold, whose former mistress may be lining up to testify against him in Maria Shriver's divorce case against him.
All in all, it would be great if tonight's storm knocked television off the air entirely.
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2011 -- Want to know what's up with Boeing? Follow Seattle
area media who have reporters assigned to the job.
Now three years behind schedule, the 787 plane STILL does not have approval, and ongoing logistics problems (key assembly sections arrived incomplete) further delayed the project, AND it may not be able to get the additional certification needed to be flown more than one hour from an airport (due to its two-engine design) limiting use to domestic routes for now.
According to the Seattle Post Intelligencer, Boeing is now looking at a "surge" assembly line in ... wait for it ... Everett, Wash., to boost production. The line would add four planes a month, boosting production to 17 between Everett and Charleston. This surge line could also be part of a settlement with the NLRB and the union. Or not, as the contract with the Machinists is up next year, and Boeing has a very troubled relationship with their workforce.
influential aerospace blogger, cited in the PI article, had to say
about all this.
In this truly in-depth, focused interview, Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief Jim Albaugh reassured Boeing Puget Sound-area workers that there is plenty of work for them, and signaled that Charleston is the site with a special capability in the light weight ceramics to be used in the 787 and, potentially, future planes. Thank Trident Tech - once again - for pulling together a training program for workers to use this new technology.
Cheered on by The Post and Courier and others, the political carnival around the NLRB suit against Boeing misses the facts of the matter. Boeing execs have been mouthing off about the International Association of Machinists, its largest union representing the people who actually build the planes. Boeing also has a history of poor relations with their employees - and it blames the union at every turn, including a 58-day strike as being a major cause of the now three-year delay in delivering the 787 Dreamliner.
The facts, of course, are completely different. The 787 project has been a management disaster - three years late as of now, the flight tests 80 percent and 60 percent complete (depending upon the engines used) ... AND the plane may not approval to fly more than one hour from an airport. It's a two-engine plane, which is fine, but this requires a special set of testing and approval. The lack of such certification means that it can only be used domestically.
Perhaps Boeing should focus on its management.
at Corridor this Friday
Lava Salon co-owner Geoffrey Richardson, who is founder of the ChART (Charleston Art) Outdoor Initiative, has a vision to bring artists and art to typically plain outdoor spaces. Some installations have already been put in place in the alley behind the Avondale shops along Savannah Highway.
The ChART Outdoor Gallery is swinging into full gear this month as it hosts a Mural Block Party Saturday, June 25, from noon to 5 p.m. in the alleyway behind Gene's Haufbrau. "We're kicking off this effort with a block party to introduce the public to great artists (at least eight of them at last count), DJs, food vendors and the Avondale community," Richardson says. "Come out and support the arts in Charleston."
The name of the event is "Gimme Change!" and Richardson asks visitors to do just that. "Bring your loose change," he says. "We are collecting change as 'admission.' The proceeds will go to provide paint and supplies to expand the project."
Richardson adds, "We are also looking for big sponsors. Anyone who wants to make a donation to the cause can sponsor a wall or artist. The goal is for a non-profit initiative to pick up this initiative and really run with it. I have tons of ideas but lack the time, money and resources to make it happen. So for now, it's just one wall at a time," says Richardson.
Live enterainment will include old school hip-hop from DJs' Cassidy & The Kid and DJ Dub6. There will be eats from food truck Hello My Name is BBQ and Roots Ice Cream. Gene's Haufbrau will be selling beer and Avondale Wine & Cheese will be selling wine and Sangria out back.
For more information on ChArt or the GIMME CHANGE Avondale Block Party, contact Geoffrey Richardson at 843-345-8924 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New park on Sullivan's Island to be dedicated Saturday
The site of an American Revolution battle, the new Thompson Park [URL UPDATED] at Breach Inlet will be dedicated Saturday, June 18, with a ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. at Breach Inlet on Sullivan's Island.
The new public park was privately funded by multiple individual and organizational donors and built under the auspices of the Fort Sumter-Fort Moultrie Historical Trust. It is built on a parcel of undeveloped public land at the northern tip of Sullivan's Island.
The park will feature permanent exhibits commemorating the patriot defense against a British attack from Long Island (what is now Isle of Palms) in June 1776. This fight was a key to the momentous American victory in the Battle of Sullivan's Island.
This family friendly event will include a reception afterward in the Fellowship Hall of Sunrise Presbyterian Church, 3222 Middle St. Those who attend are invited to bring portable chairs and park free at the church. In case of inclement weather, all activities will be in the church hall.
U.S. Chamber rep to discuss National Labor Relations Board
In light of the lawsuit filed by the National Labor Relations Board against Boeing because of its new plant in North Charleston, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce is hosting a workshop on labor unions with Glenn Spencer, executive director of the U.S. Chamber's Workforce Freedom Initiative, from noon to 4 p.m. June 22 at the Chamber.
Spencer has been traveling to about a dozen targeted states raising the awareness of chambers and their members about the labor unions' agenda and the efforts of the National Labor Relations Board, Department of Labor and similar agencies through the regulatory process and/or simple rule changes. The Workforce Freedom Initiative is a grassroots mobilization and advocacy campaign of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to preserve democracy in the American workplace, restrain abusive union pension fund activism, and block the anti-competitive agenda advocated by many labor unions.
Tim Timmons, vice president of human relations at the South Carolina Chamber, and Eric C. Schweitzer of Ogletree Deakins will give an update on the lawsuit against Boeing and there will be a panel discussing how businesses can plan for the future. Bryan Derreberry, Charleston Metro Chamber president and CEO, will also discuss the current labor issues in Charleston.
The cost is $55 Chamber member, $95 non-member. Register here.
Dads get free admission at S.C. Aquarium on Father's Day
To say 'thanks' to all dads, the South Carolina Aquarium is offering free admission for fathers on Father's Day, June 19, with a paying guest or child.
The day will be full of programs where dads get special recognition, including the popular interactive dive shows.
Restaurant and customers raise $20,000 for state's schools
support of its customers, more than 100 company- and franchise-operated
Bojangles' restaurants across the state have raised $20,000 for South
Carolina Future Minds, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting
teachers and public education.
Camden Middle School's Lori Cooper, who happens to be the 2010-2011 Kershaw
County School District Teacher of the Year, was selected from the thousands
of teachers honored online and in Bojangles' restaurants during May's
Teacher Appreciation Month celebration and was awarded with a five-night
Caribbean cruise. She and her husband, who is also a teacher, plan to
take the cruise in August to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary.
Mary Honor Farrow Wright was born into slavery on Aug. 11, 1862, in Spartanburg, the youngest of three daughters of Lott and Adeline Farrow. She was educated by northern teachers who came south to teach Spartanburg's freed persons after the Civil War. Of them, Wright said, "They were Yankees, but they were not carpetbaggers. Their aim was to give the South something rather than to take away."
Wright went on to study at the Asheville Normal School and the Scotia Seminary in Concord, North Carolina. She graduated from Claflin University. In August 1879 she accepted her first teaching position in Inman, where she held classes in a brush arbor. She later organized schools and taught in mill villages and churches in Spartanburg and Saxon.
In 1884 she married William Corbeth Wright, a house painter. They had ten children, two of whom died in infancy. She continued teaching after her marriage, and in 1904 she organized a school in her home for black children who were too young to walk to the nearest black school. This institution eventually became a public school, and Wright went on to become the leading black educator in Spartanburg during her sixty-four-year teaching career.
Wright was also active in professional and community activities. For over fifty years she served as chair of the Palmetto State Teachers Association Department of Primary Teachers (the state association for black teachers). She organized a first-aid school for African Americans during World War I. She also founded the Home for Aged Negro Women in Spartanburg. In 1925 she began the Charity Christmas Tree program for underprivileged black children. A member of Silver Hill Methodist Church, she was also an active member of the Household of Ruth and other mutual aid organizations. Wright was well respected by blacks and whites alike, as evidenced by the Spartanburg Daily Herald's front-page tribute to her in June 1937.
Wright retired in 1943 at the age of eighty-one and died on August 25, 1946. Carrier Street School, the institution that began in her home, was later renamed Mary Wright Elementary School in her memory.
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Here are five reasons you should check out Summer Reading at the Charleston County Public Library:
So, what are you
waiting for? To find out about programs and events at your local library
and how you can join the Summer Reading fun, visit your local branch library
to pick up a Summer Reading Guide, check out the library's
Web site or call 843-805-6930 for more information.
"A good listener
is usually thinking about something else."
Summerville's Got Talent: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., June 16, downtown Summerville. June's Third Thursday in Historic Downtown Summerville will include the second round of auditions in Summerville's Got Talent and the return of the Cinderella carriage rides. First Federal will preview a new activity "Where's Filbert" - a hunt through downtown that could yield big dividends if "you're first" to find the mascot! Music, shopping, and dining fun in downtown Summerville.
Planning on Any Budget: 6:30 p.m., June 16, John L. Dart Library,
1067 King St. Join wedding consultant Sybil Stewart and Charleston Weddings
editor Melissa Bigner for an interactive discussion about planning your
wedding. Learn basic wedding etiquette, beauty tips and stress reduction
techniques. Enjoy light refreshments and door prizes.
Library book sale: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., June 17 and 18, and 2 to 4 p.m., June 19, Charleston County Public Library Main Branch, 68 Calhoun St. The Charleston Friends of the Library present That Summer Book Sale with great bargains, good books and a chance to support your library system. Books, DVDs, and CDs, will be available with prices starting at $1 for paperbacks and $3 for hardback books. Items include mysteries, romances, classics, children's books, local histories, cookbooks and a variety of non-fiction topics.
Hat Day in the Sun: Noon to 1 p.m., June 17, Marion Square, corner of King and Meeting Streets. The Hat Ladies support Hat Day in the Sun by distributing free hats at Marion Square.
Parenting Tips for Kids' Success: 4 p.m., June 17, John's Island Regional Library, 3531 Maybank Highway. Join Officer Wang of the Charleston City Police Department for parenting tips and strategies to use with children to inspire them to succeed.
Walks: 10 a.m., June 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,
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 Force.
CALENDAR: ONGOING AND SOON
2:30 p.m. and 3:10 p.m., June 23, Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting
Street. Children are invited to go gem mining with Diamond Del. Each child
will enter the mobile gem mine where they will search for gems and minerals
in flumes filled with flowing water. Children will learn about gem and
mineral classification and take home a rock collection. Two time slots
are available, 2:30 p.m. and 3:10 p.m. This event, a part of the Hands
on History series, is for ages 5 and up. $12/Museum members, $15/Non-members.
Price includes museum admittance and one adult. Advanced reservations
required: 722-2996 ext. 236.
Taiko Charleston: 11 a.m., June 25, St. Andrews Regional Library, 1735 N. Woodmere Drive. Join us for an energizing taiko drum performance, learn about Japanese culture, and enjoy a variety of cool crafts, including candy sushi.
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.
10:30 a.m., June 30, Cooper River Memorial Library, 3503 Rivers
Ave., and 2 p.m., June 30, Dorchester Road Regional Library, 6325 Dorchester
Road. Sing along with the Plantation Singers, a group known for telling
many stories through singing.
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.
(NEW) Revolutionary War focus tours: 4 p.m., July 5, 12, 19, 26, Heyward-Washington House, 87 Church St. The Charleston Museum's Heyward-Washington House will offer special Revolutionary War focus tours every Tuesday in July. Reservations are not required. Admission is $10/adult and $5/child (free for Charleston Museum members). For more information, Call 722-2996 ext. 235. Please note: the July Revolutionary War Focus Tours are not available to tour groups during this time slot.
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