5.32 | Monday, June 10, 2013
to make your kitchen cleaner
10, 2013 -- We all know that cleanliness in the kitchen is crucial for
the prevention of foodborne illness. Constant cleaning and sanitation
of counters, appliances and utensils is a requirement.
While most of us are good at keeping the obvious kitchen items clean, there may be germs lurking in places that you haven't thought about. A recent study by NSF International revealed the "germiest" kitchen items to be:
tested positive for the presence of harmful bacteria in many of the tested
kitchens and is a good reminder that germs are not always living in the
most obvious places. Bacteria that cause disease are called "pathogens."
Daily cleaning and sanitation of the kitchen is necessary for good health. As an additional precaution it is recommended that you periodically clean the "germiest" items and also take a good look around your kitchen to identify other places that may be harboring bacteria.
new library service will save you money
JUNE 10, 2013 -- If you haven't checked out the Charleston County Public Library on the Web, you might not realize what you're missing.
For months, we've been downloading great fiction and nonfiction titles to an electronic tablet (a Kindle, in our case; but you can also read on your computer screen if you wish). Accessing books online has cut down on trips to the library and exposed us to some works that we might not have otherwise read.
But the library's latest upgrade will save money. Now through a partnership with Zinio.com, you can download free, new issues of a wide variety of magazines -- from The Economist (which we love, but don't want to pay $100+ a year) to Esquire, Rolling Stone and Dwell. There's more than 150 magazines offered through the service.
And all you have to have is a library card to read them.
We spent an enjoyable afternoon over the weekend by flipping through an array of issues. We never would have thought about getting caught up in a book review of a new biography of the artist Titian, but the new issue of ARTnews had one that was captivating. Some other stuff we read about and learned:
According to the library, there's no limit on how many people can read and download the same magazine, which means you don't have to wait for someone to "return" an issue or have to fiddle with placing a "hold" on an item as you do with books.
There are a number of steps that you have to go through to set up the Zinio account and get it on your tablet, but the directions are clear. By the way, make sure you access it through the library's Zinio portal because if you don't, you could end up paying for the magazines.
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Statehouse Report column, we highlighted now the state legislature
has been shortchanging South Carolinians for years. And we're the culprits
who have allowed it by playing along like pawns and feeding a diet of
anti-tax complacency to legislators.
the fact that South Carolina has one of the lowest tax burdens in the
nation, state lawmakers believe they'll be thrown out of office if they
even think of raising taxes.
they're deathly afraid of taxes, they've actually cut state revenue sources
time and time again to the detriment of a lot of needs. As such, South
Carolina has been falling behind other states. Just look at a how the
legislature has failed public education.
Over the last 10 years, state lawmakers have fleeced public education of mandated formula funding by almost $2.9 billion. Using the Great Recession as a crutch, the last five budgets -- including the one being currently developed -- have provided millions of dollars less in base student costs than required by state law. [Legislators did, though, provide required funding in the previous four cycles.]
Statehouse Report conducted budget simulations with a cross-section
of leaders in Florence and Sumter after presenting them an array of data
ranging from education statistics to information about roads, income taxes
and sales taxes. While participants didn't have political pressure on
them to keep taxes low, just about every group came to the exact same
conclusion: Generate more revenues by making a few budget cuts while raising
revenues at the same time.
record, these diverse groups mixed with conservatives and liberals weren't
shy. Their suggested revenue hikes averaged about $500 million a year
with one group going as high as $1.2 billion.
the kinds of things these groups suggested increasing: Raising the cigarette
tax to the national average; cutting sales tax exemptions on phones and
electricity; removing the state's $300 car sales tax cap and adding a
new income tax bracket of 8 percent on incomes of $250,000 or more a year.
Bottom line: South Carolina has a lot of work to do. Groups of informed South Carolinians quickly figured that out. Lawmakers should learn the same lesson. Continuing to ignore the problems like they did in the session that ended Thursday will fuel a downward decline of our society.
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on war like a furious barbarian"
With the failure of the April 1863 ironclad attack on Fort Sumter still stinging, President Lincoln and his cabinet were contemplating personnel changes for the campaign to take Charleston. Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles relieved Du Pont of command and replaced him with Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren.
During the April ironclad attack, Union Major General David Hunter, who had established a foothold on Folly Island, was to cross Lighthouse Inlet to Morris Island to engage the Confederate positions there. Hunter told a junior officer that crossing Lighthouse Inlet to Morris Island was too hazardous. Like Du Pont, Hunter was relieved of command and Brigadier General Quincy Gillmore was given command of the army.
Gillmore revived his old plan for the capture of Charleston written when he was chief engineer for General Thomas Sherman. He planned to capture the southern end of Morris Island, attack Confederate positions on Morris Island, and destroy Fort Sumter, thus allowing the Union navy to reach the inner harbor of Charleston and force the city's surrender. Morris Island was a large sand island on the western side of the channel into Charleston. The island was 3 ¾ miles long and ranged from twenty-five to one thousand yards wide.
Confederate army was entrenched on Morris Island. Battery Wagner, named
in honor of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Wagner who was killed at Fort Moultrie,
was strategically located at the narrowest part of the island where only
25 yards of sand separated the marsh on the west and the ocean on the
east. One Confederate officer wrote of the battery, suggesting "nature
designed this spot for defense, and there is no other site of the Island
equal to it." Just beyond the marsh, 250 yards in front of Battery
Wagner, was a sand ridge, a perfect location for pickets and sharpshooters.
Battery Gregg was located on the northernmost tip of the island at Cumming
Point, approximately three-quarters of a mile north of Battery Wagner.
learned that Gillmore had replaced Hunter, he decided to write to the
Union general to express his hopes for the gentlemanly and appropriate
conduct of the Union army in the coming fight. In a lengthy letter, Beauregard
wrote, "In the interest of humanity, it seems to be my duty to address
you, with a view of effecting some understanding as to the future conduct
of the war in this quarter." Beauregard continued to detail acts
committed by the Union army while commanded by Hunter that he regarded
as violations of the established rules of warfare. These violations included
the burning of Bluffton, South Carolina; the destruction and looting of
Darien, Georgia; and the burning of Jacksonville, Florida.
As the city had done every year since 1776, on June 28, 1863, Charleston celebrated Carolina Day, the defeat of the British fleet at Fort Sullivan and the British army at Breach Inlet. Now, almost a hundred years later, another enemy had arrived by the sea, and Charleston prepared to face the threat.
Douglas W. Bostick grew up on James Island, and his ancestors in South Carolina date back to colonial America. He is the author of several books and numerous articles that have appeared in historical journals, magazines and national newsletters. A graduate of the College of Charleston, Bostick earned a master's degree from the University of South Carolina. He is a former staff and faculty member of the University of South Carolina and the University of Maryland.
Folly Beach cleanup, celebration to be Saturday
An effort to keep Folly Beach "barefoot friendly" will start at 3 p.m. Saturday during the a public beach cleanup and celebration as part of the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project.
The Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project, now in its seventh year, helps keep beaches, rivers and lakes across America "barefoot friendly." In 2013, Barefoot Wine and the Surfrider Foundation, along with community volunteers, are embarking on a tour of 15 cleanups nationwide, stopping in Folly Beach. Following the cleanup, volunteers 21+ are invited to attend a Surfrider-hosted celebration featuring Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and surf-inspired fare.
The beach cleanup will start Saturday at the beach access spot on 2nd Street East (look for the Surfrider tent). A post cleanup celebration will be at the Folly Beach Shrimp Company, 11 Center Street, Folly Beach.
Share tips to become more successful at June 17 seminar
looking for ways to drive profitability and improve technology at your
small business, you might consider attending a free June 17 seminar sponsored
by the county.
County Government's Small Business Enterprise program will host the three-hour
seminar, which starts at 4 p.m., in the Public Services Building, 4045
Bridge View Drive, North Charleston.
seminar instructor will be Karan J. Sorensen, president of a strategic
management consulting firm specializing in technology solutions and driving
profitable growth and operational excellence for corporate clients. Sorenson
has served as an executive and chief information officer with Fortune
500 companies. Attendees will receive certificates and will be qualified
to attend a second-level technology workshop to be announced in the near
covered will include:
Magnolia Plantation to hold history fair
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens will showcase more than 30 of the Lowcountry's historic organizations, businesses and institutions at a "History Fair" on July 6.
The History Fair lineup includes four research groups that study rice cultivation, African-American family ties, history and culture, and the workmanship of legendary blacksmith Philip Simmons.
The event is also a time to honor those who serve America, according to the attraction. On July 6, free garden admission will be offered to firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency medical technicians, physicians, nurses, and active duty military and immediate family. Valid identification is required.
During the History Fair, the public will have an opportunity to meet representatives of local organizations with proud and colorful histories. A staff member from each organization will distribute information and make presentations.
Online tool helps you shop for health care services
UnitedHealthcare now offers a health cost estimator to people in the Charleston area as a new way to shop for health care services based on quality and cost.
myHealthcare Cost Estimator, is free to employers and UnitedHealthcare
plan participants at myuhc.com
and through the Health4Me app. It helps consumers find quality care while
being able to estimate the cost of more than 450 common services with
enhanced accuracy. In Charleston, according to a press release, there
are significant price variations for health care services and procedures.
For example, the total cost for a colonoscopy at hospitals in the greater
Charleston area can be between $1,663 and $6,531. For a MRI, the cost
ranges between $526 to $3,379 at local health care facilities
Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service
The Cooperative Extension Service was created on May 8, 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Smith-Lever Act, legislation coauthored by South Carolina congressman Asbury F. Lever. The act ended the rivalry between state agriculture commissioners and land grant colleges over the administration of extension work. In its place, Smith-Lever created a partnership of federal, state and local governments that worked to improve the quality of rural life by disseminating the latest information to farmers, homemakers and communities.
The South Carolina General Assembly accepted Smith-Lever by a joint resolution approved by the governor on February 12, 1915, which designated the Clemson Agricultural and Mechanical College as the state agency for agricultural extension work. The first efforts in South Carolina actually took place in 1906 with support from the federal government, the General Education Board of the Rockefeller Foundation, and by the state through Clemson.
In 1907 Seaman Knapp, head of extension work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), came to South Carolina and appointed two district agents and five county agents. W. W. Long, who came to Clemson from the USDA in 1913 to head up extension work, was the first director under the Smith-Lever Act. Along with Edith Parrott, state home demonstration agent, Long built Cooperative Extension Service work around a nucleus of workers appointed during the previous seven years. Agents relied heavily on teaching techniques developed by Knapp, who came to be known as the father of agricultural demonstration work. He believed that a demonstration farm using Cooperative Extension Service recommendations would persuade others to follow the same practices.
Under the same philosophy, the Cooperative Extension Service evolved as the public's information needs changed. By the start of the twenty-first century, efforts focused more on families and youth, while still maintaining a strong agricultural base and its traditional emphasis on economic and community development, environmental issues, food safety and nutrition.
Clemson's Cooperative Extension Service sponsors the 4-H program, which reaches more than 104,000 South Carolina youths through school and community programs, special-interest clubs, and camping. Offices are located in all 46 counties, staffed by 165 county agents plus support personnel and backed by seventy specialists stationed on the Clemson University campus and at Research and Education Centers at Charleston, Blackville, Florence and in Richland County.
Staff members are trained in disciplines such as agronomy, animal science, entomology, forestry, plant pathology, economics, and food and nutrition. Personnel serve as an unbiased source of information for families, agricultural and forestry producers, and food industry professionals, much of it developed at Clemson's South Carolina Agriculture and Forestry Research System.
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IN THE WEEK AHEAD
Great place for lunch: Every Tuesday and Thursday through
the end of July (except during July 4 week), 181 Palmer, Palmer Campus,
Trident Tech, Columbus Street, Charleston. For just $15 per person, you
can get a great lunchtime meal by student chefs with the Culinary Institute
of Charleston. Make
reservations here or phone 843.820.5087 for more.
Patriots Day Camp: 9 a.m. to noon, June 14 and June 28, Charleston Museum. Kids aged 7 to 12 can become a patriot for a day at this special camp. Cost: $25. Reservations required. More.
That Summer Book Sale: June 14 through June 16, main branch, Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston. The Charleston Friends of the Library will hold its big sale of bargains on everything from books to DVDs to help fund library services. Admission is free. Check here for times.
CONTINUING AND IN THE WEEKS AHEAD
Charleston Carifest Caribbean Carnival: June 20-23 with events including a June 22 parade led by diplomats from Trinidad and Tobago. Learn more online about the festival's broad cultural events.
Email marketing: 2 p.m., June 20, S.C. Tech
Academy, Coastal Community Foundation, Charleston. The academy presents
a two-session class to help nonprofits set up a new email marketing program
or polish their existing tools. Learn the secrets to creating a professional,
targeted and informative email newsletter that gets attention - and results!
Potluck dinner: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., June 20,
Coast Brewing Company, 1250 N. Second St., North Charleston. Slow Food
Charleston hosts the dinner to celebrate food traditions. There is no
charge to attend, but guests are encouraged to bring one fresh, seasonal
dish to share. Tastings of Coast beer will be available for $1 to $4.
(NEW) Book launch: 6 p.m., June 26, Old Slave Mart Museum, 6 Chalmers St., Charleston. The museum will host the launch for Dr. Joe Kelly's "America's Longest Siege: Charleston, Slavery and the Slow March toward the Civil War." Tickets are $30 and include a copy of the book. More: 843.727.2165.
Through Sept 15, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston. In conjunction
with Spoleto Festival USA, the Gibbes will present watercolors created
in Charleston in the early 1990s by celebrated contemporary artists Stephen
Mueller and Carl Palazzolo, who will give an opening day gallery talk
at 2:30 p.m. at the museum. Art is from the collection David and Carol
Rawle. More: GibbesMuseum.org
Bird walks: 8:30 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Saturday. This is the time of year that a great variety of migrating birds fly through the Lowcountry so what better time to take part in one of the regular early morning bird walks at Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel. Pre-registration is suggested. Cost is $5. Walks also are conducted on James Island and Folly Beach.Learn more online.