6.01 | Monday, Nov. 4, 2013
to discuss azaleas at Magnolia Plantation on November 9
Nationally known plant breeder Robert "Buddy" Lee, the inventor of the Encore Azalea, will reveal the easy steps for beautiful azaleas during a Nov. 9 lecture at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.
Lee, pictured at right, has more than three decades of experience in nursery management, breeding, propagation and new plant development. The Encore Azalea is the world's best-selling reblooming azalea.
Lee's presentation will begin at 12:30 p.m. in The Carriage House. Admission to the lecture is free with a $15 garden admission to Magnolia. Master gardeners and members of the Azalea Society of America will be admitted free to the lecture and to Magnolia's gardens on the day of Lee's talk. It cost $30 to join the John Grimké Drayton ASA Chapter in Charleston.
Lee will discuss how azaleas first came to North America and share insight into the historical origins of evergreen azaleas. He also will talk about the species and hybrids most widely used today, including the Encore Azalea, and share proper planting and care tips to help gardeners achieve beautiful azaleas.
Lee is director of plant innovations for Plant Development Services in Loxley, Ala., the Southern Living Plant Collection and the Sunset Western Garden Collection. Plant Development Services introduced the Encore Azalea.
He has been active in numerous horticultural groups and presently serves as a board member of the International Plant Propagators Society Southern Region and the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association. Lee is a past president of The Azalea Society of America.
Lee came to Magnolia earlier this year to visit with Magnolia's executive director Tom Johnson. "Buddy and I have been friends for many years, and I am glad he is taking the time to share his knowledge of azaleas with local gardeners," Johnson said.
Magnolia, America's oldest public garden, has the nation's largest collection of Encore Azaleas.
on for a wild gubernatorial campaign in 2014
2013 -- If you didn't think the Palmetto State's 2014 gubernatorial politics
were already getting hot and bothered, you might want to tune in a little
last month, a Democratic Governors Association poll showed presumptive
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Vincent Sheheen had a decent shot at
taking down GOP Gov. Nikki Haley. The poll showed Haley leading Sheheen
by four points -- 44 to 40 -- but that the margin of error was plus/minus
3.53 percent. More importantly, the poll showed Sheheen leading Haley
44-30 among independents. Because gubernatorial campaigns these days often
are won because of swinging independent voters, the Sheheen campaign wants
folks to realize he's got an edge among a key part of the electorate a
year out from the election.
be outdone, the Haley campaign last week released a poll that claimed
-- guess what -- her lead really was 9 points over Sheheen, but admitted
her favorability rating stood at 42 percent and unfavorability was 43
Political analysts generally worry about a candidate's re-election chances
when favorability ratings are in the low 40s a year from the election.
really interesting about Haley's poll is that it came out the day before
the non-partisan Winthrop Poll, which ensured political headlines on the
release day of the Winthrop Poll would include the Haley poll. Nobody
ever said Haley's team wasn't smart -- timing the release of their poll
to influence coverage about the Winthrop Poll was political gold.
the Winthrop Poll may help Haley sleep a little better for the time being.
Her approval rating was 44.5 percent of registered voters, up from 40.5
percent in December 2012. Her disapproval rating was 41 percent, down
1.4 percent from December.
Almost half of respondents (49.9 percent, compared to 53 percent in December)
said they thought the state of South Carolina was headed in the wrong
direction, but 48.4 percent (up 8.2 points) thought the state's economic
condition was very good or fairly good. Some 47.4 percent of the people
thought the economy was getting better.
all of this polling, it's clear Haley and Sheheen have a lot of work to
do to win. Sheheen has more challenges, since he lost by 4 points in 2010
and remains about that far behind in polls now. But he seems to be a more
energized candidate with a crisper message in the year going into the
election. He's raising money and he is engaging voters in new ways, particularly
since he published a policy book of ideas earlier this year.
part, Haley has two big things going for her: her laser focus on jobs
and Barack Obama. Not a week goes by that her office announces a business
expansion or investment and the number of jobs associated with it. In
the year ahead, Haley also will intensify her criticism of President Obama
and the Affordable Care Act, doing everything she can do to tie Sheheen
to the "liberal Obama agenda that's hurting families."
as Haley's campaign plan is predictable to political insiders, so is Sheheen's.
Just listen to his rhetoric in a Halloween letter sent to thousands of
know that we don't want four more years of the same tea party destructive
policies that have hurt our state. We want to move South Carolina forward
with new ideas and investments in our future, while moving away from the
corruption that has plagued this current administration."
next year, Sheheen will try to tie Haley to the tea party. He'll smear
her with being asleep at the wheel and losing the private information
of 6 million South Carolina individuals and businesses in the largest
ever hacking of a state. He'll vilify her for opposing $11 billion in
federal money to expand Medicaid to help provide insurance for thousands
of the poorest South Carolinians.
going to be interesting is to see how the campaigns come up with new ways
to counter all of the predictable attacks.
Strap in. It's going to get messy.
* * * *
FOOD DESERTS: If you want to learn more about South Carolina's food places -- very urban or very rural places that are far from grocery stores that offer fresh, healthy food choices -- check out Friday's story in Statehouse Report that features a project of a Charleston man. Click here.
us your thoughts
The public spiritedness of our underwriters allows us to bring Charleston Currents to you at no cost. In today's issue, we shine the spotlight on SCIWAY, South Carolinas Information Highway. Pronounced sky-way, SCIWAY is the largest and most comprehensive directory of South Carolina information on the Internet. It includes thousands of links to other South Carolina Web sites, including Charleston Currents, as well as an amazing collection of maps, charts, articles, photos and other resources.
can be lonely for the elderly
NOV. 4, 2013 -- Happy Holidays! Can you believe I just wrote that? It is indeed time to start thinking about the holidays.
If you have a loved one that is elderly, this can be a very lonely time indeed. We know that we all reminisce about days gone by and we sit around the Thanksgiving table and laugh and talk about Uncle Billy's desire to drink only out of Mason jars (not sure exactly what was in that Mason jar) and Aunt Sarah's lack of good humor (in fact, no one has ever seen her smile). The fun part about reflecting, giving thanks and the laughter is that we are doing it together with family and/or friends.
One of the most common reasons for depression in the older adult is social isolation. I have made that statement over and over and can never stress it enough. During the holidays, we are running all over to get that perfect gift for everyone on our list and the thought comes to Gram or Grandpa who is in a nursing home, assisted living, on hospice, or living at home not able to drive and maybe with or without a caregiver. What do we give to that person? What do they truly need if anything?
Now I can go on to tell you that what they need is you, but then you already know that. I will stress that you carve out some time, put it on your calendar with an alert or simply write it down to ensure that you have obligated that time to the ones that mean so much to you. Sending cards and flowers are great and I don't discourage that, but don't let it be in lieu of or a substitute for your human touch and conversation.
Give some stamped envelopes with writing paper that they can dictate a letter to you to someone that they care deeply about. They want to stay in touch as well. Don't give slippers (especially those with open backs as they lead to falls) unless they absolutely request them (still don't give them the open back ones). Be careful about giving anything with buttons as many seniors have arthritic hands (if you want to try it, put popcorn kernels in gloves and try to maneuver a button). Take them out for a manicure and to have their hair cut. Men want to be in a barber shop with other men just like they used to do.
Don't discount your loved one. There are many, many seniors that are far from frail and they may want to challenge you to a tennis match. Don't talk to them as they are feeble, they are not; they are just like you and me with more years and experience. They are the same person they always have been on the inside. Don't refer to them as cute, it is demeaning and has a connotation of child-like.
One of the best gifts that you can give is to ensure that their advanced directives are up to date. Do this before it is too late. Approximates are that 60 percent of those over 75 suffer from Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia (data differs depending on what statistics you review). Catherine LaFond, local elder law attorney, recommends that "everyone have their durable power of attorney reviewed to make sure it includes gifting provisions and other provisions regarding your personal care so that you can avoid the costly and burdensome requirements of a conservatorship/guardianship."
For your edification, a conservator is a court-appointed individual or entity that handles the management of financial affairs or property. A Guardian is a court-appointed individual that handles the personal and custodial matters for an incapacitated adult. The primary responsibilities of the guardian are to decide where the ward will live and make provisions for the ward's care, comfort and maintenance, including medical and healthcare decisions. This can be a much avoidable step if you give the gift of planning!
Do yourself and your loved ones a favor this year. Take care of yourself and your loved ones by getting involved in your care as well as involved in their care.
Happy Holidays! May all of your days be bright and full of giving and receiving love!
4th Charleston Jazz Jam set for Nov. 10 at Folly Beach
The Grill and Island Bar will host the fourth annual Charleston Jazz Jam -- Jazz on the Edge -- from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on November 10, according to Dennis Fassuliotis of the Charleston Jazz Club.
A core rhythm section will feature vocalist and hostess Starr Acheson, Roman Pekar, Marcus Helander and Patience Clements. Other artists who will join include Ann Caldwell, Big George Collier, Bobbie Storm, Joe Clarke, Duda Lucena, George Kenney, Oscar Rivers and Steve Simon.
The Folly Beach event will conclude a weekend full of jazz around the county.
"Headliner Earl Klugh will be at Kiawah Island," Fassuliotis said. "There are jazz events all around the Charleston area. "But this event [on Folly Beach] is the opportunity to bring all these various artists together. We never know who may show up."
Island's Park Day on Saturday to have lots to do
With more than 35 activities and attractions, four live bands, 20 food vendors and a fully-equipped sports pub, it's easy to see why Park Day on Daniel Island has been a favorite island tradition for the whole family and one of Charleston's most popular fall festivals for more than 10 years.
But an important goal of Park Day is to give back to the Charleston community, and the event does so in a big -- and far-reaching -- way. This year's November 9 festival will find 19 Charleston-area charitable organizations seeking to raise money and awareness among the 7,000 to 10,000 people that annually attend the festival. Over the last 10 years, the festival has raised more than $200,000 for charity.
"Daniel Island has established a strong tradition to giving back to its neighbors in the region in far-reaching ways, and Park Day is a wonderful celebration of this spirit," said Jane Baker, vice president of community services for the Daniel Island Property Owners' Association and administrator for the Daniel Island Community Fund, one of the main sponsors of Park Day.
Admission and parking at this fall festival on Daniel Island are free, but visitors give back by participating in the more than 35 special activities planned, and interacting with the participating charities to learn how they can help. Each charity is paired with a Park Day event or activity and provides volunteers to help run the event during the day. In return, they receive 100 percent of the money collected at that activity.
"Park Day was a very successful fundraiser for our 'Families Helping Families' project last year," said Shelli Quenga, of the Palmetto Project. The organization provided volunteers who spent the day running the festival's Giant Mountain Slide event. The attraction raised more than $1,500 to provide necessities and gifts for families in need at the holidays.
"That is a significant one-day fundraising effort for us," Quenga says. "That money goes a long way. Because of the generosity of the Daniel Island community - and the fun their families had at the Giant Mountain Slide at Park Day - approximately 60 children and elderly people received gifts of clothing, food and personal hygiene items last year."
Charleston police to join county's consolidated 9-1-1 center
Police Department will start receiving and dispatching calls from the
Charleston County Consolidated 9-1-1 Center on November 19.
on that date, City of Charleston residents needing emergency or police
than a change in the telephone number for police responses, those in the
City of Charleston shouldn't notice any difference in the quality of service
or response times," said Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen."
said it welcomed Charleston police as the final phase of consolidation
among the consolidation partner agencies.
primary objective of the Consolidated 9-1-1 Center [pictured at right]
is to ensure prompt, efficient response and assistance to those requesting
emergency service, and to ensure the support and safety of public safety
responders," said Jim Lake, director of the Charleston County Consolidated
9-1-1 Center. "Having the Charleston Police Department join the existing
agencies enhances the sharing of information and resources so that the
public receives the best possible service."
comes six weeks sooner than originally planned, benefitting both the City
and the County. Although Charleston County Government will have management
control over the transitioning CPD telecommunicators, the telecommunicators
will continue to be paid by the City until January 1, 2014, at which time
they will become County employees.
addition of the Charleston Police professionals, Charleston County's Consolidated
9-1-1 Center will staff 30 telecommunicators and supervisors per shift
to provide their internationally-accredited service to the public, law
enforcement officials, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel.
new 38,000-square-foot facility opened on January 24 at a cost of $27
million. It houses two of Charleston County Government's major departments:
the Consolidated 9-1-1 Center and Emergency Management Department.
Send in your recommendation
An invitation: What Web sites, books or restaurants have you enjoyed? Send us a short paragraph review of why you liked a recent visit to a restaurant or a book that you recently read.
Best Friend of Charleston
Commissioned by the South Carolina Canal and Rail Road Company, the Best Friend of Charleston was the first locomotive built in the United States for public service. Constructed in New York City at the West Point Foundry to run on the Charleston-Hamburg line, the Best Friend was christened by hopeful supporters on its Charleston arrival in October 1830. The locomotive had its formal debut on Christmas Day 1830, pulling passenger cars from Charleston to Dorchester. Its performance exceeded expectations, with one observer writing that passengers "flew on the wings of the wind at the speed of fifteen to twenty miles per hour, annihilating time and space."
In 1831 the Best Friend was used to carry mail, freight, and passengers. A second engine, the West Point, went into use on the Charleston-Hamburg line in March 1831 but never achieved the same speeds as those of the Best Friend. The South Carolina Canal and Rail Road Company used slaves to work on the line, both as laborers and as firemen to regulate the steam engine. At one point the company even considered the use of black engineers to serve under the management of white conductors, although the suggestion seems to have been dropped.
In June 1831 an accident brought an end to the Best Friend. A slave fireman closed up a safety valve on the boiler while the locomotive was stopped at a platform. When the Best Friend began to move again, a terrible explosion threw the boiler twenty feet into the air, killing the fireman, scalding the engineer, and injuring several workers. The engine was rebuilt and rechristened the Phoenix.
We encourage you to check out our sister publications:
Charleston Currents offers insightful community comment and good news on events each week. It cuts through the information clutter to offer the best of what's happening locally.
Charleston Currents is provided to you twice a week by:
Address: P.O. Box. 22261 | Charleston, SC 29413
We hope you'll keep receiving the great news and information from CharlestonCurrents.com, but if you need to unsubscribe, click here.
© 2008-2013, Statehouse Report LLC. All rights reserved. Charleston Currents is published every Monday and Thursday by Statehouse Report LLC, PO Box 22261, Charleston, SC 29413.
Happy birthday to us!
Today's issue marks the start of our sixth year as a weekly publication that focuses on good news about the Charleston area. We've enjoyed the ride so far -- and hope you ahve too.
The Best Friend of Charleston
The Best Friend of Charleston, the first steam locomotive in the United States to establish regularly-scheduled passenger service, returned home November 3 and will be displayed in a new glass portion of the city's Camden Shed on John Street that will become a train museum. It is scheduled to open early next year. Here are some fun facts about the train:
On Red Sox fans
"All literary men are Red Sox fans -- to be a Yankee fan in a literate society is to endanger your life."
Insert your email address and click subscribe for free.
Dunne lecture: 6 p.m., November 6, Citadel Alumni Center, Charleston. The World Affairs Council presents Middle Eastern expert Charles Dunne. More.
Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival: Nov. 7-10, Sottile Theatre, College of Charleston, downtown Charleston. The four-day festival will celebrate Italian contemporary cinema and culture with several films and special guests. More info.
Park Day Festival: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., November 9, Daniel Island. The annual festival will offer lots of family fun with a wide range of activities, including a mobile zip line, obstacle course, climbing wall and more. Online here.
Celebrity softball: 2:05 p.m., November 9, Joseph P. Riley Park, Charleston. Comedian Bill Murray and a bunch of national and local celebrities will meet for the third annual Slim Down the South Celebrity Softball Challenge. More.
(NEW) Redux Art Auction: 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., November 9, Redux Contemporary Art Center, 136 St. Philip Street, Charleston. The center's 11th annual art auction and fundraiser will celebrate 10 years of innovative art exhibitions. Tickets are $40 for members; $50 for nonmembers. More.
(NEW) Walk for PKD: 1 p.m., November 10, Fort Dorchester High School, North Charleston. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. for the annual Charleston Walk for PKD to raise money to end policystic kidney disease, one of the most common life-threatening genetic kidney diseases for which there is no treatment or cure. More info.
(NEW) Women's networking: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., November 11, Citadel Holliday Alumni House, Charleston. The Center for Women will host its 12th annual networking event for Lowcountry working women with experts to coach attendees in their area of focus. Tickets are $20 in advance for members; $40 for non-members. More.
(NEW) Art of Pinar Del Rio: November 16 to December 29, City Gallery at Waterfront Park, Charleston. The gallery will host an exhibition of works by more than a dozen contemporary Cuban artists curated by local artist Reynier Llanes. Opening reception: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., November 16. Llanes' lecture: 3 p.m., December 7. More info.
On Golden Pond: November 14 through December 1, Charleston Acting Studio, 915 Folly Road, James Island. The studio will put on the award-winning play over two weeks. Click here for ticket information and times.
Garden gathering: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 16, Cypress Gardens, Moncks Corner, S.C. You can learn about wildlife and pollinators at this daylong event by Clemson Extension in the cypress swamp. Register ($60) and learn more.
Lauder lecture: 6 p.m., November 20, Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain Street, Charleston. The Gibbes Museum of Art will host philanthropist and cosmetic executive Leonard A. Lauder as the inaugural speaker in a new lecture series. Lauder recently donated a notable collection of Cubist art to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Tickets are $35 for members; $45 for non-members. More.
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.
Christmas to remember
time: great gift for seniors
ways to preserve history