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Congressman Joe Cunningham (center) leads the roundtable discussion with Folly Beach Mayor Tim Goodwin (l) and Isle of Palms Mayor Jimmy Carroll (r).
Photo by Gregg Bragg.

Mayors convene against offshore drilling

B I - PA R T I S A N S U P P O R T
The Island Connection Sr. Staff Writer

ongressman Joe Cunningham (SC-1) won his Cunningham authored and introduced H.R. 1941 Sullivan’s Island, and Isle of Palms Mayor Jimmy Carroll
seat last November despite running in a district to congress on March 28 with bi-partisan support. The had seats at the table with the congressman, along with
drawn to favor his opponent by approximately Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act ends representatives of the Nature Conservancy, Oceana, and
13%. He campaigned on opposing offshore drilling and all aspects of oil exploration along both the Pacific and the Coastal Conservation League.
seismic testing; a fulcrum issue in his coastal district. He Atlantic coasts. A half dozen Lowcountry luminaries A consensus formed around the idea; we don’t need
announced decisive action to keep that promise, during a gathered to show their support and discuss the next what little oil may be out there. “This district, and South
roundtable discussion with local elected officials held in moves. Mayor Tim Goodwin of Folly Beach, Mayor
council chambers of Folly Beach City Hall on March 29. Will Haynie of Mount Pleasant, Mayor Pat O’Neil of Offshore Drilling continues on page 6

March Madness Keys Takes The Trophy Into The Swamp

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Seabrook Island Town Council

Lynn Pierotti
The Island Connection Sr. Staff Writer

he sound of small talk peppered Councilmember Crane announced Kiawah Island stand out as two of South
Katy Calloway Seabrook Council Chambers the Town’s new Hamm radios have all Carolina’s coastal communities that
managing editor while a slate of public hearings been programmed and are available for have not passed some version [of a ban]. passed without comment on March 26. distribution to Council participants. Twelve of our neighboring communities,
Seabrook Island Town Council correctly He added that the radios successfully encompassing at least 1200 miles of SC
Jennifer Tuohy anticipated the amount of feedback to passed a test of range and signal strength coastline, have already done so. I don’t
expect on the transfer of several parcels to conducted on March 20. The daytime think [we] should… adopt a policy just
contributing editor Seabrook’s Greenspace Conservancy. test allowed for more participants and a because a neighboring municipality has Ordinances 2019-01, 02, and 03 would more comprehensive test of the Town’s done so, but… because it is the right
rezone three parcels for conservation, emergency communications, he said. thing to do for Seabrook Island and our
Alejandro Ferreyros if passed later in the meeting, adding Crane concluded his report by saying very vulnerable and special ecosystem…
senior graphic designer to approximately 30 similar ordinances there would be a “soft launch” of SITC’s Also [this] may give the Town standing
enacted in the past few years. website by April 1, though there is still if [Columbia enacts the pending] ‘Ban
Mayor Ciancio shifted to the financial plenty of work needed to update content. the Bans’ and there is a challenge to local
report for February after time for Councilmember Wells said repairs authority,” read parts of a carefully crafted
Lori McGee public comment expired without input. along Seabrook Island Rd. are all but introduction delivered by Finke.
sales manager Seabrook generated revenues of $82,000 complete, and the last drain (in front of The Mayor acknowledged the motion for the month of February, totaling over Lulu’s) is all that remains of the goliath and asked for a second. There’s often
$218,000 (about 11% of the annual project. Wells also requested volunteers for a pause in the action at this point in
budget) for the year, said the Mayor. this year’s Lowcountry Marine Mammal proceedings. No one seems certain who
The Town technically took a hit on the Network’s dolphin education program, should have the “honor” of seconding
Senior Staff Writer and said an organizational meeting will be an action, but not this time. All three of
expense side, as a bill of $91,000 came
Gregg Bragg due for repairs along Seabrook Island Rd., help on May 1 at the Beach Community the remaining councilmembers answered
dominating total expenses for the month Center (time to be announced). Kiawah “SECOND” in the same moment, and
Contributors of $148,000. The year-to-date total is also participates in the program and the the resolution passed unanimously. “I’m
Stephanie Braswell Edgerton about $202,000 (10.5% of budget). meeting will include residents of both not in favor of [Columbia] usurping our
Despite the high but expected costs for islands. mojo,” said the Mayor before turning to
Susan Stallings his own report.
the month, Seabrook has spent $16,000 Wells continued to note the
Jim Bannister improvements to conditions for volunteers 1126 Ocean Forest Dr. was the sole item
less than expected for the year and the
Carol Antman total fund balance continues to spiral ever moving into the 2019 season. A box will on the Mayor’s agenda. Mayor Ciancio
Martha Zink upward toward the $5 million mark. be placed on the Seabrook side of Captain gave a brief overview of the renovation
Alberta Barron Councilmember and Mayor Pro Tem Sams inlet stocked with chairs, umbrellas, efforts originally scheduled to conclude
Barbara Radin Fox John Gregg said, again, the Club’s Long etc. making volunteering for the program last fall, but said Osprey Construction
Range Planning Committee did not meet easier this year than last. He also and the new owner were requesting a third
last month, and didn’t know when they highlighted that last year’s 4 hour shifts extension to the deadline. The Mayor
would. will be replaced by 2 hour shifts. seemed satisfied that the transformation
Councilmember Finke then stole the of the property from Adams Family house
The Public Safety Committee met
show by introducing Resolution 2019-18. to Seabrook gem was all but complete, and
on March 6. The group is still wrestling
The measure commits SITC to develop moved for approval. The request received
with the logistics of a volunteer sign-up
and enact an ordinance banning plastics unanimous support.
push as a dry run for an unanticipated
disaster (e.g. earthquake, winter storm). during the current session of council. Town Administrator Joe Cronin
The hazard mitigation plan is in the “…The resolution is in essence a ‘sense opened a lengthy report with news
works with renewed vigor, as any of council’ saying that we recognize the Seabrook won a Municipal Achievement
additional funding from the state for past threat of plastics pollution and intend Award from the Municipal Association
emergencies hinges on its submission, to complete consideration this year of of South Carolina. It was the Town’s first
said Gregg as he wrapped up his report to an ordinance that would ban single foray into contention for a MASC award,
council in record time. use plastic[s]… Seabrook Island and and he credited SITC’s partnership with

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Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network 02, and 2019-03 were all approved for
for the win. rezoning to conservation districts.
Cronin was also pleased to report 2019-01; 1146 Ocean Forrest Lane
saving funds on the purchase of two new 2019-02; 2096 Seabrook Island Rd.
vehicles by using local vendors. SC has 2019-03; 2326 Cat Tail Pond Rd.
an established “cheaper by the dozen”
The three properties were acquired
process for municipalities to make such
by the Greenspace Conservancy and the
purchases. However, Cronin saved $200
titles will be transferred to the Seabrook
over the price available through the state
Island Property Owners Association.
on a Chevy Colorado, and $2,000 on a
Chevy Tahoe by going it alone. He used The question of Seabrook’s leash
to savings to purchase upgrades. ordinances surfaced during citizen’s
comments for the second consecutive
Miscellaneous announcements
month. The Mayor indicated the matter
wasn’t ready for a public hearing, and said
• Seabrook’s “shredding days” are the issue had been referred to committee
scheduled for April 5 and October without indicating when to expect further
11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. action by Council.
• Updates to the Town’s Longtime Seabrook resident/owner Jeff
comprehensive plan will be Harrison had plenty to say about Beach
completed in plenty of time to Patrol and most of it was bad. He claims
meet the state’s deadline to have been harassed about leash laws
• Five new members of Beach while swimming with his dog, but the
Patrol were empowered as code real concern centered around degrading
enforcement officers the quality of life on Seabrook. “Beach
• The Town’s old Jeep was sold for patrol used to be one guy on a bike, then
$6,100 and the old Tahoe will be it was a girl in a golf cart. Now, it’s two
up for bid next month [or more] guys and two Toyotas on the
• PIV Planning Group will be hired beach,” said Harrison. “Our beach can’t be
for $86,000 [$40,000 x 2 budgeted [considered] pristine with two Toyotas on
over 2 fiscal years] to spend the it all the time while the guys are playing…
next 12 -18 months updating the on surfboards, and getting paid to do it,
Town’s development standards far from where they’re supposed to be.”
• Seabrook will again be hosting The Mayor guardedly defended Beach
Disaster Awareness Day on Friday Patrol, but seemed inclined to investigate
June 14th, at Seabrook’s club further.
house and features the signature There being no further business, the
FREE lunch. meeting was adjourned. The next regular
There were three measures before meeting of the Seabrook Island Town
Council for a second reading, and all Council will be held Tuesday, April 23 at
three were good news for the Greenspace 2 p.m.
Conservancy. Ordinances 2019-01, 2019-

Tid e Char t
Date High Tide Low Tide
Apr 12 1:44am/2:25pm 8:21am/8:31pm
Apr 13 2:52am/3:36pm 9:26am/9:40pm
Apr 14 4:03am/4:45pm 10:31am/10:49pm
Apr 15 5:10am/5:50pm 11:32am/11:53pm
Apr 16 6:12am/6:49pm 12:27pm
Apr 17 7:09am/7:43pm 12:53am/1:19pm
Apr 18 8:01am/8:35pm 1:48am/2:08pm
Apr 19 8:51am/9:24pm 2:41am/2:55pm
Apr 20 9:39am/10:11pm 3:31am/3:40pm
Apr 21 10:25am/10:57pm 4:20am/4:25pm
Apr 22 11:11am/11:44pm 5:09am/5:10pm
Apr 23 11:58am 5:57am/5:55pm
Apr 24 12:31am/12:47pm 6:46am/6:43pm
Apr 25 1:21am/1:38pm 7:37am/7:35pm

Hurricanes, storms, etc., are NOT included in the predictions.

Tidal current direction changes and tide time predictions can be
very different. Tide predictions are PREDICTIONS; they can be
wrong so use common sense.
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daily daily arts & events

March Madness engages Johns Island students Town of Kiawah Releases 9th annual Haygood/
KIAWAH ISLAND PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB GIVES BACK Grow Native Plant Database Grady tennis tournament
The Island Connection Sr. Staff Writer
importantly, we have so much fun with
For The Island Connection
Don Burgeson, Sue Corcoran, Gretchen AT R O P E R C A N C E R C A R E C E N T E R

he Kiawah Island Photography Gross, Linda Albus, Renee Black, and
Club has been reaching out to Jack Kotz also contributed to the March
Johns Island schools for the past 7 Madness exhibit, but sports aren’t the
years. They’ve had more luck some years only component of their outreach. The
than others, as different administrations group collaborated to produce the book,
were more/less receptive to the group John’s Island: A Moment in time – Pictorial
taking pictures of their students. Club history of Johns Island. They donated copies
members took pictures of the 2012 and to all area schools and the Johns Island
2103 Proms at St. Johns High School, Library. The project was expensive but
followed by the last two years of sporting the photo club managed to cover costs,
events. These photos and others were on and even make a donation to the Barrier
display at the Johns Island Library for the Island Free Medical Clinic. Their projects

month of March in a show appropriately typically don’t make a profit, however. he Town of Kiawah is pleased to natural aquifers recharge, serving
titled March Madness. Poster-izing their work is expensive, but announce the release of the new to filter water naturally flowing
Johns Island school administrators and Kiawah Cares has jumped in to defray the online native plant database. The into rivers and estuaries, lessening
athletic directors seem to be warming cost of the projects, making participation database is part of the Town’s Grow erosion and flooding.
to the idea of celebrating their kids, all the more rewarding. If you have a Native initiative launched last fall. This • Native plants are adapted to
and photo club members seem equally camera, are willing to travel, and want to initiative is a community-wide effort Kiawah’s local growing conditions
motivated to continue their labor of love. give back to the community while having to increase the use of native plants in and provide protection from
“The excitement and happiness on the fun, the Kiawah Island Photography Club landscaping projects with an overall goal flooding, storm surge, and
faces of the students and parents is so may be the answer. of improving wildlife habitat. More saltwater intrusion. More specific
gratifying [to watch] when they see the March Madness may be over, but information on the program and a link to information on the landscape
pictures,” said club member Sylvia Bacon. there are proms coming up and it won’t the new database can be found by visiting adaptions section of the Flood
The reward behind her observation is why Students from St. Johns High School enjoying the March Madness exhibit at the Johns be long until fall sports ramp up, so be the Town’s Grow Native web page at Mitigation and Sea Level Rise
photo club members care enough to spend Island Library. Photo by Sylvia Bacon. on the lookout for the Kiawah Island Adaptation Report can be found
time taking pictures and making posters Photography Club’s next exhibit. For more The database was designed to help at
and books of school events. the students and improve my skills. [I] feel it is important to give back to our information, email Shauneen Hutchinson promote the use of native plants on the floodandsealevelrise
also learned to dodge charging football local community and to be involved with at, or Jack Kotz at island and serve as a resource for residents, • Native plants protect Kiawah’s
Dave Pumphrey agrees with players.” all the people with whom we share a zip The 2018 check presentation following the 8th annual Haygood Grady Tennis
Bacon adding, “… The opportunity landscapers, landscape architects, water resources because they allow Tournament. Photo courtesy of Roper St. Francis.
Photo club member Shauneen code. We honestly find that the time we landscape designers, and other entities. gardeners to reduce use of fertilizers,
to photograph local games gives me a spend on these projects helps improve
chance to provide something tangible for Hutchinson wove both of her colleague’s This searchable database includes native pesticides, and irrigation practices BY SUSAN STALLINGS
comments together saying, “I think we our photographic skills, but even more trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, ferns, which otherwise contribute to For The Island Connection
and grasses and allows users to filter storm water runoff pollution and

and find plants based on a variety of degradation of downstream water he 9th annual Haygood/Grady chefs. There is also a silent auction with a
criteria, including plant type, size, light quality. Memorial Tennis Championship is wonderful selection of sought-after items.
requirements, soil requirements, flower Town of Kiawah Biologist Jim Jordan being held this year on May 3-5th This year, the live auction will be hosted by
color, salt tolerance, deer resistance, and stated “maintaining and restoring native on Kiawah Island. The tournament is in Erin Kreinzle, ABC News 4 meteorologist
more. There are currently 196 plants in plant habitat is vital to preserving the honor and memory of Prinella Haygood and host of Lowcountry Live!
the database, but the list will be expanded island’s current and future ecosystem. who died from breast cancer at the age
over time. All proceeds from the auction are
We hope this resource will serve multiple of 37. Haygood was a former employee contributed in honor of Prinella Haygood
So why grow native? There are generations of property owners and of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. The and Linwood Grady to the Wellness
many benefits of using native plants in businesses and help Kiawah continue annual event also honors Linwood Grady, Center at Roper St. Francis Cancer Care
landscaping that has a direct impact on to be a model for other communities to a longtime resident of Kiawah, avid tennis Center, as well as the education trust
the ecosystem. follow.” player and instrumental in starting this for Haygood’s sons. Atendees will also
• Native plants provide food and This database was created by the tournament. He lost his battle with cancer continue to celebrate the life of Michelle
habitat for Kiawah’s wildlife Landscape Working Group (LWG), a is 2013. Nemeth by donating to the Lonon
inhabitants. They sustain subcommittee of the Town of Kiawah Haygood left behind two young Foundation, a non-profit that provides
pollinators vital for fruit Environmental committee, with support sons and Linwood left behind a wife resources to children who have been
production and provide high- from the Kiawah Conservancy. The LWG and children who actively support the affected by a family or caregiver’s cancer
quality food and shelter for 10 is chaired by Denise Graybill-Donohoe, tournament. diagnosis.
to 15 times as many species of (MLD, LEED AP) and includes The tournament is a SC Level 1 event Haygood, Grady, and Nemeth had ties
wildlife as non-native plants. landscaping staff from each of Kiawah’s sanctioned by USTA. Participation to Kiawah and the surrounding tennis
• Native plants provide essential five main entities. includes dinner on Saturday night communities and are fondly remembered
watershed protection, helping prepared by Kiawah’s award winning by all of us involved in tennis.
6 April 12, 2019

Nicole Elko, Executive Director of South Carolina Beach Advocates with her 9 year-old
activist daughter, Ainsley Payne at the roundtable discussion at Folly Beach City Hall on
March 29. Photo by Gregg Bragg.
alternatives [wind/solar/wave] before we
Offshore Drilling continues from cover think about it.”
Carolina is leading a national charge for Right on cue, 9 year-old Ainsley Payne
conservation. We’re on point. If you want said “I made a solar robot yesterday…”
to be conservative, you have to conserve Payne, the daughter of South Carolina
our natural resources… I invited Mayor Beach Advocates Executive Director
Goodwin to the State of the Union and Nicole Elko, continued through the
we both heard the President say America is eruption of “ahhs” and spontaneous laughs
energy independent. That we’re exporting her comment elicited like another day at
oil,” said Cunningham underscoring the work. She highlighted the relative safety
lack of need for more. Mayor Carroll and availability of the same alternatives
didn’t hesitate to voice his agreement. Goodwin mentioned. It wasn’t the first or
Tourism is a $22.6 billion industry in last comment from the gallery, but it was
South Carolina, and two thirds of that the perfect summary for the hour-long
comes from the coast, recounted Carroll. roundtable.
He went on to thank Cunningham for Decorum was observed at every
defending not just SC, but the entire U.S. turn, of course. However, there was
coast. “There’s an onshore aspect to oil also an obvious, collegial familiarity
[exploration]; the infrastructure needed born of common cause, that simmered
to support and process it. Condé Nast among participants and attendees alike.
has picked Charleston as the number one Everyone seemed to be committed to
tourist destination for the past eight years Cunningham’s re-election, as well. For
running, and Southern Living picked us his part, Cunningham seems to revel
number one for the past three. Do you in participatory government. (He even
really want to give that up,” said Carroll. prevailed on IOP Mayor Jimmy Carroll to
“Our coast is developed unlike much of visit Washington and voice his support of
the Gulf coast. What coastal town do you H.R. 1941 before the Natural Resources
want to give up? Georgetown? Kiawah? Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral
Seabrook?” asked Mayor Goodwin [sic] on April 2).
rhetorically in support of Carroll’s “Our office is a conduit to the nation.
observation. I am confident this bill will pass out of
Mayor O’Neil also nodded his subcommittee, will pass the house, and
agreement, but with a soupcon of I hope [our Senators] will join us,” said
disagreement over the marketing of the Cunningham.
idea saying, “This isn’t a bi-partisan issue. “It’s nice to be able to contact him
It’s a non-partisan issue.” [Cunningham] and get a response,” said
Mayor Haynie added there was no Goodwin at the close of the meeting on
debating “the reality of metal in salt March 29. For more information on this
water; it will corrode and fail. So it’s not a or any other issue, as well as a means
matter of if, so much as when, there will of contacting your congressman, visit
be a [spill]. We have to exhaust all other
April 12, 2019 7
arts & events arts & events

Annual event celebrates 26th Annual OLM Golf

Gullah culture Tournament
For The Island Connection

For The Island Connection
ur Lady of Mercy Community services throughout the Lowcountry. The

Outreach is excited to announce Golf Club at Briar’s Creek was designed
ark your calendars and order that the 26th Annual Charity by the award-winning Rees Jones, with
your tickets for the Saturday, Golf Tournament is on May 22 at the picturesque views of the Kiawah River
May 4 event from 3-6 p.m. at exclusive Golf Club at Briar’s Creek on embracing the Lowcountry landscape.
the Freshfields Village green on Kiawah Johns Island. "We are only able to help our
Island. Golfers will enjoy a round of golf community when individuals share their
This always popular festival will in a four-player team format, lunch, blessings with us to change lives. We look
feature live stage performances by Ann refreshments, door prizes, gift bags forward to an exciting day of fundraising
Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers, and and dinner at the clubhouse. Early bird to support the organization. This
the Deninufay African Dance & Drum pricing is $425 per player or $1600 for a tournament provides many the chance
Production which celebrate the proud foursome through April 30. The price will to 'golf for giving' and make a difference
Gullah culture and keep you movin’ and increase to $450 per player or $1800 for a in the lives of over 6,000 children and
shakin’! foursome until registration closes May 15. adults we serve on the Sea Islands and
Enjoy tasty Gullah cuisine, beer Foursome teams must pay in full at time in downtown Charleston,” says Ericka
and wine stands, shop for locally made of registration. Plater, Executive Director of Our Lady of
products such as sweetgrass baskets, The tournament will have a shotgun Mercy Community Outreach.
jewelry, art and more, and bid on start at 1 p.m., with registration starting
hundreds of items being offered in the big or select Freshfields Village merchants. To register your team, go to OLMoutreach.
at 11:30 a.m. A dinner at the clubhouse org/golf. For information on the sponsorship
Silent Auction. The Gullah Celebration is the sole and an awards ceremony will follow. opportunities for this event and others,
Join the many hundreds of Lowcountry fundraising project of the year for the All proceeds from the 26th Annual contact Kristin.Raymond@olmoutreach.
residents and island visitors who have sponsoring Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Charity Golf Tournament will go directly org.
made this annual celebration a must. Foundation, the non-profit organization to Our Lady of Mercy Community
Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at whose mission is fighting island hunger Outreach’s mission to encourage and
the event. Guest 12 years and under are with healthy food and clean water one support self-sufficiency and self-worth
admitted free. meal at a time. for people in need in our community
For ticket purchase and additional Don’t miss it, folks, It is a fun time for through education, wellness and outreach
information visit a most worthy cause.
8 April 12, 2019

Dolphin Week debuts across Lowcountry

BY GREGG BRAGG LMMN’s 2019 season. It runs from April provided). Rust will open with a injure, and Level B - Any act that has the
The Island Connection Sr. Staff Writer 22 through the 27th with events scheduled discussion of LMMN’s latest news, potential to disturb by causing a disruption
nearly every day. and painting starts at 6:30 p.m. of behavioral patterns in migration,

• Monday, April 22: Sunset Yoga on • Friday, April 26: Sunset Kayak Paddle breathing, nursing, feeding, or sheltering.
olphin Week is just around the Fines can be levied based on level, and can
corner and is designed to celebrate Folly Beach in front of the Tides with Coastal Expeditions at Shem
hotel at 6:30 p.m. All you’ll need is a Creek. Rust will open by sharing her be as high as six figures in extreme cases.
the bottlenose dolphin’s place in
Lowcountry lore, and serve as a gateway mat and make a $10 donation. This knowledge of Lowcountry dolphins, The “whys” of LMMN’s
to education. Local pods are among a first day of Dolphin Week event and the paddling will run from recommendations take more time, and
precious few on the planet known to includes the option of adding a trip 6:30-8:30 p.m. Coastal Expeditions may be the biggest part of the education
herd bait fish onto shore in an act labeled to Wiki Wiki. The restaurant will will donate 20% of the $65 fee to process incorporated into Dolphin Week.
“strand feeding.” Witnessing the behavior be donating 10% of all food sales LMMN. LMMN continues to hash out the details
borders on a religious experience for nature between 7:30-9:30 p.m. to LMMN. LMMN receives its funding from a of its extravaganza, but the week culminates in
lovers, but leaves the mammals vulnerable • Tuesday, April 23: Film screening variety of sources; there’s some grant money, the “Dolphin Count.” The free event will have
to human interference. Guidelines to safely with local producer, Sean Bogle private donations, and the municipal 12 static stations set up around Charleston
observe dolphins were enforced by federal on the plight of the critically governments of Kiawah and Seabrook pay Harbor and all around the Lowcountry for
agencies that were underfunded for the endangered vaquita porpoise. The a marginal fee to LMMN for managing\ those willing/able to use an “APP” for their
task until Lauren Rust came along. 30-minute documentary will be educating\organizing volunteers charged phone. The count is scheduled for April 27,
Rust’s childhood love of marine followed by a Q&A session with with supervising dolphin encounters along at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. (e.g. low tide). Volunteers
mammals inspired the Pennsylvania Bogle. LMMN is partnering with their beaches. LMMN pitches a number can participate in any one or all of the three
native to study Marine Biology at the the Office of Sustainability at the of recommendations when observing separate counts, and provide much need data
College of Charleston, and earn an MSc College of Charleston. The film will dolphins. The tip of the education iceberg on local dolphins.
in Ecology from the University of Wales. be screened in the auditorium of the includes; maintaining a distance of 50 “Nobody knows much about marine
Her professional experience includes work School of Mathematics and Science yards when observing from the water and mammals. There’ve been a few studies
at California’s Marine Mammal Center, at 202 Calhoun Street. Doors open 15 yards while on land, do not approach, done, but they were very technical, so we
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric at 6 p.m. with the 30-minute film touch, or attempt to push a stranded see ourselves [LMMN] as a bridge between
Administration and Charleston’s National starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be marine mammal back into the water, the scientific community and an engaged
Institute of Standards and Technology. a Q&A with Sean Bogle following report a stranded marine mammal (dead public,” said Rust.
the movie. $5 suggested donation or alive) to SCDNR’s Wildlife stranding
Rust founded the Lowcountry Marine at the door. hotline by calling 1.800.922.5431, do not For more information call LMMN
Mammal Network (LMMN) in 2017, feed marine mammals, clean up trash, and at 843.991.6953, or semail to info@
“because no one else was doing it,” and as • Wednesday, April 24: Paint it
above all – do not harass marine mammals.
the organization’s executive director, she’s Forward at Wine and Design in
. Still more information and links which
gearing up for another season of protecting Mount Pleasant at 6 p.m. The cost NOAA defines two levels of harassment;
will enable you to sign up for any/all of the
the Lowcountry’s dolphin pod(s). is $35 and attendees should bring Level A - Any act of pursuit, torment
Dolphin Week event is available by visiting
their choice of beverage (glasses or annoyance that has the potential to
Dolphin Week is the official kick-off to
April 12, 2019 9

Madison Keys celebrates winning her first Volvo Car Open Trophy Sunday with the ball kid crew. Photo courtesy Volvo Car Open/Chris Smith.

Fan favorite Keys takes the 2019 Volvo Car Open trophy
BY JENNIFER TUOHY The week-long tournament isn’t just about tennis. It
The Island Connection Contributing Editor kicked off on March 30 with over 500 children attending
the Family Weekend for free (under 16s were able to

attend free of charge all week thanks to a collaboration
he 2019 Volvo Car Open had a truly local flavor with SunTrust Bank), enjoying a Fortnite-themed
this year. From plenty of Daniel Island-brewed obstacle course and a selection of rides from the state fair
craft-beer on hand, to the not-one-but-two local - including a ferris wheel, merry-go-round, and two-story
girls competing in the field of world-class tennis players, glass house - among many other activities. There were
plus a brand new local owner in Ben Navarro, the a lot of upgrades and new additions to please the older
event did Charleston proud. Despite the Lowcountry's kids too. New fan-focused elements at the tournament
notoriously fickle April weather desperately trying to included a roof-top restaurant run by Vintage Cafe
disrupt proceedings, the 47th iteration of this women’s and Coastal Crust, a much expanded Serve & Volley
only tournament went off without a hitch, thrilling fans hospitality tent, run by Food Network’s 2017 Great
both on-site and across the globe, courtesy of wall-to-wall Food Truck race winners Braised in the South. A bevy
Tennis Channel coverage. of special events including sunrise yoga with tennis-
To top off the successful week, which finished Sunday, star Bethanie Mattek-Sands and a gospel brunch were
fan-favorite Madison Keys took home the coveted trophy enough to entice even the non-tennis fans to make the
on her seventh try, having made the semi-finals last year trip out to the Daniel Island stadium. Rounding out the
and the finals in 2015. The American player, now ranked festival-like atmosphere were many fun Charleston-area
14th in the world, saw off three grand slam champions touches, including plein air painting and an actual beach
en route to the biggest win of her season, first beating complete with world class sand castle sculptures.
French Open champ Jelena Ostapenko, then best pal The Volvo Car Open is North America’s largest
Sloane Stephens, 2017’s U.S. Open champion. Finally, women’s-only tennis tournament, a WTA Premier event,
she conquered 2018’s Australian Open winner and former the winner takes home a prize purse of over $800,000.
World No. 1, Caroline Wozniacki, 7-6, 6-2 in a blistering The tournament is now owned by businessman Ben
final, which saw some tense moments, including an Navarro, CEO of Charleston-based Sherman Financial
incredibly lucky net ball in the second set for Keys to Group and the founder of education non-profit Meeting
take the first break of the match. Despite Wozniacki’s Street Schools. When he acquired the tournament’s
popularity here, the crowd was undeniably behind the sanction along with the operations of the Family Circle
American, cheering her on to claim the title and her very Tennis Center and Volvo Car Stadium last year, Navarro
own brand new Volvo. But the prize that appeared to said: “Our goal is to continue to grow the tournament’s
surprise and touch her the most was when Charleston A Fortnite-themed obstacle course was a big hit on Family
impact, promote junior tennis in Charleston, and
Mayor John Tecklenburg handed her the key to the city. Weekend. Photo by Jennifer Tuohy.
make the sport more accessible for all.” He has plenty
“I love the support I get from everyone here in of experience in the tennis world, his daughter, Emma with the return of Mount Pleasant native Shelby Rogers
Charleston,” Keys said, commenting on court after her Navarro, an Ashley Hall junior, is a rising star in the sport, following an extended break due to injury, gave the event
win that it feels like home to her (she lives just down the independently earning her way into the tournament this an even stronger local flavor on this global stage.
road in Orlando, Florida). “And now that I have a key to year by winning the U.S Nationals Girls 18 Clay Court Mark your diaries for next year’s Volvo Car Open,
the city I can’t wait to come back next year!” Championships. Her night on stadium court, along which takes place April 4 through 12, 2020.
10 April 12, 2019
roadtripS charleston

Into the swamp

For The Island Connection

he sign along the canal pointed “To Fargo and all
points south (if you know how).” It was a wise-
crack reminder that this place the Indians called
“The Land of Trembling Earth” is an ever-changing,
confusing landscape. “It’s really easy to get disoriented
out here… People disappear. You can get 100 feet away
from a trail and get lost,” our guide Charlie warned as we
motored down the Suwannee Canal in the Okefenokee
National Wildlife Refuge. This huge area, over 630
square miles, is actually a bog inside of a saucer-shaped
depression that was once part of the ocean floor. A thick
layer of peat, sometimes up to 30 feet deep, lies beneath
the swamp covered by black reflective water. Sometimes
lightening ignites the peat and the fires burn for weeks.
Pieces of peat often break off and float, turning into little
islands. Mother Nature at her wildest.
As Sandhill cranes honk overhead and alligators
sunned along the bank, another tourist asked Charlie the
ubiquitous question: “Have you ever been attacked by
an alligator?” “No,” he said, “but I’ve been close and
I’ve got the scars to prove it.” On cue, he pulled the boat
beside a lolling gator that let out an unexpectedly loud
hiss, causing us to bolt from our seats.
We were motoring down a canal that began
construction in the late 1800s to harvest Cypress trees.
It was a doomed venture. Poor engineering, mosquitoes,
market conditions and convict labor caused the companies
to go bankrupt after harvesting over one million cubic
board feet of timber from old growth forests. “All that
mayhem and carnage was to produce chipped wood Alligators are a common sight at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Carol Antman.
pellets to export to China for heating. Paraquat was spread
on everything to promote tree growth and harvesting,” the park’s northern entrance. That park boasts an 18-hole of blooming lily pads are intoxicating. It is the largest
Charlie explained. He and another boat guide Melvin golf course, modern cabins, camping, beach, boat ramps area in the Southeastern United States not intersected
are fierce protectors of this unique environment. With and fishing deck. by roads, providing a rare opportunity for solitude and
an accent like molasses punctuated by spits of tobacco My husband and I have stayed in both state parks and undisturbed recreation. Charlie calls it, “A very spooky,
into the water, Melvin celebrated the many renegades, enjoyed having our bicycles along. We pedaled back to metaphysical place. That’s what makes it exciting: it’s not
outlaws and hermits that built remote homesteads in the our cabin at Stephen Foster one day to find a mother our world.”
swamp after the Seminoles were driven out. bear and cubs scavenging in our back yard. Our favorite Roadtrips Charleston highlights interesting destinations
During Prohibition, most of the liquor in New York bike ride was the Swamp Island Drive, a 7-mile loop (also within a few hours’ drive of Charleston, S.C. as well as more
and Chicago was made in stills here and it was a hub for open to cars) with numbered markers that pointed out far flung locales. Carol Antman’s wanderlust is driven by a
drug importation in the 1970s. In what Charlie called “A historic and natural points of interest. passion for outdoor adventure, artistic experiences, cultural
Second Trail of Tears”, these hardscrabble settlers were An interesting stop was Chesser Island Homestead built insights and challenging travel. For hot links, photographs
also driven out when harvesting began. on a 592-acre island in the late 1800’s. Family members and previous columns or to make comments please see www.
“Folks out here don’t like the government. We like lived there until 1958 in a largely self-sufficient lifestyle.
privacy,” Charlie insisted. Melvin delights in going to Remnants of their determination to carve a life from the
classrooms with beakers of methane gas collected from harsh conditions include syrup shed, a smokehouse and
peat and lighting it on fire to explain the area’s ecology. the hand-built timber house. You can also totally retreat
With a mischievous smile, he described the excitement, from civilization by camping in the swamp for 2 to 5 days If You Go:
“It smells like an elephant just walked into the room.” by permit. Shelters and camping islands are provided Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge:
This primeval beauty can be visited in several ways. A but no motorized boats are permitted. The park website
main entrance near Folkston, GA is best for short visits. warns of many considerations including: “Paddling can Laura Walker State Park:
A visitor center and boat tours are available there. Stephen be slow-going and strenuous on shallow and/or narrow
C. Foster State Park near Fargo in the park’s west has trails. You may have to get out of your canoe and push
Stephen Foster State Park:
boardwalks, boating and hiking trails, fishing, guided across peat blowups or shallow water.”
boat tours, motor boat and canoe rentals, camping and Today, over one million visitors a year come to the
cabins. Laura Walker State Park is near Waycross, close to Okefenokee, especially in the spring when thousands
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daily daily

Kiawah Island Garden Club Master Gardener on

P A R S L E Y, S A G E , R O S E M A R Y
container planting
For The Island Connection CLUB AT OYSTER CATCHER

n February the Kiawah Island Garden BY ALBERTA BARRON
Club took an informative outing to For The Island Connection
Sea Islands Savory Herbs. The garden

began as a chicken farm in the 1980s,
n Friday, April 12, the Seabrook the back and neck.
planted by the farmer’s wife who liked to
Island Garden Club presents guest Since returning to Charleston in 2012,
cook with herbs. It was expanded by their
speaker George Aaron. George he has become a Master Gardener and
son and is still a working farm, where
will share his expertise on container a Master Rain Gardener through the
everything is grown from cultivars.
The gardens at Sea Islands Savory Herb gardening. Clemson University Extension Service. He
It is now owned by Ella Cowen and
farm. Photo courtesy of Kiawah Island Containers are great for beginning now spends part of his time volunteering
Danielle Spies and Cowen led a tour
Garden Club. gardeners, people who have limited as a Master Gardener, as well as growing
through the greenhouses, both sunny
and tastes like bacon. Lemongrass can be space or anyone who wants to dress up vegetables and ornamental plants in the
and shady, and other areas such as a
planted around a garden plot to keep deer their porch or patio. This presentation is Hollywood area, while battling weeds,
“reading room” with gardening books
out. To harvest you pull it up, use the designed to inspire you to roll up your insects and plant diseases.
and a children’s area with miniature
bottom, push the top back into the soil sleeves, dirty your hands and spruce up Please note the Oyster Catcher
furniture and gardening tools. There is an
and it regrows. your porch or patio with some beautiful Community Center is the new permanent
impressive collection of various types of
container gardens in no time. Aaron location for the SIGC monthly meetings.
parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, lavender In the propagation house Cowen will outline the necessary requirements Members not residing on the Island will
and other popular herbs. explained how cuttings are rooted: mint (conditions, growing mediums, plant receive a Special Event Pass that will
Cowen talked about how it is possible cuttings are dipped in Root Tone before selection and containers) for the success of
being pushed into a tray of soil and kept allow them to park at the Oyster Catcher
to replace flowers, which deer love to eat growing gorgeous planters full of flowers,
moist. A cutting must be not too woody or parking lot.
with herbs, which they don’t. Santolina is veggies and more.
deer resistant, drought tolerant, and has a too soft so thyme is harder to propagate. For information on Seabrook Island
In the shade house Cowen and Spies grow George Aaron is a native of South
pungent odor which, in the past, people Garden Club membership please contact
ivy violet, wire anise and daphne. Carolina with a degree in Marine Science
put under rugs to deter pests. Holli Bolte, at
from the University of South Carolina
Fennel has bronze foliage in late Near the herb gardens are spectacular, and two degrees in Physical Therapy from
summer, which butterflies eat but then it large old azalea shrubs and camellias, the Medical University of South Carolina.
reblooms. African blue basil has beautiful planted by the past owners of the property He practiced for 35 years as a physical
blue flowers. Neem is good for preventing and a walk amongst them was a perfect therapist specializing in problems with
fungus. Sage (salvia) is even delicious fried ending to a lovely day.
April 13 Island Connection Calendar April 24
ONGOING WHAT: The Charleston County Public techniques. See or WHEN: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aaron. For questions and information on WHEN: 2 p.m. THURSDAY, APRIL 18-20 Wiessmann, Susan Colwell, Fer Caggiano
Mondays Library Bookmobile for details. MORE INFO: Featuring 48 wines membership contact Holli Bolte at hmbolte@ MORE INFO: The group will discuss and Lisa Willits. Proceeds support the Sea
WHAT: Family Trees WHERE: Parking lot behind Hege’s by the glass every day. For details visit The Underground Railroad by Colson WHAT: Charleston Songwriters Festival Islands Chamber of Commerce. For info visit
WHERE: Walton Hall at St. John’s Parish, WHEN: 10-11 a.m. WHAT: Family Oriented Tours and Whitehead. Visit for details. WHERE: Various locations
WHEN: Various times
3673 Maybank Hwy. MORE INFO: Bookmobile is back the Activities SATURDAY, APRIL 13
Third Friday of the MORE INFO: Songwriters, music industry
WHEN: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (beginning first and third Tuesdays of the month. The WHERE: Aiken-Rhett House WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17 SUNDAY, APRIL 21
August 13) schedule for the summer is June 19, July 3 & WHEN: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Month WHAT: SINHG special program professionals, and fans celebrate songwriting
MORE INFO: Begin exploring the process 17, August 7 & 21. MORE INFO: Family tours start on the WHAT: Homeschool History Days WHERE: The Charleston Museum WHAT: CofC Orchestra’s Spring Concert through curation of events at venues such WHAT: Easter Celebration
of clearing title for heirs’ property by defining half-hour between 10:30 am and 12:30 WHERE: Charleston Museum, 360 WHEN: 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Gaillard Center as Republic Garden & Lounge, Cocktail WHERE: Seacoast Church at Charleston
the family tree. For more information or Wednesdays pm. Docent-led scavenger hunt tours, Meeting St. MORE INFO: Seabrook Island Natural WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Club, The Dispensary, Public House, John Collegiate School
to make an appointment for an initial WHAT: Block-In Art Class historic games and toys in the garden. WHEN: 10-11 a.m. History Group partners with the Charleston MORE INFO: Conducted by Yuriy Bekker, King, and Charleston Music Hall. Visit WHEN: 9 and 10:30 a.m.
assessment call 843.810.1036 WHERE: Todd & Huff Art Center, for information and MORE INFO: A special program for Museum to present Brian Badger of the program will include Claude Debussy’s for lineup MORE INFO: Children’s ministry classes for
Bohicket marina to purchase tickets for the date and museum homeschooling families. Programs feature Namibia-based Cheetah Conservation Fund. Petite Suite, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s and tickets. infant through 5th grade during both services.
WHAT: Charleston Coastal Choir WHEN: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. house you would like to attend. one of our field trip classes, a chance to Program is free. For details visit Rococo Variations (featuring cellist/faculty Children’s activities between services including an
WHERE: Church of Our Savior MORE INFO: Class covers line drawing, go through the Museum, and an activity. member Natalia Khoma), Antonín Dvořák’s SATURDAY, APRIL 20 Easter Egg Hunt, yard games and a live bunny.
WHEN: 1 p.m. drawing with a brush, transparent wash, alla WHAT: Live Music at The Andell Inn Free with paid admission. To register visit SUNDAY, APRIL 14 Symphony No. 8 in G Major and a world Visit for more information.
premiere of The Overview Effect by College WHAT: Spring Festival
MORE INFO: Local, mixed community prima, monochrome value underpaintings, WHERE: The Andell Inn Hotel, Freshfields
WHAT: 15th Annual Blues by the Sea WHERE: Freshfields Village
chorus, open for membership. Season runs toning a canvas, working wet into wet, Village of Charleston composition student Will TUESDAY, APRIL 23
WHERE: Freshfields Village WHEN: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
October through March. For information and glazing. See or WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Saturdays Goss. Admission is free, with $20 suggested
MORE INFO: Children’s activities and an for details. MORE INFO: Relax with cool jazz every WHAT: Johns Island Farmers Market WHEN: 3-7 p.m. donation for adults. For information, contact WHAT: David Sedaris
contact Director of Music, Van McCollum
MORE INFO: An afternoon and evening CofC Concerts at 843.953.6315 or visit interactive band. Bring your camera to snap WHERE: Gaillard Center
at 404.401.0678 or vanmccollum@bellsouth. Thursday evening in the lounge of the Andell WHERE: Charleston Collegiate campus,
of world-class blues featuring Patrick Green a photo with the Easter Bunny as he hops WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
net. WHAT: English Conversation Club Inn Hotel. Drinks and food available. No 2024 Academy Rd.
& the Blues Buckets, The Night Hawks and through the Village. Enjoy tasty treats from MORE INFO: Author of the bestsellers
WHERE: John’s Island Regional Library cover charge. 843.793.6050. WHEN: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Vanessa Collier. No tickets required. Bring local food vendors including sno-cones, kettle Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your
Tuesdays WHEN: 2 p.m. MORE INFO: Local farmers, vendors THURSDAY, APRIL 18
your own libations. Sponsored by the Kiawah korn, popsicles, BBQ and more. St. John’s Family in Corduroy and Denim, and regular
WHAT: Family Oriented Tours and MORE INFO: Practice speaking English Third Thursday of the and artisans, live music, food trucks.
Fire Department will host their annual Spring
with a small group. Beginners to advanced Month Charleston’s only year-round market. Arts and Cultural Events Council. WHAT: Community Shred Day National Public Radio contributor reading
WHERE: Municipal Center Into Safety event with tours of fire engines, from his newest book, New York Times #1 Best
WHERE: Nathaniel Russell House learners welcome. A children’s program and/ WHAT: Spring Sip & Stroll
MONDAY, APRIL 15 WHEN: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. fire extinguisher training, escape planning and Seller, Calypso. Tickets at
WHEN: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or craft will be provided during the club WHERE: Freshfields Village
MORE INFO: Bring your documents for safety tips and a visit from Sparky the Fire Dog.
MORE INFO: Family tours start on the meeting. Registration is not required; call WHEN: 4-7 p.m. Third Saturday of the WHAT: Namibia Success in Saving the
half-hour between 10:30 am and 12:30 843.559.1945 for more information. MORE INFO: Visit participating stores Month shredding to the Municipal Center front WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24
Black Rhino parking lot (4475 Betsy Kerrison Pkwy) WHAT: Art Walk at Bohicket
pm. Docent-led scavenger hunt tours, and restaurants during the monthly Sip & WHAT: Sea Islands Cars & Coffee WHEN: 2 p.m. WHAT: KAC Presents: Piano Bar
for disposal. Staples can be left in your WHERE: Bohicket Marina, in front of NV
historic games and toys in the garden. Thursdays Stroll for special in-store events, sales and WHERE: Freshfields Village, Kiawah WHERE: Town of Kiawah Municipal Center Realty Group WHERE: The Sandcastle
WHAT: Beginning Oil Painting promotions along with sips and light snacks. WHEN: 9-11 a.m. documents, but all metal clips must be for information and MORE INFO: Dr. Jeff Muntifering, WHEN: 5-7 p.m.
removed. The Town provides complimentary WHEN: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
to purchase tickets for the date and museum WHERE: Todd & Huff Art Center, MORE INFO: This free event will feature Conservation Biologist at the Minnesota MORE INFO: Chris Dodson performs. No
shredding services for all Kiawah residents MORE INFO: 12 local Lowcountry
house you would like to attend. Bohicket marina Thursdays & Sundays antiques, classics, exotics, concepts and any Zoo, Science Adviser, for Save the Rhino artists with originals on display for sale for tickets required. Bring your own libations.
WHEN: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. WHAT: Live Music other cool cars. Coffee and other refreshments once a year. Questions, contact Rusty Lameo
Trust in Namibia, and Adjunct Professor, at the general public. Artists include Kellie Sponsored by the Kiawah Arts and Cultural
First and Third MORE INFO: Class includes drawing, WHERE: Forty-Eight - Wine Bar & available for purchase by Java Java Coffee Namibia University of Science & Technology Jacobs, Bob LeFevre, Sandra Roper, Colleen Events Council.
Tuesdays composition, color theory and painting Kitchen House. If you have any specific questions will speak about the successful efforts to slow
about the event, please contact Bruce the poaching of the black rhino in Namibia-
Stemerman at home to 1/3 of the world’s 5,000 remaining
black rhino population. Program is free and
FRIDAY, APRIL 12 open to the public.
WHAT: Lowcountry Art and Artisans
WHERE: The Sandcastle WHAT: Kiawah Turtle Patrol Kickoff
WHEN: 4-7 p.m. Meeting
MORE INFO: Semiannual event, which is WHERE: The Sandcastle
hosted by the Kiawah Island Community WHEN: 6 p.m.
Association features original works for sale, MORE INFO: Kiawah Island Turtle
beer and wine bar and light hors d’oeuvres. Patrol’s annual preseason meeting. If you are
For details on this and other upcoming interested in volunteering, this is a perfect
island events, visit time to come and see what it’s all about. For
more information on Turtle Patrol, email
WHAT: Seabrook Island Garden Club Lynne Sager at
WHERE: Oystercatcher Community Center
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. TUESDAY, APRIL 16
MORE INFO: Learn about container WHAT: Sea Islands Book Club (adults)
gardening with Master Gardener George WHERE: Johns Island Regional Library
14 April 12, 2019
for your health
Own property in an
Opportunity Zone? BY BARBARA RADIN FOX Let’s take gambling as an example.

Let’s talk.
For The Island Connection Betting on occasion can be a fun activity
for lots of people, but gambling so much

ots of people suffer from addictions, that a person loses money that would go for
food, clothing or shelter would constitute

I have buyers interested in

sometimes knowingly and sometimes
not. There are many addictions: an “abuse” of this activity. A person who
alcohol and other legal and illegal drugs, cannot control their desire to gamble would
shopping, gambling, sex, sugar, nicotine, be an “addict”. Same with sex, shopping,

your property. caffeine and codependency – and they can food, etc. When a person persists in an
all affect the addict’s health in many ways activity of any sort that has negative aspects
and can certainly affect the health of family or consequences and that person cannot stop
and friends of the addict. doing that activity even when they try, then
that person would be considered to have an
There is a lot of ignorance about addiction. It is also rare when someone has
addictions, even in the medical community. just one addiction.
The first “big question” is what is the use,
abuse or addiction to. A person, for example, The next “big question” is why does a
may just use alcohol or may abuse it or may person becomes an addict. An addiction is
be addicted to it. Same with anything else a disease and although there is disagreement
like gambling, food, sex, shopping, use of on the root cause, most addiction treatment
any other substance. professionals believe that it starts with a
genetic predisposition. So, in short, it’s an
The use of alcohol, for example, would inherited disease, which most diseases are.
be having an alcoholic beverage for a special In fact, there are genetic groups that have
occasion. A person who abuses alcohol gets much more predisposition to these inherited
“drunk” or “buzzed” because that is what diseases, including addiction. The genetic
happens when alcohol becomes toxic in the predisposition to an addiction then often
body. A person who is addicted to alcohol needs a stressful precipitator, but some
cannot function without it and shows a loss addicts inherit so much of the chemistry
of control, although many people who are that they don’t need much stress to get the
alcoholic say they can stop anytime, they addiction started.
just don’t want to. There is a more clinical
definition that healthcare professionals use. Addictions are chronic conditions and
unfortunately thrive on denial, so they are
Some doctors have told their patients not easy to treat, but the good news is that
who are having health problems, “Just drink with the right motivation and the right
1 or 2 scotches per day and you’ll be fine.” In treatment, they can go into remission. These
previous columns I have written about the treatment options will be discussed in the
recommendation by the American Heart next column.
Association to prevent heart disease- drink
no more than 2 alcoholic beverages daily. Contact Fox by email at foxb@
This recommendation, though, doesn’t or by letter to 2045
apply to someone who has a health condition Maybank Hwy., Charleston 29412 if you
or has the disease of alcoholism, which is have a health related question or comment
never mentioned with the recommendation. on the column.

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