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Volume 12 Issue 22 FREE February 1, 2019

Wildlife Expo
For The Island Connection

top by the Kiawah Visitors Center
(4475 Betsy Kerrison Pkwy.) to get
your tickets to the Southeastern
Wildlife Exposition (SEWE). This
three-day showcase of everything we love
about wildlife and nature is an event that
is worth the trip downtown.
Through an incredible lineup of events
- from fine art exhibits, conservation
education, sporting demonstrations and
parties - SEWE invites us all to explore
our "wild" side and pay tribute to our
Josh Swindle sporting the paramobile golf cart. Photo by Gregg Bragg. naturally beautiful world. It’s the largest

Adaptive golf comes to Kiawah

event of its kind in the US and plays host
to hundreds of artists and exhibitors, plus
experts in wildlife and nature art, all eager
to share their art and insights.
R E S O R T S E T S B E N C H M A R K F O R P L AY E R A C C E S S I B I L I T Y Check out the line up at SEWE.com. For
more information call the Kiawah Visitors
BY GREGG BRAGG Center at 843.768.5116.
The Island Connection Sr. Staff Writer

iawah resident Deborah A. Perelmuter graduated from Paramobile goes from sitting position to standing position in a
Wharton with a B.Sc. in 1983, and earned her MBA matter of seconds. Consequently, it’s not only possible, but also
from New York University’s Stern School of Business in practical for people like Perelmuter to do any number of things,
1991. She is currently on leave from her position as Senior Vice including a round of golf.
President of Research and Statistics with the Federal Reserve “You can play with other people without holding them up.
Bank of New York after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis I have to learn to manage my swing [because of the device] but
in 1996. MS took its time eroding her ability to participate in this is such a great, unique vehicle, and a great accommodation
the joy of sports, effectively eliminating her golf game about six for those who don’t have any balance, or strength in their legs.
or seven years ago. That was before the fall of 2018, when the They can actually play sociable golf, in a group, at a walking or
Kiawah Island Golf Resort acquired a Paramobile. even running pace, and participate in conversations at eye level.
The device was invented by California-based golf coach It’s fantastic, so I was really excited to discover they had this
Anthony Netto. He married the idea of a standing frame to a program.
motorized wheelchair with the help of engineering company
ESORO, and medical device manufacturer Ottobock. The Adaptive Golf continues on page 4 Photo courtesy of SEWE.

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Kiawah Island Town Council

Lynn Pierotti
BY KATY CALLOWAY “Opening Comments” and the December is Maryanne Connelly.
The Island Connection Managing Editor 7 special meeting, during the first round Chris Widuch will liaison to the State
lynn@luckydognews.com of Citizen’s Comments. She thanked Accommodations Tax Committee.

Council in advance for its intervention The Charleston Area Transportation
he first Kiawah Town Council regarding the Kiawah Island Utility
Katy Calloway meeting of the New Year Study group and the Berkeley, Charleston,
managing editor
Rate Increase Application that was to be Dorchester Council of Governments will
was called to order with new discussed later in Executive Session.
katy@luckydognews.com councilmembers, Maryanne Connelly, be represented by Mayor Weaver.
Dan Prickett and Klaus Said present and There being no old business, the The Mayor asked to delay the
accounted for. Following the Pledge of agenda moved on to new business which appointments to the Environmental
Jennifer Tuohy included Ordinance 2019-01 to amend
Allegiance, Mayor Weaver described an Committee, Conservancy, the Planning
contributing editor unusual process for approving the minutes Article 16, Beach Management, Chapter Commission and Public Works until after
jennifer@luckydognews.com of the December 4 regular meeting as 1 Beach Lighting. The chapter’s purpose the new council has attended the 2019
those 2018 councilmembers were no is to protect nesting sea turtles on Kiawah Council Retreat.
longer present, therefore only himself beaches by safeguarding nesting females
Alejandro Ferreyros Town Administrator Stephanie
and councilmember Chris Widuch were and hatchlings from sources of artificial
senior graphic designer Tillerson then went over committee
able to make the motion and second to light. The amendments define dawn
appointments, memberships, roles
approve the prior meetings, while all and dusk as 30 minutes prior to sunrise
and responsibilities. A motion was
councilmembers, new and old, were and sunset respectively. It also tightens
made to approve members and passed
Lori McGee invited to approve, which they did. the language preventing any source of
artificial light from being visible from the
sales manager The Mayor then took a moment Tillerson reported that the traffic
beach, including new development. In
lori@luckydognews.com to declare that with three new addition, temporary lights at construction and safety study had been completed by
councilmembers, they would be sites shall be turned off at 9 p.m. until Kimley-Horn in the area of Beachwalker
explaining some processes as today’s dawn from May 1 to October 31. The first East and should be available soon. She
meeting went along, beginning with the reading was approved unanimously. then updated Council on Beachwalker
Senior Staff Writer process for amending minutes ahead of Dr. and negotiations with the County
Gregg Bragg the scheduled meetings. The minutes for Being the first meeting of 2019,
Park in regards to easing the traffic
the December 7 special meeting were the appointments of town treasurer,
problems to and from the public access
then approved unanimously. town clerk, and town attorney needed
Contributors park that is often filled to capacity with
to be approved for another calendar
Stephanie Braswell The Mayor’s update included a welcome visitors. This challenge will be addressed
year. Dorota Szubert, Petra Reynolds
Renee Dickinson to new councilmembers. He stated that by the Kimley-Horn report. The Town
and Stephanie Monroe Tillerson were
this morning (Jan. 8) he signed the is optimistic that traffic relief can be
Jeannie Colson approved unanimously and without
Deputy contract with Charleston County completed by May of 2019.
Alberta Barron comment and will continue to serve at
for supplemental law officers for the day the will of Council in their positions for Councilmember Widuch announced
Barbara Radin Fox shift beginning March 1. that demolition to the condemned 122
another calendar year.
Martha Zink He announced that KICA has Turnberry property should start on Jan.
Council committee assignments and
Jacob Elsey established a committee that is going 21 and be completed by Feb. 1. He added
appointments were then made with the
Jennifer Richard to look at Sea Level Rise and the very that Fire Station 6 is now scheduled for a
following determinations: Klaus Said was
focused issues of drainage and stormwater Mar. 5 completion.
Nandini McCauley appointed chair of the Audit Committee,
management, “Which makes sense since Chris Widuch will chair the Ways and With no further public business,
Kimberly Borts they own 95% of the roadways,” stated Council entered into Executive Session
Kimberly Keelor-Parker Means Committee and Maryanne
Weaver. Councilmember Widuch will Connelly will chair the Public Safety to receive legal advice regarding 1. a land
John B. Nelson represent the Town on that committee. Committee. Said and Connelly will serve use and zoning matter related to Vacation
The Mayor noted a continuing problem one-year terms, however the Ways and Club Destinations; 2. the Kiawah Island
with capacity at trash facility noting that Means Committee chair serves the entire Utility rate increase application; and
the purchase of a compactor had been length of his council term. All members 3. civil action regarding T. Rucker and
approved last Fall to maximize capacity, were approved without discussion. former auditor Webster-Rogers.
and hope to keep the area cleaner. The hope Council liaison to the Arts and The next regular meeting of the Kiawah
is that the new unit is installed next week. Cultural Events Council is Dan Prickett. Island Town Council will be Tuesday,
The meeting fell into the old rhythm as Feb. 8 at 2:30 p.m.
Council liaison to the Visitors Bureau
Wendy Kulick took to the podium for her

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Beachwalker Park closed

until April
For The Island Connection

iawah Beachwalker Park is • The addition of new
temporarily closed to all visitors ADA-compliant parking spaces
(including pedestrians) through and paved access pathway to the
early April so that the park can undergo boardwalk
extensive renovations and construction. • The replacement of the gatehouse
The scope of the renovations include: and traffic improvements to the
• The replacement of the boardwalk entry of the park.
from the parking lot to the existing Kiawah Beachwalker Park, located
showers. on the west end of Kiawah Island, offers
• The replacement of the showers ocean frontage and a river view, along
and changing rooms. with the only public beach access on
Kiawah Island.

arts & events

OLMCO hosts Love Your

Neighbor auction
For The Island Connection

ur Lady of Mercy Community first in all he does,” says Ericka Plater,
Outreach will host the Love
Your Neighbor Auction from
1-4:30 p.m. on Feb. 10 at the Charleston
executive director of Our Lady of Mercy
Community Outreach. Tid e Char t
Tickets are selling quickly and can
Marriott Hotel. Guests will enjoy an be bought online at OLMOutreach.
open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres while org. For more information, contact
bidding on luxurious items such as a Hannah Finley, development manager, Date High Tide Low Tide
guided quail hunt for two at Pinetop at 843.559.4109 x109 or hannah.finley@
Plantation, a private five to seven course olmoutreach.org. Proceeds from the event Feb 01 5:51am/5:53pm 11:55am/11:59pm
tasting menu with wine pairings at the will be used to support the mission of Our
James Beard House in New York City for Lady of Mercy Community Outreach to Feb 02 6:37am/6:39pm 12:40pm
12, or a six-night Fairmont Resort getaway encourage and support self-sufficiency
in Banff, Calgary and Lake Louise with and self-worth for people in need through Feb 03 7:19am/7:22pm 12:43am/1:22pm
airfare for two and much more during our education, wellness and outreach services. Feb 04 7:59am/8:01pm 1:24am/2:01pm
silent and live auctions.
For the second year, OLMCOS is Feb 05 8:36am/8:39pm 2:02am/2:37pm
presenting the Love Your Neighbor
Award to showcase the long-term impact
Feb 06 9:11am/9:15pm 2:39am/3:12pm
an individual, organization or company Feb 07 9:44am/9:49pm 3:14am/3:46pm
makes in our community, bringing our
mission to help those in greatest need reach Feb 08 10:15am/10:22pm 3:50am/4:19pm
Founded in 1989, Our Lady of Mercy
self-sufficiency, to life. This year’s award Feb 09 10:47am/10:59pm 4:28am/4:55pm
Community Outreach provides educational,
will be presented to Mickey Bakst. Maître
health and direct outreach services to
D, foodie, fundraiser, philanthropist,
more than 5,000 people each year in the Feb 10 11:23am/11:41pm 5:09am/5:34pm
career restaurateur, mentor and Charleston
ambassador – these are just a few titles
Lowcountry. With the support of volunteers Feb 11 12:06pm 5:58am/6:20pm
and donations, community members receive
bestowed upon Mickey Bakst. Our Lady Feb 12 12:31am/12:58pm 6:54am/7:13pm
dental and pre-natal care, emergency food,
of Mercy Community Outreach has
clothing and financial assistance, lunch five
had the privilege of seeing the impact of
days a week at Neighborhood House, and Feb 13 1:30am/2:00pm 7:59am/8:14pm
Bakst's work daily through the consistent
support he provides to our downtown
diverse educational and capacity-building Feb 14 2:36am/3:08pm 9:09am/9:19pm
opportunities such as after-school programs,
location, Neighborhood House. His latest
money management, GED and ESL
charitable effort is Dining for a Cause, Hurricanes, storms, etc., are NOT included in the predictions.
classes, workforce development, and more.
which raised over $500,000 in 2018 for Tidal current direction changes and tide time predictions can be
The two locations include Johns Island on
three area organizations. very different. Tide predictions are PREDICTIONS; they can be
Brownswood Rd, serving the needs of James,
"Mickey is an example of the impact Johns and Wadmalaw Island residents and wrong so use common sense.
one person can have on many when the Neighborhood House in Charleston that Source: saltwatertides.com
they share their blessings. He is a serves Eastside-area residents. For more
dynamic change agent in the Charleston information, visit OLMOutreach.org.
community, and we are honored to have
him as a champion of our mission and
to honor him for putting community
4 February 1, 2019 February 1, 2019 5
daily daily
flexible as this one. It makes the golf game as natural as
it can be. It’s a big step above the other devices I’ve tried
that haven’t really worked out. The person who invented
series on Kiawah we run winter and summer. [That
schedule] kind of spells the rest of the PGA HOPE
chapters in Charleston (Wescott, Daniel’s Island and
KICA gives over $100,000
it really thought of everything. You can use it during
fishing, walking, going to the beach… You can stand up
Stono Ferry), that run spring and fall. So we’ve created
a year round outlet. Most of the guys here have PTSD, FUNDS SUPPORT
and talk to people. You don’t feel like you’re part of the and this is a way for them to reincorporate themselves
conversation when people are talking above you… and into civilian life,” said Josh Wagaman, Head Golf Pro at M U LT I P L E P R O G R A M S
to be able to stand up and to do things like that is just Kiawah’s Cougar Point Golf Course.
amazing,” said Perelmuter. “At the beginning of the program, a lot of these guys
“I’m going to try to start a chapter up in Pennsylvania weren’t comfortable standing here in a group or having a
where I live in the summertime so I can be a beneficiary, conversation. They weren’t comfortable being this close
but more importantly, so I can raise consciousness, and to people. By the end of the program you could see them
get people who would ordinarily be unable to play, back begin to develop friendships, and were more comfortable
to the game. being around people. It’s just awesome to see the program
“Kiawah and KIGR are unique and the kinds of work.
things that they can do for the people who live here is “There are six Kiawah Island pros that teach with us
great. I consider myself very fortunate to be able to be a on a weekly basis. There’s a national PGA Reach Cup
part of those, and to use it as a resident of the island. I’m every year comprised of one team from each of 41 PGA
sure they would love to let people who are visiting use it. sections. PGA Reach Cup is held in the same city as
I think it’ll be a real boon for this resort and make it that the PGA Championship. The qualifier was in Pinehurst
much more outstanding,” Perelmuter said. this year. We have eleven PGA HOPE chapters in the
The “program” Perelmuter referred to is a product of North and South Carolina Sections. The Kiawah team
the Stand Up and Play foundation started by Paramobile actually tied Wescott in match play but lost the scorecard
inventor Anthony Netto. The Foundation is working playoff… so the Wescott team will go to New York this
hand-in-glove with PGA America as a part of PGA year,” concluded Wagaman.
Reach, designed to encourage diversity and inclusion. Each PGA Reach team is made up of 4 veterans and
A veteran-centric division of PGA Reach is the PGA one pro. The 2018 group from Kiawah was captained
- HOPE program. “PGA HOPE Carolinas (Helping by Wagaman. Josh Swindell is one of 20 who benefit
Our Patriots Everywhere) is an adaptive golf program from the program at Cougar, and he was also part of the
offered by our PGA Professionals as a rehabilitation tool team to visit Pinehurst. Swindell was paralyzed in an
to improve our veterans' quality of life by enhancing accident while serving as a Coast Guard first responder.
Debby Perelmuter is back on the golf course using the their mental, social, physical, and emotional well-being. The pictures of Swindell tell their own story, but seeing
paramobile cart. Photo by Jim Perelmuter. We serve our veterans at eleven locations in North and him drive a ball down the middle from the paramobile is
South Carolina with an emphasis on helping those with nothing short of inspiring.
Adaptive Golf continues on page 4 physical and emotional disabilities that would most
For more information contact the Cougar Point Club Kiawah Cares is sponsoring two little league teams in 2019.
benefit from our initiative,” reads the PGA HOPE Photo courtesy of the Barrier Islands Little League.
“[KIGR] has been really accommodating to allow me House at 843.266.4020, visit standupandplayfoundation.
Carolinas website.
to use it, and I think they want to make it accessible to org, or Carolinas.pga.com/pga-HOPE.
“PGA HOPE is free for all active duty military or BY KICA
more people. So I think Kiawah being one of the first For The Island Connection
to have a Paramobile is great. There are probably three veteran members, and is funded by the PGA of America
or four different types of this vehicle, but none are as under a program labeled PGA Reach. It’s an eight week

he Kiawah Cares Foundation’s absolutely blown away by the immense
first annual Humanitarian Aid generosity that this campaign generated.
Fundraising Campaign generated We are so proud of our community and
just over $100,000 in donations to fund the positive local impact we will be able to
a variety of powerful programs addressing make in 2019!”
hunger, housing and wellness for the The goal was to raise $60,000 in six
young and old on the Sea Islands in 2019. weeks, between the campaign’s launch on
This campaign was a comprehensive Giving Tuesday (Nov. 27) through the
effort to address a wide range of needs end of 2018. The $60,000 would fund a set
on neighboring Johns and Wadmalaw of foundational Sea Islands humanitarian
islands. efforts, as well as provide some additional
“Kiawah Cares has been operating resources to mobilize quickly when
for over six years and we have gained worthy needs require immediate support.
a thorough understanding of where “Donations came in so rapidly in the
the greatest needs lie in our Sea Islands last week of December, that we didn’t
community,” remarked Kiawah Cares’ realize how dramatically this campaign
Holly Newman. “We have relationships would surpass our goal,” exclaimed
with local nonprofit partners who we Newman.
trust and who are exceptionally worthy When the campaign concluded,
beneficiaries. We know our Kiawah donations amounted to a total of $104,000.
community members are eager to support
humanitarian efforts, but we were KICA continues on page 6
6 February 1, 2019
arts & events daily

Seabrook Garden Club

shares meeting
For The Island Connection

sells and manages alongside his father,

Phil H. Slotin. Their store at 191 King St.
anchors the Historic Charleston Antiques
District on Lower King Street and boasts
a Circa 1851. Birlant’s maintains a large
inventory of reproduction and antique
gift items and offers “white glove” courier Kiawah Cares is partnering with Going Places to give away 135 bicycles in 2019.
delivery services anywhere in the US. Photo courtesy of Going Places.
Slotin specializes in antique English childhood right: joy! Katie Bloomquist,
KICA continues from page 5 founder and executive director, wishes
furniture, silver, porcelain, earthenware,
crystal, brass, longcase clocks and fireside Kiawah Cares will be able to continue to provide a bicycle to children in all
accessories. Slotin’s presentation will funding programs like Meals on Wheels Charleston area Title 1 elementary
focus on antique English Georgian silver, (reducing hunger and supporting seniors), schools. Bicycles give children a sense of
Sheffield and Victorian silver-plate. He will the Community Home Improvement freedom and in many cases, self-worth,
bring a “box full of props,” to illustrate the Project (providing home repair to those as the bike may be the first item of value
differences and how the British influenced in need), Made with Love (bringing a child can call their own. Kiawah Cares
Photo provided. Charleston and its silver artisans. comfort to veterans, students and seniors), has the exciting opportunity to fund a

the Barrier Islands Little League and donation of 135 bicycles to be given to
n Friday, Feb. 8 please the Slotin is the past-president of the
Going Places (promoting recreational every student at Frierson Elementary
Seabrook Island Garden Club Charleston Antiques Dealers Association
opportunities for youth). The foundation is School on Wadmalaw Island. This massive
and guest members of the Kiawah and currently a member of the Downtown
also well positioned to support new urgent surprise giveaway is slated for May.
Island Garden Club will welcome special Charleston Business Council. He is also a
speaker Andrew Birlant Slotin. certified antiques appraiser. needs and emerging initiatives. Kiawah Cares helps fund daily meals
For the Barrier Islands Little League, for seniors through Meals on Wheels.
Slotin is the co-owner of George For information on membership in the Meals on Wheels currently serves daily
C. Birlant & Co. (Antiques) and third Kiawah Cares will sponsor two teams,
Seabrook Island Garden Cub contact Holli the Kiawah Bobcats. The mission of the meals to 38 seniors on the Sea Islands and
generation to be involved with this Bolte at hmbolte@yahoo.com. the number is climbing.
97-year-old business. He currently buys, league is to impart the ideals of good
sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage Finally, Kiawah Cares will continue to
and respect, so that children may retain support a special group of local crafters,
those ideals and become stronger mentally known as Made with Love. This group
and physically. This sponsorship will give works tirelessly making hundreds of
16 children the chance to absorb the solid handmade goods and tied fleece blankets,
ideals that Little League conveys, which that not only provide comfort but
places them on a path for future successes. essential warmth, to give to students,
Kiawah Cares is committed to supporting teachers, families, and pet rescues. Special
their future expansion, and will fund gifts are shared with Meals on Wheels
the replacement of equipment that was and Respite Care during the holidays,
recently stolen. and with veterans on Veterans Day to
The Community Home Improvement show gratitude for their service. In the
Project (CHIP) coordinates critical home spirit of sharing their crafts, and passing
repairs for Sea Islands residents in need. on the act of caring and giving with the
CHIP works with sister organization younger generation, the group has hosted
Next Steps, to identify those in need and workshops with students from both
Kiawah Cares will provide substantial Charleston Collegiate and Haut Gap
funds for CHIP to purchase materials for Middle School.
repairs. Often homes have been damaged The Kiawah Cares Foundation is a
by storms, or age has created significant 501c3, administratively supported by the
livability issues. Kiawah Island Community Association.
Going Places’ mission is to provide Learn more about Kiawah Cares’ impact
disadvantaged kids with their most basic and programs at KiawahCares.org.
February 1, 2019 7
for your health

Weighing in on diet
For The Island Connection

are low salt, low or no sugar, no lactose, Sometimes we can determine what foods
no gluten, vegetarian, vegan, no grain, bother us through our experience. For
no cooked food, whole grain, plant-based example, if a person drinking cow’s milk
diets and many other types of diets for or milk products, suffers from bloating,
losing weight, such as the grapefruit diet. gas or other gastrointestinal problems, then
It’s enough to boggle the mind. There that person may be lactose intolerant and
are registered dieticians, nutritionists could switch to almond, soy or flax milk
and health and wellness coaches, and on products. If a person has gastrointestinal or
occasion medical doctors who dispense other symptoms that have proven difficult
dietary advice. Whom should we believe? to diagnose, he or she may be sensitive to
What we can believe is this: gluten or actually have celiac sprue disease,
1. We would be dead if we didn’t eat. which can be diagnosed by a blood test or a
biopsy of the small intestine.
2. We would probably get sick and
maybe hasten our death if we Persistence to find a diagnosis will pay
don’t eat the “right” food, i.e. off, even though you may have to consult
enough protein, dairy, fruits and with a few health professionals.
vegetables and carbohydrates Unless someone has an allergy,
throughout the day. (Many of my sensitivity or disease, moderation usually
patients who have anxiety and is the healthy approach to diet. There is a
depression find that many if not lot of evidence, though, that the healthiest
all of these symptoms disappear diets are ones that emphasize plant-based,
when they eat a lot more protein whole grain foods and have shown that
throughout the day and get rid of these foods seem to prevent as well as
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.com. most alcohol, caffeine and sugar.) treat many conditions, including heart

3. Each person’s diet needs to be problems, diabetes, cancer and more.
o many of us in the U.S. are “on a incorrect information on the packaging
diet” or, “off and on a diet.” Usually on food products. individualized, depending on his Email any general health related question
that means we are trying to lose What’s the right answer when we’re or her own unique physiology. to foxb@bodyandsoultherapy.com or mail it
weight, seemingly the ever present wondering about dietary issues? Sometimes we can get answers to 2045 Maybank Hwy, Charleston 29412.
problem with the majority of people here Well, first of all, the word diet doesn’t by visiting one of the professionals The Seabrook Island Professionals Group
in our country. Some of us are also trying necessarily mean losing weight. The word mentioned. There are medical tests that is for active or retired health professionals
to be on a healthy diet, even though we diet is simple: it means what food and can uncover medical conditions that are who live on Seabrook Island. Please contact
get a lot of conflicting information and drink are we putting in our body. There caused by a certain type of food. Barbara Fox at foxb@bodyandsoultherapy.
com if you would like more information.
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arts & events

Floral design with Robert Gould

For The Island Connection

creative vase covered with oyster shells made by children

with physical or mental challenges.
He reminded everyone that water must be changed often
and that he uses Quick Dip (the liquid form of the powder
included with most cut flowers purchased) to condition the
flowers and foliage for a day or two. He makes fresh cuts at
an angle so the stems do not sit flat in a vase, unable to absorb
water. He does not recommend adding bleach as it makes the
water murky and bleaches the bottom of the stems.
Robert gathers foliage where he can, including magnolia,
Robert Gould’s floral designs at the Kiawah Island tall grasses and elaeagnus, using the long stems of that
Garden Club. Photos provided. shrub to spill from the arrangement. When planting flower

n Jan. 14 the Kiawah Island Garden Club met boxes and planters, he suggests that arrangements include
for an interactive flower arranging talk given by a “Thriller, Filler and Spiller”, three types of flowers and/or
Robert Gould, who is the floral designer for the foliage: something dramatic, something to fill in the spaces
Kiawah Partners and does all of the arrangements for the and something to spill over the container. He says however,
Kiawah Island Clubhouses and the Resort. that he is a “rule breaker.” Creativeness is his talent.
Following a period when all 28 of the Garden Club Gould gave each attendee a small vase and let members
members in attendance introduced themselves and choose from an array of flowers and foliage to create their
discovered that some had been on the island over 30 years own arrangement. When everyone finished he asked
and some just a week or two, Gould explained his design everyone to pass their arrangement to the person at left
philosophy and showed some of his designs. and everyone went home with a “surprise” arrangement
Gould began creating arrangements for the Beach and new friends.
Club 25 years ago with a tiny budget. These “minimalist” On Feb. 8 the Seabrook Garden Club has invited the
arrangements utilized material he gathered on the Island. KIGC to join them for a presentation by antique dealer
With a much more generous budget now, he is able to Andrew Birlant Slotin, of George C. Birland & Co.,
design at a much larger scale but still is a master at simple, focusing on antique English Georgian silver and Sheffield
dramatic arrangements. and Victorian silver plate, emphasizing how the British
Gould showed the Club several containers which influenced Charleston silver artisans in the 18th and
he made himself and others he’s found, including one 19th centuries. The meeting will be at the Island House,
beginning with refreshments at 9:30 a.m.
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arts & events arts & events

Sea Island Habitat’s 23rd Concert to benefit HALOS

BY JACOB ELSEY For The Island Connection
For The Island Connection

he Duke Pitchforks return to
reception will follow, featuring food, Charleston for the ninth year
drinks, and prizes. in a performance benefiting
Entry into the field is $475 per person. families where grandparents are raising
Play as an individual or afoursome. grandchildren to keep them out of foster
Even if you’re not able to play, you can care.
still support a great cause by donating Each year, the all-male a capella
group from Duke University delights The 2019 Duke Pitchforks.
at one of the various sponsorship levels.
the audience with a range of songs from Photo provided.
All proceeds go towards building an
affordable home for a deserving family. contemporary hits to old standards. The them. HALOS is the only program in the
Registration is available online at Pitchforks' past 2 albums have each won tri-county area that supports these kinship
Photo provided. SeaIslandHabitat.org or contact Jacob Elsey at the CARA award for Best Male Collegiate caregivers and their families through

843.768.0998 or jacob@seaislandhabitat.org. Album in the nation. intensive case management, home visits,
ea Island Habitat for Humanity Charleston's own Plantation Singers, support groups, and resource and referral
is celebrating over 40 years of Sea Island Habitat for Humanity’s goal one of the most renowned gospel groups services.
helping hard-working families is to empower people with limited resources in the southeast, are also performing.
attain homeownership. The 23rd Annual to realize the dream of owning a home. Don't miss this incredible night of music
Golf Benefit presented by Kelly Family Since 1978, you have helped us build safe, for people of all ages.
Foundation will take place on March 19 affordable, energy-efficient homes. There are WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
at the Ocean Course at Kiawah, home of substantial rewards for Habitat homeowners Thanks to sponsorships by the
Charleston Jewish Community Center, WHERE: Circular Congregational
the 2012 and 2021 PGA Championships. and their communities. Families gain an Church, 150 Meeting St.
improved quality of life and look towards Without Walls and Page Bullington, all
Registration and a putting contest will proceeds from this evening will benefit MORE INFO: $25 general
begin at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start a brighter future. Children benefit from admission/$20 students and seniors
the security and stability a home provides children and families served by HALOS.
scheduled at noon. Other contests include Tickets at CharlestonHALOS.org or
closest to pin and longest drive. Mulligan and grow up in a world of possibilities. HALOS is non-profit organization
Communities are revitalized as homeowners that improves outcomes for children call 843.990.9564
packages will also be available to make
the round a little more interesting. A take pride in their own homes. who are placed in the care of relatives
when their own parents cannot care for
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arts & events daily

Charleston Music Fest continues Bishop Gadsden’s

chamber music season president steps down
For The Island Connection

he 2nd Monday Series will host
Charleston Music Fest, both part of BY KIMBERLY BORTS communities to achieve the highest level
the College of Charleston School of For The Island Connection of accreditation and a Fitch investment
the Arts, for a night of intimate chamber grade credit rating. Remaining true to

music on Monday, Feb. 11. Graduates of the its mission, Bishop Gadsden continually
prestigious Moscow Conservatory, faculty fter more than 33 years of focuses on its philanthropic support of the
duo Natalia Khoma (cello) and Volodymyr dedication, love, and service, greater community, receiving the 2018
Natalia Khoma – Volodymyr Vynnytsky Bill Trawick has announced his
Vynnytsky (piano) will present a versatile Duo. Photo provided. Organization Philanthropist of the Year
concert of works by J.S. Bach, Ludwig intention to retire from Bishop Gadsden Award for the Charleston area.
van Beethoven, Carlo Alfredo Piatti and and poignancy,” “cellist pianist solo Episcopal Retirement Community.
soulmates,” the Duo is a most electrifying “Bill is a transformative leader,
Myroslav Skoryk, plus the beloved Rococo Trawick became CEO of Bishop and Bishop Gadsden has benefited
variations for Cello by Peter Tchaikovsky. musical partnership. Gadsden in January 1986 and facilitated significantly from his more than 33 years
Natalia Khoma – Volodymyr Housed within the College of Charleston the planning and fundraising for the as President/CEO. Bishop Gadsden is
Vynnytsky Duo is the unique team of School of the Arts, CofC Concerts includes new community on James Island. Bishop nationally recognized in senior living
two virtuoso soloists from the same city four extraordinary series: International Gadsden previously served residents in due to Bill’s exceptional vision and his
and with a similar background. Both Piano Series, Magnetic South, Charleston various downtown locations since its commitment to create and maintain a
were born in Lviv, Ukraine, studied at the Music Fest and 2nd Monday Series, founding in 1850. culture of excellence,” states Margaret
prestigious Moscow Conservatory, and featuring international, national and Under Trawick’s leadership, Bishop Blackmer, Chair of Bishop Gadsden’s
are International Competitions winners. regional artists. Visit CofC Concerts at Gadsden has become one of the nation’s Board of Trustees.
Each has a distinguished career as a soloist, music.cofc.edu/concerts. leading senior living communities, known Trawick has committed to continuing
recitalist and chamber musician, and has for its handsome architecture, innovative as President/CEO until a successor
appeared individually and as a duo with programming, commitment to service, is selected and to ensuring a seamless
major orchestras and premier chamber and philanthropic outreach. transition.
WHAT: Charleston Music Fest
music series throughout the United States In his 33 years, the community
WHERE: Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Founded in 1850, Bishop Gadsden is
and Europe. With performances which has expanded from 70 assisted living
have been hailed around the world as Saint Philip St. residences to a full continuum of care a nonprofit, life plan community serving
“most excellent,” “perfectly controlled WHEN: Monday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. serving more than 500 residents and more than 500 residents in a variety of
and beautifully expressive,” “magical… MORE INFO: Tickets $15 at the door or employing more than 400 staff members. residential and health care settings including
deeply touching,” “with virtuosity and online at go.cofc.edu/cmf Bishop Gadsden is in the top 10% independent and assisted living, skilled
admirable feeling,” “passion, profundity of nonprofit, single-site senior living nursing, and memory support/Alzheimer’s
February 1, 2019 11

Climate change focus of $5.7 million alliance

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he first multi-academic institution center in The intersection of climate change and urbanization harmful algal blooms toxins can adversely affect human
South Carolina to study the effects of ocean is nowhere more apparent than in the coastal zone, as health by increasing human exposure in drinking water,
health-related illness and the interactions from increasing global temperatures, sea level rise, and coastal seafood and in surface waters used for recreation,” said
climate change is initializing its operations. Funded flooding meet growing population centers and economic Scott. “By establishing predictive water quality and
by a $5.7 million grant from the National Institute of hubs in coastal communities in South Carolina, the environmental variables, we can develop models and early
Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), more than United States and the world. warning forecasts to alert the public, prevent exposure
20 researchers from five colleges and universities are Common coastal ecosystem problems include: and thus better protect ecosystem and human health.”
beginning their work aimed at better protecting human • Increased frequencies and severities of harmful The scientists will work on different portions of the
health through the new Center for Oceans and Human algal blooms; research simultaneously to maximize the results more
Health and Climate Change Interactions. efficiently. The USC team will assess impacts of increased
• Antibiotic resistance in disease-causing microbes
The University of South Carolina, College of that live in coastal waters and can cause infections exposure to climate stressors (rising temperatures and
Charleston, The Citadel, Baylor University, and the through the consumption of raw/undercooked changing salinities) on associated diseases and illness,
University of Maryland Center for Environmental shellfish and wound infections; such as Vibrio bacteria in seafood and wound infections,
Science were awarded the NIEHS grant in the fall of 2018 and on harmful algal bloom toxin effects non-alcoholic
• Contaminants such as microplastics in coastal
for the center that is headquartered at the University of fatty liver disease. This data will be used to better identify
waters resulting from trash and tire decomposition;
South Carolina’s (USC) Arnold School of Public Health, vulnerable populations and help tailor community-
in Columbia. • Pharmaceutical and personal care product engagement activities for these susceptible communities.
contamination from discharges into sewer
The Center will be led by Geoffrey I. Scott, clinical “With coastal populations ever-increasing, the need
professor and chair in the USC Department of for science to focus its attention towards mitigating
Environmental Health Sciences. The Center’s deputy The Center’s main purpose will be to assess the effects and preventing the potential impacts of climate change
director is Paul A. Sandifer, director of the Center for of illness and disease related to ocean health, to then on the health of its most-vulnerable citizens, has never
Coastal Environmental and Human Health at the College use the information to develop forecasts that prevent been greater,” said Darin Zimmerman, Ph.D., dean and
of Charleston. Scott and Sandifer will work with a team human exposure to these stressors, and other prevention Traubert Chair for the Swain Family School of Science
of scientists who are faculty leaders at all five institutions. strategies. In particular, the scientists aim to look at and Mathematics at The Citadel. “Tackling the complex
Additionally, researchers and environmental public health climate change-related factors that may enhance the problems that exist at the nexus of the climate-ocean-
practitioners from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric presence of disease-causing Vibrio bacteria and harmful health environment…requires the kind of collaborative,
Administration, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Interstate algal blooms, and their production of toxins that are multi-disciplinary team of experts that will compose this
Shellfish Sanitation Conference, and the Lowcountry harmful to fish, marine mammals and humans. Center.”
Alliance for Model Communities will participate. “Elevated levels of dangerous Vibrio bacteria and
February 1 Island Connection Calendar February 14
ONGOING MORE INFO: Local, mixed community WHAT: Block-In Art Class one of our field trip classes, a chance to Black Hero of Colonial South Carolina both the Paris home and the château of or 48 different craft beers. $42/couple. MORE INFO: In partnership with South
WHAT: Southbound: Photographs of and chorus, open for membership. Season runs WHERE: Todd & Huff Art Center, go through the Museum, and an activity. WHERE: Johns Island Regional Library couturier Hubert de Givenchy. Hosted by Tickets at PalmettoScentStudio.com or call Carolina Humanities, Drayton Hall
about the New South October through March. For information Bohicket marina Free with paid admission. To register visit WHEN: 11 a.m. the Historic Charleston Foundation. Visit 843.718.3414. presents Ethan J. Kytle and Blain Roberts,
WHERE: Halsey Institute of contact Director of Music, Van McCollum at WHEN: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. CharlestonMuseum.org. MORE INFO: During the Anglo-Cherokee HistoricCharleston.org for tickets. authors of Denmark Vesey’s Garden.
Contemporary Art 404.401.0678 or vanmccollum@bellsouth.net. MORE INFO: Class covers line drawing, War of 1759-1761, an enslaved man named WHAT: Human Library Series Lecture is free to all. The reception is $10
WHEN: Oct. 19 - March 2 drawing with a brush, transparent Saturday Abraham won his freedom from the government WHAT: Magnetic South WHERE: Johns Island Regional Library for members and $20 for non-member.
MORE INFO: An unprecedented Tuesdays wash, alla prima, monochrome value WHAT: Johns Island Farmers Market of SC by performing a series of deeds that WHERE: Recital Hall, Simmons Center WHEN: 3 p.m. Tickets & reservations must be purchased
exhibition co-curated by Mark Sloan, WHAT: Family Oriented Tours and underpaintings, toning a canvas, WHERE: Charleston Collegiate SChool, not only displayed remarkable physical for the Arts MORE INFO: Get to know a formerly in advance at DraytonHall.org.
director and chief curator of the Halsey Activities working wet into wet, and glazing. See 2024 Academy Rd. endurance and bravery, but also saved many WHEN: 7:30 p.m. incarcerated person. Hear from a graduate
Institute of Contemporary Art, and WHERE: Nathaniel Russell House PatriciaRHuff.com or ToddHuffCenter. WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. lives. Join CCPL’s historian, Dr. Nic Butler, MORE INFO: A collaborative project of the Turning Leaf Project, a nonprofit WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13
Mark Long, professor of political science, WHEN: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. com for details. MORE INFO: Charleston’s only year- for an introduction to the dramatic, real-life between the College of Charleston organization that helps local men at high
both of whom are on the faculty of the MORE INFO: Family tours start on the half- round farmers market, highlighting story of Abraham, one of the many forgotten Department of Music and the Charleston risk of incarceration prevent reoffending, WHAT: Angel Oak Award Banquet
College of Charleston. For info visit hour between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. Docent- Thursdays produce and locally produced goods black heroes of early South Carolina. Call Symphony. Contemporary classical music using intense life skills training, job WHERE: Seabrook Island Club
SouthboundProject.org. led scavenger hunt tours, historic games and WHAT: Family Oriented Tours and and foods. Live music, kids activities. 843.805.6885 or visit CCPL.org for details. concert featuring Stravinsky’s “A Soldier’s placement, and more. Hear candid stories of WHEN: 5:30 p.m.
toys in the garden. HistoricCharleston.org for Activities JohnsIslandFarmersMarket.com for details. Tale,” with faculty members Robert what life is like in prison, the difficulties of MORE INFO: The Kiawah-Seabrook
Mondays information and to purchase tickets for the date WHERE: Aiken-Rhett House THURSDAY, FEB. 7 Taylor as narrator and Evan Parry as re-entering society and the positive impact Exchange Club honors 2019 award
WHAT: Family Trees and museum house you would like to attend. WHEN: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Third Saturday of the devil, along with Lukas Foss’ setting Turning Leaf has on its students. For info recipient, W. Allen Reed, for his dedication
WHERE: Walton Hall at St. John’s Parish, MORE INFO: Family tours start on the half- the Month WHAT: Advanced Word 2016 of Wallace Stevens’ “Thirteen Ways of call 843.559.1945 or visit CCPL.org. to literacy and for establishing the Summer
3673 Maybank Hwy. First and Third hour between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. Docent- WHAT: Sea Islands Cars & Coffee WHERE: Johns Island Regional Library Looking at a Blackbird,” featuring soprano Reading and Math Program at Angel Oak
WHEN: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tuesdays led scavenger hunt tours, historic games and WHERE: Freshfields Village, Kiawah WHEN: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Kayleen Sanchez. Tickets are $10 and WHAT: CATR volunteer training Elementary School. The event features
MORE INFO: Begin exploring the WHAT: The Charleston County Public toys in the garden. HistoricCharleston.org for WHEN: 9-11 a.m. MORE INFO: Practice some of Word’s can be purchased at the door, by calling WHERE: Brickhouse Equestrian Center, dinner and dancing with complimentary
process of clearing title for heirs’ property Library Bookmobile information and to purchase tickets for the date MORE INFO: This free event will feature more advanced features like inserting 843.723.7528, ext. 110, or online at 2669 Hamilton Rd. wine and beer. Tickets are $60 per person.
by defining the family tree. For more WHERE: Parking lot behind Hege’s and museum house you would like to attend. antiques, classics, exotics, concepts and any photos and text boxes, working with tabs CharlestonSymphony.org. WHEN: noon-2 p.m. For questions or information contact
information or to make an appointment WHEN: 10-11 a.m. other cool cars. Coffee and other refreshments and tables, and adding shapes and page MORE INFO: Charleston Area Therapeutic Roger Steele at vivrog@bellsouth.net or
for an initial assessment call 843.810.1036 MORE INFO: Bookmobile is back the first and WHAT: Live Music at The Andell Inn available for purchase by Java Java Coffee borders. Completion of Basic Word 2016 WHAT: Seabrook Island Garden Club Riding on Johns Island is seeking volunteers 843.768.7166.
third Tuesdays of the month. The schedule for the WHERE: The Andell Inn Hotel, House. If you have any specific questions (or previous experience) is expected. Call WHERE: Lake House for its spring session and will be offering a
WHAT: Farmer’s Market summer is June 19, July 3 & 17, August 7 & 21. Freshfields Village about the event, please contact Bruce 843.805.6885 to register. WHEN: 9:30 two-hour volunteer training at its 48-acre THURSDAY, FEB. 14
WHERE: Freshfields Village WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Stemerman at bstemerman@gmail.com. MORE INFO: Short business meeting and farm. Volunteers do not need to have any
Wednesdays MORE INFO: Relax with cool jazz every WHAT: Seabrook Island Healthcare presentation by Guest Speaker, Andrew previous experience working with horses WHAT: SINHG Meeting
WHEN: 4 - 8 p.m.
Professionals WHERE: The Lake House
MORE INFO: Shop locally grown organic WHAT: English Conversation Club Thursday evening in the lounge of the Andell SATURDAY, FEB. 2 B. Slotin, co-owner of George C. Birlant to serve. To learn more and obtain an
WHEN: Fellowship at 7 p.m., program at
produce along with specialty food products, WHERE: John’s Island Regional Library Inn Hotel. Drinks and food available. No WHERE: 2896 Baywood Dr. & Co. For information on membership application form visit CATR-program.org.
WHEN: 2 p.m. cover charge. 843.793.6050. AndellInn.com. WHAT: Save the Light Half Marathon & 5K WHEN: 7 p.m. contact Holli Bolte at hmbolte@yahoo.com. 7:30 p.m.
delicious treats, fresh seafood and Lowcountry
WHERE: Folly Beach Pier MORE INFO: A representative from MORE INFO: Dr. Shirley McGreal
crafts. Or come hungry and enjoy BBQ, take- MORE INFO: Practice speaking English SUNDAY, FEB. 10 from the International Primate Protection
away dinners, sweets and more. with a small group. Beginners to advanced WHAT: Beginning Oil Painting WHEN: 8:30 a.m. Prime Your Body will be speaking about WHAT: Valentines Cookie Decorating
learners welcome. A children’s program WHERE: Todd & Huff Art Center, MORE INFO: Save the Light, Inc. the health benefits of hemp oil. All active WHERE: The Spice & Tea Exchange of WHAT: Drayton Hall Distinguished League in Summerville will speak on the
and/or craft will be provided during the Bohicket marina partners with CCPRC for second annual or retired health professionals living on Charleston Speaker Series lifelong work she has done to save and
WHAT: Charleston Coastal Choir
club meeting. Registration is not required; WHEN: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. race benefitting Morris Island Lighthouse. Seabrook Island are invited. RSVP to WHEN: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. WHERE: Hill Hall at Drayton Hall protect gibbons. $5 charge for non-SINHG
WHERE: Church of Our Savior
call 843.559.1945 for more information. MORE INFO: Class includes drawing, Both USATF-certified races begin and foxb@bodyandsoultherapy.com. MORE INFO: Join Marilyn Markel, Spice WHEN: 3-5 p.m. members. For details visit SINHG.org.
WHEN: 1 p.m.
composition, color theory and painting end near the Folly Beach Pier. Half and Tea Exchange manager and recipe
techniques. See PatriciaRHuff.com or marathon is a run-only event; the 5K is FRIDAY, FEB. 8 contributor to The Island Connection for
ToddHuffCenter.com for details. open to runners and walkers. To register cookie decorating. Each guest receives a
visit CharlestonCountyParks.com or call WHAT: Luncheon with Garden free cookie canvas. Visit Facebook.com/
Thursdays & Sundays 843.795.4386. Historian Linda Holder TSTECharleston for details.
WHAT: Live Music WHERE: Capt. James Mission House, 40
WHAT: Betsy Kerrison Pkwy Clean-up East Bay St.
WHERE: 48 A Wine Bar
WHEN: 11:30-2 p.m. SATURDAY, FEB. 9
WHEN: 6:30-8:30 p.m. WHERE: Eagles Nest Room at The Lake House
MORE INFO: Featuring 48 wines WHEN: 8:30 p.m. MORE INFO: White House garden WHAT: Couples’ Blends, Bubbles & Bites
by the glass every day. For details visit MORE INFO: Meet at the Lake House to historian Linda Holden, will provide an WHERE: Palmetto Scent Studio &
FortyEightWineBar.com. gather supplies and head out to the road. All you intimate look at Rachel “Bunny” Mellon’s FortyEight: A Wine Bar in Freshfields Village
will need is weather appropriate clothing and a horticultural legacy. Bunny and her WHEN: 4-6 p.m.
Third Friday of the pair of sturdy shoes. Trash bags, pick-up sticks, husband, Paul Mellon, one of the wealthiest MORE INFO: A special event for couples
Month safety vests and gloves will be provided. E-mail men in America, maintained homes in New that includes making two custom-
WHAT: Homeschool History Days Rich Siegel richard.siegel2552@gmail.com or call York, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Antigua, and scented candles while each of you enjoy
WHERE: Charleston Museum, 360 at 716.969.4731 with questions. Upperville, Virginia, and she designed the a complimentary glass of sparkling wine
Meeting St. gardens at all of them. She also designed at Palmetto Scent Studio. While candles
WHEN: 10-11 a.m. TUESDAY, FEB. 5 the Rose Garden and the East Garden cool, head to FortyEight: A Wine Bar to
MORE INFO: A special program for at the White House, at the request of share a warm crab dip appetizer and explore
homeschooling families. Programs feature WHAT: Abraham the Unstoppable: President Kennedy, and the gardens at the 48 different wines in WineStations
14 February 1, 2019
mystery plant

In the land of giants

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n the case that you ever visit central South acres. Its wood is prized for general construction,
Carolina, and we hope that you will, you will as well as pulp. Because it has been widely
want to check out our Congaree National grown in extensive plantations for many years,
Park, one of the most breathtaking places in its natural range has considerably increased, due
the world. It boasts an impressive diversity of to the tendency of its seeds to travel well away
plants and wildlife, especially migratory birds. from the parent tree.
Some of its acreage is dominated by tracts of The tree my class was studying is nearly
land never before timbered, and thus, some of 170 feet tall, and is surely one of the largest
eastern North America's tallest forests are here. of its kind, anywhere. Curiously, we saw no
My current plant taxonomy class at seedlings, or young individuals. This tree’'s
USC took field trip to Congaree this canopy is quite healthy, and it is still producing
past Tuesday, and it was a delightful day, plenty of cones. So why no seedlings? It turns
albeit a bit nippy. I gathered my little ones out that the seedlings of this species are rather
around this forest giant and we spent intolerant of shade, and so they die soon after
some time wondering just how come such sprouting. Therefore, no small or medium-
monstrous trees occur so close by. sized trees here, only these giants. So how did
Being a conifer, its seeds are produced this tree get here in the first place?
in cones, which at maturity are about 4-5” The prevailing notion is that long ago,
long, dark brown, and rather prickly. This is the bottomlands along the Congaree River
a potentially tall tree, easily able to get to 140' were subjected to repeated devastating wind
tall on "good" sites. It was originally at home storms (hurricanes, you might say) that
mostly on the coastal plain, but due to land effectively removed whatever canopy was
disturbance, has managed to find its way well present. Seeds drifting in from higher ground
into the piedmont. These days it can be found sites would have been the source for the forest
from Delaware south to northern Florida and giants present now, which, although they are
eastern Texas. This species is probably the most producing seeds, are not propagating any
common native tree species in the Southeast. replacement trees. That means that when
(Red maple has got to be just about as common, these venerable old behemoths eventually
if not more so.) And, it is surely one of the most die and fall over, there will not be another
important species economically, now grown in generation of replacements. Until after the
plantations and occupying many millions of next series of hurricanes, of course.
Answer: “Loblolly pine,” Pinus taeda
Photos courtesy Wikimedia.com.

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