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AmeriCorps Members Help Students Improve Reading Skills Through United Way of the Lowcountry’s “Read Indeed” Program

As students head back to the classroom this month, AmeriCorps members supporting United Way of the Lowcountry’s Early Grade Reading (EGR) initiative, “Read Indeed” are heading back to school as well. Members serve along with more than 300 community volunteers as tutors in 12 elementary schools and preschools throughout Beaufort and Jasper Counties, providing reading assistance to students in Pre-Kindergarten through 3rd grade. AmeriCorps members are a core group of tutors who serve the entire school year.
“AmeriCorps members serve in the schools several days each week, providing continuity and stability to the ‘Read Indeed’ program,”’ said Bethany Marcinkowski, Vice President of Education Impact, United Way of the Lowcountry. “They are invaluable not only to the success of the program but the children they impact each day.”
The 2017/2018 service year included 28 AmeriCorps members from a wide range of backgrounds ranging from college students to retirees. Some of the members continued their service during the summer with the summer reading program.
During a recent ceremony concluding the end of the service year, Mary Mack, Willie Middleton and Fran Siegel were recognized for their four years of AmeriCorps service. Dorothy Edmondson was also recognized as the recipient of the award for Program Member of the Year.
United Way of the Lowcountry is currently recruiting AmeriCorps members for the upcoming 2018/2019 service year, which will begin in September. Members receive a small living allowance while serving, as well as an education award upon successful completion of service. Those interested in becoming an AmeriCorps member with the program should contact Carly Grubbs, AmeriCorps Program Director, at 843-837-2000 or cgrubbs@uwlowcountry.org.

More About AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at 21,600 unique sites including nonprofits, schools, public agencies and community and faith-based groups across the country.
Since the program’s founding in 1994, more than 1 million AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.4 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing more than 2.3 million volunteers for the organizations they serve.
Members gain valuable professional, educational, and life benefits, and the experience has a lasting impact on the members and the communities they serve.

Memoirist, novelist, and poet laureate of Mississippi, Beth Ann Fennelly, will launch the Pat Conroy Literary Center’s 2018 Visiting Writers Series with her appearance on Thursday, August 9, 6:00–7:30 p.m., at the Hilton Head Island Branch Library (11 Beach City Road). Free and open to the public, this event will feature Fennelly’s remarks on—and a reading from—her most recent book, Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs.
“With the concision of poetry, the scope of fiction, and the potency of a well-told memoir, Heating & Cooling imparts tremendous joy, heartache and surprise in about 100 pages,” praised the Charleston Post & Courier. “Beth Ann Fennelly’s genre-defying collection is so engaging and readable that you won’t even notice how much you’re learning about confronting the hardest challenge we all share: being human. . . . Everyone should read this book,” assured The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Ranging in length from 10 words to six pages, the micro-memoirs in Heating & Cooling offer bright glimpses into a richly lived life, combining the compression of poetry with the truth-telling of nonfiction into one heartfelt, celebratory book. From childhood recollections to quirky cultural observations, these remembrances build on one another to arrive at a portrait of Fennelly as a wife, mother, writer and deeply original observer of life’s challenges and joys. Some pieces are wistful, some wry, and many reveal the humor buried in our everyday interactions.
Fennelly teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Mississippi. She has published three poetry collections: Open House, Tender Hooks, and Unmentionables. In addition to Heating & Cooling, Fennelly is also the author of the book of essays, Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother, and the historical novel The Tilted World (co-authored with her husband Tom Franklin).
A book signing will follow Fennelly’s August 9 evening appearance at the Hilton Head Branch Library. On August 10, Fennelly will also join Conroy Center executive director, Jonathan Haupt, and USC Beaufort writer in residence, Ellen Malphrus, for professional development workshop for the language arts teachers of the Beaufort County School District.
The Conroy Center’s Visiting Writers Series is sponsored in part by a grant from South Carolina Humanities, a not-for-profit organization; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.
Future series dates and presenters are as follows:
Sunday, September 9, 3:00 p.m., Southern Writers on Writing panel discussion with editor and novelist Susan Cushman (Cherry Bomb) and contributing writers Cassandra King Conroy (Moonrise), Patti Callahan Henry (The Bookshop at Water’s End), Harrison Scott Key (The World’s Largest Man), and Nicole Seitz (The Cage-Maker), at the Rotary Community Center, 11 Recreation Ct., Bluffton
Thursday, September 27, 4:00 p.m., Thomas McConnell, author of World War II historical novel The Wooden King, at NeverMore Books, 702 Craven St., Beaufort
Tuesday, October 2, 2:00 p.m., poet and editor Clifford Brooks, author of Athena Departs and The Draw of Broken Eyes and Whirling Metaphysics, at the Hilton Head Branch Library, 11 Beach City Rd.
Saturday, October 6, 11:30 a.m., librarian and author Annie Spence, author of Dear Fahrenheit 451, in conversation with fellow librarian and author James E. McTeer II, author of Minnow: A Novel, at the Technical College of the Lowcountry, MacLean Hall, 104 Reynolds St., Beaufort— keynote event of the Second Annual Lowcountry Book Club Convention
Wednesday, October 10, 6:30 p.m., Natasha Boyd, author of the historical novel of the life of Eliza Lucas Pinckney The Indigo Girl, at First Presbyterian Church Hilton Head Island, 540 William Hilton Pkwy.
Saturday, December 8, 3:00 p.m., New York Times best-selling novelists Wiley Cash, author of The Last Ballad, and Jason Mott, author of The Crossing, at the Technical College of the Lowcountry, MacLean Hall, 104 Reynolds St., Beaufort
The nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center is South Carolina’s first affiliate of the American Writers Museum and second American Library Association Literary Landmark. Through its interpretive center, year-round educational programs, and annual literary festival, the Conroy Center preserves and continues the literary legacy of Pat Conroy (1945–2016) as a teacher, mentor, advocate and friend to readers and writers alike. To learn more about the Conroy Center, please visit www.patconroyliterarycenter.org.

It is the goal of the Beaufort County School District to create a safe learning environment for every child. The Beaufort County School District takes bullying very seriously. The policy on bullying states that any and all incidences of bullying should be reported immediately. Once an incident is reported, school administration will contact all parties associated with the bullying incident to make sure that all parties are aware of the policy against bullying and the consequences for continuing to bully. Incidents will be documented and the parents in all cases will be contacted. The consequences can be as simple as a warning and as serious as a recommendation for expulsion.
“If you SEE something, SAY something!” is their anti-bullying slogan. The BCSD makes it easy for anyone to report an incident of bullying, harassment or intimidation. One can call the BCSD bullying hotline at 843-322-2435 or choose to report via email at BCSDbullyinghotline@beaufortk12.sc.us. You may choose to include your name or remain completely anonymous.
What exactly is bullying? Wikipedia defines bullying as “the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate or aggressively dominate others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. One essential prerequisite is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power, which distinguishes bullying from conflict. Behaviors used to assert such domination can include verbal harassment or threat, physical assault or coercion, and such acts may be directed repeatedly towards particular targets. Rationalizations of such behavior sometimes include differences of social class, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, appearance, behavior, body language, personality, reputation, lineage, strength, size or ability.”
There are 4 main types of bullying. Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. This includes teasing, taunting, and name calling. Social bullying involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Examples include leaving someone out on purpose, spreading rumors about someone, and telling other children not to be friends with someone. Physical bullying is hurting a person’s body or their possessions. Hitting, kicking and breaking someone’s things are all examples of physical bullying. The newest form of bullying is cyberbullying. It includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false or mean content about someone.
The American Academy of Pediatrics calls cyberbullying the most common online risk for all teens. It is deliberately using digital media such as cell phones, computers and tablets to communicate false, emarrassing or hostile information about or to another person. The most common places where cyberbullying occurs is social media, text messaging and email. It began in the early to mid 90’s when AOL was launched and web surfing first became popular. Today, you will be hard pressed to find a student that doesn’t have access to a cell phone, computer or tablet. According to cyberbullying statistics from the i-SAFE Foundation, over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number admitted to having engaged in cyberbullying.
There are many types of cyberbullying. Here are a few examples:
• Gossip: Posting or sending cruel gossip to damage a person’s reputation and relationships with friends and family.
• Exclusion: Deliberately excluding someone from an online group.
• Impersonation: Breaking into someone’s email or other online account and sending messages that will cause embarrassment or damage to the person’s reputation and affect his or her relationship with others.
• Harassment: Repeatedly posting or sending offensive, rude, and insulting messages.
• Cyberstalking: Posting or sending unwanted or intimidating messages that may also include threats.
• Flaming: Online fights where offensive messages are posted on websites, forums, or blogs.
• Outing and Trickery: Tricking someone into revealing secrets or embarrassing information which is then shared online.
• Cyberthreats: Remarks on the internet threatening or implying violent behavior or displaying suicidal tendencies.
Victims can have very negative effects from bullying such as depression, withdrawal, addiction, self harm and even suicide. So how do you know if your child is being bullied? Parents are often unaware that their child is a victim of a bully, but there are warning signs that you can be aware of. Here are 5 of them…
1. Unexplained Injuries: Look for bruises, cuts or scratches that cannot be a result of normal play or regular activities. Victims are often shoved, tripped or pushed to the ground.
2. Changes in Appetite: If your child suddenly loses his or her appetite, or comes home hungry as if they haven’t had any food all day even though you packed a lunch, he or she could be a victim of bullying. There may be another child at school that is stealing their lunch or lunch money. Or maybe your child hides during lunch in order to avoid a confrontation with a bully.
3. Frequent Sick Days: Some victims try to avoid going to school at all. If your normally healthy child suddenly often complains of being sick, typically right before school, there is a chance that someone at school is bullying them.
4. Missing Personal Items: Bullying is not just physical or verbal abuse. Stealing and intimidation are other forms of bullying. If your child is normally responsible but is suddenly losing or coming home with destroyed belongings, they may be suffering from intimidation.
5. Suffering Grades: Something isn’t quite right when a decent student suddenly, and without explanation, loses interest in doing well at school. Victims of bullying oftentimes withdraw fom activities that they once found pleasurable.

story by Cindy Reid
photos by Susan DeLoach

You probably know Paul Nurnberg’s photographic work from the pages of this publication, Beaufort Lifestyle, or through any number of his artistic and commercial endeavors. Now it’s time to meet Paul, the man behind the lens, as he takes the helm as president of the Photography Club of Beaufort (PCoB) for a second time.
The PCoB was formed in 2005 with the purpose of providing a cordial atmosphere where photographers of all levels, novice to expert, can come together to learn, develop and deliver images that draw out creative talents from behind the lens.
With over 100 current members they are able to provide workshops, competitions, programs and constructive critique sessions. Although in Italy on vacation, Paul was gracious enough to take the time to answer a few of Beaufort Lifestyle’s question.
Let’s start at the beginning- what got you interested in photography?
I loved it in high school and I realized that I could go to school for it and try to make a living at it.
Do you have formal training?
I graduated with a BS in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY) then I worked as a full time photographer’s assistant for a photographer in Boston for three and a half years, then as an in-house photographer for two large corporations, so yes a lot of formal training. And I have taken many workshops and classes since school as well.
How long have you owned your own photography business?
I opened my first own photography business in North Carolina in 1987. In 1994, I moved my business to Savannah and then to Beaufort (first to Port Royal) about 10 years ago.
What type photos do you enjoy taking the most?
I really love all types of commercial work, and so most of the work I do is commercial. My clients include advertising agencies and large corporations including, locally, Beaufort Memorial Hospital and JCB in Savannah. I also like fashion type things, dancers, food, architecture, industrial and aerial. All of it. If you have seen my ads in Beaufort Lifestyle magazine over the years you would see I have a hard time specializing.
What is your history with the Photography Club of Beaufort?
I was asked by one of the four founders to help start and be a part of it from the first meeting. I have served on the board as Vice President and Program Chair for a total of four years, then two years as President and two more years as past President. This year I was asked to, and accepted, the position of President again with my term starting July 1.
As their incoming president, what are your goals for the club in the upcoming year?
I want to make the club even more fun and try to encourage younger members to join and get involved. Other goals include having more frequent field trips, and more speakers and presenters, using our talented local (Beaufort, Savannah and Charleston) photographers. Also more workshops taught by local photographers.
Tell us about the Dale Westcott Scholarship for aspiring young photographers.
PCoB has an annual photography competition for high school students called the Dale Westcott Scholarship. The award is in memory of Dale Westcott, one of the original members of the photography club and a life-long educator. The Dale Westcott Memorial Award is given annually by PCoB for the best nature photograph submitted by a local high school student. All area high schools may participate as well as students who are home-schooled. The judging takes place at the club’s April meeting and awards are presented at the May meeting. We are really trying to encourage all north of the Broad River high schools and home school students to participate.
What is the best advice you can give a young photographer just starting out?
That’s tough. I went to college and got a four year degree. Now, because of how much technology has changed the business and education, I would recommend getting a 2 or 4 year degree in business and learn photography through college (or other) classes or by assisting other photographers or, joining a club such as ours. In the end, owning a photography business is indeed a business. So much can be learned on line now. I am always willing to talk to people who are considering a career in photography if they would like advice.
Do you teach photography lessons? If so, explain a little about your classes.
I have taught group classes for beginners through what was ArtWorks, and at TCL, as well as through my studio. Lately I have been giving many more one on one classes (or two on one).
I can give lessons on how to use your camera better, composition, how to take better pictures, lighting, post processing using several different types of software, and how to properly store and catalog all of your digital images once you take them. I would like to do more group classes in the future. If anyone is interested they are welcome to contact me directly.
What other professional clubs and/or organizations are you a part of?
I am a member of two national photo organizations: APA (American Photographic Artists) and a few years ago was the Secretary on its national board for two years. Also I am very involved with the SC Chapter of ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers). I have spent a total of ten years on the state board as Program Chair, Treasurer, Vice President and President. Outside of photography, I founded Greendrinks Beaufort and we just had our 10th anniversary.
What is your most memorable photo shoot and why?
This is a tough one. I was just telling my assistant while looking at some old printed pieces of my first big job after having opened my own business, that it involved a shoot of about 30 vehicles and 50 people and bucket trucks, and lots of co-ordination. At one point, I realized that every person there, including the clients and ad agency people were looking at me to tell them what to do. That was early on in my business so very memorable. I also spent several days in Maine photographing truck trailers from the ground and helicopter, so that was also fun and memorable. Also, live surgeries for hospitals, two cookbook projects, etc. I have done a lot so far in my career.
Background Focus
Where are you from originally?
I was born in Aurora, IL but moved to Elmira, NY (a beautiful small city in the Finger Lakes area in upstate NY) when I was an infant, so I am from Elmira I guess.
Tell us about your family.
My wife Libby and I will celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary on Sept 11 of this year.
How long have you been in Beaufort?
We moved here in May of 1996, so a bit longer than 22 years.
What are your hobbies…outside of photography?
I love anything outdoors. Walking, hiking paddling, swimming, reading, eating and drinking.
If you could live anywhere in the world, and continue to photograph, where would you live?
That is a tough one because there are so many places I have not been (and I am writing this from Florence, Italy.)
Digital & Drone
How has the digital age changed your business?
Completely. There’s is a lot more competition now as the barrier to entry into the business is so low. Digital cameras and computers are so cheap now. People who have no training at all can make images that are technically very good. However, one thing that separates a professional photographer from someone who just owns a camera is that as an experienced photographer, I pre-plan many aspects of a commercial photography shoot, and am able to solve problems for my clients during a shoot. A professional photographer knows how to deal with all kinds of situations. Everything from corporate board rooms to operating rooms, from large industrial plants to photographing from various types of aircraft.
How do you feel about the new drone photography?
I love using drones for photography and video. I have actually been flying drones for about three years and currently have two. I earned my FAA Part 107 Drone Pilot’s License last year. Drones can give you a view and ability to photograph from angles impossible to do any other way.
If you could have your dream job, would it be photography?
My real dream job would probably be an astronaut. But really, I can’t see myself doing anything besides photography.
From the Photography Club of Beaufort
Photographers within the Beaufort/Jasper counties should visit our meetings the 2nd Monday of every month at the Lowcountry Technical College. PCOB starts its 2018-19 season in September. Accept the challenge to take your work to a higher level. Come join us this season. New members and guests always welcomed.
Visit our website for current meeting times and locations. For more information go to Photography Club of Beaufort.com

PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB OF BEAUFORT NOW OPENS TO NEW MEMBERS FOR THE 2018-2019 SESSION
The award winning Photography Club of Beaufort has been supporting the desire of many photographers that seek to find and capture the essence of photography and that one spectacular shot.
PCB, with over 100 current members, was formed 2005 with the purpose of providing a cordial atmosphere where photographers of all levels, novice to expert, can come together to learn, develop and deliver images that draw out creative talents from behind the lens.
Beyond the pyramid of aperture, shutter and ISO lies the true essence of creative photography. Taking what may be a mundane subject and composing with light and shutter speed and transforming into work of art.
Capturing an image that elicits an emotional response pulled in by raw subject matter and converted into art by technique sums up the mission of this club. Every photographer is inspired by a good image, but once enhanced with the intent of creating a great image it becomes capable of delivering breathtaking results.
Providing workshops, competitions, programs and constructive critique sessions, a photographer can learn from other club members as well as professionals often invited to address members throughout the year.
With award winning photographers, master aerial drone pilots to abstract landscape programs the club delivers content for its members.
Photographers within the Beaufort/Jasper counties shoulder visit our meetings the 2nd Monday of every month at the Technical College of the Lowcountry. PCOB starts its 2018-19 season in September. Accept the challenge to take your work to a higher level. Come join us this season. New members and guests always welcomed.

story by Cindy Reid photos by Susan DeLoach

The mission of the Port Royal Sound Foundation is as clear as the sparkling waters of the Port Royal Sound: “Together we can make a sound difference to advance the awareness of the Port Royal Sound and its contributions to the environmental, cultural and economic well-being of our area, the region and the Atlantic Ocean.” To further their mission and serve the community, the Foundation “renovated the former Lemon Island Marina to establish an engaging and exciting educational experience. The Maritime Center opened in November, 2014 and features exhibits, local art, history, hands-on learning spaces and other areas where you can learn about and celebrate the Port Royal Sound.”
“The Port Royal Sound Area encompasses all the areas directly affected by the water flowing into Port Royal or Calibouge Sounds. This includes such rivers as the Beaufort, Broad and May, as well as all their tributaries. The Port Royal Sound Area is much larger than many people realize. It extends almost all the way to Interstate 95 and covers most of Beaufort County, as well as portions of Jasper and Hampton counties. Altogether, the Port Royal Sound Area comprises nearly 1,600 square miles of land, marsh and river.”
Beaufort Lifestyle recently caught up with Jody Hayward, the Executive Director of the Port Royal Sound Foundation, to get to know her and learn more about the Maritime Center and the Port Royal Sound.
Jody was raised in Augusta, Georgia and attended Georgia Tech, where she met her husband Marc. She says, “We lived in Atlanta, where Marc and I had gone to school, and we were married in 2000. A few years later we were pregnant and friends we had gone to school with told us about this great town- Beaufort, South Carolina. They essentially recruited us to move to Habersham, and Habersham was gorgeous, and we really saw Beaufort and the Habersham community as the right place to raise our family. Plus, I would be near my mom in Savannah! So, in 2004 we moved to Beaufort. “
Jody says, “our family expanded to two daughters, Ella and Sophie, and in 2007 I got involved as a founder of Riverview Charter School. After the school opened in 2009, I continued to volunteer for several more years. Then I started looking for something new to do and was introduced to Mike Long, who was then Chairman of the Port Royal Sound Foundation. I fell in love with the whole idea of the Port Royal Sound Foundation! From my days at Riverview, I learned how much I enjoyed working for a nonprofit with a great purpose and providing something good for the community. So, I volunteered, held a few different positions and in 2014, I became the Executive Director of the Port Royal Sound Foundation.”
The Maritime Center
“At the Maritime Center we have exhibits, educational programming and fun activities for every age group,” says Jody, “We explore history, art, terrestrial and marine life. We have a dock you can walk out on to enjoy the view of the Port Royal Sound and a 3000 gallon aquarium full of fish from the Sound. You can see blue crab, young alligators and terrapins and learn all about the sharks of the Port Royal Sound. Admission to the Maritime Center is FREE and everyone is welcome. We are here to provide an important service to our community.”
Jody says, “It is amazing how the Maritime Center has grown! It is really exciting. We now have a staff of ‘five and a half’ people, including Alicia Powell, Director of Development, Rachel Jones, Naturalist & Programs Coordinator, Chris Kehrer, Naturalist & Education Coordinator, Jennifer Jenkins, Grants Coordinator, and Sarah Walbert, Communications & Office Coordinator. We also have over 100 volunteers who help us with everything from cleaning fish tanks to giving tours in the Maritime Center – we couldn’t do it all without them!”
She adds, “We serve thousands of children every year, which is our main focus, educating young people about their own community. We have kids who are born here who have never been on water or seen a dolphin until they come here on a school field trip. We are passionate about serving the community by building appreciation and educating people about the Port Royal Sound.”
Jody says they use a “Five Prong Approach” to how they promote the Port Royal Sound. She says, “The five prongs are Ecology, History, Culture, Arts and Recreation. The Port Royal Sound has influenced everything, from the earliest explorers, to the Gullah people, to the food we eat. The Sound really defines the past, present and future of our community. “
When asked what has been the most rewarding aspect of her position, Jody says, “The ability to make a difference. For example, Beaufort County’s plastic bag ban starts in October, so we are working on some new programs and events that will help bring awareness for keeping the Port Royal Sound healthy. The health of our community is dependent on the health of the Sound, so it is important that we educate people on what they can do like using reusable bags, helping with litter pick-ups and being careful about what goes down our drains. We are also working on a plastics sculptural art contest that we hope to announce very soon!”
Favorite Place
Jody says, “My favorite place in Beaufort is on the water with my family. As long as the family is happy, I’m happy. We enjoy just riding around on the water. It is super relaxing. Being on the water- that’s why we are here.”
Programs at the Maritime Center
Enjoy diverse and fun opportunities to experience and connect with the Port Royal Sound. There is no admission fee for the Maritime Center. Tours are self-guided with volunteer docents available to answer questions and assist as needed. Some programs and activities do have fees associated with them.
Coming up is their 2nd Annual STEAM Festival on Saturday, August 25th from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Maritime Center. This free family festival is sponsored by Lockheed Martin, the Stanley B. Farbstein Endowment of Coastal Community Foundation and Amazing Event Rentals. The STEAM Festival will provide hands-on, innovative and super-cool activities for families to enjoy. STEAM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, is an important initiative for educating and preparing today’s’ students for tomorrows’ jobs. The festival will showcase demonstrations, simulations, experiments and hands-on activities by area businesses, organizations and schools that are using STEAM to succeed. Featured vendors will include Lockheed Martin, The Sandbox, Beaufort Memorial Hospital, SC Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Conservation League, Amiri Farris, USCB, Beaufort County School District, South Carolina Aquarium, TCL, Spartina Marine Education Charters and many more!
Groups: When available and scheduled in advanced, tour guides may be arranged to lead your group through the Maritime Center. Please call 843-645-7774 to inquire.
Creature Feedings: Every Saturday at 2pm, come by the Maritime Center to see the animals in action. The Center’s Naturalist will feed and discuss the critters in various tanks. Fun for kids and adults alike!
Story Time: During holidays & summer Blankets, pillows, a story or two and a craft! Story Time is every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. during the Summer months (June-August) and during holidays. Check their calendar for dates and bring the little ones!
Tuesday Talks: View their calendar for dates. Tuesday Talks are a great way to learn about the area. Local experts come and teach on the animals, ecosystems and issues facing the Port Royal Sound. There is a fee for this program. $8 Person / $5 Students (with ID) / Free 16 & under
Call 843-645-7774 to register
Eco Boat Excursions: View their calendar for dates. There is a fee for this activity. Spend time aboard with Captain Amber for a scientific expedition on the beautiful Chechessee River. $45 Adults / $30 Ages 6 – 11; Tour Time: 1.5-1.75 hours; Call 843-645-7774 to register
www.portroyalsoundfoundation.org
Maritime Center Hours: 10am-5pm Tuesday – Saturday
Address: 310 Okatie Highway, Okatie, SC Phone: (843) 645-7774
Administrative Hours: 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday

story by Cindy Reid
photos by Paul Nurnberg

Meet Dr. Robert LeFavi, PhD, DMin, the newly appointed Dean of the Beaufort campus of the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Dr LeFavi has the honor of being the first Dean appointed to the USCB Beaufort campus and is excited about his mission to enhance programs on the campus. He comes to Beaufort by way of Georgia Southern University, Armstrong Campus, where Dr. LeFavi was Head of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, a department with roughly 2,000 students.
Dr. LeFavi has an impressive Curriculum Vita, having received his Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance from Auburn University, a D.Min. (Doctor of Ministry) from the University of the South, M.Div. (Master of Divinity) from Erskine Theological Seminary, M.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University and a B.S. in Health Education, from the University of Florida.
Dr. LeFavi says, “I was in the university system of Georgia for twenty-eight years, and I genuinely enjoyed my time there. I had absolutely no intention of leaving. But, when I came across this position it hit an entrepreneurial nerve in me and I was immediately drawn to it. In fact, it now seems to me that everything I have done to this point has prepared me for the task of fostering the new programs on the Beaufort campus. I can approach it as an entrepreneur, an academic, a community member, and even a parent. This position is extremely exciting to me. I don’t even feel as if I am going to work when I pull up to campus.”
He says, “USCB has provided resources in order to re-focus energies to the Beaufort Campus. As I see it, what this campus needs is student life. USCB’s Beaufort Campus is a great place for students to study, work and have fun. Part of that is going to be creating an environment in which students will want to be on campus, hanging out on the lawn, throwing a Frisbee, simply enjoying being here. The resources – the landscape, city, academic buildings, walkability and beauty – are already here. I wish I had the option, years ago, of attending a beautiful university on the water, where I could have personalized attention in small classes from outstanding professors, walk everywhere and enjoy the history and natural resources of a place like Beaufort!”
Academic Programs
“The USCB Beaufort campus has excellent academic programs, such as Studio Art, and we will undoubtedly look at other academic programs that would be a natural fit to be developed and strengthened in Beaufort. Added to that, we now have Honors Biology and Honors Nursing programs in Beaufort, and I expect us to broaden our honors offerings,” Dr. LeFavi continues. “And that can all happen as we create a more vibrant campus environment. We now have a great start to creating such an environment; with the new dorms and their proximity to the campus we have a place for students to hang out, socialize and engage the community in an intimate campus feel.”
Community Support
“We are so fortunate to have the support of the community. It is extremely important to have local, experienced and interested community members step up, to provide support in various ways, including new and creative ideas, such as the dorm project,” Dr. LeFavi says, “Many individuals have been genuinely supportive in assisting us as this campus returns to not only its ‘glory days,’ but to even more glorious days.”
“Both the campus and the community rely on each other, and in fact need each other. I have become immensely impressed with the unequivocal and broad-based support for the new programs on this campus throughout the entire community. The well-regarded Center for Fine Arts and the highly successful OLLI program have brought many to the Beaufort campus. And while these points of contact strengthen the ties between town and gown, it is now time to start engaging these bright students with the community,” Dr. LeFavi says.
New Dorms
Next time you are on Boundary Street, take a look at the beautiful new dorms recently constructed at the intersection of Boundary and Newcastle, “In partnership with the University of South Carolina Beaufort, 303 Associates is developing a three-story, 24 apartment complex at the intersection of Boundary and Newcastle Streets that will have room for 92 students in USCB student housing,” (from the 303 Associates press release.)
Dr. LeFavi says, “I am so thrilled to have a new housing complex as part of the Beaufort campus. In addition to students, the new dorms will also house Dorm Directors and Residence Advisors, and it is in easy walking distance to the campus.”
Jewel in the Crown
“If I were a high school senior and I had the opportunity to tour a campus like this, I wouldn’t visit another one! We have a beautiful campus on the water in a historic city filled with friendly people, where you can walk to everything, where your teachers know you on a personal and mentoring level and in an intimate small campus environment. We have an involved community that hosts multiple events on any given day, and we have every kind of water activity from boating and sailing to fishing and the beautiful beaches. Not to mention that Charleston and Savannah are a short drive for students to also explore. I truly believe that the Beaufort Campus is a jewel in the crown of USCB.”
Fitness
Dr. LeFavi is an expert in the fields of health, nutrition, sport science, sport medicine and psychology and has published over 725 articles (scientific and popular press) in his various fields of expertise. He is also co-owner of a CrossFit franchise in Effingham County and a previous owner of Gold’s Gym for 15 years. In 2013, he competed in the World CrossFit Games in the master’s division. More locally, Dr. LeFavi has studied the biomechanics of Beaufort weightlifting phenomenon C.J. Cummings, and was recently quoted by National Geographic on his findings.
Off Campus
Dr. LeFavi and his wife, Sue, have three children and have relocated to Beaufort in a home off Broad River Blvd. while they build in the Habersham community. He is ordained in the Anglican and Lutheran Churches, is the Pastor at Bethel Lutheran Church in Springfield, Georgia and is a columnist for the Savannah Morning News. Dr. LeFavi and his family have dual citizenship with Italy, and he is the liaison for the development of a sister city agreement between Beaufort County/Hilton Head Island and Verona, Italy.
Favorite place in Beaufort?
“The view at the end of the campus where Carteret meets Boundary,” says Dr.LeFavi, speaking of Bellamy Curve, “That view out into the water, to me, is stunningly beautiful. Just think of a student being able to walk past that view from the dorms to the campus everyday!”
Looking Forward
Dr.Le Favi concludes, “We have a rich history, which we honor as we move forward. Things constantly change throughout history, and this campus has always adapted to situations and events it faced. We will continue to do so while we work together to develop a thriving campus, so everyone can see this jewel.”

story by Lindsey Lenoir    photos by Paul Nurnberg
The dinner table is the heartbeat of all Italian life. Family and friends gather together to savor the moment, decompress, and reconnect. This traditional and familial experience is what owner Maria Jackson wanted to bring to Beaufort when she opened Bella Luna 10 years ago. “I was involved in the food industry when I lived in Los Angeles. When you are coming in from the outside, you tend to run towards what you are used to, you go to your comfort zone. That was Italian food for me. I never had a big epiphany, I just thought, ‘Ok, what resources do I need to bring it here? I tried to figure out why it was not already here, and is there a need for it?’  Maria decided there was a need. “I really just wanted to give the community some good food.”
Just off of Sea Island Parkway, in St. Helena, Bella Luna is conveniently located on the tourism tract of the islands. “People come from all over to experience the Sea Islands and it is nice for them to have options along the way.” When it first opened, Maria says there were no other businesses out there. “Now, with all of the other restaurants and shops, it makes it more of a destination for people.”
Although grateful to the many tourists that stop by the restaurant, Jackson says, “ We have tremendous support from the locals. Breakfast is like the watering hole.”
Generations of families pass through the doors of Bella Luna. “It’s so nice to see grandparents, children, and grandchildren coming together. It gives the community a connection and to do it over a good meal, that is one of the best compliments!”
Maria and most of the kitchen staff at Bella Luna have been together from the beginning,  “changing, refining and evolving” their traditional dishes. “We work together, developing and refining our recipes, what works, what doesn’t work….we are willing to try it all.”
Traditional Italian cuisine is an ovation of produce and seasoning. “We take pride in everything we do. I think we do a really good job with what we have locally. We get our eggs from Myers Family Farm and Dempsey Farms has been so generous and kind to us.” Deriving inspiration from the local farming community and their labor-intensive work, Maria believes, “Buying something processed is just a disgrace. You can’t beat using ingredients that are locally grown and harvested. Our vegetable omelets are literally made from the eggs and produce down the road and that is amazing!” Bella Luna serves breakfast from 8am-11am, “or whenever you see my car out there.” admits Maria. “Our intention with serving breakfast is that people would come back for dinner, and they do!”
Maria is happy to see “Southern food” trends shifting to include more fresh ingredients with less and less “fried, battered, and over-processed foods.”
Nothing at Bella Luna is pre-made, and they change their specials on a nightly basis. “We do a lot of different things with our specials, but we are able to accomodate most any request or dietary needs.” Maria explains that “Along with our specials we have traditional dishes, but, if we have the ingredients and you have had a dish from Italy that you absolutely love that isn’t on the menu…” give them a little direction and they will certainly create a plate for you.
Bella Luna also invites patrons to bring their own wine. “We enjoy tailoring a meal to pair with what people choose to bring in.” They also have a variety of drink options, infusing many with the classic Italian liqueur, “Limoncello,” which is apparently “molto delizioso!”
Maria relates, “There is an influence here from everyone in my family, which in many ways has kept the integrity of the food.” She wants her customers to have an inviting, interactive, familial experience. “Whether you are Italian or not, it really makes a difference when the food comforts you.”
Bella Luna is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Mon.-Sat. Beginning at 8am, and closed on Sunday.

A Beaufort Water Festival “First”

Team Canaday
story by Cindy Reid
photos by Paul Nurnberg
The Annual Beaufort Water Festival usually has a new ‘first’ every year and this year is no different- it is the first year that both a husband and wife have been elected Commodores. For Chris Canaday (Commodore 2016) and Stacey Canaday (Commodore 2018) this is the culmination of being dedicated Beaufort Water Festival volunteers for many years.
As this year’s Commodore, Stacey has much to do, and as she says, “Chris is my biggest fan, and is always my biggest help. He was Treasurer and gave me good pointers as far as that piece of the Water Festival is concerned. He is a great sounding board, as are all of our Past Commodores, but I really rely on ‘my table,’ my staff of very experienced and dedicated Coordinators, to make sure it all runs smoothly.”
Stacey had been a Beaufort Water Festival volunteer for several years when she brought her husband Chris (Finance Manager for the Town of Port Royal) to a crew picnic. As he tells it, “Stacey was the Children’s Day Chairperson for two years before I got involved.  After her second year, I went with her to the Water Festival Crew Picnic.  The Treasurer at the time, Jack Little, was talking at the picnic about how he was looking for an Assistant Treasurer.  I volunteered for the position that day and the rest as they say is history.” After many years of volunteering, Chris was the 2016 Commodore.
Stacey says, “I started out at ground level as a volunteer. In fact I was pregnant with our son Hayden when I first started volunteering, and later with our son Rowan, so the boys have essentially been at every Water Festival in their lives. Although volunteering means we are busy every summer, we wouldn’t do it if we didn’t love it, and I like to think we are instilling a sense of volunteerism in our sons.”
Chris says, “My favorite moment of every Festival is the Opening Ceremony.  It is the culmination of ten months of hard work and planning by our volunteers.  Seeing families and friends smiling, laughing and having a good time while watching the Parris Island Marine Band and the fireworks show makes all the time spent planning more than worth it.”
Stacey says, “I love the Opening Ceremony because it is your first event, which makes it so special and meaningful. I see people from over the decades, so I get to see people I haven’t seen in many years, and the Opening Ceremony itself gives me chills.”
Every Commodore becomes Chairman of the Board for the year following their time as Commodore, and then they officially retire from being actively involved as a volunteer with the festival. But Commodore Stacey hints that husband Chris may not be fully retired from the Water Festival just yet. She says everyone at the Lowcountry Supper (Thursday, July 19) should keep their eyes on the popular Whistlers act, ‘Stay tuned for a possible surprise.” So we might see former Commodore Chris one more time? She will only say, “I promise it will be fun!”
When her time ends, Stacey says, “It will be hard to go from weeks and months of being focused and busy to ‘phone silence.’ I am sure I will miss it, because I have been thrilled and proud to be involved with the Water Festival for so many years.”
A little history…..
“Once a year, in mid-summer, the sea island that holds Beaufort becomes a gigantic stage for one of the South’s biggest outdoor events. Successful from its beginning, the Beaufort Water Festival has grown each year in importance and entertainment value, but is still worked as a community, non-profit project.  The first Festival was held in July 1956, with John Bigbee serving as the first President and Gladys Thompson in charge of the visiting queens.  The Lions Club took the job of putting on the first parade and has been doing so every year since.
In the early days of the Festival, it cost fifty cents to attend the Beauty Pageant, one dollar per couple to attend the Water Festival Ball (which was later changed to the Commodore’s Ball) and two dollars to attend the Regatta Ball. The first weekend featured two days of sailboat races and the Regatta Ball. The following weekend began with the Beauty Pageant on Friday where the Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands was crowned. The parade and ski show, put on by the Beaufort Water Ski Club, and an air show highlighted the second weekend, in addition to the Water Festival Ball. ​
As the years went by, the Festival began to draw more and more people to Beaufort from other parts of the state and on a national level. Events such as fishing and golf tournaments as well as a craft market and Sponsors’ and Community Non-Profit expos were added to the lineup so the Festival had something to offer for every age and interest.
All events were held on or adjacent to the municipal parking lot and in case of inclement weather (the word “rain” is never used during the Festival), the pageant would move indoors to the Beaufort Elementary School and the Balls would be held in the Community Club.
The Festival continues to add new events and drop some events to keep current with the interests of festival-goers. Over 400 volunteers work long hours to bring the events to the Festival. The Festival is able to offer first class entertainment at reasonable prices because of the generosity of our loyal sponsors.​​ “
From  www.bftwaterfestival.com/history

story by Maura Connelly
How does a dedicated flock of wordsmiths pay tribute to a beloved friend, an impassioned teacher, a world-renowned author, and a mentor who guided them? They put words to the page and share stories about him. Pat Conroy (1945–2016) was many things to many people—husband, father, brother, instigator, truth-teller— but he remained foremost a teacher and mentor. He taught people to savor the beauty and power of language, to champion those who could not always advocate for themselves, and to make art that empowers and challenges.
The sixty-seven writers who lend their remembrances of Pat to Our Prince of Scribes run the gamut—from Pulitzer Prize winners Rick Bragg and Kathleen Parker to National Book Award-winning poet Nikky Finney to a pantheon of Pat’s close friends and family members, many who live and write here in Beaufort County.
The book was conceived of and nurtured by Charleston novelist and artist Nicole Seitz and Pat Conroy Literary Center executive director Jonathan Haupt. It will be published on September 18 by the University of Georgia Press (directed by another of Jonathan’s mentors, Lisa M. Bayer) with the support of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, which inducted Pat in 2004. Royalties from sales of Our Prince of Scribes will benefit the Conroy Center and Friends of Story River Books.
Nicole and Jonathan envisioned the book as a chorus of voices from across the full span of Pat’s writing life, from his boyhood to his final years. The collection is meticulously and poetically structured. Pat’s life and books are divided chronologically into three nautical sections: Headwaters; Flow and Floodplains; and, Tributaries and Delta. Each section centers on a different era and place in Pat’s life and charts the varied roles that he assumed. The reader sees Pat as a young man in the 1960’s and 70’s, as student and teacher, bucking the flow, going against the tide. He then ventures from his treasured South and heads first to Europe then to San Francisco, swept away by fame and loose moorings. Finally, Pat returns home again to his beloved lowcountry and embraces the anchorages that led to some of his most productive and fulfilling years and gave him the opportunity to serve as sage elder to his tribe of writers.
In her preface Nicole notes, “Pat’s was a messy fellowship of people from all walks of life.” Those myriad storytellers have collectively captured a vibrant vision of Pat, not as he saw himself, but as others came to view him. As Jonathan remarks in his introduction, “This collection is our gift to writers and readers; we honor Pat by sharing his stories and our own—our truths as we know them to be. ‘Tell me a story,’ Pat would say. These are the stories writers tell of Pat Conroy, our friend, our teacher, our Prince of Scribes.”
Anthology. In its Greek origins, the word meant a collection of “flowers”, or short writings by various authors. Our Prince of Scribes brings together many literary flowers, not in mourning of a fallen friend, but in celebration of him and to blossom anew so that others might also find inspiration in these recollections. In his memoir My Losing Season, Pat wrote of one of his own mentors, “The great teachers of the world fill you up with hope and shower you with a thousand reasons to embrace all aspects of life.” Pat was that kind of great teacher too, in the classroom and beyond. Sixty-seven of the writers he inspired remember him fondly and powerfully in this anthology, a treasure trove for fans of exceptional teachers and storytellers.
Featuring essays by:
Dottie Ashley
William A. Balk Jr.
Rick Bragg
Sonny Brewer
Sandra Brown
Jonathan Carroll
Ryder Carroll
Mark Childress
Katherine Clark
John Connor Cleveland
Cassandra King Conroy
Melissa Conroy
Tim Conroy
Debbi Covington
Nathalie Dupree
Walter Edgar
Stephanie Austin Edwards
Margaret Evans
Nikky Finney
Connie May Fowler
Jonathan Galassi
Judy Goldman
Scott Graber
Cliff Graubart
Cynthia Graubart
Anthony Grooms
Jonathan Haupt
Alexia Jones Helsley
Patti Callahan Henry
Mary Hood
Josephine Humphreys
Janis Ian
Terry Kay
John Lane
David Lauderdale
Ellen Malphrus
Andy Marlette
Bren McClain
Teresa Miller
Wendell Minor
Mary Alice Monroe
Michael Morris
Kathy L. Murphy
Michael O’Keefe
Steve Oney
Kathleen Parker
Mark Powell
Ron Rash
Sallie Ann Robinson
Lawrence S. Rowland
Jonathan Sanchez
Alex Sanders
Valerie Sayers
Sean Scapellato
Bernie Schein
Maggie Schein
Nicole Seitz
Lynn Seldon
Catherine Seltzer
Anne Rivers Siddons
George Singleton
Barbra Streisand
William Walsh
John Warley
Ashley Warlick
Teresa K. Weaver
Marjory Wentworth
Conroy –My Losing Season.  Pat nurtured and coaxed children and adults into new lands, always pushing the familiar boundaries, handing them new passports, while always reminding them to never forget home. He started as a humble, impassioned teacher in a small Daufuskie classroom with 18 children in 1969 and went on to become a best-selling author, a mythical literary figure, replete with scars and tragic flaws. Throughout his journey, his venture to many ports of call, he never forgot what he revered as his true calling: teacher. This book is an embrace by many to one man: their Prince of Scribes.
SIDEBAR: Featuring the editors and a dozen of the local contributing writers, a book signing reception is planned for Our Prince of Scribes for the evening of Tuesday, September 18, the official publication date. Details will be posted later this summer on the Pat Conroy Literary Center’s website and Facebook feed: www.patconroyliterarycenter.org and www.facebook.com/patconroyliterarycenter