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August 2014 Volume 21 Issue 9
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Fire, Rescue or Medical Emergency (Direct # for 911 Dispatch)
Community Center 910-253-3012
POA Office 910-253-4805
Sales Office 910-253-3001
Security - Main Gate 910-253-7177
Town Office 910-253-4730
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Brunswick County Sheriff 910-253-2777
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(when activated during an emergency)
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10 Yoga at St. James
Military Appreciation Day
Developer Homer Wright Presents
Fishing Derby Awards
Photo by Linda Eyler
See additional photos of Founders Day events on pages 12-16.
Founders Day Parade
by Robert Schottenfeld
Table of Contents
St. James POA Activities
St. James Service Club
What’s the Point?
American Legion News
Garden Club: Chapel Grounds
By the Glass
On the Move: DiNanno & Lund
Pieces of Eight: Bonny & Read
On the Move: DiNanno & Lund
Gardening Tips & Tasks
Brunswick Newcomers Club
What Is Your Credit Score?
Behind the Scenes
Day Trip: Georgetown, S.C.
POA president’S COLUMN AUGUST 2014
Normally I focus on a time horizon that varies
from “now” to about one year in the future. In
this column I’ll discuss some likely POA spending
priorities for the next five years. Every year most
spending focuses on maintaining existing assets and
services. However, every year we set aside a modest
portion of the budget to continually improve St.
James Plantation. That is the part of the future I will
discuss in this article.
As we all know St. James continues to grow rapidly.
One area which will feel this growth very directly
is safety and security. We expect to add two gates
in the next five years. In addition, our road system
will continue to grow as the developer brings on
new areas. We will have to address the expansion
of manpower, vehicles and technology needed to
provide the level of service and protection we have
grown to expect.
Let’s start with sidewalks. Years ago we reached an
agreement for the developer to add sidewalks to
the newer (Reserve, Woodlands, Regency Park, etc.)
areas as he developed and the POA would retrofit
the older areas of the plantation. These sidewalk
additions resulted from safety and connectivity
concerns. With the completion of the St. James
Drive (beyond Trailwood) and the new Wingfoot
Drive sidewalks the POA has reached the end of its
portion of the sidewalk program.
Since we received Waterway Park we have added
amenities such as a children’s playground, kayak
launch and bocce courts. We have also received
suggestions for additional amenities in our newest
park located in the Woodlands. The POA has taken
all the requests and contracted for a vision of a
multiyear program to add to the amenity value of
the park. We are currently in the evaluation phase
and expect to finalize this program later in the year.
Recently the POA formed an ad hoc committee
to look at adding a new type of amenity to our
community. This would be nature trails in some of
the hundreds of acres that the POA already owns
or expects to own. We anticipate this would include
both POA and developer investments. The POA
has also recently established a Ponds Committee to
not only oversee the maintenance of our 100-plus
POA-owned ponds but also to look at improving
the esthetics and amenity value of our ponds. Both
items are likely to turn into multiyear programs
similar to the sidewalks efforts we just completed.
Finally, it appears likely that the upgrade to the Polly
Gully Bridge and possibly an adjacent walking/
biking bridge could happen as soon as late 2015. I’m
out of breath just thinking about all there is to do!
Landscaping is our single largest ongoing maintenance
area. In addition to maintenance expenses, we have
also set aside 10 to 15 percent of the annual budget
for enhancements to our irrigation, plantings, turf,
etc. that go well beyond mere maintenance. We
anticipate this to continue at eight to 10 percent of
the budget in the next several years.
You’ve all You’ve
for fire our
answering calls for fire and medical assistance. the general population of Brunswick County, residents
aid responsetheto elderly,
and youth. Listed
Southport, Sunset Harbor and Bolivia, the 82 members support and serve the general population of
and youth. organizations
Listed below they
results from an
informal survey asking SJFD members what Brunswick organizations they support.
Brunswick Area Organizations Supported by SJFD Members
Board member of an organization
BCC Odell Williamson Auditorium
Bruns wick County Sheriff’s Department
Brunswick County Schools, Teen Court and Outreach
Community Service - Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, National Active and
Retired Federal Employees Association, etc.
Fraternal - Knights of Columbus, Masons, Shriners, American
Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, etc.
Habitat for Humanity
House of worship officer
Medical (New Hope Clinic) volunteer & board member
Museum/Historical Society volunteer & board member
Southport/Brunswick Rescue Squad
Troop Support - OAE, Wounded Warriors, etc.
Youth Groups - Boy Scouts, Experimental Aircraft
is by no
From the survey
of theof This
is noteworthy. Of the 53 responses, they were involved in 18 organizations as members and in leadership
should be proud
in 18 organizations
as members and in leadership response to a survey you will recognize the difficulties
the larger community. Note that this survey did not include their hours of volunteerism inside our
positions. You should be proud of the interaction that I had in compiling this table. My response rate was not
participating as members on Town of St. James and POA committees.
of your SJFD have with the overwhelming. I can only surmise that there are more
this survey did not include SJFD members that volunteer at other organizations.
This survey is by no means scientifically strong. I’m sure there are sampling errors. If you will harken
their hours of volunteerism inside our community Their responses would make this accomplishment even
back to graduate school days when you were trying to get a response to a survey you will recognize the
as members on Town of St. James and greater.
difficulties I had in compiling this table. My response rate was not overwhelming. I can only surmise that
there are more SJFD members that volunteer at
organizations. Their responses would make this
accomplishment even greater.
By Jim Carey
9-1-1 - Don’t Hang Up!!
If you accidentally dial 9-1-1 do NOT hang up. Stay on the line and explain your error to the
Communication Center. If you hang up, even if it is before a connection is made, the concerned folks
at the Communication Center will try to get in touch with you after they have dispatched a sheriff ’s
deputy to investigate the interrupted call. So, unless you want a surprise visit from the sheriff ’s deputy,
explain your error.
St. James POA Activities Committee
BEACH PARTY - Friday, August 8
DINNERS for 5 or 6 - Fall 2014
Over 300 partygoers attended the first beach party at the St.
James Beach Club June 13 to enjoy the music of DJ Don
Jewell and to share food and beverages with neighbors and
new friends. It’s not too late to get in on the fun. The last
party is on Friday, August 8. Bring your chairs, food and
beverage to this fun, free event. Please carpool, if possible,
and remember to park only in the lot or legally-designated
spots on the streets.
To sign up, please
email Carol Deets
at [email protected]
address, phone number and email address no later than
August 7. Carol will acknowledge the email registration and
once registration closes in August, will forward a schedule,
instructions and participant list.
CLAM BAKE(s) - September 19 or October 24
SAVE the DATE - November 20
Mark your calendar and reserve either September 19 or October
24 for the Clam Bake sponsored by the SJAC at Waterway
Park from 5-8:30 p.m. Middle of the Island caterer will prepare
local shrimp, clams
and oysters, which will
be steamed together
sausage, corn on the
cob, onions and red
potatoes. Sides include
fried chicken, a baked
potato bar, strawberryspinach salad, baked beans, tri-colored tortellini in pesto, mac
& cheese, corn bread and key lime pie. Sweet and unsweet
tea are included. A DJ will provide music. BYO wine and
beer plus a table and chairs.
For each event 150 tickets are available and we ask that
you please attend only one. Tickets will be $32 pp, which
includes N.C. sales tax on live entertainment. Each purchaser
will be allowed 10 tickets and must supply all names at time
of purchase. Checks ONLY, please, made out to St. James
POA. Tickets will go on sale August 18 at Members Club
from 1-3 p.m., and, if needed, at the community center
August 21 from 10 a.m.-noon. Questions? Contact Beth
Nilsen at [email protected]
Couples or singles are welcome to join in the fall series of
Dinners for 5 or 6. One month you will be the host and
will prepare the entrée, asking your guests to bring a side
dish or dessert. When hosting you will contact the other participants and agree
on a mutually convenient date. The
other two months
you will be the
The SJAC is sponsoring an evening of delicious food and
Southern-style humor with award-winning columnist and
author Celia Rivenbark. Two of her books are Rude Bitches
Make Me Tired and Bless Your Heart Tramp. Ticket sale dates
and time will be advertised.
Clam Bake #1
Clam Bake #2
For specific information on each event, consult the
Submitted by Sis Mitchell
President Jean Toner will kick off the meeting and
Volunteer Fair that will start the Service Club’s year
at the St. James Community Center September
10 at 9:30 a.m. Membership dues of $25 will
be collected. If you are new to the area, consider
attending the Welcome Reception September 8 to
meet other “newbies” and to learn how you can get
This autumn we look forward to
seeing waves of orange bows on
mailboxes throughout St. James. The
Fall Bows for Children program will be
celebrating its third year. The $8,500
raised last year benefited the following nonprofit
• The Boys and Girls Home of Lake Waccamaw purchased IT and communication equipment for WI-FI capabilities, phone, fax and refurbished laptops for Flemington Academy, their new charter school.
• Matthew’s Ministry purchased two weeks of food for the children they serve.
• WAVES4K.I.D.S. supported Santa’s Village and the holiday party.
A neighborhood representative will be delivering
an order form to your home/paper slot between
September 4 and 6 with instructions for its return.
Bows will be placed on mailboxes the first week of
October. The order form will also be available at
SAVE the DATES
Welcome Reception - September 8 at 4 p.m.
Call Eileen DeSerio at 253-0005
Service Club meeting with Volunteer Fair September 10 at 9:30 a.m. - St. James Community
Attraction Books - September/October - Available at
meetings or call Fran Martin at 253-1440
The Service Club will be contacting last year’s
neighborhood representatives to see if they are
available to help again this year. If you are interested
in adding your name to the volunteer list, or if you
have a question, please contact us at [email protected]
gmail.com. Please watch for updates and additional
information in upcoming publications.
BRIDGE to WELLNESS 5K
WALK/RUN & HEALTH FAIR
Returning for a second year, this
event will be held October 18 from
10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Woodlands Park. In
addition to the 5K Walk/Run, a health
fair at the community center will feature a wide
range of exhibitors and demonstrations. Watch
other publications in St. James for registration
information in late summer/early fall.
SCHOOL SUPPLY COLLECTION
Drop-off boxes for school supplies will be located
just inside the community center until August
8. All materials collected will be divided equally
among Community in Schools, Brunswick
Family Resources, Hope Harbor Home and
September 18 in Woodlands Park
from 3:30-6 p.m., rain or shine,
you will find a nice selection of
fresh fruits and vegetables, baked
goods, popcorn, wine, natural marinades and more.
Fall Bows Campaign - September/October
Bridge to Wellness 5K Walk/Run & Health Fair October 18
Halloween Dance - October 31
Trivia Night - November 9
Holiday Home Tour - December 3 & 4
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Many of you have noticed that each fall and spring season
brings a hardy group of individuals into your neighborhood
delivering long needle pine straw and varietals of bagged
bark mulch. The individuals who volunteer are highly
motivated to be of service to the community. First, they want
to make it easier for residents to obtain the groundcover
they need by delivering to your property. Second, they know
the net proceeds from the sale go directly to the St. James
Fire Department (SJFD) general fund, helping it purchase
everything from cleaning materials to new equipment.
Each year the groundcover program contributes in excess of
$25,000 to the operation of the SJFD. Each resident who
makes a purchase helps to make this possible. Think of it
another way; these purchases help to stabilize the funds that
need to be provided by the town to support the SJFD.
The volunteers annually deliver around 10,000 bales of pine
straw. Placed end to end, that would be about five miles of
bales. There are about 15,000 bags of mulch delivered. If
these bags were stacked on pallets, they would reach to 1,600
feet high. We are fortunate to have Steve Richert, owner of
Greener Way Landscaping here in St. James, donating his
time and equipment to help with the deliveries of this vast
quantity of mulch. The
heavy lifting and delivery
of full mulch pallets
is done by Builders
Source of Southport.
The success of this
possible by the dozens
from the community.
We hope that each resident
will consider donating a small
amount of time to volunteer to help your community.
In late August our order and volunteer forms will be available
for the fall program. They will be available on the SJFD page
on the Town of St. James website (www.townofstjamesnc.
org) and at the Town Hall. Many thanks for your mulch
orders and the time you volunteer.
By Paul Metz
Yoga at St. James
Yoga has become popular as a way to cope with the pressures of modern life or ease the aging process. Most people
think it is an Eastern exercise program, but in fact it is a lifestyle that embraces mind, body and spirit. Through
meditation, breath control and body postures (asana), yoga seeks to release the life force (prana) so that it flows
naturally through every part of our being. The word “yoga” comes from Sanskrit, expressing the belief that the
individual is part of the universal whole.
Numerous St. James residents have enthusiastically adopted the yoga
lifestyle. Most attend classes while others prefer a home-based practice or
private classes. My own daily practice at home, which is based on a model
I learned while attending Kripalu Institute, is done to retain flexibility,
reduce back pain and practice mindfulness.
Yoga devotees have a choice of classes. The Members Athletic Club
has classes twice a week. There are also classes taught locally. Two St.
James residents are popular certified teachers, Pam Moulin and Pamela
Schottenfeld who encourage students to incorporate yoga into their daily
Pam provides feedback, “When students tell me how much better they
feel overall, how much better they sleep, how yoga has diminished some
health issues, particularly high blood pressure, arthritis, back and shoulder
pain, I feel a sense of pride that I’ve been a part of their journey.” Pamela
also comments, “I hope the participants gain not only the physical benefits
of yoga practice but also increase their concentration and focus which can
help to reduce stress and promote calmness.”
Jan Gasper discovered, “It is more than exercise. It is a way of life. Yoga
instills such a calmness, a clearing of the mind.” Pranayama (breath work)
is a particular benefit for her to reduce stress and even help her golf game.
“Standing over a golf ball, trying to clear my mind, I breathe deeply and find I can hit the ball. I am not suggesting
that because of yoga my golf game is any better, but I do find I do not get upset about a miss-hit ball!” Joan Herrett
says, “I have arthritis and started practicing yoga in the early 2000s. By doing yoga, I was able to put off a hip
replacement for close to five years.”
In addition to asana and breath work, reading
excerpts from ancient texts and chanting
provide more inspiration. Pamela concurs, “To
enhance and deepen the asana practice, I begin
and conclude with an inspirational reading,
aphorism, poem or words of yogic wisdom.”
Whatever the setting or style, those who practice
yoga are achieving positive physical benefits for
the body such as discipline and strength; for the
mind, calmness and focus; and for the spirit,
mindfulness and deeper understanding of our
true being. If you are curious about yoga or are
ready to begin your own journey, why not try
taking a class soon? Namaste (“I bow to the
divine in you”).
By Sharon Eisele
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Founders Day 15 Year Celebration
Big Band Concert - Photos by John Muuss
Cruises - Photos by John Muuss
Model Sailboat Regatta - Photos by
Linda Eyler and John Muuss
Founders Day 15 Year Celebration
Youth Fishing Derby - Photos by Jack Eyler, John Muuss, David Paxton & Rober Schottenfeld
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Founders Day 15 Year Celebration
Parade - Photos by Barbara Voss, John Muuss and Robert Schottenfeld
Founders Day 15 Year Celebration
Kids, games and movie - Photos by John Muuss
Town’s History and Cake Tasting - Photos by John Muuss
Founders Day 15 Year Celebration
Picnic and Fireworks at Reserve - Photos by John Muuss and Shawn Eisele
WHAT'S THE POINT?
Do you want to win? Of course you do! Everyone who gets
on a tennis court has the ambition to do the best they can
and be better than the opponent. We want to have fun,
hence the term, friendly competition. It's American to
compete. We grew up competing with the “Joneses” and
everyone else in town. We wouldn't be who we are if we
did not compete. We compete at home for attention; we
compete in school; we compete at work and play. We have
game shows, dance contests and vocal competitions.
This is my first point (15-Love). Numerous articles have
been written about the growing popularity of tennis at St.
James. We have 346 members in the association. Each year
we have many league and state championship teams and
one team won the sectionals being the best team among
nine state champions! St. James is a prominent center for
tennis in southeast North Carolina.
The distribution of player talent is statistically normal,
which means we have beginners, average players and
above average players. The largest number of players is in
the average category. Some of us have discussed forming a
team of the “best” average players to potentially improve
our chances of winning the sectionals and competing at
a national level. Maybe this will happen someday, but for
now our teams are selected more for personal reasons, still
resulting in three very competitive average player teams.
This is my second point (30-Love). The talent is good
and player personalities are entertaining. We have some
trash-talking guys, some who use delay tactics to impact
momentum, some who are theatrical when they miss or hit
a winner and some who just smile. It's like Wal-Mart; the
product is good and players are fun to watch.
This is my third point (40-Love). So what is the point
of this article? Neither of the three St. James teams in the
Men's 3.5 league are league champions this year. But, in
the spirit of friendly competition, the St. James team with
the best record in head-to-head competition is the team
with a record of three wins and one loss. Congratulations
to this year’s “Best Men's 3.5 Team from St. James.” Team
members include Jim Alleborn, Mike Farage, Marty Gasper,
Wes Juda, Bill Kamszik, Dave Laughton, Chet Michewicz,
Mike Norton, Gary Rainier, Alan Robidoux, Dave Samuels,
Mike Stephenson, Jim Straub, Rich Strukel and Ihor Zyga.
This is my final point (Game over).
By Jim Alleborn
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Military Appreciation Day 2014
New America Legion Division Commander
Past Division II Commander Mike Braswell swore
in the new District 9 Commander Tom Cerniglia at a
recent meeting of American Legion Post #543. Tom
will be responsible for 19 American Legion posts
throughout five North Carolina counties.
The Military Appreciation Day golf tournament
and picnic sign-up began July 25. The
tournament is a four-person scramble with
separate flights for men, women and couples
at the Members, Founders and Players courses.
Women will play teal tees and men will play
white tees. The exception will be men who
regularly play green tees will be allowed to play
(l-r) Mike Braswell and Tom Cerniglia
Ramp n’ Rails Presented With Check
Also at the meeting, Commander Rick Sessa presented
Paul Witmer, Brunswick Senior Resources (BSR)
Ramp n’ Rails Program Coordinator, with a check for
$500. BSR had asked the Navy Seabee Veterans of
America Island X5 Cape Fear chapter to build a ramp
for a Brunswick County veteran who needed an easier
way to get in and out of his home. The $500 covered
the cost of the materials for the ramp. This was a joint
effort by the three organizations.
There will be an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
The cost is $60, plus golf and cart fees, if
applicable, and includes the afternoon picnic
and entertainment at Woodlands Park. Proceeds
will benefit Operation at Ease and American
Legion Post 543. Sign up in the golf shop of
the course you want to play. If you do not have
a team of four you will be matched with other
players. Tournament fees will be charged to
each individual’s club account. Fees for nonmember guests who are signed up by a member
will be billed to the member’s club account.
Club members who are not golfing, can sign
themselves and guests up for the picnic only
($20) at the Players Club Golf Shop (4570049, ext.1). Guest charges will be billed to the
If you have questions, contact Mike Himebaugh
or Steve Elkins at the Players Club Golf Shop
or email Paul Schnobrick at [email protected]
(l-r) Paul Witmer, Seabee members William Sraver,
Coy Overton & Dennis Ruocco, and Rick Sessa
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The Garden Club at St. James
recently put the finishing
touches on its first major
community service project,
an extensive renovation of
the grounds of the St. James
Chapel. The last two stages of the project were a
general clean-up and the planting of several spots
of color around the building. Plants added to the
landscape include yellow Lantana around the chapel’s
sign, Emerald Gayety Euonymus at the rear entrance
and Pacific Blue Shore Junipers interspersed with Cora
Vinca in the island bed by the walk to the front door.
The project began August 2013 after Lynn
Schwartzkopf, then president of the chapel board,
learned that there was a newly-formed Garden Club in
St. James. He asked Heather Adams, then president, if
the Garden Club would do a much-needed makeover
of the chapel’s overgrown landscape. Both groups
agreed that the Garden Club would provide the labor
and experience and the chapel board would cover the
cost of materials and install irrigation.
Garden Club Community Service Committee members
(Emy Vig, Peg O’Brien, Barb Dempster, Mary Margaret
Carman and Heather Adams); club volunteers (Betty
Lewis, Beth Erskine, Sue Kleine, Roseann Summerville,
Linda Tarrall, Karen Gilbert and Julie Coddington);
husbands David Carman and Chris Adams; and chapel
members, Lynn Schwartzkopf and Chad Mitchell,
who coordinated the chapel building and grounds and
worked closely with the club on this project.
As every gardener knows, a garden is never finished, so
the club will maintain the chapel grounds from now on.
Commenting on the partnership between the chapel
and the Garden Club, St. James Chapel President Dave
Linton said, “The Garden Club, through many hours
of labor, has created a wonderful transformation to
the St. James Chapel grounds. This work embodies the
spirit of volunteerism within St. James and is greatly
By Linda Walsh
What followed were many months of hard work on
Thursday mornings when club members met to remove
debris, rake, weed, prune, fertilize, mulch and plant.
It took “woman power” as club member Betty Lewis
remarked after she and Heather pried a huge rock
out of a spot where a plant was supposed to go. On
occasion, it took man power too when huge jobs like
pruning the Crape Myrtles required help from Garden
Club husbands and chapel members.
Altogether, 12 club members and four men put in a total
of more than 100 hours to get the job done. They are
(l-r) Peg O'Brien & Barb Dempster
New chapel landscaping
Mary Margaret & David Carman and Heather
& Chris Adams
(l-r) Mary Margaret Carman, Emily Vig,
Heather Adams & Barb Dempster
BY THE GLASS
Fun Facts about Wine
It’s summer time and to keep things light and casual, here’s
some fun wine trivia you can impress your friends and family
with during the backyard barbecue.
The tradition of a celebratory “toast” began with the ancient
Romans, who would drop a piece of toasted bread in their
wine to buffer unpleasant tastes and excessive acidity. The
Romans also boiled wine in lead pots and mixed lead with
wine to help preserve it and impart a sweet flavor. There
is much debate among historians about how much lead
poisoning contributed to the decline of the empire.
The alcohol consumed at a celebration party for the 55
drafters of the Constitution was 54 bottles of Madeira, 60
bottles of Bordeaux, eight bottles of whiskey, 22 bottles of
port, eight bottles of hard cider, 12 beers and seven bowls
of alcohol punch large enough that “ducks could swim in
In 1801, President Thomas Jefferson spent $3,000 on wine,
12 percent of his annual salary. To put that in modern context,
that would be like President Obama spending $48,000 on
wine this year alone.
When Tutankhamun’s tomb was opened in 1922, wine jars
buried alongside him were labeled with the year, the name
of the winemaker and descriptions about the quality of the
wine. The labels could actually comply with modern wine
label laws of several countries today. In ancient Egypt, the
ability to craft wine that improved with age was considered
alchemy and was a privilege reserved for the pharaohs.
One glass of wine consists of juice from one cluster of
grapes. Seventy-five grapes comprise one cluster. One grape
vine produces 10 bottles. One acre can contain 400 vines,
resulting in five tons of grapes. On average, five tons of grapes
can be made into 300 cases or 3,600 bottles of finished wine.
Wine grapes rank first among the world’s fruit crops in terms
of acres planted. You’ve probably never heard of one of the
world’s most widely planted grape variety, Airén. It is grown
primarily in Spain where it is used to make white wine and
California, by itself, is the world’s fourth largest producer
of wine after France, Italy and Spain. Washington, D.C.,
consumes more wine per capita than any state in the nation.
(Explains a lot!)
A few vine cuttings from the New World brought to
Europe spread a tiny insect called Phylloxera vastatrix, which
feeds on the roots of vines. The only way to save all of the
European grape vines was to graft native American vines to
the European rootstocks. While some European vines are
justifiably hallowed, none of them are pristine and without
an American element after the mid-1800s.
The average age of a French oak tree harvested for use in
creating wine barrels is 170 years.
The Whistler Tree is the most productive cork oak tree on
record. It grows in the Alentejo region of Portugal and is more
than 230 years old. It has yielded enough cork for 100,000
bottles. As a comparison, the average cork oak produces
material for 4,000 bottles. Named for the countless songbirds
that occupy its dense canopy, the Whistler Tree is in excellent
condition and is well on its way to produce a total lifetime
production of more than one million corks.
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Pieces Of Eight – PIRATES OF THE CAROLINAS:
Anne Bonny and Mary Read
This month, we profile two notorious female pirates
with ties to the Carolinas.
1. Lawyers in love: Anne Bonny was born in Ireland
to an attorney and his wife’s maid. Together they
fled across the Atlantic with young Anne, settling in
Charleston, South Carolina and living a life of wealth
and privilege, but Anne, by now a teenager, yearned
2. Sail away: Anne eloped with a sailor, James Bonny,
and the newlyweds sailed to the “pirates’ nest” of
New Providence in the Bahamas. James earned a living
informing on suspected pirates, but Anne imagined a
more exciting life.
3. Ladies love outlaws: Anne, dressed in men’s
clothing, left James and joined the crew of the dapper
pirate “Calico Jack” Rackham. Rackham had been
pardoned by the Bahamian Governor for his prior
plundering of small ships, but could not resist the lure
of the pirate life.
4. Along comes Mary: Rackham was clearly an equal
opportunity employer as Anne joined fellow female
pirate Mary Read aboard his ship, the William. Mary
was believed to have been born in England to an
“unstable” mother who sought to claim an inheritance
by passing Mary off as a male child. Raised as a boy,
Mary worked the naval docks, signing onto a merchant
ship which was seized by pirates.
5. Armed and dangerous: Anne and Mary were fast
friends and fierce fighters with pistols and swords, and
could swear like, well, sailors. Once their gender was
discovered, the crew reportedly accepted them (or they
were too terrified to speak up!). Together with Calico
Jack, they plied the waters of the Caribbean, seizing
fishing boats and merchant vessels.
6. We are not amused: The governor who had
pardoned Rackham was incensed to learn that Rackham
was back at sea. In September 1720, he dispatched
ships to take the pirates. One ship located and engaged
the William off the Jamaican coast. The male crew
surrendered peacefully. Anne Bonny and Mary Read,
however, fought ferociously until the end.
7. The party’s over: The men were tried, convicted
and hung. Rackham’s body was suspended in an iron
cage as a cautionary warning to other would-be pirates.
The women were then tried. Testimony from a victim
noted, “…the two women… wore men’s jackets, and
long trousers, and handkerchiefs tied about their heads;
and each of them had a machete [sic] and pistol in their
hands, and cursed and swore at the men.” Both women
were unanimously deemed guilty as charged with a
sentence of death by hanging.
8. Pistol-packin’ mamas: Anne and Mary each
proclaimed, “I plead my belly,” indicating that they
were pregnant. A court-ordered inspection confirmed
their claims and they avoided the noose. Mary died
in prison from a fever; Anne may have given birth to
Rackham’s child. Both women have been immortalized
in books, movies and even video games as the equals
of male pirates.
By Barbara Lemos
Look Who's On The Move...
Bob and Karyn DiNanno’s plan was for Karyn to
settle into their new home during summer 2013. Bob
would stay in Plymouth, Massachusetts for a couple
more years, being the responsible financial advisor he
is to clients that aren’t yet ready to see him go. They
would take turns visiting each other. Alone between
visits, Karyn kept busy bopping over to her golf, tennis
or beach outings in her red convertible Volkswagen
Beetle, top down. Soon Karyn’s busy schedule,
combined with New England’s winters, made her
realize it made more sense for Bob to travel south.
After all he had no life outside of work and was living
in a temporary apartment.
In August 2013, 15 months after listing their home on
Lake Kegonsa, Wisconsin, Don and Pat Lund moved
into their new home on Majestic Drive in Woodlands.
Immediately and generously, they offered it for the
Service Club’s 2013 Holiday Home Tour.
To be fair, the only loud parties Karyn hosted in Bob’s
absence were for the junior high girls she mentors
from her church’s youth group, and her nights out on
the town were for serving dinner to the military at the
Home with five children, Pat bypassed becoming
“volunteer of the year” by returning to school for three
degrees, the final one being a Ph.D. in Library and
Information Science. Two more “darlings” arrived
totaling seven college bound kids born over a 20year period; five sons bookended by two daughters,
now living in five states. Pat served 12 years on the
school board, eight years with the Red Cross, and
was an examiner for Wisconsin’s Baldridge Award for
performance excellence by organizations.
Bob began to recognize that a satellite office in their
new home would facilitate more frequent visits.
Finally a neighbor’s comment that “work is overrated”
resonated with him. By end of summer 2014 Bob will
join Karyn permanently on Essex Drive in the Reserve.
After a 37-year career with Northwest Airlines including
international flight attendant work, Karyn now loves
making room for Bob’s golf clubs in the Beetle. Two of
their sons followed Bob into the financial world, and a
third son is a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. This
translates to six grandkids, and the stacked bunk beds
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An engineering graduate of Northwestern University,
Don had a diverse career including working on ballistic
missiles at Martin Marietta in Littleton, Colorado,
and running Chrysler test sites in Michigan. He
capped his career overseeing Spring Window Fashions
in Middleton, Wisconsin and retired as vice president
after 30 years.
Don has a history of turning fledgling Habitat for
Humanity chapters into successes and continues
his service here. Remarkably for a new resident, Pat
stepped up to chair the 2014 Service Club’s Flea
Market. She also volunteers at a local clinic and sings
a cappella four-part harmony with the Sweet Adelines.
They have two grandsons in military service, two
granddaughters in nursing programs and another one
in fourth grade. This “can-do” energetic couple say
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SOOTY MOLD IS A SURE SIGN OF INSECTS
I often get calls in the Cooperative Extension office from
homeowners who ask, "What is this black stuff on the leaves
of my crape myrtle or gardenia?" The answer is sooty mold, a
black fungal coating caused by aphids, whiteflies, mealy bugs,
scale insects and other sucking insects. The insects feeding on the
plants excrete a sugary, shiny substance called honeydew. Sooty
mold doesn’t feed on plant tissue, but on the secretions from
It frequently develops on ornamental plants like fig, crape myrtle,
azaleas, tulip tree and oleander, covering the top surface of leaves
and reducing the photosynthetic process. It often goes unnoticed
until many leaves are covered with a black, unsightly substance.
In the summer when insect populations are high, plants may look
like vegetable oil has been poured on them. Also these sucking
pests take in large amounts of water and sugar from the sap
which may lead to reduced vigor in the plant.
Summer rains can help rinse away and even delay the onset of
sooty mold, but with insufficient rain, the honeydew will stick
to the leaves. To control and prevent the unsightly sooty mold,
you must control the pests creating the honeydew. They can
often be washed off by a strong spray of hose water which may
also remove some of the honeydew and sooty mold. Remaining
sooty mold will eventually dry up and flake off the leaves. For
heavier insect infestations, first try horticultural oil since it is less
toxic than acephate, imidacloprid, malathion or other synthetic
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Send your gardening questions or comments to: tom [email protected]
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The Artisans Corner
Continuing Profiles in Art
Most of us have grandchildren that lighten our hearts and
sometimes even inspire us. That was the case for Rich
Caffrey. If you visit the Artisans Gallery, on the left you
will find his forceful sculptures. Often the pieces he has on
display are ballet dancers, a favorite subject, and this is the
story behind these works.
POA page, visit the gallery, or follow us on Facebook for
more information on these sales.
You have a standing invitation to share your artistic talent.
Join the Artisans at St. James by calling Peggy Calenda
at 363-7328, or stop by the gallery to chat and pick up a
Rich studied sculpture at Saint-Gaudens, Cornish, New
Hampshire, and much of his work focused on human busts.
After attending one of granddaughter Sophia’s recitals, they
discussed her studies, and she presented to Rich a calendar
featuring Alonzo King’s contemporary LINES Ballet.
Inspired by the dynamics captured in these images, he
sculpted several pieces from the photos. He said, “During
the process I realized they presented a beautiful combination
of opposing forces: beauty and power.” After arriving at
St. James six years ago, Rich noted, “In observing nature
here, I saw the same combination of elements: beauty
and power.” Focusing on that theme, he has completed
numerous pieces over the past 18 months including a blue
heron taking off, a great egret fishing, an osprey building a
nest and a duck formation landing in a pond.
Rich has done two pieces especially for his granddaughter,
both from pictures of her in ballet positions. One was
of Sophia at a practice bar in front of a mirror. When
attempting to cut a mirror to match the scale of the
sculpture, it broke. In Rich’s own words, “In frustration
I held the broken piece behind the sculpture and realized
it presented an excellent silhouette of her.” He then
fashioned the clay around the broken mirror piece and
found it enhanced the beauty and power of the work.
There are many rewards to being an artist, but when
Rich presented his sculptures to Sophia, he
remembers, “She said she loved them both,
and that meant a lot to me.”
Stop by and visit the gallery to see Rich’s
creations and those of all the artisans. We are
open seven days a week from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
and Friday evenings until 8. We’re closed the
second Monday of each month for change
outs of the art.
We have some exciting events planned.
August 28 through September 1 the Artisans
Gallery will be having their Labor Day sale.
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When folks move to a new area, often leaving family, friends and
everything familiar behind, they may feel isolated. The Brunswick
Newcomers Club (BNC) can help with the transition into a
different community by making new friends and joining new
The BNC has over 450 local members from the southern part of
Brunswick County, including many St. James residents. “With
so many members, it’s not hard to find people who like to do the
same things you do,” says Bill Young, current BNC president.
The club members meet the third Wednesday of the month,
September through June (except December) at the Southport
Community Building at 223 E. Bay Street. The meetings provide
the opportunity to sign up for the many club activities and to hear
guest speakers talk about the local history, geography, educational
opportunities, museums, medical facilities, local government,
activities and opportunities for community service. The light
refreshments are also a big attraction.
The club has a number of committees for setting up the activities.
The greeters committee welcomes new members at each meeting
and assists them in signing up for membership and club activities.
The wine tasting committee plans monthly tastings, held in
member’s homes to create a fun, friendly and comfortable setting.
Each tasting has a theme (such as Italian versus French) and
includes eight wines with food pairings.
The very popular “lunch bunch” committee plans monthly
lunches at some of the best restaurants in Wilmington, Brunswick
County and as far as Myrtle Beach. The social events committee
has organized dances, Cocktails for Ten and the June year-end
breakfast. Other monthly activities include card groups (such as
Shanghai rummy, hand and foot canasta and bridge) and book
The special interest committee offers members a wide variety
of activities taught by talented BNC members, such as iPad
usage, arts and crafts, cooking, kayaking and photography. We
always welcome members willing to share their skills. The travel
committee plans day excursions to theaters, shows, festivals and
holiday events as well as a longer trip such as a cruise or a motor
coach road trip.
The next meeting will be held Wednesday, September 17, with
doors opening at 9 a.m. “The actual meeting begins at 10 a.m.,
but this open hour gives people a chance to check out the many
activities available to BNC members,” said Bill Young. For more
information, visit the website at www.brunswicknewcomers.com.
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Behind the Scenes
Summer is a great time to kick back and relax, visit with family and friends, head to
the beach or to see the latest blockbuster action movie and, of course, attend a local
production from one of the many theater companies in the area! There is no dearth of
choices for theater, and quality theater at that, close to home. The following are a list of
shows that can be seen in the month of August and early September.
August 1, 2 and 3 Brunswick Little Theatre (BLT) offers up the last three performances of
Into the Woods at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community
College. I mentioned in an earlier article that although this Stephen Sondheim show revolves
around numerous fairy tale characters, it is not a “children’s show.” Into the Woods deals
with the theme of choices and how we must live with the decisions we make. For tickets call
910-775-7416 or go to www.bccowa.com.
Red Barn Studio Theater in conjunction with Thalian
Association will open with the show Good People August
7. The show will run Thursday through Sunday, August
7-30. The theater, the brainchild of Linda Lavin and her
husband Steve Bakunas, is located at 1122 S. Third St. in
Wilmington, three blocks from the Cape Fear Memorial
Bridge. For tickets call 910-254-1788 or go to www.
Rounding out the offerings for the summer will be Opera House Theater Company (OHTC). July 30 they will open with
Kiss Me Kate. This is a sure-fire toe-tapper with music by Cole Porter. The show will run from July 30 through August
17. Close on the heels of this show, in case you missed BLT’s offering, will be Opera House’s staging of Into the Woods.
Under the direction of the immensely talented Jason Aycock, the show is bound to entertain. Did I mention the music is
by Stephen Sondheim?
Both Opera House shows will be staged at historic Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut Street in downtown Wilmington. If you
are new to St. James and have never been to Thalian, attending a show there is half of the experience. It is a truly grand
theater seating approximately 550 people. For tickets, contact Thalian Hall at 910-632-2285 (www.thalianhall.com) or
contact OHTC at 910-762-4234 (www.operahousetheatrecompany.net). Another great bonus for seeing shows at Thalian
is there are a number of really good restaurants within walking distance. That makes for a nice evening out.
So if you’ve tired of seeing buildings blown up, cars and trucks transforming into dragons and giant robots, TV re-runs
that just don’t excite you, and you’ve had enough of the sand and the sea, check out one of these shows. They all offer
Sunday matinees if the evening drive back from Wilmington is not to your liking. I hope to see you at the theater.
By Stuart Pike
GET READY FOR A CAT-TALES PHOTO CONTEST!
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Submit photos and information via POA website by August 15 (max. one photo per category).
Either landscape or portrait orientation, but only portrait will be considered for Cat-Tales cover.
Resident voting August 16-23 will determine grand and category winners.
See detailed information on the POA website and start your camera clicking!
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Georgetown, South Carolina
Georgetown was settled in 1729 and named to honor King
George II. It became a center for lumber, rice, indigo and
naval stores (e.g., tar, turpentine, pine oil). In the 1900s a saw
mill was the main industry, but now Georgetown caters to
manufacturing industries and tourism.
Georgetown is about
a two hour drive
and 110 miles south
on Route 17. It’s a
great overnight stop
in conjunction with
a Charleston visit
or a long one day
visit but well worth
the time. The old town by the Waccamaw River has over
50 historical buildings as well as art galleries, antiques,
boutiques and restaurants featuring seafood, low country
and Italian cuisines. Deep sea fishing and water activities are
big attractions here. At nearby Hunting Beach State Park you
can swim, surf fish, picnic, hike nature trails or stroll on the
sailing lumber schooners when
Georgetown was the biggest
lumber port in the Southeast.
The small Georgetown County
Museum has artifacts from the
county's history, such as the prerevolutionary war and slave eras. Finally, consider stopping
in Outlaw's Original Art Gallery and Museum that has
artwork and artifacts of slaves.
A must see is the circa 1740 Hopsewee Plantation on the
North Santee River and 16 miles south of Georgetown off
Route 17 (www.hopsewee.com). The house, still a private
residence, is a low country rice plantation house that is the
birthplace of Thomas Lynch, Jr., a signer of the Declaration
Prince George Church
As you walk around town you can tour several historical
buildings such as the pre-revolutionary Harold Kaminski
House and the 1720 Prince George Winyah Episcopal
Church with different architectures and box pews to keep
worshipers warm in winter.
If you can’t see Hopsewee or want to see more, there’s
the nearby Hampton Plantation State Historic Site, a 250
year old rice plantation. There will be few people here so
you can enjoy the quiet surroundings, the unfurnished but
elegant plantation house, the interpretive history and the
enormous old live oak that George Washington saved (www.
Finally, there’s the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center (www.
hobcawbarony.org), one mile north of Georgetown on Route
17. The center provides the history, ecology and research of
Hobcaw Barony and the North Inlet Winyah Bay National
Estuarine Research Reserve in the areas of forestry, marine
biology, wildlife, flora and fauna. There’s a two hour tour
(reservations required) of the 16,000 acre barony lands and
plantation house that showcases the pristine marshes and
former uses of the land. If you want a low country getaway,
this is the tour to take.
If you like cozy museums, there is no shortage here. In the
Town Clock building you can visit the Rice Museum and learn
that by 1840 the Georgetown area produced nearly one-half
of the total U.S. rice crop. The Maritime Museum Gallery,
next to the Town Clock, has a 1700-era boat on display,
the Browns Ferry vessel. The South Carolina Maritime
focuses on maritime history such as the 1900s
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