Monthly Archives: June 2012

Rod and Reel in…the Heat!

“Heat Wave”…WHEW!  That was a great song when Martha & the Vandellas released it in 1963, but they were from Detroit.  What did they really know about weather that almost makes your blood boil?  Here in South Carolina, it’s sort … Continue reading

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The Rockets’ Red (and White, and Blue, Too!) Glare

I ask myself more and more lately, “Where has the time gone?!”  I can’t believe 2012 is half over, and it’s already time for one of Sumter’s biggest holiday celebrations.  With an estimated annual attendance of 35,000, that is no … Continue reading

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A New Take on the Roadside Market

What does the first bite of summer taste like to you? Is it a firm, juicy, sweet peach? Or is it a basket of freshly picked berries? How about corn on the cob, steamed in the husks and dripping with … Continue reading

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Park Patrol Offers a Variety of Services

So far, this spring has been remarkably mild, with an almost unbelievably glorious mixture of warm, sunny days and just enough rain to keep everything outdoors looking beautiful.  I hope that in saying so I haven’t just condemned us to … Continue reading

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Invitation to the Invitational

What annual Sumter sporting event has rated coverage from media outlets as diverse as the Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Philadelphia Enquirer, NBC Sports, the Disney Channel and more? It’s Double Dutch, and it’s time for the 39th annual American Double … Continue reading

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The Patriot

Surname derivations can be pretty interesting.  Last names, particularly for people of British descent, were often derived from what they did for a living (e.g., “Cooper,” “Miller,” etc.) or from a feature of their geographic location—“Haynsworth” is a home surrounded … Continue reading

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Give Boredom the Boot!

What a busy couple of weeks it’s been!  It’s always a bit of a challenge getting back on task after the excitement of the Iris Festival, but this was one of the best ones I can remember.  We had a … Continue reading

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