Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

HOW HILTON HEAD AND BLUFFTON BECAME COYOTE COUNTRY

Vicki Wood didn’t know that there were coyotes living on Hilton Head Island until last May. Her Norfolk terrier, Fletch, had a habit of escaping the electric fence that surrounded her backyard, so she’d had the fence moved so she could watch him better from the house. Then, at around 6:30 p.m. May 25, her son said he couldn’t see Fletch in the backyard.

BEAUFORT COUNTY IS LOOKING FOR FOSTER PARENTS TO CARE FOR CHILDREN IN NEED.

When Christina Wilson heard that her cousin’s children had been put in foster care in 2003, she and her husband, Jason, knew they had to do something.

The Beaufort couple became licensed foster parents and took in the 5-month-old and 17-month-old girls. Two years later, the Wilsons adopted the children.

HARGRAY CUSTOMERS’ SPARE CHANGE ADDS UP FOR AREA NONPROFIT GROUPS

As the Rev. Dr. Nannette Pierson made her way to the front of the room, she gave a warning to those who awaited her arrival.

“You know I’m a hugger,” she said before embracing four members of the Caring Coins Foundation board. She also collected an $8,000 check on behalf of the Sandalwood Community Food Pantry, one of the more than 100 area organizations that have benefited from Hargray’s Caring Coins program.

LOCAL SCHOOLS OFFER ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

Good schools prepare children for the world of work and help them to develop their personal talents, discover who they are and gauge where they best fit into society. Schools also play a tremendous role in the life of a community and contribute to a feeling of belonging among residents. How much education is valued is a reflection on the community itself, its priorities and its future. For Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the surrounding Lowcountry, schools have played huge roles in the history and development of the region. On the following pages, we’ve highlighted nine of the best schools, academies and institutions available right here at home.

 

A “new you” in 2018 is an encouraging new year’s resolution, and it’s easier than you think. It might be helpful to think small at first — maybe try a new hair style — and then work up to bigger-picture makeovers, like weight loss or cosmetic surgery. Here are a few places to start, and a few expert tips from Lowcountry health and beauty professionals.

HIT THE GYM IN BLUFFTON

Expanded Buckwalter Recreation Center offers new fitness options

As a busy couple with a 6-year-old son, Maren and David Rogers have a hard time squeezing in exercise without cutting into family time. And even if they’re able to carve out space in their schedules, it’s tough to find room in the budget for expensive exercise classes or gym memberships.

THE HERITAGE LIBRARY MOVES TO NEW LOCATION

The Heritage Library, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to history and ancestry research, has a new office location. Its new space at 2 Corpus Christi Place on Hilton Head Island will allow the organization to continue exceptional history research and expert ancestry resources. The previous location on William Hilton Parkway is now closed.

BEAUFORT HIGH BIOLOGY TEACHER WINS TOP COUNTY HONORS

Dr. Nancy Ungvarsky may spend most of her time trying to inspire others these days, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t still learning.

“I’ve been passionate to learn all I can about biology,” she said.

Her passion and drive were recognized recently, when she was named the Beaufort County School District Teacher of the Year.

JIVA YOGA BLUFFTON’S SUNDAY COMMUNITY YOGA CLASSES GIVE BACK.

With the press of a button the music begins: the soothing, multi-layered instrumental mix of hammered dulcimer and pan flute that has served as the soundtrack to yoga classes for decades.

Rachel Carlson sits at the front of the class at Jiva Yoga, facing a group of nine students, and leads them all in a quick pre-lesson “ohm.” The collective voice of the students and their teacher reverberates off the studio walls, a rich major chord of thirds and fifths.

Once again, I will put my pride on the line and take a shot at what we might expect in 2018. But before we look ahead, let’s take a look back and see how my predictions for 2017 turned out.

Living the lifestyle you want requires regular money checkups and occasional strategy sessions with a financial adviser. A new calendar year is the perfect opportunity to review your financial big-picture and make adjustments that will set you up for success in the future. Here are 12 ways to get started:

These days, the winds of change are blowing hard — the trouble is their direction is constantly changing. It is said that lake sailors are far more skilled because they deal constantly with gusting winds, while ocean sailors enjoy the prevailing winds for days at a time. Like sailors, those of us in the business of forecasting economic activity are much more comfortable following trends, and so the rapid change we are now experiencing is driving us crazy.

ALLIANCE GROUP REALTY WELCOMES SEVEN AGENTS

The Alliance Group Realty, located in the Fresh Market Shoppes on Hilton Head Island, recently welcomed seven agents to its sales team.

Lexie Frazier and Alex Castellanos are new buyer agents with The McTernan Team. Frazier recently worked as an on-site agent for local home builder, while Castellanos is fluent in Spanish and will assist The McTernan Team with Spanish-speaking clients.

2017 WAS A SUCCESSFUL YEAR FOR SELLERS, REALTORS

Except for damages caused by Hurricane Irma, 2017 was a pretty good year for the real estate industry on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton. Experts say the good times likely will continue for sellers in 2018, but some buyers may find themselves competing for homes in their price range.

Welcome, 2018 and the interior design trends that the new year brings. Modern interior colors and design ideas this year reflect the universal impulses of people to have fun, nest at home and protect the Earth.