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Donations are always welcome at the many charitable organizations in the area. But the gift of time that volunteers give is invaluable —and often incalculable.

Betsy Doughtie, director of the Deep Well Project, calls volunteers “the life blood of Deep Well. They make it all happen.”

Him, her or just because, Hilton Head Monthly has gift ideas for everyone on your list this holiday season.

Candles and apron perfect for the holidays

Photos By Bill Littell

Candles and apron perfect for the holidays. Truffles Market and Café, Shops at Sea Pines Center, 843-671-6136. www.trufflescafe.com.

One mother discovers the healing power of expression through art after losing her son

These painting by Suzy Shealy will be on exhibit at Mira Scott’s Picture This Gallery on Hilton Head Island on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.   “No Greater Love.”When Suzy  Shealy’s son, Army Sgt. Andrew J. Derrick of the 411th Military Police Company, came under small arms fire and was killed near Baghdad, Iraq, on Sept. 23, 2005, she wanted to crawl into a corner to grieve the loss of a son who was everything a parent could ask for.

Joseph — as he was called by those who loved him — was a graduate of Marion Military Institute in Marion, Ala., where he starred on the baseball diamond, football feld and basketball court. An Internet search reveals message boards where people from his hometown of Columbia, and places like Torrington, Conn., Carson City, Nev., and Glenwood, Iowa, shared their memories of man who had impressed so many people in his 25 years.

By LAURA JACOBI
Thanksgiving Day is a holiday rich in its traditions: turkey, pumpkin pie, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and football.
Many families have the tradition of gathering around the dinner table or in the living room and makes a “gratitude circle.” Each friend or family member has to say what they’re most thankful for this past year.
Here are a few new ways to carry on the same spirit of this tradition, but with a little more flare.

Discover Treasures along our ShoresPhotos by Lindsay Brown

Southern Beaufort County’s riverbanks and beaches are a treasure trove of constantly changing and amazing wildlife and plants.

There’s so much to see and learn, so much to wonder at, so much to discover for explorers of all ages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ark clam shell

South Carolina’s fall hunting season beginsFor those seeking the thrill of the hunt, now is a grand time to start or rekindle an old pastime. With cooler temperatures and the exodus of tourists also comes the fall hunting season, a perfect time for outdoorsman to track deer, doves and other game. Whether you’re an avid hunter or interesting in becoming one, there’s much to know before packing the truck with ammunition and bows.

Hunting in South Carolina takes place on both public and private lands. Both have their own regulations, seasons and costs, which are determined by the property owners and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR).

Deer season, always popular, is in full swing on private lands. It started on Aug. 15 and goes through Jan. 1. Gun and bow hunting is allowed during the entire season.

Most Valuable Pet award goes to Buddy, who touches the lives of those in need

Most Valuable Pet award goes to Buddy, who touches the lives of those in needAnyone who has ever struggled with mental illness knows just how much the smallest gestures can mean. How one understanding look, say, from the dark eyes of a tiny puffball with a wagging tail, can change everything.

Sarah Kaminskas was one such person. In February of last year, Kaminskas’ battles with brain chemistry-related illnesses, including depression, anxiety and ADHD, led to her to resign from the job she loved. She found herself seemingly lost after abandoning a career in education she’d built over the course of a lifetime.

For months, she drifted, still waging a daily war against her illness. Then, in June, a ray of brilliant sunlight in the form of a cuddly Bichpoo (half Bichon Frise, half poodle) named Buddy pierced the darkness and lit up Kaminskas’ world like nothing before. “He literally walked right up to me off the street,” wrote Kaminskas in an e-mail.

Long Cove Yacht Club members treat children to a day on the water

These children from the Boys & Girls Club were rewarded for good behavior with a cruise around Hilton Head Island with Long Cove Yacht Club members.As the 46 excited children gathered on the dock at Long Cove Yacht Club for a group photo, there was a little concern when the dock began to lower into the water from the weight it was supporting.

But that was the only moment of concern for the members of the Yacht Club and the children from the Boys & Girls Club who were there to get a very special reward for their good behavior over the summer at the Hilton Head center.

ISLAND ESSENTIALS

Tunic, Abeille Ocupee Swimsuit, Perry EllisBEACH BASICS — SUMMER 2009

Photography By Anne

They’re hot. They’re cool. They’re all you need for a fashionable day at the beach.

SUMMER TIME & THE LIVING IS EASY

Live it in a beautiful tunic from the south of France. Tunic, Abeille Ocupee Swimsuit, Perry Ellis.

Available at Island Girl
843 686-6000 :: www.islandgirlhhi.com

Hilton Head is awaiting a S.C. Attorney General’s Office ruling on whether pets must be leashed on town beaches.Hilton Head Island dog owners are still waiting to hear whether they will continue to be allowed to let their canines run leash-free.

At press time for this issue of Hilton Head Monthly, town officials were awaiting a final ruling from the state Attorney General’s Office on the issue that arose earlier this year when the town became aware that its local ordinances regarding pets on the beach was at odds with a state leash law. While Hilton Head allows dogs to run free on the beaches during the off-season and before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m. during the summer, state law dictates all dogs must be on leashes whenever they are off their owner’s property.