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THEY COME FROM DIFFERENT PLACES AND BACKGROUNDS, AND THEY WORK IN DIFFERENT CORNERS OF THE COMMUNITY. What do these 17 Locals have in common?

THEY FACINATE US.

To be honest, in general, I don’t expect to like bands. As a former music executive, I have heard enough bands to know what a good one sounds like, and unfortunately (sometimes painfully), I know what a bad one sounds like. So, when I happened to be at Ruby Lee Restaurant one night as Stee and the Ear Candy Band were setting up, internally, I defaulted to my “grin and bear it” mode, quietly calculating how quickly I could finish eating and leave. To my surprise, this young band of three family members— Stee Colvin, lead vocalist; Malcolm Horne, producer and lead guitar; and Brooke Horne, vocalist, songwriter and booking agent — quickly changed my mind.

Emma Ryan

More than a half-billion children, or roughly one in four, now live in countries affected by conflicts or other disasters, according to a recent report from the United Nations Children’s Fund. More than 90,000 children are in need of help in Haiti, the western hemisphere’s poorest country.

The Lehmbergs

While reality TV can offer a skewed version of true events, the November episode of HGTV’s “Island Life” featuring the Lehmberg family got one thing exactly right: Opie and Melissa Lehmberg truly love Daufuskie Island. 

“Within a couple months of moving here, we knew we wanted to be here forever,” says Opie Lehmberg. “We absolutely love this island; it’s just perfect for us.”

Michael Weaver

Michael Weaver stands over 6 feet. He wears smart-looking schoolboy glasses. He has a full head of blonde hair, despite his 66 years of age. In his European-style clothing and Oxford shoes, he looks like he just flew in from Manhattan. And he did — sort of. After 25 years in advertising on Madison Avenue, he moved to Hilton Head Island.

Denny Fraser

It was the building boom of the 1970s that brought Aiken native Denny Fraser to Hilton Head Island. It was the island’s lifestyle that has kept him here.

He arrived in 1973 when his employer, then Daniel International Corp., put him in charge of the field office for the Queens Grant development in Palmetto Dunes.

Margaret McManus

She traveled the world while serving her country as a Central Intelligence Agency analyst for more than two decades. Now, Margaret McManus is focused on making the Lowcountry a better place by giving of her time.

“I always had a sense of patriotism,” said McManus, who is a long-time member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. “I thought I’d work at the State Department coming out of college at American University in D.C. But the CIA proved to be a wonderful fit.”