GreenbugWinter in the Lowcountry might not bring with it the snow and harsh weather that other parts of the country experience, but it does bring fewer bugs to the area — though the sand fleas seem impervious to all but the harshest weather conditions.

It’s a nice break from spring and summer, when the area is swarming with mosquitos and no-see-ums, and fire ants, cockroaches and mole crickets come out to ruin your outdoor spaces and give everyone a bad case of the creepy crawlies.

Lamb & Gray Architects, LLC launches in the Lowcountry 

New firsm Lamb & Gray Architects, L.L.C. is comprised of Amanda Lamb (AIA, NCARB), April Gray (AIA, NCARB) and Lydia DePauw. With over 45 years of combined experience in architecture, Lamb & Gray’s current work includes high-end residential projects in award-winning properties including Palmetto Bluff and Spring Island. They are members of the Hilton Head Area Homebuilders Association and the Hilton Head chapter of the American Institute of Architects. 

A CENTURY-OLD BIKE TRAVELS THE PATHS OF HILTON HEAD

When I moved to Hilton Head Island in 2012 and discovered its fabulous bike paths and beaches, I decided to restore an old bike that once belong to my father so I could cruise around town. But first, I took it for a ride down memory lane.

TERRY HERRON WANTED TO BRING TWO COMMUNITIES TOGETHER. HE FOUND A WAY THROUGH MUSIC. 

It’s always been about the music for Terry Herron, even when it wasn’t. When he first arrived in the Lowcountry in 1978, drawn here from his native Chicago, it was because of music. Sort of.

SEA PINES MONTESSORI MARKS ANNIVERSARY WITH A TIME CAPSULE

Hilton Head Island’s Sea Pines Montessori Academy celebrated its 50th anniversary Nov. 10 with a ceremony under the Liberty Oak at Harbour Town in Sea Pines. 

THE FIRST LADY OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND

For Mary Wyman Stone Fraser, 1963 was a magical year. It was a year of decisions that shaped her future and that of Hilton Head Island. It also was the year she met and married Charles E. Fraser and helped him move forward with his vision for Sea Pines and the island.

COURT ATKINS GROUP WELCOMES NEW TEAM MEMBERS

Michael Moss and Preston Bussard have joined the firm at Court Atkins Group as senior architects. Tim Hazelbaker, Chris Rivalsky and Sara Cannon have also joined the team.

Moss, a project architect at the firm’s Hilton Head Island studio, has worked with notable national firms including Wade Weissman Architecture of Santa Barbara and Historical Concepts of Atlanta. He specializes in historical preservation and has been recognized by the Missouri Historical Society and by the annual Palladio Awards for his traditional designs.

VOLUNTEERS IN MEDICINE HELPS PIANO MAN RETURN TO LOCAL STAGES

Musician Sterlin Covin knows first hand that nothing in life is guaranteed. For years, he performed around the world, ultimately making enough money to settle on Hilton Head Island so that he could spend more time with his young family.

But after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when the entertainment industry found itself struggling, Covin was forced drastic financial moves — including dropping his health insurance. Seven years later, two freak accidents left him financially ruined, living in Section 8 housing in a wheelchair, and unknowingly facing the possibility of never being able to walk again.

“Hilton Head Hotties” Angela Rummans and Tyler Crispen may not have won the top prize on the 20th season of CBS’ hit reality show “Big Brother,” but it appears they won each other’s hearts.

Ohio native Crispen, 23, lived on Hilton Head Island until recently, working as a lifeguard. Rummans, 26, grew up on Hilton Head, graduating from Hilton Head Island High School and attending the University of South Carolina before moving to California, where she works as a model and runs a company that makes personalized art pieces.

FROM THE BOTTOM TO THE TOP

Jennifer Cole is the kind of person you feel like you can ask for help, and she’s known at Fresenius Kidney Care of Hilton Head for her infectious enthusiasm. As a clinical manager, she mentors coworkers and works with dialysis patients and their families. Dialysis is a time-intensive medical treatment that many people with kidney disease rely on to survive. The process involves cleaning the patient’s blood three times a week for hours at a time. Cole, who started as a nurse four years ago and then promoted to manager, makes time to sit down with each patient. Her unique ability to empathize with them comes from surviving struggles in her own life.