Lydia Inglett

LYDIA INGLETT TURNS A LOVE OF LITERATURE INTO A LIFETIME IN PUBLISHING.

At the age of 14, Lydia Inglett convinced her skeptical parents to buy her a printing press, an early start to what would become a lifetime of publishing books.

“I moved that 600-pound machine around for years,” she said, her soft Upstate accent underscored by an English brogue.

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LISA SWEENEY BAKES HER BUBBLY PERSONALITY INTO HER NEW CAREER AS A PASTRY CHEF.

Lisa Sweeney isn’t afraid of new experiences. After all, this is a woman who has sung in a rock band, lived in the Caribbean, and rescued a veritable Noah’s Ark of animals— from baby squirrels to possums to dogs. She currently has a pet raccoon named Chutney, who splits her time between Sweeney’s house and the neighboring woods.

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LOCAL AUTHOR, PUBLIC SPEAKER AND LIFE COACH DOES HARD TIME WELL

On Jodie Randisi’s Facebook page recently was a quote that said, “People start to heal the moment they feel heard.”

For the Hilton Head Island author, public speaker and life coach, this motto applies to everyone — including those who many believe are beyond hope. Randisi is a prison volunteer who spends every Wednesday leading a coloring club, a book club and a Toastmasters group for inmates at the medium security Ridgeland Correctional Institution for men.

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FRANK SOULE HELPED REDEFINE HOW HILTON HEAD VIEWS RECREATION.

If you’ve spent any time at all at the Island Rec Center, you’ve probably met Frank Soule. He’s hard to avoid at the center — he has been with the organization since 1986, when Hilton Head Island was home to a full-time population of only about 17,000 people. Under his guidance, the Island Rec Center has grown in step with the island itself, going far beyond the boundaries of a simple public recreation facility to become a fundamental building block of the community.

Enid Carranza

BILINGUAL PROFESSIONAL ADVOCATES FOR UNDERSTANDING

Like most moms, Enid Carranza of Hilton Head Island thought her only child, Ian, was just about perfect. When he was born in 2006, the feelings of homesickness that had plagued her for years — she’s originally from Costa Rica — vanished.

“I felt I had my family here. There wasn’t time to be homesick,’ she said.

Second grade students from Ms. Rea Colella’s class at Michael C. Riley Elementary School in Bluffton responded to our call for letters to Santa.

MONTHLY CELEBRATES LOCAL BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITIES WITH THE 2017 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS.

These are the “best of the best” places to shop, dine, live, party and more, as voted by you, our readers. We received 12,001 electronic ballots in our eight-week Readers’ Choice campaign, intending to identify the top contenders in wide-ranging categories. Are you looking for the best of the Lowcountry? You’ll find it here. If you don’t find your favorites here, make sure to cast your ballot next year. Congratulations to this year’s winners, and special thanks to all who voted.

HILTON HEAD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MOVES TO NEW HOME

The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra has joined forces with The Richardson Group and is moving to a new location in Coligny Plaza. The new space will be at 7 Lagoon Road and will also house the symphony orchestra’s offices, as well as serve as an event space for the community — it’s ideal for intimate events like recitals, small interactive concerts and theatre productions. The symphony orchestra expects the new space to open in early summer.

How does the Lowcountry spend the holiday season?

MONTHLY ASKED AREA RESIDENTS WHAT THEY’LL BE DOING TO CELEBRATE. HERE ARE A FEW OF THEIR ANSWERS:

“I don’t have any plans yet. I think I’m just going to work. My family is in Puerto Rico and my parents still don’t have power or water after the hurricane. The communications are not good either, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to talk with them on Christmas.”
Nobiraida Infante, waitress at Truffles and Chow Daddy’s

GROUP46 NAMED EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

Group46 president Ryan Lockhart was named Employer of the Year by the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department. He was honored with the award at the Vocational Rehabilitation Open House Luncheon in Beaufort in October. The department provides job placement and training for people with disabilities. David Russell was hired as a graphic designer for Group46, a new position made possible by the vocational program.