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DOG BRINGS COMFORT TO HILTON HEAD AIRPORT

Feeling stressed about air travel with the tight timelines and long security lines? Sometimes comfort walks in on four paws.

Now that people are flying more often as pandemic travel restrictions have lessened, passengers at the newly expanded Hilton Head Island Airport have had the pleasant surprise of being greeted by Zoara, a golden retriever who wears a vest that reads: "Please Pet Me."

CHATHAM CAPITAL GROUP CELEBRATES 25 YEARS

Chatham Capital Group, with offices in Savannah, Ga., and Hilton Head, is celebrating its 25th year in business. The company oversees more than $500 million in assets for individuals, families and related charitable entities.

Trees and power lines were knocked down the night of July 7 and early July 8 during Tropical Storm Elsa. Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue said it responded to more than 66 incidents, including 33 trees fallen in the road. Palmetto Electric reported approximately 19,800 outages on Hilton Head Island at the height of the storm, a HHI Fire Rescue news release said. Bluffton Township Fire District said it received six reports of trees falling on houses. 

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2021 CUTEST DOG: MISS BO PEEP

Miss Bo Peep is an 11-month-old Sheepadoodle. She is loving, goofy, always happy and enjoys herding her dachshund brothers. Her favorite activities include boating, playing with other dogs (especially her bestie, Ringo) and cruising around listening to 70s music with her owner Donna Chapman.

1. Shelley Harbour took this photo at Harbour Town overlooking Calibogue Sound.

ARTIST ALEX GENTEMANN PAINTS THE COLORS OF MUSIC

For Alex Gentemann, a Hilton Head native and recent graduate of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, sound is not merely heard — it is also seen.  And in an array of colors that correspond to the tonality of the sound.

“I see dark colors for the base notes, mid-range colors for the mid-tones, and for high notes like the sopranos, I practically see white,” Gentemann said.

ARTIST DEBBY BLOOM THRIVES ON POSITIVITY AND OPTIMISM 

Artist Debby Bloom is a woman who has learned to say “yes” when challenged. 

Whether it’s painting new subjects or moving across the country during a pandemic to open her first studio/ gallery in Palmetto Dunes Resort, she relies on creativity and optimism to guide her. 

It’s a process she’s been fine-tuning since childhood.

KEN FAGUT IS ALWAYS MOVING FORWARD

There’s a rite of passage each of us encounters in our lives, and for some reason we usually encounter this seminal moment at the age of 13. It’s when we discover the one thing we love; the one passion that will dictate every moment from then on out.

For Ken Fagut, that rite of passage came the first time he mounted his bicycle, started pedaling, and didn’t stop until he’d put 100 miles of road beneath his wheels.

CAROLINA VETERINARY CRITICAL CARE OFFERS EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

Pet owners in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island now have an additional option for emergency veterinary care. 

Carolina Veterinary Critical Care opened Jan. 1 in Bluffton. Since then, owner Matthew Tenwolde has been kept quite busy caring for Lowcountry pets, offering emergency care late at night, early in the morning and on weekends.

BLUFFTON SELF HELP AND THE LITERACY CENTER MERGE

“Samantha” was a single mom of three children, working two jobs, struggling to make ends meet. She would visit Bluffton Self Help to utilize the food pantry to provide fresh, healthy food options for her family. 

But when her car broke down and she needed help seeking rental assistance, she ended up talking with Bluffton Self Help’s Education and Resource Center manager, Barbara Bowers. Her life changed with financial planning and one impactful conversation that went some-thing like this:

COLUMBIA-BASED MANUFACTURER PRODUCES TOP-SELLING BOATS

Their success is counterintuitive to the rest of their boating industry competitors. Just about every manufacturer is angling to make bigger boats to serve the ever-growing saltwater boat market.

Vic Roof Sr. had already had a Hall of Fame-level marine career, having created the Sunbird Boat Company. The brand was one of the best-selling boats in the 1980s and the company was sold to Outboard Marine Corporation. 

COLLINS GROUP REALTY NAMED TOP LARGE REAL ESTATE TEAM IN SOUTH CAROLINA AND LAUNCHES NEW CHARITABLE FUND AND PROJECT

Collins Group Realty was named one of America’s most productive sales teams as a part of RealTrends + Tom Ferry America’s Best Real Estate Professionals, a ranking report produced by RealTrends and Tom Ferry International.  The team is now a member of the “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” and ranked the No. 1 large team in South Carolina. 

LOWCOUNTRY MARKET SIZZLES DURING THE SUMMER

The superheated market for Lowcountry home sales sizzled into summer, with no sign of significant slowing.

Scarce inventory, low interest rates and a pandemic-inspired trend to work from home are driving sales and pushing prices for homes on Hilton Head and Bluffton.

TRENDS THAT HELP PERSONALIZE THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE

Dorm rooms have improved from the cramped, smelly versions of the past. Colleges realize that students crave some of the comforts of home. Students want their rooms to suit their personal style, whether they are into art, sports, music or even just a particular color. 

College is a major step. A well-thought-out dorm environment is helpful as students move into a different life stage. 

MAKE THE BIG DAY MORE MEMORABLE

Are groom’s cakes a thing of the past? 

Local cake maker Courtney Glover doesn’t think so.

Glover, of Brown Sugar Custom Cakes, which serves Beaufort and Bluffton, still finds them regularly requested.  She says groom’s cakes are very appealing to couples, especially if the wedding budget is substantial enough to include special little extras that make an entire wedding weekend more memorable.

MOSS CREEK COUPLE REVELS IN UNEXPECTED ROMANCE

“It’s true what they say,” marvels Lea Allen. “When you least expect it, it happens.”  

Her husband, Tommy Smith, nods in agreement.

“It’s a good time of our lives,” he adds, “The kids are grown, we’ve been through marriage before, and we’re more spontaneous.”  

COUPLE ENJOYS INTIMATE WEDDING ON THE MARSH

Laura and Jayson Johnson know quite a lot about working through a challenging situation. Laura is an RN at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. Jayson is a drill instructor at Parris Island who will soon transfer to San Diego’s Camp Pendleton to serve as a combat engineer.

The two met and fell in love in March 2020 — right when the rest of the world was thrown into an unprecedented state of isolation and anxiety due to the global pandemic.