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.

Hilton Head Farmers Market
When/where: 8 a.m.-noon, Thursdays through Aug. 27; The Mall at Shelter Cove, Hilton Head
More information: 843-686-3090

Farmers Market of Bluffton
When/where: 2-6 p.m., Thursdays through Nov. 19; 40 Calhoun St., Bluffton
More information: 843-290-6831 or e-mail blufftonmarket@aol.com

Jasper County Farmers Market
When/where: 1-6 p.m., Fridays throughout the summer; 9935 South Jacob Smart Boulevard, U.S. 17, Ridgeland;
More information: 843-717-3690

Fresh from the farm to your tableUntil the middle of the 20th century, people often ate what they grew in their gardens or what was grown or raised on local farms. That changed with scientific innovations, transportation and corporate expectations.

Today, however, many people are getting back to their roots and supporting local businesses and farms, with the added bonus of eating healthier.

Back to the farm

One such place getting local support is Three Sisters Farm in Bluffton, which is operated by sisters Mary Connor, Priscilla Coleman and Beth Lee. The farm has been in their family since 1821, when surveyor James Porcher purchased the tract.

Aging well doesn’t mean turning back the clock

The key to longevityIf 50 is the new 30, then is 70 the new 50? You betcha! Nowadays as we get older, we’re healthy, active and darn good-looking. But it does take some work to age beautifully, inside and out.

There are a lot of services available to help us age well, from educational opportunities for the mind to advanced health care and beauty products for the body.

It is true, however, that mature adults have some challenges to face when it comes to staying fit. People begin losing muscle tissue and bone in their 30s, and unless they exercise and work to continue building strength and flexibility, muscle stores will continue to be depleted.

Bring on the sun and fun

Summer is here and the days are ripe for adventure. Visitors and locals alike instinctively head for the water. However, outdoor activities on Hilton Head Island abound by land and by sea.

Topping the list of aquatic adventure is boating — ranging from mellow dinner cruises at sunset to the thrill of a night sharkfishing expedition. Sailing yachts, speedboats and even large pontoon party boats can be chartered through local marinas, including Harbour Town, Broad Creek, Shelter Cove and Palmetto Bay.

Portfolio Life: An Interview with Author David Corbett.

Portfolio Life - Author David CorbettArecent book About the stage of life between career and later retirement has gained international attention among baby boomers and new retirees. the book, “Portfolio Life: the new Path to Work, Purpose, and Passion After 50,” describes an alternative to full-time retirement for people who want to lead a post-career life of greater fulfllment. the author, David corbett, an occasional visitor to the hilton head Island area, spoke with Monthly contributing Writer Jack Wilson and answered some questions about the book and its message.

Q: Dave, regarding the title of your book, “Portfolio Life,” how do you defne it?
A: “We ‘borrowed’ life portfolio from fnancial portfolio. As asset managers rebalance fnancial portfolios, new Directions rebalances life portfolios to fit changing needs. ‘Port’ means it travels with me forever; ‘folio:’ it’s a book of all of my life. Also, a typical life portfolio is made up of fve parts: (1) continue to earn some income; (2) more family time; (3) more leisure/hobby time; (4) life-long learning; and (5) giving back. Many have encouraged us to add a sixth part, a re-grounding in a spiritual way, which we touch on, but don’t develop.”