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Town Council added one town-owned and one privately owned building to its list of historic “contributing resources,” officially documenting the significance of these structures, its architectural qualities, and the roles they played in Bluffton’s history, a news release said. The Jennie Kitty Municipal Building and the Bluffton Post Office were added to the list during the May 10 Council meeting. These are first additions to the list since 2008.

 

The Breeze Trolley has teamed up with “Coastal with Kathryn,” a new travel and education show in the Lowcountry, to provide culture-rich stories to its trolley passengers throughout the 2022 summer season. “Coastal with Kathryn” launched June 1, 2021 and highlights the people, history, art, music, culinary trends, marine life and cultural events.

By Steve Caywood

Over the past two years the term “stressed out” has taken on a new meaning for many of us across our country as we have learned to adapt to the challenges COVID-19 has introduced to our lives.

During the same time the national office of Mental Health America saw an increase of 500% over 2019, with over 5.4 million people accessing its online mental-health screening service.

NEW HIRES, NEXT YEAR’S CALENDAR AND SOME STELLAR STUDENTS STAND OUT IN OUR EDUCATION BRIEFS

Hilton Head Christian wins Academic WorldQuest competition

After 10 rounds of competition and two tie-breaking rounds, the 2022 Academic WorldQuest trophy was awarded to Hilton Head Christian Academy. May River High School finished second. Academic WorldQuest, a student outreach program of the World Affairs Council of Hilton Head, challenged eight teams from seven area high schools who answered 100 questions on topics related to world affairs. The event was held at Bluffton High School, the 2020 Academic WorldQuest Competition winner.

WAHHI HONORS STUDENTS FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE

The Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island announced the winners of the 2022 Youth Community Service Award. The recipients are Addie DeVaney (May River High School); Beckett Jones (Hilton Head Preparatory School); Edy McGoldrick (Hilton Head High School); Theodore Oldham (John Paul II Catholic School); and Jennifer Richardson (Bluffton High School). The program recognizes outstanding local students who excel at community service. Each student received a $1,000 award. The award began in 1980.

TOWN OF HILTON HEAD PURSUES PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP

BY TONY KUKULICH

Faced with a shortage of affordable housing and unsuccessful attempts to encourage private development to meet that need, the Town of Hilton Head Island is pursuing a public-private partnership strategy to develop workforce housing on 13 acres of north-island property owned by the Town.

The 33rd All Saints Garden Tour is set for Saturday, May 21. This self-guided tour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. includes six distinctive gardens located on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton. There will be no lunch, boutique, or bake sale at All Saints Episcopal Church because of COVID concerns. Proceeds will support six local charities that support hunger, homelessness, literacy and/or aging.

The Lowcountry mourned the loss of Andrew Farbman, owner of Amigos Cafe Y Cantina in Bluffton, who was killed after he was struck by a car when walking on Spanish Wells Road on Easter Sunday.

A Hilton Head Island resident, Farbman, 62, was known for his business acumen and his friendly demeanor.