WEXFORD RESIDENT CHARLES WELZANT, WHO HAS THREE PURPLE HEARTS, BELIEVES INJURED VETERANS DESERVE MORE SUPPORT

Purple-HeartsThe scars tell the story of Charles Welzant’s heroics more than words or his three Purple Hearts ever could.

There is the gaping hole near his tailbone, the shrapnel scar across his throat and then there are the knees — both gone at this point, the result of the one jump among the 1,000 he made during tours of Vietnam that went terribly wrong.

“Those are the most noticeable ones. I always seemed to get dinged when I was out in the bush, but you didn’t complain. It was badges of honor,” the 79-year-old said, sitting in his home office.

HILTON HEAD HOSPITAL LACTATION CONSULTANT JEAN MAGARELLI OFFERS PERSONALIZED SUPPORT FOR NEW MOTHERS.

Magarelli01LIKE MOST PARENTS, JEAN MAGARELLI COUNTS THE MOMENT HER FIRST CHILD WAS BORN AS A TURNING POINT IN HER LIFE. UNLIKE MANY, THOUGH, IT WASN’T JUST HER PRIVATE LIFE THAT CHANGED; IT WAS HER ENTIRE CAREER.

Magarelli was a school nurse at the time, but her decision to breastfeed her baby brought with it a new passion that became her life’s work: Helping other moms do the same.

“It was very slow going,” Magarelli said of her endeavor to breastfeed both of her children, who were born 13 months apart. “Nobody helped me. My latch wasn’t great, and I can remember my toes curling, it hurt so bad. But I stuck with it, and it got better; I really enjoyed it.”

standingguardCan you imagine the symbol of our island, the iconic, octagonal Hilton Head Lighthouse at Harbour Town, painted a different color than the bright, candy-cane red and white we all know and love?

“Charles Fraser would roll over in his grave if he had seen it a few years ago when it looked like a more burnished red,” said William B. Whalley, chuckling.

“Charles always knew what he wanted, and he wanted it to be a bright red, not a subdued red.”

Whalley should know. He is one of the people who helped build the towering structure overlooking the island at Calibogue Sound.

Through Whalley’s family, the lighthouse, in its own roundabout way, has royal connections.

Art has been a part of Linda Hartough’s life for as long as she can remember. The celebrated golf landscape painter declared herself an artist at age 6 and, by the time she was in high school, had decided she’d rather eke out a living as a “starving artist” than take a nine-to-five job.

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“When I was about 6 years old, I realized that not everybody had that kind of artistic talent and people kept telling me that what I did was really great,” Hartough said. “That was when I realized I was an artist and that realization really shaped the rest of my life.”

Josephvic2“The title, ‘Water the Chances’ represents his philosophy on life, to cultivate every opportunity you’re given, finding the patience to see it grow and having the foresight to know when it’s time to move on.”

March 16, Lowcountry native and local favorite, Joseph Vicars will be releasing his long-awaited solo album. Surprisingly, Vicars is one of the few local musicians who actually originates from the south, and is proud of it.

When church was not in session, Vicars spent most of his time there tinkering on different instruments and practicing for hours. By the 6th grade, he joined the school band and played a number of different brass instruments such as the trumpet, the french horn, the saxophone and his favorite, the tuba. He continued with school band up until his senior year when after taking a class on Jazz Performance Theory, he fell in love with the bass guitar and began experimenting with improvisation. But, Vicars always had a passion for bass instruments in general because of, as he puts it, “the deep connection and bond between the melody and the rhythm.”

Shep-RoseFormer Hilton Head Island resident Shepard “Shep” Rose is one of six cast members on the new reality TV series, “Southern Charm,” which debuts this month on the Bravo channel.

Rose, 34, comes from good stock. He is the nephew of former S.C. Department of Public Safety director B. Boykin Rose (the town of Boykin and the state dog — the Boykin Spaniel — are both named after his mother’s family).

“Southern Charm” follows Rose and five other socialites living the good southern life in Charleston. Thomas Ravenel (former state treasurer) and Cameran Eubanks (MTV’s The Real World: San Diego) are also cast members.

LOVE ON THE (SHAM)ROCKS

Neil-LoveFor decades, Dr. Neil Love was Hilton Head Island’s only OB/GYN. He’s served as medical director for Hilton Head Hospital since 2004. It’s a lot of responsibility, but could it possibly prepare him for the immense responsibility of donning the sash as Grand Marshal at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

“I’m not even really sure what a Grand Marshal does,” he said with a laugh. “I guess show up, stay sober, and do the royal wave.”

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HEATHER-PRICEHEATHER PRICE STARTED A MOVEMENT IN HONOR OF HER DAUGHTER, AND THE LOWCOUNTRY MIGHT NEVER BE THE SAME.

THIS STORY BEGINS IN TRAGEDY. The kind of scarring, senseless tragedy that leaves even the strongest of us trembling like a child reaching for the light to banish the monsters under the bed. Vivienne Rose Nicole Vacha was a precocious six-week-old, bright-eyed and curious. Even at that tender age, she marveled at the world and the world in turn marveled back. Over and over people told her mother, Heather Price, what an alert baby Vivienne was. Those bright eyes, blue like her mother’s, seemed to take in everything in awe and wonder.

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MAKE-A-WISHIt’s a little-known fact that every square inch of Disney World is “imagineered” to reveal itself as you enter. Everything, from the endless acres around the park to the boat ride over the pond is designed in such a way that you first see subtle hints, the monorail sweeping by, the highest spire of Cinderella’s castle soaring up from the landscape, the tallest boughs of Animal Kingdom’s Tree of Life, appearing as glimpses before the noise and spectacle of Main Street USA opens up in front of you.

It’s a marvel of wonder management and it all starts with a simple sign, stretched across four lanes of asphalt, declaring the “Happiest Celebration On Earth.”

For young Kaylani Kaufman, stricken with LGL leukemia, seeing that sign was quite literally a wish come true.

John-ThielSIMPLE GIFT REMINDS BLUFFTON RESIDENT TO LIVE LIFE TO ITS FULLEST

The Christmas holidays never come soon enough. You get time off school, lots of delicious food and (if you’ve been good) lots of presents.

What is your favorite Christmas present? We asked our readers and got some interesting responses.

Our favorite came from Bluffton resident John Thiel, who found joy in a simple pastelcolored box. Here is his story:

A nicely wrapped package was placed in my lap as my family gathered around to help me celebrate Christmas.

Tearing off the wrapper, I was presented with a box.