Randy Dolyniuk slaloms once a year just to remind himself that he’s not getting any older. The 62-year-old grandson of North Dakota homesteaders and graduate of the University of Georgia wakes at dawn, jogs a couple of miles and lifts weights. His good habits extend to the way he cares for his family and community, including raising four children with his wife of 30 years, Laura.

Growing up, Matt Charest always wanted to be around water.

The attraction was so great that it pulled him from a small town in Vermont to the Maine Maritime Academy, where he pursued a degree in marine engineering.

Front row, from left: Renee Young, Xavier Major, Lania Frazer, Makel Lopez, Juan Lopez. Second row: Jerome Young, Harold Young Jr., Mary Young, Kendyll Miller, Harold Young Sr., Ida Mae Washington, Leon Young. Back row: Jada Rivers, Elizabeth Young, Jarmaine Miller, James Washington Jr., Alfred Young Jr., Jaquan Rivers, Jeron Rivers, Ethel Lee Young, Ania Frazer, Shania Young

Shellie WestShellie West, founder and CEO of the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, helped put Bluffton on the map for businesses.

If there’s one thing you can say about Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce founder Shellie West, it is this: she has vision. She first thought of creating something akin to the chamber 17 years ago.

To be honest, in general, I don’t expect to like bands. As a former music executive, I have heard enough bands to know what a good one sounds like, and unfortunately (sometimes painfully), I know what a bad one sounds like. So, when I happened to be at Ruby Lee Restaurant one night as Stee and the Ear Candy Band were setting up, internally, I defaulted to my “grin and bear it” mode, quietly calculating how quickly I could finish eating and leave. To my surprise, this young band of three family members— Stee Colvin, lead vocalist; Malcolm Horne, producer and lead guitar; and Brooke Horne, vocalist, songwriter and booking agent — quickly changed my mind.

Emma Ryan

More than a half-billion children, or roughly one in four, now live in countries affected by conflicts or other disasters, according to a recent report from the United Nations Children’s Fund. More than 90,000 children are in need of help in Haiti, the western hemisphere’s poorest country.

The Lehmbergs

While reality TV can offer a skewed version of true events, the November episode of HGTV’s “Island Life” featuring the Lehmberg family got one thing exactly right: Opie and Melissa Lehmberg truly love Daufuskie Island. 

“Within a couple months of moving here, we knew we wanted to be here forever,” says Opie Lehmberg. “We absolutely love this island; it’s just perfect for us.”