To the Editor:

This is the 11th year that the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Beaufort, Bluffton and Hilton Head has sponsored the Be a Santa to a Senior program, which provides gifts and companionship for lonely and isolated seniors.

The program is made possible by the generous support of organizations, church groups, residential neighborhoods, area businesses and numerous volunteers and members of the community. Through this program, lonely seniors discover that they have not been forgotten and that people still care.

This year we were privileged to provide gifts for 550 seniors. We would like to thank the customers of all four CoastalStates banks; Markel’s Card and Gift Shop; Curves of Bluffton; the Sun City neighborhoods of Alexandria Village, Okatie Village and Willow Brook Village; and CPM Federal Credit Union for their generosity in taking the names of seniors and filling the wishes.

We could not possibly do this project without the help of the community.

We would also like to thank Palmetto Self Storage in Bluffton for donating several storage units to us each year for Santa’s workshop, to Brookdale Hilton Head Village for the chili cook-off fundraiser, and to Hilton Head Senior Center for hosting ornaments as well as a wrapping party.

Finally, many thanks to Renny Hoyle, who played Santa at the party, and who often plays Santa around town to brighten the lives of seniors.

God bless you, each and every one!

Rachel Carson

Owner

Home Instead Senior Care, Beaufort County

To the Editor:

The Bluffton American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary is grateful for the wonderful community support for our third annual Veterans’ Day Parade on Nov. 11.

Our very special thanks to the Bluffton Fire Department, the Police Department and the Bluffton High School Bobcat Band. The efforts of all the local business people, the SURF radio station, the individual antique car owners and the Boy Scout troops, along with all the other participants, made sponsoring this parade all the more enjoyable.

To those parents that went the extra step to bundle up their little ones against the elements in order to have them watch and learn about patriotism, we truly applaud you.

The Legion family feels so very fortunate to be part of such a caring and compassionate community. To those in town who chose to go to other parts of the county for parades and celebrations we hope to see you in our part of town at next years Veterans’ Day Parade.

This is your town and we want and need you to be part of making Bluffton a special “State of Mind.”

Kay Ranta

American Legion Auxiliary

Bluffton

To the Editor:

Recently the Bluffton mayor expressed a need to force everyone onto sewer. Let’s look at what is not being discussed.

  1. All life on this planet creates waste. Stop treating humans as parasites. But then, they cannot tax wildlife, can they?
  2. The red tides (high bacterial content) occur in the shallowest part of the head waters. The salinity is easily diluted by the influx of rain and runoff, allowing for natural buildup of bacteria. The remaining deeper parts, not so much.
  3. Where is this river of sewage generated by the epidemic of “failing” septics, and the associated diseases created by contamination? Remember, major spills in this area were government sewer systems.
  4. The dirty secrets: A. The town profits from sewer. The myriad of government mumbo jumbo language will cover it, but watch your water and sewer bill grow each year. You will have no say in it either.
  5. Back door annexation couched as “you have to be in the town to use our service” (which is actually the county’s). Look at the town’s future taxation and control boundaries.
  6. Watershed. The ability of the ground and vegetation to absorb rainfall around the May River. The town’s high-density building plans call for more rooftops, driveways and roads (like widening Hwy. 46 without a sediment pond), all for higher taxation to spend.

If there is a problem with the river, it is by far more from high density building, not our septics.

Paul McCue

Bluffton

To the Editor:

We are excited to announce that the Pregnancy Center and Clinic of the Low Country (PCCLC) has been named the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Beaufort Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation.

How appropriate that this occurred during the Christmas season, which celebrates the birth of a child. Our mission is to provide pregnancy-related healthcare to women in a welcoming, safe and confidential environment in hopes of promoting the birth of healthy babies for each of them.

The grant funds were specifically awarded for the purpose of informing our newest community, Ridgeland, as well as our existing communities of Hardeeville and Bluffton of the availability of our services through our mobile clinic.

We want to make sure that all young ladies in these communities are aware that our mobile clinic is available to them for a variety of services including our free 16-week prenatal care program for pregnant women.

In addition, our mobile clinic will offer free pregnancy testing, prenatal vitamins for expectant mothers, a limited obstetrical ultrasound, and if necessary, testing for sexually transmitted infections (STI’S).

Our clinic is proud to have played a part in the healthy birth of 178 babies so far this year. We are available to assist the uninsured, underinsured, and underserved women of reproductive age in these communities regardless of race, creed or color.

We are extremely hopeful that through the wise use of these funds, anyone who is in need of our assistance will know of our existence and how to contact us.

“Why?” one might ask. Because all lives matters.

Pam Rice

Executive Director