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Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

THE LOWCOUNTRY GETS READY FOR ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON

STORM SEASON IS HERE. 

The Lowcountry is prepping for Atlantic hurricane season, which is from June 1 to Nov. 30, with the heaviest months usually in August through October. Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast that we will see between 13 and 20 named storms this year. They say three to five of those storms could be major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher.

DON RYAN CENTER KICKS OFF HEROES PROGRAM

More than 80 people gathered at Veterans Park in Bluffton recently to officially kick off the Don Ryan Center for Innovation’s new HEROES Initiative. The event featured Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka declaring the day as the “Bluffton Heroes Day.” She issued a proclamation to mark the day in honor of the launch of this program to help the Lowcountry’s heroes transition to business ownership. The program is open to all military, veterans, police, firefighters and EMTs in the region who are interested in business ownership or who have an idea for a business looking to take it to the next level.

HARDEEVILLE’S $8.5 MILLION MULTI-PURPOSE RECREATION CENTER READY TO DEBUT

There has been a growing sense of anticipation and elation within the 56-square-mile city of Hardeeville — recently listed among the fastest growing municipalities in South Carolina. 

The excitement is focused around the $8.5 million, 35,000-square-foot indoor, multi-purpose recreation center that has been a gleam in the eyes of community leaders for more than six years, but actually has taken shape in just the past two years.

HARLEY

Age: 4 years old Gender: Female
Weight: 50-60 pounds Breed: Mixed Large
Temperament: Harley is full of energy and enjoys playing with whoever is willing. She would enjoy a home with one person who can give her undivided attention.

Stay cool with these coastal fashions.

Fun and fresh destinations are a short car ride from home in the Lowcountry. Whether you go for a day-trip or stay and explore for an extra day, neighboring cities are ready to greet you warmly. Here are a few must-see spots for family adventures.

1. ROC DENTAL GROUP WELCOMES PATIENT CARE COORDINATOR

Katie Brown has joined ROC Dental Group as its newest patient care coordinator. Originally from Colorado, Brown has lived in the Lowcountry for the past year and a half and has worked in the healthcare industry for the past four years.

RESURRECTION CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH WELCOMES MEMBERS WITH OPEN ARMS

Michael and Andrea Faber moved across the country to be a part of Resurrection Christian Community Church. 

Michael had started attending the Hilton Head Island church 11 years ago, after meeting and becoming good friends with the church’s senior pastor, Len Stubbs. He attended the church on Spanish Wells Road for almost a year before moving to Las Vegas for work. After seven years there, he moved to Michigan to be closer to his mother. 

JOIN US IN CELEBRATING THE SENIOR CLASS OF 2021

Monthly recognizes seniors from the area’s high schools. 

COLUMBIA-BASED MANUFACTURER PRODUCES TOP-SELLING BOATS

Their success is counterintuitive to the rest of their boating industry competitors. Just about every manufacturer is angling to make bigger boats to serve the ever-growing saltwater boat market.

Vic Roof Sr. had already had a Hall of Fame-level marine career, having created the Sunbird Boat Company. The brand was one of the best-selling boats in the 1980s and the company was sold to Outboard Marine Corporation. 

BOEING SPREADS ITS WINGS ACROSS THE LOWCOUNTRY

The Lowcountry, known for historic communities, thick marshlands, diverse wildlife and oceanfront playlands, is also the home of a major global aircraft manufacturer. 

Boeing South Carolina in North Charleston, combined with a sister plant in Everett, Washington, has produced more than 1,000 Boeing 787s, which are designed for long-haul and international flights. The company touts its production as “From Freezer to Flight” because the carbon fiber used in the planes arrives in a freezer. 

HERE’S A QUICK GUIDE TO MAINTAINING A STRONG PROFILE

Your credit score is a measure of your past ability to make payments on time and manage your credit. It helps lenders determine how risky a borrower is. Credit scores range from 300 to 850. About 46% of Americans have scores of 740 or higher. 

800 to 849: Fico scores in this range are considered exceptional and will give you the best loan offers at the lowest cost.  

WEICHERT REALTORS WELCOMES THREE AGENTS

Joe Delvecchio, Downing Whitesell and John Bowen have joined Weichert Realtors as agents. 

Delvecchio will work out of the Sun City office. He grew up working in his family business building custom homes throughout Connecticut. He moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, and became a partner in a real estate firm selling luxury homes in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. 

TIPS FOR PUTTING YOUR HOME ON THE MARKET

The only thing hotter than the Lowcountry in July is the real estate market. 

“It’s funny, but the single most popular word we are hearing everyone use to describe this market is ‘crazy,’” said Chip Collins of Collins Group Reality, which has assisted more than 200 clients in 2021. “No matter how long anyone has been selling or participating in real estate, none of us have ever seen such a strong seller’s market with so few properties available for sale, and it’s happening across the entire country.”

HOUSE PLANTS THAT FLOURISH AT HOME

Beautiful, and functional, indoor greenery can improve your home space, enhance your mood and purity the air with popular options that will have you breathing easy. 

“Every plant is different, just like every child is different,” said certified master gardener and Hilton Head’s The Greenery greenhouse supervisor Erin Carpenter.

MAKE THE BIG DAY MORE MEMORABLE

Are groom’s cakes a thing of the past? 

Local cake maker Courtney Glover doesn’t think so.

Glover, of Brown Sugar Custom Cakes, which serves Beaufort and Bluffton, still finds them regularly requested.  She says groom’s cakes are very appealing to couples, especially if the wedding budget is substantial enough to include special little extras that make an entire wedding weekend more memorable.

MOSS CREEK COUPLE REVELS IN UNEXPECTED ROMANCE

“It’s true what they say,” marvels Lea Allen. “When you least expect it, it happens.”  

Her husband, Tommy Smith, nods in agreement.

“It’s a good time of our lives,” he adds, “The kids are grown, we’ve been through marriage before, and we’re more spontaneous.”  

COUPLE ENJOYS INTIMATE WEDDING ON THE MARSH

Laura and Jayson Johnson know quite a lot about working through a challenging situation. Laura is an RN at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. Jayson is a drill instructor at Parris Island who will soon transfer to San Diego’s Camp Pendleton to serve as a combat engineer.

The two met and fell in love in March 2020 — right when the rest of the world was thrown into an unprecedented state of isolation and anxiety due to the global pandemic.