Carol and I were active back in ’96-2008, when we first arrived. It was good to volunteer for various activities, including my extended time on the ARB.
Even back then, the spirit of community was always there, and the notion that leadership makes a difference was somehow embedded in the workings of the Tradition.
I must say that while many communities surely have fine leaders to maintain the freshness and upkeep of their various locations, the leadership of the Tradition is superb.
From the Board of Directors through all the various boards and committees, we have all enjoyed the fruits of their efforts to make the Tradition clean, affordable, attractive,
So Carol and I take this space to applaud and express great thanks to those whose untiring efforts continue to make the Tradition an enviable community; a place in which we are proud to live.
Hi everyone, things are moving fast in the community. I will try to bring you up to date and keep this short.
The seal coating for 2014 is complete. I want to thank everyone who cooperated during the 4-day construction period. I know it was difficult and annoying but it was necessary for the up keep of our streets. It will pay off in the long run.
I want to give a big thanks to my partner Ron Brugge who was out there on a golf cart all 4 days directing traffic and giving rides to as many as possible.
Seal Coating Observations:
As I watched the traffic during this period I learned that many residents do not believe in our speed limits nor do they believe in stop signs. Just because we own our streets we must continue to abide by our traffic laws.
The results are I spent extra money striping lines by stop signs in hopes that this will catch your attention as to where we have stop signs. I will stripe the western end of the community after next year’s seal coating.
Please take note that we will start fining speeders and people who ignore stop signs for safety reasons.
Now that it is warm and school is out the pool is getting a great deal of activity. As usual there are problems. Folks are not closing the umbrellas when leaving, glass should not be brought inside the fencing, state approved diapers must be used and no diving. It is your responsibility to make the pool rules known to your guests.
A property owner recently had 4 boys, around college age, visiting and instructed them to use the clubhouse showers. Well, two used the men’s room and two decided to use the ladies room. Problem, there was a lady in the ladies room. This kind of behavior goes back to the property owner for not taking responsibility. I will be contacting them.
A new coating will be installed along with new nets and posts the week of June 23rd.
All planned projects are completed for this year. Our financials are on schedule provided we do not have any serious surprises. The landscaping along the bike path will have to wait until the bike path is complete.
You should be signing up for the new Kuester web site. If you need help contact Kuester at 843-839-9704.
Two new businesses have opened in the Bi Lo shopping complex, one is the Bagel Café at Litchfield and the other is Anytime Fitness. They belong to children of Tradition property owners. It would be nice if you checked them out.
It is extremely important that we are all observant as to what is going on in the community
Make sure we have your e-mail addresses so that the BOD can communicate with you. Contact a board member or Vince Franco (email@example.com) to add your e-mail. When I broadcast e-mail through quality kid, please do not respond to Vince, as he cannot answer your questions. Your feedback must come to me. I will add my e-mail address to the broadcast or you can find my e-mail address in our phone directory.
The board schedule and the monthly board minutes are available on the www.Tradition29585.com web site. The minutes are always behind as we must approve minutes at the following months meeting.
Please call any board member or me if you see a problem in the community. For association emergencies you may call Alex Herndon, our buildings and grounds manager, at 843-241-3287. Please identify yourself.
Covenants volunteers continue to receive inquiries on the following:
Open garage doors. (Doors should remain closed unless in use)
Trash receptacles. (Curbside after 5 PM; stow after pick-up next AM)
Mailboxes and posts needing cleaning & refurbishing.
Grass area between sidewalk & street neglected.
HELPFUL HINTS FOR PROBLEM LAWN AREAS
Create mulch beds around trees.
Lack of sunlight
Prune trees high enough to bring in sunlight. This is probably the most important
thing in aiding grass growth.
If pruning is not sufficient and a tree needs to be
removed, ARB approval is required.
Prune overgrown shrubs.
Check with your nursery about ground cover that grows well in shade.
Without an irrigation system, you may not be able to grow a lawn that meets
Check sprinkler heads for sufficient coverage.
If grass turns light green or blue/gray or if you leave foot prints and the grass
doesn’t spring back up, watering is needed.
Water deeply about 1 inch every 4 days in hot weather (light watering creates
shallow roots and promotes fungus).
In hot weather watering in the evening causes grass blades to remain wet
through the night encouraging fungus. Water early before wind kicks up. Begin
around 5 AM.
Fertilizing an established lawn is best done in the fall & again in spring after
danger of frost is past.
Take a soil sample to Clemson Extension Service, 731
Prince St. in Georgetown OR John Deere, 1100 Burgess Rd. in Murrells Inlet.
They will tell you what to use and when.
By Vincent Civitarese,
Hello to everyone.
Here we are back to summer. I sure am glad to be through with this past winter and all the problems it caused. We can do without those ice storms.
One of the items I would like to address in this newsletter has caused the ARB some problem in the past. How do you get your permits after they are issued?
The ARB tries to deliver the permits to your paper box shortly after the monthly meeting.
We try to do this as soon a possible. However it may be a few days before they are delivered.
Something strange has been happening recently though that may affect how we
deliver permits. It seems that in the past few months, permits have turned up missing from the paper boxes. We are not sure how the permits are being removed.
At first we thought it might have been the wind removing them but that proved not to be the case. It might be someone just removing them to cause problems.
In any case, we intend to continue to place them in the paper boxes, so please keep an eye open for them. If we continue to have problems, we will have to make some kind of change.
Time will tell.
Safe Home Roof Replacement Project
Also I wanted to let everyone know the SC Safe House Program has changed somewhat in the past few months. Please be aware that a time limit of 90 days has been placed on the
completion of each project. That means that the contractor only has 90 days from notice to get the job completed.
Therefore you must have your permit application
in to us as soon as you decide to have the new roof installed. Much time can be lost if you wait until the notice to proceed comes and you did not apply for the permit.
Your contractor will want to get going fast but without the permit he may lose a least a month or more.
Please apply for your permit the same time you make your SC Safe Home application.
Have a great summer and stay safe.
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty There's a telltale heart in Cecilia Fitzpatrick's house, but it's not beating beneath the floorboards. It's lodged in a dusty box in the attic,
inside a sealed envelope addressed to her in her husband's handwriting and labeled To be opened only in the event of my death.
Does Cecilia, a generally happy Australian housewife with three young daughters and a booming sideline in Tupperware sales, shrug and put the letter back where she found it?
Because this book's title, The Husband's Secret, is what it is (and because human nature is what it is), you know the answer, dear reader: She does not.
The Headmaster's Wife By Thomas Christopher Greene Arthur Winthrop is a middle-aged, second-generation headmaster of an elite Vermont school.
Found wandering naked in Central Park, he begins to tell his story to the police, but his memories collide into one another until the true nature of things Arthur
does not know how to address begins to emerge. A narrative of love, marriage, and unspeakable loss,
The Headmaster's Wife explores the way tragedy and time assail one man's memories of his life.
Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, the beautiful, wild,
blue-blooded Genevra Winslow. Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage on the Vermont estate owned by her family for a century;
Mabel falls in love with midnight skinny-dipping, the wet dog smell that lingers near the
yachts, and the moneyed laughter that carries across the still lake while fireworks burst overhead. Before she knows it, she has everything she’s ever wanted: friendship,
a boyfriend, access to wealth, and, most of all, for the first time in her life, the sense that she belongs.
But as Mabel becomes an insider, a terrible discovery leads to shocking violence and reveals what the Winslows may have done to keep their power intact - and what they might do
to anyone who threatens them.
The Arsonist by Sue Miller From the
best-selling author of While I Was Gone and The Senator’s Wife, a superb new novel about a family and a community tested when an arsonist begins setting fire to the homes
of the summer people in a small New England town.
Troubled by the feeling that she belongs nowhere after working in East Africa for fifteen years, Frankie Rowley has come home—home to the small New Hampshire village of Pomeroy
and the farmhouse where her family has always summered. On her first night back, a house up the road burns to the ground. Then another house burns, and another, always the houses
of the summer people. In a town where people have never bothered to lock their doors, social fault lines are opened, and neighbors begin to regard one another with suspicion.
Available in Paperback by Litchfield Books
The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett Peter Byerly isn’t sure what drew him into this particular bookshop. Nine months earlier,
the death of his beloved wife, Amanda, had left him shattered. The young antiquarian bookseller relocated from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, Peter is shocked when a portrait of Amanda tumbles out of its pages. Of course, it isn’t really her.
The watercolor is clearly Victorian. Yet the resemblance is uncanny, and Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture’s origins.
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from "aging out" of the child welfare
system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worse.
Vivian Daly has lived a quiet life on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions
and memories, Molly discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest
with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.
The closer Molly grows to Vivian she discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that
have haunted her for her entire life - answers that will ultimately free them both.
The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig
As a lawyer in a large Manhattan firm, just shy of making partner, Clementine Evans has finally achieved almost everything she’s been working towards—but now she’s not sure it’s enough.
Her long hours have led to a broken engagement and, suddenly single at thirty-four, she feels her messy life crumbling around her. But when the family gathers for her grandmother
Addie’s ninety-ninth birthday, a relative lets slip hints about a long-buried family secret, leading Clemmie on a journey into the past that could change everything. . . .
What follows is a potent story that spans generations and continents, bringing an Out of Africa feel to a Downton Abbey cast of unforgettable characters.
Available at Amazon.com
Books by Tradition Resident Kay (Wright) Nelson My Story of Pawleys Island told through art. This clever little book of original paintings and impressions
is the perfect gift or keepsake for family or other visitors who want to take a little bit of the Island spirit home with them. Kay is a published author,
a dedicated watercolorist and acrylic painter. Women of the Plantation The women of the North and South tell their stories during the frenzied Civil War era. The courageous actions of these women,
of all color, change history. It's time their voices are heard.
Mad for Speed: The Racing Life of Joan Newton Cuneo by Elsa Nystrom, PhD.
A century before Danica Patrick won the 2005 Indianapolis 500, another woman was making auto-racing history. In 1909, Joan Newton Cuneo was the only woman to compete in the
prestigeous Mardi Gras races in New Orleans, where she finished second, beating all but one of the male contestants. Not long after, the American Automobile Association banned
women from sanctioned auto racing for decades. This book illuminates Joan's controversial career and reveals the struggles of her female contemporaries and rivals.
Joan is the Great Aunt of Tradition resident Susan Neighbors.
The most important item on our agenda can now be checked off, as we have, after a long, long, wait, finally secured a 501(c)(3) status. Donations to the Litchfield Beautification
Foundation are now tax deductible. This will enable us to request donations from more businesses in our corridor that require that designation.
We are very grateful to the businesses that have sustained their support over the years, and would like to thank them publicly. They are: Eggs Up Grill, Hanser House, Applewood,
National Golf Management, Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, St. Paul's Waccamaw United Methodist Church, Litchfield Retirement,LLC, Bowers Commercial Group, Stox and Co.,The Litchfield
Company, Litchfield Real Estate, Dieter Company Real Estate, Dunes Beach Home Rentals, the Town of Pawleys Island, Waccamaw Landscape, and Waccamaw Management.
The list is small compared to the number of requests we have made, both verbally and by mail, and we hope that more businesses will realize that our corridor plays a role
in attracting visitors and potential homeowners that will become their customers.
In other news, the spring plantings for the renovated intersection at Willbrook and Ocean Hwy will be delayed until the fall since the encroachment permit from DOT was delayed. We will be installing dwarf palmettos, pittosporum, and sweet grass.
As always, we thank all of our resident donors and POA/HOA's for their contributions to maintain one of the most beautiful corridors along the coast.
Along with A-Tax grants, we strive to keep the corridor a lush and beautiful entrance to our community.
Enjoy the blooming of the crape myrtles and the upcoming Flag Display along the corridor on the Fourth of July! The flags are in memory of those that have served our Country. Our web site has an Honor Role of men and women that have been singled out for their service by family and friends with a donation to our Flag program.
Have a safe, wonderful summer!
By Pat Shriver
You are welcome to join our canasta group. We are happy to teach you the game. We are not serious and have lots of fun.
We meet the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. It is not necessary to come every time or even to sign up as canasta can be played with a partner or individually.
Call Pat Shriver @ 237-2678 or Jeanette Renault @235-3566 to be put on our e-mail reminder list.
By Bill McElroy, President
News from Litchfield By The Sea
As I write this article, it is evident that Summer has arrived. The grass is greening up and the flowers are in bloom. Visitors are coming in great numbers and traffic is heavy. New grocery stores are opening and everything around us is hustle and bustle as not seen in years.
How goes it at Litchfield By The Sea?
We are now in our 4th Summer after the upgrade of our facilities. The deck is full, chairs and lounges are clean, and tables are mostly available and the maintenance needed there is much less than in the “pre-enhancement” days. Our deck wood is performing as claimed as we follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. New steps were built at the end of the crossovers at the deck, when the sand disappeared, but the sand is rebuilding daily. Please be careful.
Use caution around the Nesting sites of our Loggerhead and other sea turtles. We have two nests almost at the foot of two different crossovers. Good nesting requires that no tents or other equipment be within 10 feet of the nesting areas. Please remove all of your belongings at the end of your day. Please do not disturb the nests and watch your children and pets around the nests. Learning opportunities will be available when the nests hatch and the inventory happens. Check with those involved and let them know if you want to know when an inventory opportunity will occur. It normally is 3 days after the nest erupts and the little creatures go to sea.
The Beach Clubhouse is being used more and more every year and we have not felt a need to change the fees since the usage is right on target. Roads and the parking lots have been sealed in most places in the past 18 months and that will be complete this fall. We are encouraging the use of golf carts for trips to the Beach Club deck. In an effort to better control the parking problems during the three times when we are overloaded, the golf cart parking has been expanded and centralized. Safety issues were the reason to put all the golf cart parking together so children and folks with large items would not be gathering around cars, but other golf carts. Carts parked in-between cars create blind spots to drivers. This may inconvenience some of us who like to come early and get the best spot to park. The beach is an outdoor activity, parking further away will create the opportunity to get some extra exercise which some if not all of us can use.
Your Pool inside the River Club gates will be a minor inconvenience while we are building a new gatehouse to replace the old one that was falling apart and no longer safe or efficient. Work began June 11 and the contractor has 60 days to complete the project. There will be lane closures at the entrance at times causing a possible backup during golfing tee times and around the time workers come to work at houses within River Club. We ask your patience.
Fishing and Crabbing is a great Summertime sport for children, it only takes a string, a chicken neck, and a net to catch crabs, You probably have your own ideas on what it takes to catch some of the brackish water fish in the lake.
The board at Litchfield By The Sea hopes you have a wonderful Summer at our Community facility.
Welcome to Winey Wednesday! This monthly gathering of ladies meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at LBTS beach and off season or in case of
inclement weather at the Tradition Club Pool House.
Just bring an appetizer to share along with your own "beverage" and a donation for the charity of the month; i.e. canned good for local food bank, supplies for 4Paws Animal Shelter.
It is a wonderful way to meet your neighbors and catch up on the latest activities!
The fun begins at 5PM and lasts till approximately 6:45PM.
We sometimes do a road trip to a local business! What a great way to introduce ourselves to our community businesses! If you would like to be added to our e-mail listings,
please contact Monique Philips at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would like to thank everyone who attends WW for making this such a fun evening!
By Dr. Joseph Vandergriff, board certified family practice physician
It is that time of year again. It's summertime. We are so lucky to live on the coast of South Carolina. Many of us enjoy being outside this time of year,
so I want to take a moment to remind everyone the importance of protecting your skin. Studies show you should always wear sunscreen when going outdoors,
even on a cloudy day. The minimum SPF to use is 15, which blocks 93% of the dangerous ultraviolet rays. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends at
least an SPF 30, which will block 97% of UV rays. SPF 50 blocks 98% of UV rays. You should reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, or after swimming or excessive sweating.
So why is this so important?
According to skincancer.org, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US with over 2 million patients each year getting diagnosed.
Actinic Keratosis (also called solar keratosis) is a precancerous lesion that can become Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Squamous Cell Carcinoma is second only
to Basal Cell Carcinoma as the most common form of skin cancer. The most dangerous form of skin cancer is Melanoma.
Basal Cell Carcinoma looks like a sore, often with a pearly or shiny edge. These cancers typically only spread locally along the skin. Squamous Cell Carcinoma also can look like a sore, scaly red lesion, or even warts.
They also tend to only spread locally, but a small percentage will metastasize (spread to other areas of the body).
I want to spend a moment discussing Melanoma separately. Malignant Melanoma is often fatal if not diagnosed in the early stage. This skin cancer can spread internally.
Once this spread happens, it is very difficult to cure. Thousands of Americans die every year from this completely treatable disease.
Malignant Melanoma Continued...
It is important to look for the ABCDE signs of melanoma.
"A" refers to asymmetry of the lesion.
"B" is uneven borders.
"C" describes the differences in colors within a single lesion.
"D" is diameter, as suspicious lesions tend to be over 1/4 inch wide.
"E" would be evolving size, shape, color, bleeding, itching, or other changes.
other ways to prevent skin cancer
Other than using sunscreen with at least SPF 15, there are several other ways to prevent skin cancer.
Try to stay in the shade between 10am and 4pm when the sun's rays are the strongest.
Do not burn, as even one sunburn can increase the risk of melanoma.
Avoid tanning and tanning beds.
Cover up with clothing and wear a broad-brimmed hat to try to cover as much skin as possible.
Keep young infants out of direct sunlight.
You should check your skin once a month.
Finally, remember the ABCDEs.
See your healthcare provider for any skin lesion with suspicious behavior such as failure to heal, bleeding, itching, or changes in size, shape, color, etc.
If you have any concerns about a suspicious skin lesion, please see your healthcare provider. If you do not already have a local provider,
then I would be happy to meet with you at my office in Surfside Beach on Glenns Bay Rd at South Strand Internists & Urgent Care.
It is a great time to be living on the coast, but stay smart out there.
Mixed Media Art By Celise McLaughlin
John and I went up to Connecticut for a college graduation this spring. While there I spent a couple of days in my childhood friend’s art studio learning yet another craft.
This time it was mixed media.
"Birdhouses at Sunrise" & "Dogs on a Beach Run"
Mixed media is a form of art perfect for those people who want to be artists but are not particularly handy with a brush. The MIX in mixed media introduces not only paint, but paper,
card stock, chip board, ink, modeling pastes, matte medium and an array of embellishments on a blank canvas. The result is a magnificent display of creativity and imagination.
The first canvas I did with my friend was called “word girl” because the body was created using pages torn from a novel. Since coming home I completed three other canvases.
For “birdhouses at sunrise” I used an old faux painting that was hanging in my dining room for years before we redecorated. I used a white gesso to cover it; Gesso is a white
chalk-like paint that acts as a primer on a canvas. The second, “Dogs on a Beach Run” was done on a stretched canvas. I am very pleased with this picture because it looks
like our beach deck and of course the dogs could only be ours. Lastly, “holds the key” was inspired by a similar piece I saw on
"Word Girl" & "Holds the Key"
I am still enamored with making handcrafted greeting cards. I figure I have made over 300 since last summer. Glad to report that my cards are selling quite well at Breathe,
Pieces of the Soul, in Pawleys Island, not that it is making a dent in the bazillion dollars I have invested in my crafts, but nice to know my happy time is put to good use.
Antique Radio Restoration
By Joe Gotto
I collect and restore antique radios including their wood cabinets and tube electronics. These are the radios your parents and grandparents listened to from 1900 to about 1950.
They represent 50 years of history and nostalgia. So far I have restored 33 radios, 3 pieces of antique test equipment which I use in my workshop and one 1896 Edison Talking
Machine (phonograph). Twenty three of these are on display in our home. If interested in this hobby you may see and hear these radios by calling Joe Gatto, 206 Historic,
Pictured below is a 1923 Atwater Kent five tube radio and its horn speaker, on display in our living room. Almost no one had electricity in 1923 so this radio used a
battery which you can see below.
Radio Controlled Aircraft By Barnie Slice
I am a radio controlled aircraft pilot and fly with the Flying Tigers Club in Lake City, SC. If there is anyone out there who lives in The Tradition and is interested in this hobby
or forming an RC club nearby please contact me. There is no age or gender limit to this hobby and it is FUN!!
If you would like to learn to fly a model aircraft or helicopter
we can teach you how.
The Tradition Ladies Golf league played the two week Ringer tournament on 4/17 and 4/24. The low net tournament winners were;
1st Amy Monaghan & Suzanne Strasser (58), 2nd Pat Kemper & Dot Franco (60moc),3rd Pat D’Amato & Joanne Stewart (60 moc), 4th Daune Barksdale & Donna Culver (61).
Closest to the pins were made by Pat D’Amato hole # 5, Maureen Lempert hole # 15, Sally Russell hole # 2 and Joanne Stewart hole # 12.
Most improved over the two weeks, by 8 strokes, were the teams of Sally Russell & Bobbie Fleiss and Maureen Lempert & Sandy Pearson.
Ringer Winners: Suzanne & Amy, Dot & Pat K., Joanne & Pat D, Daune & Donna
The Tradition Ladies League celebrated "Ocho de Mayo" Member Guest with a Mexican fiesta and golf tournament on 5/7 & 5/8.
The golf tournament winners were playing as a twosome for low gross and low net prizes.
Winners for low gross were; 1st Maureen Lempert & Cecelia Barksdale (82), 2nd Diane Hicks & Leesa Ruscio (85), 3rd Joan Sheldon & Peggy Ferraro (86).
Member Guest Low Gross Winners
Winners for low net were; 1st Suzanne Strasser & Barbara Cardea (59), 2nd Bobbie Fleiss & Joan Bertolucci (59moc), 3rd Betty Ruff & Adrienne Molloy (63),
4th Sandy Pearson & Susie Jones (64).
Closest to the pin winners were; hole #2 Judy Gambeski member & Cecelia Barksdale guest, Hole #5 Joan Sheldon member,
hole #12 Donna Culver member & Cecelia Barksdale guest , hole #15 Joanne Stewart member, Georgia McDowell guest, Skippy Esposito guest. This was a fun event!
Member Guest Low Net Winners
Member Guest Closest To Pin Winners
The Tradition Ladies Golf League played the Member-Member Tournament on June 5th. The winners were; Low Gross Joan Sheldon –Judy Gambeski (79),
1st Low Net Sandy Pearson-Linda Lehmann (65), 2nd low net Carolyn Pacella- Pat Kemper (65), 3rd low net Daune Barksdale – Dot Franco (66),
4th low net Sally Russell- Bobbie Fleiss (66). What a close event.
Closest to the Pins were made by; Dot Franco #2, Joan Sheldon #5, Suzanne Strasser #12, Betty Ruff #15.
Member Member Winners
What is coming up? ~
Presidents Cup 9/16 & 9/18 ~
18 and 9 hole mixer 9/23 ~
and State Tournaments
A new season is upon us, which means it’s time for another message to our members and residents.
Welcome back to another wonderful summer of golf. You may be surprised by some of what you are seeing out on the course, leftover damage from a very difficult winter. So let me apologize in advance.
But at the same time, let me explain that the work and conditions you see out there now are for your benefit, both for your golf and for your safety. We hope we have your trust as we attempt to make the golf environment a better place for everyone. We want you to be able to play on the course now and throughout the year. To make sure that’s what happens, here’s some information and some suggestions that will benefit everyone.
Give it time. Yes, the cold and ice is finally gone and temperatures are on the rise. But this does not mean the golf course and its grass are fully ready. Grass needs time to settle in—take root, grow, get healthy — before reaching “peak-season” form or like the kinds of course conditions we experienced this spring. On Monday June 2nd the morning temperature was 58 degrees, not very conducive for transitioning bermudagrass; on Monday June 9th the morning temperature was a muggy 78 degrees and 95% humidity, you could almost watch the bermuda grow. You know when you walk out the house in the morning and almost lose your breath because of the heat and humidity, well that’s when the bermudagrass really starts growing and filling in from a long winter.
Late May and early to late June will always be the toughest time for golf course maintenance while we transition from ryegrass back to bermudagrass. Some years transition goes smoothly; other years it can be very difficult. Some of our areas on the course that are struggling right now are the drier areas on the course, if you have noticed the areas that seem to hold water best, have transitioned the best. We do have 20 year old Tifdwarf bermudagrass greens that are wonderful in the late summer and spring golf seasons when golf is at it’s peak time. Some of the newer ultradwarf grasses did not fair too well this winter either. Many courses in our area were plugging, sodding, and patching weak areas early during the spring golf season; which is a terrible time of year to be working on greens. So to say, that new grass would solve all of our problems, let me tell you that is not the end all answer. We have a saying in the golf business that goes like this, “If it can grow, It can and will die at some point in time.”
The ability to recover from tough times is what is important.
You may notice ropes and stakes in areas that have been roped off before and where you usually walk without care. These areas of sensitive turf, new sod and germinating seed need protection. The grinding of cart tires and golf shoes (with spikes or without!) will kill off in advance the good conditions you want this summer. So please,
if it says “keep out,” then keep out. For years now we have been asking to ride carts in the fairways only and not in the roughs, please be sure that everyone in your group follows these guidelines.
Ropes, stakes, and signs aren’t there just to protect the grass. They indicate areas of turf that are soft, unstable and full of holes, just the place for catching your foot, falling and tearing an ACL or breaking an ankle. So taking a “short cut” could result in a long layoff from the game. When you see ropes and stakes, think of them as a red light! Stop — do not proceed.
Sorry for the inconvenience. Apologies in advance if you show up at the driving range and find that the tees or putting green are closed for maintenance. We close the range tee on certain days due to weather, overuse or for normal maintenance and to allow healing. Just like the golf course. A short-term nuisance for a long-term gain.
Speaking of closings, when the golf course is closed for maintenance, it is closed for the entire day. So please, don’t play behind us or wait for us to go home to tee it up. Give the course a full day to recoup, grow back and get healthy for the rest of the week. It deserves it.
The trouble with green. You have a great golf course, but it is not Augusta National and shouldn’t try to be. Many courses are too green, by which we mean they are using too much nitrogen and too much water, which leads to disease, mud and losing your $5 Pro V1 in the rough that is too long and too thick. What green does not always mean is healthy turf and good playing conditions.
Golf course setup. Speaking of Augusta, we all watch the Masters, quickly followed by The Players Championship and the U.S. Open, and notice how these course setups challenge the best players on the planet. While the maintenance staff occasionally likes to add some challenge, we usually reserve it for the club championship and other big events. We don’t cut the hole in the toughest spot on the green or push the tee markers way back every day because we want you to have fun, enjoy yourself and entertain your friends. We want you to score well and come back tomorrow happy. Tightening the screws on family days or fun-play days ruins the experience for everyone.
Communication. We come to the office early and often leave late. We are responsible for maintaining a large piece of property and overseeing a large, diverse staff. We serve many masters, including our peers in the golf shop and clubhouse, vendors, and you, the members. We love what we do and try to do it the best way we can. So while we try to return emails, phone calls, and your other inquiries, please understand that we are away from our desks and our technology more than you know. The best time to talk is when you see us out on the course. Or drop by our maintenance facility: If we’re not there, we’re probably somewhere on the course making sure it will be ready for you tomorrow.
Here’s to another great season and working together to make it so.
With the improved spring weather and only one rain day, there has been good participation with the average being at least sixteen players a week. Since the last newsletter, the ladies have enjoyed many outings as well as golf. We are a very social group!
Ladies Night Out was held at our pool house on April 11th and was catered by Pawleys Island Bakery. On May 13th we met at True Blue for our “Birthday Breakfast”.
Birthday ladies for April, May and June were honored and given a nice gift.
Our April 22nd game day was attended by sixteen players. The format was a two person net score divided by two and the winners were first place, Dot Ellison and Sue Guzlas with a 35.5;
second, Deana Smith and Pat McCarthy with a 39 by match of cards with Darlene Dodson and Mary Graef also with a 39 for third. The May 20th game day was “Yellow Ball” and the winners
were Sue Guzlas and Faye Britsch with a 36, Donna Scott and Betty Ruff with 40 and Ann Carline and Pat Shriver with 41. Again, sixteen players competed.
River Club held an Invitational Nine Hole Event on June 2. The weather was fantastic and a nice luncheon of delicious salads and cold cuts were served.
Lovely potted plants were the centerpieces and a colorful boxed favor of ball and markers was placed near the plates. Eight Tradition Ladies attended and Mildred Culpepper
was in the first place winning group. Also, Peggy Tudryn won one of the centerpiece plants. Future planned events are Oct. 9th at Wachesaw Plantation and Nov. 4th at Indigo Creek.
Check the Members room for sign-up sheet about three weeks before scheduled event.
On June 3rd, play switched from afternoons to mornings; a little more comfortable for all.
With our course closed for maintenance on June 10th, eleven members traveled to play at the International in Murrells Inlet. It was a very warm day and we cooled down having lunch
together in their club house.
Future events include a Birthday Lunch in recognition of birthdays in July, August and September on August 6th, followed by “Golf Trivia”. We are hosting a Scramble Mixer for
Ladies Nine and Eighteen Hole players planned for September 23rd followed by lunch in the clubhouse.
“Happy Summer” everyone!!
Mary Graef, Donna Scott, Darlene Dodson, Ann Carline, Faye Britsch
By Dave Philips Updates since Spring 2014 Newsletter
WELCOME YOUR NEW NEIGHBORS:
Gregory & Susan Akers to 18 Heston Court
Steven & Cheryl Putman to 54 Patriot Lane from Douglasville, GA
Wallace & Christy Eisman to 733 Tradition Club Drive from Dallas, TX
Lisa Latall to 167 Sandfiddler Drive; telephone (843) 833-2520, email email@example.com
Richard & Patricia McCarthy to 120 Deacon Drive from North Grafton, Mass
Richard & Kathleen McKay to 1765 Tradition Club Drive
John & Barbara Bode to 41 Low Country Lane
Ronald & Wanda Johnson to 152 Boatmen Drive
FAREWELL TO FRIENDS MOVING ON:
Steve & Linda Boggess from 212 Sandfiddler Drive
Richard & Donna Clack from 54 Patriot Lane
Carol Freed from 18 Heston Court
Polly Huish from 152 Boatmen Drive
Richard & Nancy Kantola from 733 Tradition Club Drive
John & Diane Legg from 167 Sandfiddler Drive
Norm & Barbara Nuding from 120 Deacon Drive
Robert Paul from 1765 Tradition Club Drive
Maxine Tache from 41 Low Country Lane
ADDITIONS OR CHANGES:
Dick Cash & Hazel Jackson at 26 Patriot Lane: change telephone number to 602-5284, add email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom & Dorothy Ellison at 575 Tradition Club Drive: delete Tom's cell phone number 222-9734
Becky Handy at 20 Deacon Drive: add phone number (843) 314-3148 and cell (336) 689-7656, add email address email@example.com
Hazel Jackson & Dick Cash at 26 Patriot Lane: change telephone number to 602-5640, add email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon Kurpen at 48 Heston Court: add telephone number (843) 979-9799
Pat & Liz Lacy at 73 Cobblestone Drive: add telephone number (843) 314-0374
Jim Mackin at 545 Tradition Club Drive: add listing, telephone number 314-4344, email address JMackin@sc.rr.com
Bill McElroy at 694 Tradition Club Drive: change email address to email@example.com
Jean McElroy at 694 Tradition Club Drive: change email address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicholas Riccio at 48 Heston Court: add telephone number (843) 979-9799 and email address Nick403@aol.com
Art & Deb Voltaire at 220 Tradition Club Drive: add listing, telephone number (843) 314-3728, email address email@example.com
If your Bucket List includes seeing some of the world's most renowned works of Art, here's an opportunity not to be missed. The National Gallery of Art is hosting four very special exhibitions. (If you sprint up to Washington, D.C., before September 1, you can see all of them).
In chronological order of their closing dates:
The Monuments Men (Now through Sept 1). If you enjoyed the eponymous movie, this archival display will take you deeper into the background of that amazing story through photos,
documents, and memorabilia — many never before exhibited — as well as the stories of some of the real-life Monuments Men.
Celebrating Van Gogh (Now through Sept 7). A special installation of 9 Van Gogh paintings, on loan. If you don't catch them here, you'll have to travel to their home:
the Kroller-Muller Museum in the Netherlands.
Degas/Cassatt (Now through Oct 5). Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt were fast friends for 40 years. This exhibition explores the creative tapestry of means and methods that
bound these two masters of Impressionism.
Andrew Wyeth (Now through Nov 30). "Looking Out, Looking In" displays a select group of Wyeth's paintings of windows. Spare and elegant, void of figures or narratives,
the impact of these paintings will surprise you. “You can have the technique and paint the object,” Wyeth said, but “it’s what’s inside you, the way you translate the object
— and that’s pure emotion. I think most people get to my work through the backdoor. They’re attracted by the realism and sense the emotion and the abstraction — and eventually,
I hope, they get their own powerful emotion.”
If a trip to the NGA is not on your summer/fall agenda, you can 'tour' parts of these exhibitions and many others through the simple-to-use resources on the Gallery's wonderful web site.
Visit www.nga.gov today. You gotta have Art!
We started water aerobics on May 28th. Dee Ely had a different work out for us (perhaps because she is now a Certified Water Aerobics Instructor). CONGRATULATIONS, DEE!
Monique Philips brings music and is helping us perfect our “water pilates” on Fridays.
Exercises start at 9 A.M. on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays and we are finished by 10. We would love to have you join us for fun and physical fitness.
Please e-mail Pat Shriver at firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on our e-mail list if you are interested.
By Celise McLaughlin
My Happy Place - I LOVE grocery shopping. It is probably a statement you will rarely hear anyone say. But I truly do love grocery shopping.
I am a very early shopper (7a.m. early). I have always done my meal plan for the week, made a list and ONE day only each week, normally the same day each week, go to the grocery store. I always had a
"go to" store where I knew the aisles up and down. I created my shopping list in that order and stored my coupons in that order.
When we moved to Pawleys Island in 2003, Bi-Lo became my "go to" store. I became a regular. I knew the deli counter ladies, the dairy guy, the produce men, the manager, the check out ladies, the people
behind the counter... not by name, most of them, but definitely by sight. And they knew me.
When I came home from our trip north in May, Bi-Lo was closed. In addition to missing all the big sales, I had no where to go. After the grand opening of the NEW Bi-Lo I ventured to
new location. At first, I was not happy, but thought I would give it time. After a few weeks I wasn't feeling it. I missed my old Bi-Lo.
I LOVE grocery shopping and this was a major BUST.
So I thought I would try Lowes brand new store in Pawleys Island. Granted it isn't just down the street, but not that far. Since I shop at 7a.m. it really doesn't matter
anyway. The store opens at 6a.m., that alone is intriguing to me. The people were super friendly, the aisles clean and bright, good background music, the shelves were packed with
everything I needed and wanted. I had heard Lowes was pricey, but let's face it food is pricey everywhere and I found really good sales and on the items I was shopping for.
By the 4th aisle (and I did every aisle) I was smiling. When I got up to the counter... I didn't have to unload my cart; The cashier did it for me! That was icing on the cake.
So I am smitten. I have found my HAPPY place and I can enjoy grocery shopping again. YAY.
Once again our community had a successful garage sale day. The weather was perfect on May 5 with sunny skies. While thirty-five garages were open for business, many of the garages had two, three, and even four families selling from each site.
Two “Garage Sale” signs were placed at the front and back entrances the Monday before so that passerbys would know of our upcoming sale day.
In addition, Darlene Dodson was in charge of advertising. The garage sale was advertised in the Myrtle Beach and Georgetown newspapers. Darlene also advertised on Craig’s List. And the “final touch” of advertising was each participant received a red, white, and blue helium balloon to tie to sale site mailboxes to indicate where shoppers could easily locate the bargains.
And a special thank you to Vince Franco for his community email reminders of the sale to all our residents.
Finally, the Salvation Army truck came around after 1:00 and if any resident had items not sold they could place them on the curb in front of their homes for easy free pick up.
All in all, May 5 was a community day for the sellers as well as the buyers.
The Gold Tees held its First Quarter Dinner with over 60 members at the Tradition pool house. The Gold Tee chefs prepared an “Italian Night” four-course dinner with
a shrimp cocktail appetizer, a main course of penne pasta with homemade marinara sauce, hot and sweet sausage and homemade meatballs, salad with Italian dressing,
Italian bread, and cheesecake for dessert.
Dale, Al, Paul, Paul, Eddie and Don
The chefs are Gold Tee members who enjoy cooking meals for their fellow members to enjoy every quarter.
The Tradition Gold Tees is a men’s nine hole golf league whose motto is: Fun, Friendship and Fellowship.
Jim, Patrick, Howie and Craig
Work on the Kings River Road Multi-Purpose Path seems to be taking a hiatis. However, as per the Department of Public Services, Georgeown County, work will resume by SDOT once
Georgetown County Water and Sewer and Santee Cooper have completed relocation of utilities south of River Club.
MEALS ON WHEELS by Claudia Krauth
I would like to thank everyone who supplied Howard and me with meals after my recent surgery. It was very much appreciated.
On another note feel free to contact me if you might need meals during an illness or possible surgery.
If you are interested in supplying a meal for someone in need, please feels free to contact me at 237-7544.
Thanks to all who have helped out in the past.
Ladies! Tennis is in the swing again....we meet every Monday and Wednesday at 7:30AM (our summer hours) at the Tradition tennis courts.
We are always looking for subs....our level of play is 3.0-3.5. If you are interested in subbing, contact Monique Philips at 237-0494.
Ladies Bridge Looking for Bridge players! Come join us Wednesday afternoons 12:30 to 4:00. Play when you are available. Call Mary Grace Robic 237-8745
or Clare Kelly 235-0446.
MAHJONG MONDAYS Contact Barbara Cardea 237-4120
NEEDLEWORKERS - Fridays at the Pool House Contact: Loretta Espey 235-3518
TRIVIA NIGHT -
Love to test your memory? Looking for a fun night out?
Come and have a good time with your neighbors the first Tuesday of every month for Tradition Trivia. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m.
Teams of six people compete against other teams. There are 5 sets of questions, 10 questions in each set. There is a $2 fee per person to pay for expenses. Bring your own snacks.
If you would like more information go to our web site
Winter finally passed and beginning Monday March 31st the tournament season for The Men’s Club began with its version of “ THE MASTERS”.
Using a modified Stableford point system, the tournament was played over two weeks. Don McDowell followed his opening round of 33 points with an incredible round of 47
( 8 points more than his closest competitor) for a two round total of 80 points. Paul Hayes was second with 78, followed by Connie Gallagher 77 and Harry Stewart 76.
The updated “President’s Cup tournament (reduced to 2 rounds with two flights) took place May 5th and 12th. In flight A Bud Knittel recorded low net rounds of (67-69=136)
to win over Eric Muller with a total of 139, Ed Sheldon 140 and Tom Strasser 141. In the B flight, Dick Culver shot (72-68=140) to lead Rudi Schwarz 141, Wes Benefield 142
and Frank Gambeski 145.
The always popular 2 round Member/Member tournament began Monday June 23rd .With the field handicapped, 18 two man teams competed. In the first round on the front side,
a ” Modified Alternate Shot format was used and the back was played as a “Captains Choice” . Ron Mokrynka and Frank Gambeski two former teachers and coaches who have played
hundreds of rounds together lived up to their experience with a score of 64.4 . George Baker & Jim Davis followed with a surprisingly strong 65. John Reed & Connie Gallagher
were at 65.6, Jim Pearson & Howard Krauth 66.1, Harry Stewart & Rudi Schwarz 67.4 and Eric Muller & Dan Molloy at 67.5. The rest of the field ranged from 67.9 to 77 4.
Member Member Round 2 was played as”Best Ball of Twosome” with full individual handicaps used. Four time Tradition Club champion John Reed and partner Connie Gallagher with a better ball
of twosome score of “Net 55” went from third to first place and out distanced the field to win the tournament with a two week total of (65.6-55=120.6).
George Baker & Jim Davis followed with (65-61=126), Harry Stewart & Rudi Schwarz with a total of 127.4 were third, Eric Muller & Dan Molloy at 128.5 were fourth
and Tom Strasser & Dick Culver finished strong at 128.7 . Following the completion of the round, the prizes were awarded and the players enjoyed a hearty lunch prepared
by Debbie and her staff. All in all, a great tournament and a good time.
While not a Men’s Club event The Memorial Day tournament run by Tom and Suzanne Strasser was very successful and a lot of fun. Jim Conway’s suggestion of having a separate 9 hole
competition was well received and will be repeated for the annual July 4th tournament. Debbie and her kitchen staff did their usual great job and promise a 4th of July special.
Looking forward, the Member/Guest Tournament (August 21-23) is coming together with a good field, sponsors and prizes.Tournament Director Tom Strasser and his committee are working
very hard to make this years tournament our best yet.