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"Viva La Vida" - Live the Life - Photo by Celise McLaughlin


Tradition Community Newsletter is published by and for
the Homeowners of the Tradition Community
The printed edition will be delivered to your mailbox during the month of November.

Editor: Celise McLaughlin
Advertisers: contact Bill Renault

The 2014 Editions are published in March, July and November.
Deadline for articles for the Spring edition will be February 25, 2014.
For past newsletters visit the Newsletter Archives Link at:
What's Inside
Architecture Review Board Page 3
Around the County Page 13
Bucket List Page 8
Canasta Page 4
Celebrating Tradition Page 6
Change Happens Page 6
Cookie Swap Page 4
Covenants Page 3
Cruising Portugal Page 13
Directory Updates Page 4
Gold Tees Page 12
Healthcare Forum Page 7
Hobbies @ Tradition Page 14
Heart of the Community Page 13
Ladies 18 Hole Golf League Page 10
Ladies 9 Hole Golf Page 10
Bridge Page 4
Litchfield Beautification Foundation Page 9
Litchfield By the Sea Page 9
Live Like an Island Girl Page 6
Meals on Wheels Page 12
Men's Golf Club Page 12
President's Corner Page 2
Suggested Vendor List Page 3
Tradition Trivia Page 12
USGA - handicapping Page 10
Winter Reading Recommendations Page 7
Water Aerobics Page 9
President POA Frank D'Amato 235-8885
Clubhouse Tom Ellison 235-8071
Covenants Jeanette Renault 235-3566
ARB Vince Civitarese 237-3568
Grounds Alex Heardon 843-241-3287
[Emergencies Only)

Board of Directors
Frank D'Amato, President 235-8885
Tom Ellison, Vice President 235-8071
John Bartha, Secretary 235-9998
Art Voltaire, Treasurer 655-6025
Merry Cotton, Director 235-6862
Phil McLeod - Kuester Management 839-9704

Board Meeting Minutes:

Pool House Calendar:
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Frank D’Amato
Cell # 446-6875
Fall is here and the association is cleaning curbs in common areas, planting winter flowers and buttoning down the pool area. I assume you are all getting ready for the cold weather as well. You should be shutting down your sprinklers and cleaning any rust that has accumulated over the summer season.

There has been a strain on our financials this year. The operating fund is over spent and we have transferred $7,000.00 from the Money Market account to our cash account to meet daily bills.

The Reserve Fund however, remains in good condition. The following numbers reflect through August 31. The Reserve Fund stands at $570,228 and the Operating Budget has approximately $51,843. The Operating funds have decreased as mentioned above, due to daily operational costs.

For the second time in the last 5 years we have had our street signs and major sign at the pool complex stolen. This year’s cost was almost $5,000.00. All signs have been replaced. We have placed camera signs at all our entrances to warn vandals and hopefully put a stop to this activity. People have asked if we really have cameras. Well the answer is yes. We are experimenting with cameras and not to worry they do not face anyone’s home.

Director John Bartha has accepted the challenge of instituting a volunteer program for the association. Neighbors Harry and Joanne Stewart and Tom Strasser completed painting the lanterns on both the front and rear entrances. We also had a team of volunteers that painted the blue water posts throughout the community. As I write this you should see another group painting street signs, stop signs and speed limit signs around the community. Thanks to all.

I want to discuss the Covenant letters that go out to property owners. The Covenants Committee is a group of our neighbors consisting of 7 members. They each have a section of the community but no one has the area that they reside. Their job is to remind people of covenant violations with the goal of maintaining a community that we are all proud to be residents. This is not an easy job and is sometimes painful.

Many of you will receive letters from the Covenants Committee. Please do not panic nor take offense. You should read the letter, check the sighted violation and see if you can correct it. If you do not agree with the letter or need more time, you should contact the person whose name is on the bottom of the letter. If you do nothing, you will receive a second letter and if you do not respond you will receive the third letter from Kuester our management company. If you do nothing again, you can expect a fine from the board. This is the last thing we want to do so please respond to the letters.

Sundays and Holidays:
We have always had in our By-Laws quiet time on Sundays and Holidays. In the past the Board of Directors (BOD) has only applied this Covenant to outside construction. This year many residents have complained that they cannot plan on sitting outside, barbequing or having company without noise from lawn mowers and leaf blowers, etc. So the BOD has decided to apply the quiet time covenant to everyone and all outside work.

Tradition Covenants - ARB Section Page 8
Construction/Commercial Work Hours
Construction hours for modifications and alterations are the same for new construction.
7:00 AM TO 6:00 PM
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM
Sundays (quiet work only)
9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM

Kings River Road:
By now you should have noticed the construction on Kings River Road for the new bike path. This is a State bike path and government funded project. State Law prohibits motorized (electric) vehicles such as golf carts. You are now thinking, what about Willbrook Boulevard where there are many golf carts. The answer is, we own the Willbrook bike path and the Willbrook Road District makes the rules. We are part of the Willbrook Road District therefore golf carts are permitted. So, consider yourself warned.

Holiday Lights:
Last Holiday season we decorated the front and back entrances with seasonal lights. You will recall that it cost us $5,300. We have negotiated a new contract with the contractor for $3,700. This is a result of us being a return customer and the fact that we do not have to buy the lights again.

Annual Homeowners meeting:
If you want more information, especially financial, please attend the annual meeting in late February, time and date to be announced. You will also hear from me in December on the 2014 budget and a call for candidates for a board seat that will open in February.

Make sure we have your e-mail addresses so that the BOD can communicate with you. Contact a board member or Vince Franco ( to add your e-mail.

Please feel free to discuss and/or ask questions to any board member at any time.

The board schedule and the monthly board minutes are available on the 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.

Talk to you soon!


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By Vince Civitarese

Hello to all. Summer is over and we are getting ready for fall. I hope it has been a great summer for everyone and that this year will finish out with no hurricanes.

It has been a busy year for the ARB. Lots of work done this year. Mostly roofs. The SC safe house program has made it possible for many to have new roofs installed at reduced rates. It is my understanding that the program is to continue for the 2014 year also.

Although this roofing program shows that our houses are beginning to age, it gives us the opportunity to improve our properties and ultimately, our community as well. The work helps us maintain our fine showing of a very up-to-date and well maintained neighborhood. I think we can all be proud of The Tradition.

I would like to remind you again that an ARB permit is required for almost all of your outside work. Most people have tried hard to comply with our rules and the ARB is trying to comply with your request. If you have any questions about the need for a permit please contact one of the ARB members and we will be happy to answer your questions.

It has come to our attention that some owners are leaving application for permits at the club house mail box. That mail box is not intended for ARB use. Please do not place application in that mail box. Please mail or hand deliver the application to one of the ARB members.

Effective January 2014
the monthly ARB meetings will be held
on the 3rd THURSDAY of every month.
First meeting of the new year
will be on January 16th.

Thanks for a great summer! Happy Holidays.
Vincent Civitarese, Chairman ARB

By Jeanette Renault

Dark Stain On Concrete:

The possible reason for these stains may be imbedded dirt, seal coating residue, mold, or mildew. Some concrete is extremely porous which adds to the problem. The formula of detergent, beach, and water has met limited success, and the application is very labor intensive. The same with the product ZEP. There are other products around, but we would not recommend them for home use.

The best, safest and easiest way to get rid of this unsightly stain is power washing. Check our Suggested Vendors List in the Newsletter.

We have recently received some anonymous mailings. Be assured the Covenants Committee is vigilant in our efforts to send out reminders of infractions. If one has concerns, please contact us. All communication with the Covenants Committee is confidential. We will try to answer your concerns. There may be legal problems, health problems, and time constraints to which we must adhere. These time frames are lengthy, but necessary to follow the law. The great majority of our requests are resolved in a timely manner, and we thank you for being good neighbors.

Link here for Vendor List
Please notify us if you have problems with any vendors on our list.

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2013 HOMEOWNER’S DIRECTORY - Updates since Summer 2013 Newsletter
Changes? Contact Dave Philips at 237-0494 or
Directory Online on Tradition29585
  • Carl & Eric Lewis to 206 Boatmen Drive from Fairfax Station, VA
  • Deborah Smyth to 28 Historic Lane from Batavia, OH
  • Michael Lee to 28 Historic Lane from Piedmont, SC
  • Ben & Andrea Pecunes to 42 Low Country Lane;
    telephone (410) 952-9848; email
  • Stephen & Joan Szabo to 69 Low Country Lane from Great Falls, VA
  • Thomas & Debra Reeves to 132 Sandfiddler Drive from Johnson City, TN
  • Lisa Gagne to 255 Tradition Club Drive from Charlestown, RI
  • Joe & Ann English to 1742 Tradition Club Drive from Gainesville, VA;
    telephone 314-0025; email &
  • Mike Sabia & Deana Smith to 452 Tradition Club Drive
    Mike @ (215) 527-4501, Deana @ (267) 664-5116
    email address


  • Barry & Christina Ryan from 42 Low Country Lane
  • Michael & Donna Gendron from 69 Low Country Lane
  • Larry & Helen Johnson from 132 Sandfiddler Drive
  • Robert & Judith Bunch from 255 Tradition Club Drive
  • Edith Gaylord from 1742 Tradition Club Drive

@Sally Russell's Home, 127 Tradition Club Drive
Wednesday, December 18th AT 11:00 a.m.
Bring some take some.

  • Dale DeConcilis at 156 Alexander Glennie Drive: add phone number (724) 255-5103
    add email address
  • Joyce DeConcilis at 156 Alexander Glennie Drive: add phone number (724) 255-5104
    add email address
  • Polly Huish at 152 Boatmen Drive: change telephone number to 602-7329
  • Stuart Boehmig at 30 Brookridge Lane: add telephone number (724) 321-1753
    email address
  • John & Sally Mahon at 13 Crab Trap Court: add telephone number 237-1084 add cell for Sally at (910) 280-1882
    email address
  • John & Suzanne Edone at 29 Discovery Lane: change telephone number to 314-3605
  • Jerry & Liz Knorr at 13 Revolution Court: change phone number to (614) 330-5832
  • John Plesha at 24 Revolution Court: change telephone number to 597-6161
    add email address
  • Rosemary Plesha at 24 Revolution Court: change telephone number to 597-6162
  • Tom Billings at 271 Sandfiddler Drive: add telephone number (215) 779-3963
    add email address
  • Jody Keenan at 271 Sandfiddler Drive: add telephone number (215) 880-5060
    add email address
  • Susan Neighbors at 269 Tradition Club Drive: change email address to
  • Richard Baughman at 269 Tradition Club Drive: change email address to
  • Robert (Bob) & Greta Scott at 453 Tradition Club Drive: add telephone number (276) 732-2175 and cell (706) 280-0180
    add email address
  • Wally Walters at 1664 Tradition Club Drive: add telephone number (717) 503-4046
    add email address
  • Sprink Walters at 1664 Tradition Club Drive: add telephone number (717) 385-3047
    add email address

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.
Four Table Couples Duplicate Group
This group meets the third Friday of the month at the Residents' Clubhouse.
We need substitutes.
If you are interested in subbing
please contact Bobbie Fleiss at 235-0990

We are still having fun learning and perfecting our games of canasta.
We laugh A LOT!
Our play is the first and third Fridays of the Month
if you would like to join us
please call Jeannette @235-3566 or Pat @237-2678
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What Are the Odds?
Marty & Mary Grace Robic were on an Insight Tour that was concluding at the Grand Canyon. Ron and Irene Bossert were traveling independently in the same area. They accidently met at the North Rim. The fact that only 10% of the people who visit the Grand Canyon go to the North Rim makes this chance meeting even more remarkable.

The two Tradition Couples had lunch together at the lodge and posed for this picture. What are the odds?


We have seen some fabulous sunsets at the LBTS deck on Friday Nights.
Cocktails, Snacks, Dinner or a stroll on the beach.
Whatever suits your fancy.

You are guaranteed to run into someone you know!

Elliott Dodson, Celebrates turning 90
At the LBTS beach house on September 5th along with all his Gold Tee buddies,
their wives and his family, Elliott celebrated his 90th birthday

Photos By Patrick Tole

Outlanders - 16th Annual Oktoberfest
Friday, October 18, 2013

This Oktoberfest celebration began in 1998 and has seen significant growth over the last 16 years. Held at the end of Sandfiddler Drive, the event also includes the homeowners from Brookridge, Lamplighter and Monarch Ct. thusly named the Outlander Oktoberfest. Following a brief 4pm rain shower on Friday, October 18th, the neighbors gathered to enjoy bratwurst, sauerkraut, salads, sides and magnificent desserts prepared in-house by the attendees. Within 30 minutes after all was cleaned up and everyone went home the skies opened up and it poured! How fortunate were we?

South Historic/Discovery Lane - First Annual Block Party
Sunday, September 15, 2013

The first annual block party was held in the cul-de-sac at the end of historic lane. Dinner was catered by Hog Heaven and neighbors Michele & Tom Becker (latitude) performed.
For Additional Photos, visit the webpage On the Tradition Website
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How to keep the HO! HO! HO! in your HO-lidays
By Michelle Becker
Here are 6 ways to keep the stress levels low, and the joy levels high this holiday season.
  1. Simplify - (Manage that "TO DO" list)
    From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, it seems we add more things to our "To Do" list than we ever cross off. And, as we “shop til we drop” and run from one holiday event to the next, we rush through the days without truly enjoying our time with friends and family. Not exactly the way to create lasting memories, is it? Less is really more – less on the “to do” list, means more time for your loved ones.
  2. Prioritize - ("MUST DO" vs. "MAY DO")
    Maybe you can’t say “yes” to every invitation. Maybe you can’t give handcrafted gifts to everyone on your list. Maybe you just can’t bake that many cookies for the church get together. Make a list of your top “Must Do’s” and give those people/events your full attention. When you do this, you just may find that you have enough time for many of you “May Do’s”, as well, but you won’t feel nearly as stressed.
  3. Stay Flexible - (Go with the flow)
    “Two more people are coming to dinner…” “The flight has been delayed…” As much you may plan, simplify and prioritize, the most important quality during the holidays is the ability to remain flexible. Don’t let a change in plans steal your joy. Be creative, make the most of it, and go with the flow.
  4. Be in the Moment - (Enjoy today)
    This time of year, it’s easy to constantly have your mind on your “To Do” list, rather than enjoying the time at hand. Give yourself a few hours each day to work on your “list”. The rest of the time, be in the moment. If you think of something you need to do while you are socializing, write it down immediately, and wait until an appropriate time to deal with it.
  5. Get some Elves (Delegate & ask for help)
    Even Santa didn’t do everything himself. Delegate and get more hours back in your day. Those closest to you would love to help, they just can’t read your mind.
  6. Say Ha! Ha! Ha! (laughter is the best medicine)
    Finding the Ha! Ha! Ha! in the Ho-lidays can be challenging. But, laughter is truly the best medicine. It’s a natural stress reliever and immune system booster. And, in those stressful times, you always have a choice – choose happiness.
Join your neighbors, Tom and Michelle Becker
Northern "Latitudes" Entertainment Package
as they explore the breathtaking beauty of Alaska
Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas.

August 29 – September 5, 2014
7-Night Alaska Sawyer Glacier Cruise
Departing from Seattle, Washington

Link here for a cruise flyer

Michelle is a Tradition resident and 5-time TRMA National Female Vocalist of the Year.
She has appeared with Music Legends and Grammy winners.
She and her husband, Tom, perform together as the duo, Latitude.

In September we learned that the Willbrook Blvd Piggly Wiggly store that has been many a Tradition resident favorite for the past 12 years is closing.
It is 1 of 22 Piggly Wiggly stores that will be taken over by Bi-Lo in South Carolina. Therefore, the Bi-Lo around the corner will be moving to this new location. At this time no one is sharing the "when" or "how" of this event.

45,000-square-foot Lowes Foods, already under construction at the south causeway, is scheduled to open in May 2014.
Finally, the long awaited PUBLIX supermarket is planned for the Pawleys Island Plaza at Hwy 17 & Petigru Drive. It also will be 45,000-square-feet and is expected to open in early 2015.

When the Fat lady sings.
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Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
By J. Vance Vandergriff, M.D.

Upper respiratory tract infections, also called the common cold, are most often caused by viruses. Bacteria only complicate about 2% of these infections. Symptoms include cough, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, fever, and nasal congestion.

These symptoms can last up to 14 days, but usually last 7-10 days. There are several different kinds of viruses that cause the common cold, which is why scientists have been unsuccessful in creating a reliable vaccine.

Transmission occurs by direct contact with aerosol, droplet, or hand to hand spread of infected secretions. This is why colds tend to be more common during the cold months, when people are more likely to be inside and in crowded conditions. To prevent the spread of infection, frequent hand washing and hand sanitizers are recommended. When you have a cold, make sure to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

A common misperception is that the color of nasal secretions or sputum produced by cough determines whether antibiotics are needed. In fact, there is no clinical evidence that color has anything to do with the presence of bacteria. X-rays and labs are rarely needed, unless there are signs of a more serious infection present (such as fever over 100.5).

Treatment usually involves controlling the symptoms with allergy antihistamines and decongestants (but be careful using decongestants if you have hypertension). Rest and hydration is also important.

o Over the counter cough suppressants have found to be of limited effectiveness in several studies.
o Vitamin C in high doses has only been shown to shorten the duration of infection by about a day.
o Likewise, zinc and Echinacea have also shown to be of little benefit.

Viruses do not need treatment with antibiotics, and will resolve on their own. On rare occasions antibiotics may be used, but most studies show these will not help to hasten the resolution of your symptoms. Your physician will try to offer alternate treatment options to help prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance. If it is decided you need an antibiotic, it is very important to take all the antibiotics to completion to help prevent antibiotic resistance developing.

Finally, I want to say a few words about influenza.
I recommend everyone get the flu shot
(unless you have a severe egg allergy)

The flu shot will NOT cause you to get the flu. But, getting a flu shot will also not provide complete protection against the flu or other viral illnesses. Flu symptoms tend to hit faster than cold symptoms. Sudden onset of high fevers, extreme fatigue, body aches, headaches, cough, nasal congestion, and sore throat are common symptoms of the flu. Get to your physician within the first 48 hours. Treatment after 48 hours has much less success in shortening the length of illness.

I hope you all have a very healthy winter season. Avoid close contact with your friends and family when they have cold symptoms. Wash your hands and cover your cough. If you need any further information, feel free to stop by my office at South Strand Internists on Glenns Bay Rd.

Dr. Vandergriff is a board certified family practice physician

Recommended Reading By Litchfield Books

Tilted World by Tom Franklin Set against the backdrop of the historic flooding of the Mississippi River, The Tilted World is an extraordinary tale of murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, and a man and a woman who find unexpected love.

Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something so terrible it would destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others too. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive . . .

Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole
A sweeping story told in letters, spanning two continents and two world wars, this debut novel captures the indelible ways that people fall in love, and celebrates the power of the written word to stir the heart.

Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
Set against the backdrop of Depression-era Seattle, Songs of Willow Frost is a powerful tale of two souls—a boy with dreams for his future and a woman escaping her haunted past—both seeking love, hope, and forgiveness.

Recommended Children’s Books:
I’d know you anywhere (Age Range: 4 - 8 years ) by Nancy Tillman
Girl from Felony Bay (Age Range: 8 - 12 years) by J E Thompson
WARP the Reluctant Assassin (Age Range: 12 - 18 years) by Eoin Cofer
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By Celise McLaughlin
The Canadian Maritime Provinces

The summer between first and second grade my Dad took my Mom, me and 4 of my (six) siblings camping on the Maritime Provinces. Although the memories of a 6 year old are pretty sketchy there were bits and pieces of that trip sharply rooted in my memory banks. Enough so that last year when my oldest brother (not one of the 7 campers) traveled to Nova Scotia and raved about its beauty I decided it was time to check yet another item off my bucket list.

With one of the McLaughlin grandchildren graduating high school this past June it seemed like the perfect time to tack on an extended journey from Connecticut to Canada. Why not plan to visit family in Maine as well since you are in the "hood"? That was a visit long overdue.

Starting early April I contacted each of the Maritime Provinces tourism bureaus to get travel books sent, retrieved maps from the AAA office, found related Facebook pages and downloaded the Canadian B&B app to my IPad. The planning process was quite daunting;

I really didn't have a clue where to start. I perused maps, checked distances and time frames; attempting to drive to all the provinces would definitely rack up the miles on the car. I figured I may have only one shot at this destination, so I better get it all in. New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island; all of it.

Reservations complete we started our journey on June 25. Objective #1, avoid I95, stay clear of DC, New Jersey TPKE and NYC. We never make the CT trip in 1 day anymore, one stop in PA north bound and one in VA southbound is the norm.

Our first full day in the Provinces was Canada Day, July 1. We enjoyed the festivities in the small border town of Woodstock, visited Potato World and tromped through the cemeteries of Centreville, New Brunswick. My family settled in this territory during the revolutionary war, it was important for me to see the grave stones of my father's ancestors.

The next leg of the trip took us across New Brunswick, on Canada Route 2, through Moncton where we stopped briefly at the Magnetic Hill winery and a strolled through downtown. The tide was out so we missed the famous tidal bore with hopes to catch it on the return trip. By late afternoon we crossed the Northumberland Strait over the confederation bridge into P.E.I. For hundreds of years this island was only accessible by ferry, however in 1997 the 8 mile bridge was opened. It is the longest bridge in the world that crosses ice-covered water. It wasn't icy that day, in fact the area was experiencing an unusual and unwelcome hot spell well into the 90s. It was cooler on PI than on PEI.

Despite the high temps and lack of air conditioning in our B&Bs, the island was magnificent. We saw every imaginable hue of green in the rolling meadows; radiant blues in the lakes and rivers and bright purples and pinks on the lupines that bordered every field. I felt as though I had stepped into a Lucy Maud Montgomery novel.

New London, PEI - Birthplace of Lucy Maud Montgomery

John on Victoria Row in Charlottetown, PEI

After two glorious days of sightseeing on PEI we boarded the Northumberland Ferry at Wood Islands and sailed to Nova Scotia.

Sunrise over Mahone Bay

The Gray Gables B&B was every bit as beautiful as advertised. This inn was located in the small fishing village of Chester on Mahone Bay which is home of the FX series "Haven". Unfortunately the crew was on hiatus so we didn't get to meet any stars.

Chester, Nova Scotia - AKA "Haven"

The highlight of this our Nova Scotia Province visit was Halifax. Because of the unbearable heat we opted for an underground brewery tour. Alexander Keith's Brewery in downtown Halifax was fabulous. Actors in period costume and character took us back to 1863. They provided an interactive history lesson, performed musical theatre and of course let us sample the fine ale. Best tour ever.

We left Nova Scotia same as we arrived, via ferry, this time 3 cold and windy hours across the Bay of Fundy. 95 degrees on land down to 50s on sea was a shock to the system, but the Acadia was large and offered much to do (indoors) until we docked on the other side. St. John was an interesting city, but due to our timing we missed the tidal bore again.

Exactly one week after our arrival in Canada we crossed the border at St Stephens and started the long trek back to Pawleys Island. 4,000 miles and 17 days later we finally got home. Although it was a long time to be away I am happy to be able to check the Maritime Provinces off my bucket list. In the event I ever travel that way again, P.E.I would be my choice destination.

Point Prim PEI
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The Litchfield Corridor Beautification Committee has a new name, The Litchfield Beautification Foundation. Effective July 19, 2013 we have formed a new corporation in the State of South Carolina and have filed to become a 501C3. Under the tax laws we can immediately start to operate as a 501C3 and all monies donated to us under this new name are Tax Exempt.

It will take several months before our application is approved and there is always a chance that we could be turned down. But ALL donations between July 19,2013 and the date we have formal notification are legally tax deductible, regardless of the outcome.

We have been working with an expert in the 501C3 who spent many years of his career working for the IRS and handling 501C3 applications. He is very confident that we will get approved.

Our plan is to eventually close the Litchfield Corridor Beautification Committee Corporation and operate solely from our new name the Litchfield Beautification Foundation. If you have any questions please use our web site to send a email or contact any of our officers which have their phone numbers and names listed on the web site which is

Your continued support is key to the future of the corridor and maintaining the appearance we have all come to expect and love.

We had many new participants to water aerobics this year due to the ever changing retirement scene in Tradition. We welcomed Linda Blouin, Debbie Edwards, Nancy Hawkins, Jody Keenan, Joan Leonard, Holly Moran, Helen Merrick, Judy Migas, Dee Philips, Deane Smith, and Diane Zawislak.

Our ending breakfast was held at True Blue where we honored Dee Ely and Monique Philips for their wonderful leadership this year. We did ask everyone at the breakfast to tell us when they moved here and we are sharing that with you.

1996-Pat Cocuzza, Joanne Stewart,Irene Bossert, Margaret Gerrity;
1997-Suzie Albright, Barbara Fuller, Pat Shriver;
1998- Phyllis Confer;
1999-Pat Hicswa, Ann Carline, Nori Thompson;
2001-Elsie Seibert, Pauline Becker, Skippy Esposito;
2003-Merry Cotton, Pam Rumac;
2004-Donna Scott, Monique Phillips;
2006-Jan Hayes,Lorraine Stellman, Pat Castanera;
2009-Sandi Bunce;
2010 Maryann DiGaudio, Linda Mitchell, Dee Ely;
2011- Rose Plesha, Faye Britsch,Kathy Clifford;
2013- Dee Phillips, Deane Smith, Holly Moran.

A good time was had by all and we hope to be back again next year. Please call Pat Shriver if you have any questions about our group

New Website for Litchfield by the Sea

The Litchfield-By-The-Sea Committee for the website has completed its initial work. If you have not visited the website: I encourage you to do so.

The communications Committee is headed by Vince Franco as chairman and includes: Michael Goodson, Tom Leis, and Dana Arneman as members and ad hoc members of Vicki Cooper, Jamie Conner from Waccamaw Management and me as President of the Board. If you have any suggestions, please let one of the members know and we will try to make the site better.

There are many community links including The Tradition POA and other POA members. I know that you will remain better informed if you check this site regularly. How about adding it to your favorites? There are important meetings scheduled and you can learn more when you come to the board meetings.

Thank you for your support.
Bill McElroy
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Among Her Peers - An Article on Handicapping
reprinted from

A dozen women met every week for their spirited matches, and the camaraderie of their competition was evident on and off the course. Despite their varying abilities and handicap indexes, they were able to compete fairly in every format from singles to team events.

One Saturday early in the season, the women gathered after playing to post their scores and discuss their play. The newest member of the group, Kathy, apparently did not post her score. When a few of the women asked her about this, Kathy responded that because it was a casual round she did not have to post it, and besides, she computed her handicap index on her home computer. The conversation shifted and the matter went without discussion.

Kathy had made two incorrect assumptions: that she did not have to post every score, and could compute her own handicap index. Each assumption goes to the core of the regulations under which handicap indexes are computed.

Handicap indexes reflect a player's potential ability. Although we might like to regulate which scores are used to determine an index, the only valid reflection of a player's potential comes from the posting of all scores. According to the USGA Handicap System, acceptable rounds for posting include those of 13 or more holes, consecutive nine-hole rounds, scores away from a home club, those from match play and other forms of competition, and rounds played using preferred lies.

Many golfers are aware that a handicap index is issued to a player by a club, be it a course or a "club without real estate," such as a league or social organization. A key component of every club is peer review, which is the reasonable and regular opportunity to play with fellow members and the ability of fellow members and a handicap committee to review posted scores and handicap indexes.

Think for a moment of a handicap index as a letter of introduction presented by a stranger you meet at the first tee. In essence, the club that person belongs to vouches for the accuracy of the index. We know this person's ability because we play with him on a regular basis. Some people may snicker at that analogy, but it is one of the tenets by which strangers accept each other's index in good faith and play a friendly match.

In that vein, Kathy errs in not posting every score, even those she considers casual. But an error of similar magnitude was made by the other 11 women. It was their responsibility, as members of the club that issues Kathy's index, to make sure she posted accurately and promptly. The women should alert the handicap committee of her failure to post. The committee would be responsible for making sure Kathy was aware of the guidelines for posting and adjust her index if necessary.

Kathy makes one other error, believing that she can calculate her own index using a computer program or an internet site. Although players may track their performance, allowing each player to compute their own index circumvents the credibility provided by peer review and a committee. Without peer review, players can manipulate their scores to result in any index they wish to provide. Detractors say the same could be true of posting at a club, but the individual must circumvent peer review and a committee. Those are two considerable obstacles.

Kathy still tracks her scores and statistics on her home computer, but she posts every round as soon as practicable. And she takes a greater role in ensuring other club members understand the importance of peer review and proper posting.

The Tradition Ladies Golf Association held its President's Cup two-day tournament on October 15 and 17. The winner with a low net of 147 was Joanne Stewart, Second low net (MOC), Diane Hicks, 151; Third low net (MOC) Pat Reed, 151. Low Gross winner was Joan Sheldon with a 161. Skill prizes for closest to the pin went to Joanne Stewart, Donna Culver, Joan Sheldon, and Rose Plesha. Diane Hicks chipped in on #17, and Pat Reed chipped in on #7 and #17. This was the final tournament of the season for the ladies.

Joanne Stewart, President' Cup Winner.

The TLGA ladies will hold their annual awards luncheon on December 5th.

By Jeanette Renault

On October 10 we participated in the South Strand Interclub event at Wachesaw Plantation. Great weather, fantastic luncheon, friendly golfers. Tradition Ladies who attended were a part of the winning three foursome groups:

Donna Saguto 1st place; Linda Mitchell 2nd, and Juanita Moore 3rd. Sue Guzlas was closest to the pin.

On October 15, our annual Member/Friend tournament was held. After lunch was served at 12:30, our game was a four person scramble. 1st place winners were: Mary & Sue Graef, Dani Jennings & Clare Kelly; 2nd place Faye Britsch & Monique Philips, Deana Smith & Eileen Belbutowski. Closest to the pin on #2, Darlene Dodson; #12, Eleeen Belbutowski.

A Birthday Breakfast was celebrated at True Blue on November 5 to honor our October, November and December members.

The next Nine Hole South Strand Interclub Event will be here at Tradition on November 19. Local South Strand clubs alternate hosting the event. The participating clubs are Pawleys Plantation, River Club, DeBordieu, Litchfield Country Club, Prime Timers/Myrtle Beach National, Wachesaw Plantation, Wedgefield Plantation, Indigo Creek. Prestwick Country Club and Tradition Golf Club

The attendees from each club make up a mixed foursome which enjoys Nine Hole shotgun play. Lunch is served either before play or after play, depending on the allotted tee times.
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By Bill Renault, Secretary
It was a busy Summer / Fall for The Tradition Men's Club. In addition to the holiday (July 4th & Labor Day) tournaments, we played the Member / Member Tournament in July, the Member / Guest in August, the Club Championship in September and the always fun Member / Spouse in October.


The formidable team of Eric Muller and Larry Barksdale won the Member / Member with a two round handicapped total of 122.5, followed by John Reed and John Plesha at 124.5 with Bob Caufield and Dale Guzlas third at 128.

Larry Barksdale & Eric Muller


20 two man teams competed in the Member / Guest, divided into 5 flights by handicaps. Dan Higgins and guest Patrick Tole won the A Flight, Tom Strasser and Dennis Murphy the B Flight, Howard Krauth and son Howard Jr. the C Flight, Dave Philips and Brian Kramer the D Flight and John McLaughlin and Andre Blouin the E Flight.

Preceded by some hectic betting, the flight winners then went on to compete in a "Shoot Out" to determine the winner. Defying The "smart money" and tough competition, McLaughlin and Blouin won the shoot out with Andre hitting driver-5 wood on the 371 yard 18th hole to the fringe for a 4 net 3. The 100 plus crowd of family and friends cheered the conquering heroes and if lucky collected their bets.

John McLaughlin & Andre Blouin

Tournament Chairman John Plesha and his committee put on an excellent member guest tournament with great prizes, food and drink.The course was in good shape and our restaurant manager Debbie and crew once again took care of a hungry and thirsty membership and their guests


The Club Championship saw John Reed win his fourth Club championship title. Vinnie Esposito gave John a good game but once again, John was equal to the challenge winning up 3&2. In the "A" flight, Jim Lewis made a remarkable comeback from being down five at the turn to defeating Larry Barksdale 1up .In the "B" flight Howard Krauth continued his fine play this year to defeat Bill Renault up 3&2.


The annual member spouse tournament was held on Sunday, October 6. It was a good turn out and excellent meal prepared by Debbie and her staff. Tom & Suzanne Strasser and Dale & Sue Guzlas were winners in their respective flights. The Guzlas' were overall winners and claimed the title as Member Spouse Tournament Champions 2013.

Sue & Dale Guzlas, Member Spouse Champions


Sunday December 1st. will be the date for the Steve Kronski Memorial "Great Turkey Shoot Out". Always a fun day and great event that honors the memory of our friend and past president. It will be followed by the ever popular annual Christmas dinner on December 5th and our year will end with the "Ringer" tournament in December.


Finally, we welcome our new members Ted Passig, Dick Baughman and Patrick Tole.
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By Jerry Mithen
About the Gold Tees

The Tradition Gold Tee Golf Association is composed of 98 great guys. We play nine holes of golf from the gold tees. Players of all handicaps are welcome. Our primary purpose is to have fun, make friends, enjoy good fellowship and improve our golfing skills. There are opportunities to get involved with the Gold Tee committees that make up the social climate of the Association. The Gold Tee Boutique occasionally offers members good deals on clothing.

We had a dinner on October 21st at the Tradition Pool House. Al Carline and Eddie Sheldon cooked spaghetti, meatballs and sausage accompanied by shrimp cocktail with John McLaughlin’s legendary cocktail sauce, Paul Hayes made a delicious salad, and we had pumpkin roll for dessert. Dale Guzlas ensured there were enough liquid refreshments. Many Gold Tee members made the night a great success and a fun time. All meals are prepared by our Gold Tee chefs and enjoyed by all members with cocktails and good food. John Melzer gave a CPR/AED refresher class after dinner.
 The Tradition Gold Tee Annual Tournament was held on September 18th with 52 members participating. Gold Tees Tournament Champions for 2013: Roy MacSorley-Craig Monaghan-Tom Leis-Frank Hawkins (-14).

The 13th Annual Gold Tee Christmas Party will be held at Tradition Club in December. This is always a night filled with good friends, great food and good cheer. The Player of the Year, Most Improved and the President’s Award will presented at the dinner.

Contact Vince Franco at if you are interested in joining us. Pictures of our winning teams are taken each week and then placed on our web site:
First game: Tuesday January 7, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM at the Pool House
Signup will begin December 26, 2013
Announcements and player registration will be by email
Play will be once a month
MEALS ON WHEELS - in Tradition
anyone wishing to be part of the Tradition Meals on Wheels should contact Claudia Krauth
Email: Phone: 237-7544
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by Ron and Bonnie Eaglin
Viking River Cruise

Fado Singing, Flamingo Dancers, beautiful scenery, churches, palaces, universities and wine (lots of wine) is all awaited us on our recent river cruise down the Douro River in Portugal.

Our trip began with two days in Lisbon, then we were bused to Porto to begin our river cruise. On the way to Porto, we passed the road to the “Lady of Fatima Shrine”; buses were backed up for miles with thousands of pilgrims visiting the shine on its special anniversary. This was a different experience from the river cruise we took from Budapest to New Amsterdam. There are no villages on the river except Porto, therefore, we spent time on buses to visit towns near the river. The economic situation of Portugal is bleak but the people are upbeat and willing to make the sacrifices necessary to help their country through its fiscal woes.

The ship was not able to sail at night due to the narrow sailing lanes and locks. Some of the sights we saw were: Alpendurada Monastery, Quenta do Seix (wine tasting), Bom Jesus do Monte, Cathedral of Salamanca (12th Century) and our favorite the Mateus Palace and Gardens where the picture on the Mateus Bottle was taken.

The cruise was relaxing and had beautiful scenery with acres and acres of vineyards. Wine lovers will love the opportunities to taste many brands and types of wine.

Let us know if you are interested in knowing more or if you are thinking about taken the cruise.

By Merry Cotton

A Friend Indeed

One of Tradition’s residents, Bill Allen--you’ve probably seen him riding in his white golf cart with his Doberman, Tyler, sitting beside him. Bill began using his golf cart after a series of bouts with ill health, and after his doctor said he couldn’t drive his car until he had completed physical therapy

However, nothing was about to slow Bill down so he began taking Tyler with him as he drove around the Tradition simply to get the two of them out of the house. Along the way he began stopping to chat with many neighbors and each of the neighbors have come to enjoy Bill’s frequent stops; he helps keep all of us up on what’s happening in the neighborhood.

Tyler with Bill Allen

However, one of his outreaches of friendship has been when he began taking a neighbor out for golf cart rides. The neighbor has limited vision, and Bill had seen him walking with his white cane very slowly on a sidewalk near his house. So, Bill decided to offer him a ride in the golf cart.

As a result, his neighbor has enjoyed being taken into different parts of our community and meeting more Tradition residents.  KUDOS to Bill for his kindness.

This is just one example of Tradition residents helping one other. Do you have a favorite “neighbor helping neighbor” story you’d like to share?

Fire claimed part of Georgetown's historic Front Street on September 25.

The Safe Rides to School Bike Path on Kings River Road is finally underway.

No one is happier about this construction than those of us who live on Monarch and Lamplighter Courts. We have been waiting 17 years for a sidewalk to connect us to the main land. Each day when we walk our dogs on Kings River Road, we take our lives (and theirs) in our hands as vehicles speed by at 60mph. One texter and we're history. The excavation, power line changes, bridge construction and drainage work will take this project through the winter. Stone will be laid down on the path and hopefully in the spring we should see the paving commence. Time to grease up the bicycle gears and pump up the tires. The bike path is coming!
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Clare’s Decorative Painting
Written By Merry Cotton

The Tradition has many talented residents. Clare Majorossy is one...she is an outstanding decorative painter. But just what is decorative painting? Specifically, it is the style of painting formerly known as tole painting. And this form of art, and I emphasize art, is painting designs on tin, wood, or virtually any surface. It requires much patience and instruction and Clare's art objects are a testimony to her commitment to become an outstanding painter.

When she retired, her goal was to learn this exacting art form. So, after she moved to South Carolina, she began her pursuit of finding a teacher. Fortunately, she located a beginner class at Brookgreen Gardens and the rest is history, so to speak. From the initial classes she moved on to become a member of Coastal Carolina Decorative Painters.

For the most part, she paints with acrylic paints but occasionally works with colored pencils, oils, or even watercolors on, as mentioned, wood, tin, fabric and canvas. A room at her house has been converted into her studio and she has her objects de' art lining her shelves and her walls--a real treat for one's eyes. Many of her objects also decorate her entire home that she shares with her husband George. She has framed some of her decorative art and has also painted clock faces and lazy susans. She has vases, plaques and tea kettles also beautifully decorated with flowers, fruit, birds and leaves.

One of her very special ongoing projects has been painting designs on wooden toy boxes for each of her eleven grandchildren. Those designs have included trains, animals, flowers and, of course, their names.

But each Christmas she also paints and dates a Christmas ornament for each of her grandchildren as well as for other family members and even for her more fortunate Tradition neighbors.

Clare said, "Sometimes people tell me they have no artistic talent”...but she also says, “that one learns basic strokes and techniques...and then puts them together to create a picture whether on furniture, tin objects or canvases."

Being such an ardent fan of decorative painting, Clare encourages anyone with an interest to contact her and she will help you get in touch with the Coastal Carolina Decorative Painters and join them in learning this lovely, detailed kind of painting.

She also attends week-long seminars in Ohio and Virginia. She thoroughly enjoys the challenge of painting with new teachers. Clare claims it’s fun to immerse oneself without distractions as she laughingly says, with no meal preparation and housework.

George is also very supportive of her hobby, and she says, “After all, I tell him it keeps me off the golf course!”
From the Editor
I learned a new word this summer: “Procraftination” which translates to “shunning responsibilities in the name of arts and crafts.” But that is ok. When I quit my job in June, i.e. retired AGAIN, I decided that I no longer would use the terms “Got to Do” or “Have to do” when describing my planned activities.
If I didn’t WANT to do it, it wasn’t going to get done. Thus, I took up crafting.

Last summer I visited with a former childhood friend who was BIG into art. Her “studio” (craft room) was floor to ceiling supplies. She had dozens of rubber stamps, paints and all sorts of products for which I had NO clue what they were for. However, after attending a class with her at the “Papercraft ClubHouse” in our hometown in Connecticut, I thought this would be fun for me to do. She provided me with a starter supplies list so I could make greeting cards. $114 later at AC Moore, I had enough supplies to create a $2 birthday card. Ha ha, not really, it gave me a good base to begin my craft.
I quickly learned that anything and everything you want to learn to do is on YouTube. If it’s not on YouTube, you don’t need to do it. I watched video after video on inks, stamping, card making, die cutting, art journaling… the list goes on. I subscribed to blogs and friended fellow crafters on facebook and attended a couple of classes on card making in Myrtle Beach. I tapped into my inner artsy self and took to town on paper crafting. Today my workshop (craft room) is starting to look like hers; I have already invested more money than I am not making any more since I left my job in art supplies. I spend every waking moment and many sleeping moments coming up with new designs.

I never had any interest in scrapbooking because I don’t do photographs. I’m not one to take 100s of pictures when I’m on vacation, maybe a few and then I never printed them. But card making is another animal; it uses many of the same tools and supplies as scrapbooking but the result is a different product; one I had use for.

I can’t say for certain how long my short attention span will stay focused on art and papercrafting, but for now I am enjoying myself. I don’t keep any of my cards, except the ones I create in my classes and those are for reference. Each card I make is unique for the person for whom it’s intended and sometimes I’ll spend an entire day or more on just that one card. Obsession? You bet. But that’s ok.

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last updated 6/6/2014 by Celise McLaughlin