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FALL & WINTER 2014-2015  
"Memories" - Photo by Celise McLaughlin

Oh how we love pumpkin season. .... We anxiously anticipate it every year.


Tradition Community Newsletter is published by and for
the Homeowners of the Tradition Community
Editor: Celise McLaughlin

The printed edition will be
delivered to your mailbox in mid November.
Published by Plantation Printing
Advertisers: contact Bill Renault

March, July & November
Deadline to submit articles
for next edition will be February 25, 2015.

For past newsletters visit the Newsletter Archives Link at:

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)
Vince Franco - Web Site Manager 237-9190

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 Meetings Fourth Thursday Meeting
3:00 p.m. Resident's club house
(subject to change)
All board meetings are open to the community

Architecture Review Board Page 3
Bridge Page 4
Bucket List Page 12
Canasta Page 4
Covenants Page 3
Directory Updates Page 5
From the Editor Page 17
Gallery Page 2
Germany Tour Page 16
Gold Tees Page 11
  Habitat for Humanity Page 5
Happenings Page 8
Healthcare Buzz Page 7
In and Around Tradition Page 4
Ladies 18 Hole Golf League Page 9
Ladies 9 Hole Golf Page 10
Litchfield Beautification Page 14
Litchfield By the Sea Page 14
Live Like an Island Girl Page 6
Meals on Wheels Page 4
Mah Jong Page 4
  Men's Golf Club Page 15
Mexican Train Page 4
Pickle Ball Page 4
President's Corner Page 2
Recommended Reading Page 17
Resident Author Page 10
Tennis Page 4
Tradition Trivia Page 4
Volunteers Page 13
Winey Wednesday Page 4
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By Frank D'Amato
Hi everyone, summer is gone and we are wrapping up the 2015 budget and making changes around the campus. I will give you a brief run down as to where we are but you will need to attend the Annual Property Owners meeting in February to get details, especially on financials.

2014 Projects:

All planned projects for 2014 have been completed. They include seal coating, resurfacing the tennis courts, a new heating and cooling unit for the pool house, sidewalk work, painting the pool deck and adding a double wall oven to the clubhouse kitchen.

Unplanned work:
We had an ice storm clean up and drainage work that was not expected and cost us over $11,000.

We have posted 911 signs with the address of the pool house complex when calling for help.

Only a resident can reserve/rent the pool house for use.

Those of you who decide to sell your home must advise your realtor that we have a Transfer Fee of one quarter of one per cent on the sale price. The buyer pays this fee.

Newsletter Advertising:
The printing of the newsletter and the community phone directory are an expensive item in our budget. Fortunately, we have a resident (Bill Renault) who has been soliciting ads that have covered the cost of both of these community items. We are looking for someone to train under Bill and work with him for the future.

We must have some ex-sales people in the community who can step up. Bottom line here is that without these ads it will cost us an additional $2.00 on our monthly dues to continue to print them. If you're interested, contact Bill Renault

Our financials are on schedule provided we do not have any serious surprises. You should have signed up for the new Kuester web site. If you need help, please contact Kuester at 843-839-9704.

We spend approximately $2500.00 on monthly coupons for dues payments. It would help if you signed up for automatic draft payment from your bank each month so we can eliminate coupons and you will not receive late penalties.

  Front Entrance:
You might be thinking, what in the world is the board doing to the front entrance? Well, we are trying to make it look more inviting while, at the same time, save money. We have a great looking bridge with attractive stucco walls when you can see them. So we decided to open up the entrance and allow the walls to be seen. Each year the bridge walls sustained damage from the trees and brush which in turn cost the community money for cleaning and painting.

After the tree removal, we will be clearing the dead looking brush and planting new flowers and bushes that will enhance the front while keeping the stucco walls looking attractive. Some of this work may carry into the spring planting season as our current year's budget money runs down. Please give us time and I am sure you will be happy with the end result.

It is important that one or two of your neighbors have contact information of your family members so that they can be contacted in emergencies.

There will be several communications coming out from both the Kuester Company and myself in the next few months prior to the Annual meeting. We will be publishing the 2015 budget results and calling for candidates as both Tom Ellison and I have board seats expiring.

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. When I broadcast e-mail through the mass distribution system please do not reply to that email. Vince 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 and newsletter.

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 before they can be posted.

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.
**The Annual Property Owners Meeting**
will be held around the last week of February, please attend.
Talk to you soon!
Frank D’Amato
Cell # 446-6875
Fabulous Photos Courtesy of Paul Lempert

All Clean

Caught with his hand in the "cookie jar"

Brookgreen Garden Photos by Sue Guzlas
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By Jeanette Renault

As the end of “rust season” nears, your Covenants volunteers thank all who have worked so diligently to stay as rust free as possible. Special thanks for the plantings and flowers that add beauty to our community and make it special.

It’s a good time to take inventory of your shrubs for any that need to be replaced. For your end-of-year clean up of shrub/tree trimming, please refer to our Suggested Vendors List in this Newsletter. If you encounter any problems with a vendor, please let us know.
Suggested Vendor List

The Committee meets the second Tuesday each month at 7 PM at the pool house. We will have our last meeting of the year November 11. We will not meet in December and January but are available for your comments and inquiries at all times.

Bill Crimmins Don McDowell
Ken Dewell Jeanette Renault
Phil Fleiss Bill Renault
Allan MacDonald Deana Smith

We Love our Pets!

We are very fortunate that we have a great neighborhood for walking, a golf course that doesn't prohibit our off hours access and a beach that allows us to let our pups off leash all year round. Check around, this is the best community and the best county on the Atlantic Ocean.

Most of us value this advantage and take our responsibility seriously. BUT, some of us don't give a CRAP. Actually it's the other way around, they do.

When you are walking your pet ALWAYS bring a plastic bag to clean up after them AND take it home with you or deposit in one of the designated Pet Waste Station all over LBTS.

No one wants your dog's poop in their trash can, EVER.

Keep an eye on your dog too, if you're not paying attention, they can relieve themselves and you may not even know it. It's unintentional, but harmful, all the same. BIG dog, little dog, doesn't matter, poop is poop and it's offensive.
We love our pets, we love our community, don't spoil it.

Vincent Civitarese ARB Chairman

Hello to all of you. It is hard to believe it is already fall. It sure was a quick summer. I hope it was a good one for everyone.

It has been a busy summer for the ARB. Lots of new roofs in the community and it shows. I was driving through the plan the other day and I realized how nice the homes and grounds are being cared for by both the residence and the association. All the hard work is paying dividends for all of us.

As I said, the ARB has been issuing a lot of permits for new roofs along with lots of other work. I have noticed a lot of new names on the applications lately. It would help if you happen to live close to any these new residents to try to help them understand our ARB guide lines and what we require permits for.

I have not spoken to any of the new residents who do not like the guidelines. They all seem to feel that these are a good thing. I think the problems come when they are not aware of the requirements when doing work to the exterior of the homes. I know all of us would like to help these new friends in the community.

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and even better Christmas holiday season.

Thanks for all you help.
Vincent Civitarese

Cover Painting by Barnie Slice
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

The Division of Academic Outreach at Coastal Carolina University provides the best in adult education throughout the Grand Strand.

Lifelong Learning courses are designed to meet the needs and interests of seasoned adults in this community and are offered during day and evening hours right here at Litchfield Landing (next to the OLD Bi-Lo).

Anything and everything you may want to learn is right down the street, some of the classes are taught by residents of Tradition. Second session fall classes are gearing up now and the Spring Catalog will be out soon.

You're never too old to learn a new skill, language or craft.  Get your catalog at the Coastal Carolina office or visit them online at
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Anne Brown, Susan Ruark, Reta and Larry Schaap

Mexican Train Dominoes has started for the sixth year this Fall.
We have some new players and could use a few more.

We play the first Wednesday of each month September thru May
at 7:00pm at the pool house.
If interested call Bonnie Eaglin at 235-9160.

Walt Murren - Winner    ~     Sally Russell - Loser
Usually Sally is the Big Winner

Do not worry if you do not know how to play, we will teach you.
It's a fun time and we know you will enjoy the evening.

By Pat Shriver

Canasta – 1st and 3rd Fridays each month. If you’re new to the game or haven’t played in years, this is the game for you!

It only takes a round or two to relax and enjoy Canasta. There is a little strategy involved, but don’t let that scare you – it’s mostly luck – and fun.

Some highlights:
Each week we draw numbers in order to shift around and play with different partners. We are often surprised when a player brings treats to share. In October we had gummy treats, bubble gum and caramels! How can you beat that? If there is a third Friday in a month, we go out to lunch and play afterwards.

Come join us – there is no set time – no subs to worry about – come on the days that work for you.

Second Wednesday EVERY month
Held on the deck at the beach if the weather is good
Pool House otherwise
Looking for volunteers to host the monthly events for 2015
Pick a buddy and pick a month
Contact Monique Philips 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 -8745 or 237Clare Kelly 235-0446.

We meet on Fridays from 10:00 am until noon.
All needlework enthusiasts are invited to join us.
Contact: Loretta Espey 235-3518

At the New Pawleys Island Recreation Center
Paul Lempert reports he started playing Pickle Ball recently, influenced by Tradition's own “queen of PB”, Joanne Kendall.

It’s great fun and exercise and is free to play at the new rec center off Parkersville road in Pawleys.

Got Pickle Ball Envy?

Pickleball is a sport in which two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a Badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications. Pickleball was invented in the mid 1960s as a children's backyard pastime but quickly became popular among adults as a fun game for players of all skill levels.

by Claudia Krauth
If anyone needs meals, spouse or neighbor,
please contact me at 99 Confederate Lane
or call 843 237-7544.
I have a list of volunteers who are willing to help out.

Tennis every Monday and Wednesday and Friday mornings at the new and improved Tradition tennis courts (weather permitting) at 9am.

We are always looking for subs....our level of play is 3.0-3.5.
If you are interested, contact Monique Philips at 237-0494.

Contact Barbara Cardea 237-4120

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. $2 per person for supplies. Bring your own snacks. If you would like more information go to our web site

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By Dave Philips
Updates since Summer 2014 Newsletter

Got Changes? Contact Dave Philips at 237-0494 or

  • David & Kathleen Gilliam to 212 Sandfiddler Drive from Fairfax, VA
  • Brian Gerrity to 1036 Tradition Club Drive: phone 325-1990
  • Bob & Suzi Youatt to 1334 Tradition Club Drive: phone 314-0644, email
  • Charlene Haupt from 1334 Tradition Club Drive
  • Dawn Hoover from 276 Historic Lane
  • William "Bo" & Elaine Quadrozzi from 1475 Tradition Club Drive

  • John & Barbara Bode at 41 Low Country Lane: add phone numbers 314-0434, cell (607) 222-8213 and email address
  • William & Merry Cotton at 66 Patriot Lane: change email address to
  • Billy & Becky Faw at 441 Tradition Club Drive: change email addresses to and
  • Dan & Mary Goodell at 155 Deacon Drive: add phone number (973) 405-1716
  • Joanne Graham at 34 Deacon Drive: add telephone numbers 314-0339, cell (860) 304-0545 and email address
  • Michael Graham at 34 Deacon Drive: add telephone numbers 314-0339, cell (860) 391-3239 and email address
  • Ron & Wanda Johnson at 152 Boatmen Drive: add telephone numbers (502) 640-6721, cell (502) 649-4023 and email address
  • Robert Marks at 48 Alexander Glennie Drive: change telephone number to (843) 957-1538
  • Helen Merrick at 48 Alexander Glennie Drive: change telephone number to (843) 957-1537

By Ernie Sementelli

Late last year Jane and I decided to move to Austin Tx to be near two of our daughters. They would help with the care for their mother.   I contracted to have a house built in June with all the handicap features needed for Jane, safety bars, wide doorways, roll in shower, No steps etc. Unfortunately Jane's condition has declined quite rapidly during the last few months and I had to put her in a nursing home near our home in S.C. In October this year, we flew to Austin and we put her in a nursing home there.

We signed a contract on the sale of our house here in Tradition in August which closed the end of October. The picture below is my new home under construction with me having a first look; it will not be ready to move into until January.

Hopefully Jane will be able to come live here with help of aides upon completion.
You can keep in touch with Ernie and Jane via email at

By Carole Cocores
We are leading a Habitat for Humanity trip to Kona Hawaii January 3 to 11.
There are still spots available if anyone is interested in going with us.
Carol Cocores
(860) 304-2667
Charlie Cocores
(860) 304-2668
Final payment is due by mid November (45 days before the trip)

A year ago last spring the tradition newsletter posted an article about residents Carol and Charlie Cocores
work with Habitat for Humanity. Spring 2013 Newsletter
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By Island Girl, Michelle Becker
Traveling the world with my husband, Tom, as the musical duo, Latitude, gives us opportunity to meet some pretty fabulous people. They say the best experiences in life are shared with friends. And we have LOTS of them, scattered across the US and Canada.

So, in 2009, we thought it would be fun to plan a group trip, as a way for these wonderful folks to get to know each other, take a great vacation, and enjoy exclusive VIP events and concerts, just for our group.

What started as a one-time event has become an annual adventure! With 6 trips under our belt, I’d say we’ve gotten pretty good at this!

There’s a special bond that happens when you travel as a group, regardless of whether you’re traveling with old friends or people you’ve just met. Traveling with a group makes good times even better -- and, makes for some very special memories!

This past August, our group took a once-in-a-lifetime trip to ALASKA, aboard Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas, departing from Seattle and returning to Vancouver.

Our exclusive VIP Package included cocktail receptions, group dinners, music performances by Latitude, special musical guest, Jim Hawley, and a very special performance of our John Denver Tribute – what a perfect backdrop for his music!

Having spent time in Colorado, we thought we’d seen our share of mountains and stunning vistas – boy, were we wrong! So vast, so beautiful, and so pristine – Alaska makes the Rockies look like speed bumps! A camera simply can’t do it justice, (especially the glaciers). It’s easy to take 1,000 pictures, and still feel like you didn’t quite capture it. (Believe me, we did!)

If Alaska is on your “bucket list”, I suggest you move it a little closer to the top!


MICHELLE & TOM in 2015

February 8-14, 2015
Rockin’ the Boat Cruise
Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas
Jamaica / Grand Cayman / Labadee
Featuring the music of Latitude
with Special Guest Butch Barnes (formerly of Sea Cruz) on Sax

April 12, 2015


Tradition Resident, Tom Becker, brings his critically acclaimed show, Back Home Again – A Tribute to John Denver, home to the Grand Strand. Backed by his band and the Long Bay Symphony, under the direction of Conductor, Charles Evans, the show includes the foot-stomping fun of “Thank God, I’m a Country Boy”, the tenderness of “Annie’s Song” and the soaring vocals of “Rocky Mountain High”.

A treat for newcomers and long-time Denver fans alike, don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience this show performed with the Long Bay Symphony!
Back Home Again – A Tribute to John Denver
featuring the Long Bay Symphony Winyah Auditorium, Georgetown

Michelle Becker, is an award-winning singer/songwriter. Along with her husband, Tom, they are known to audiences worldwide as Latitude. They have appeared with Brenda Lee, Bill Cosby, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lee Greenwood, The Coasters, The Drifters, The Platters, The New Christy Minstrels and more. When not on the road, they enjoy the peace and beauty of living in Tradition in Pawleys Island.
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By Dr. Joseph Vandergriff, board certified family practice physician
Cardiovascular events account for more deaths in the US than any other disease. Heart attacks and strokes make up a large majority of cardiovascular disease. We all likely know the signs of a heart attack, but do you know what a stroke looks like?

Strokes, also called cerebral vascular accidents, are the fourth leading cause of death in the US. Strokes are the number one cause of adult disability. Although we live in a great part of the country, South Carolina is part of what is known as the Stroke Belt.

There are 11 states in the Southeast that make up the Stroke Belt. Back in 1962, the Center for Disease Control noticed a high incidence of strokes in the coastal Atlantic plains of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Between 1991 and 1998, South Carolina had the highest incidence of strokes in the country at 169 per 100,000. Fortunately, the number of deaths related to stroke has decreased about 18% over the last 10 years.

When a blood clot travels to the small vessels in the brain, thus blocking blood flow, this is called an ischemic stroke. A hemorrhagic stroke happens when a blood vessel in the brain breaks, causing bleeding in the brain. In either of these cases, brain cells will die and brain damage occurs. A "mini stroke" is called a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA). TIAs are stroke symptoms that last less than 24 hours. Studies show 40% of people with TIAs will go on to have a full stroke. It is very important to recognize the symptoms of a stroke and act FAST.

F = Face
Ask the person to smile. Is there weakness or facial droop on only one side?
A = Arms
Ask the person to raise both arms. Is there weakness or drifting of one arm?
S = Speech
Ask the person to say a sentence. Is there slurring or garbled speech?
T = Time
If you notice any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.


Time is of the essence when identifying and treating strokes. If a patient can get treatment within 3 hours of first symptoms, there will be a great reduction in brain damage and long term disability.

Here are some common stroke symptoms:
  • Sudden onset of weakness in arms, legs, or face.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding.
  • Sudden vision loss or blurred vision.
  • Sudden trouble with balance, walking, or dizziness.
  • Sudden severe headache.

If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately. Every minute delayed means brain cell damaged. More than 66% of stroke victims will end up having some kind of long term deficit.

There are many risk factors for stroke. You can find a risk assessment chart at

Controllable risk factors include hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, atrial fibrillation, tobacco use, alcohol use, physical inactivity, and obesity.

Uncontrollable risks include age, race, gender, and family history. Studies show that up to 80% of strokes can be prevented by managing those controllable risk factors. A daily 81 mg baby aspirin will reduce the risk of all cardiovascular events. I recommend all at risk patients to take one if not otherwise contraindicated.

The key to preventing brain damage and disability during a stroke is to act FAST. Recognize the symptoms and call for help as soon as possible.

J Vance Vandergriff, MD
South Strand Internists & Urgent Care
1945 Glenns Bay Rd
Surfside Beach, SC
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A Three Hour Tour
On a warm, sunny day, mid-august, five couples embarked on a 3 hour tour with the Skipper (Dale Guzlas) and Gilligan (John McLaughlin) from the Wacca Wachee marina. The unsuspecting passengers including Millionaire Jim Conway and his wife, boarded the US Tidewater Party Barge for a journey up the Waccamaw with Professor Philips at the helm.

Al & Faye Britsch, Nori & Bob Thompson, Jim & MJ Conway, Dave & Monique Phillips
Bob & Janet Caufield, Dale Guzlas and John McLaughlin

They were enjoying the sights and sounds along the river and decided to explore the canals on Sandy Island. Having entered a stream too shallow to proceed it was necessary to retreat but while coming about they found themselves in a bit of a snag. Upon reverse engine, the aft line, which had not been secured by the crew, wrapped tightly around the propeller. This boat wasn't going anywhere.

Mary Jane, Janet, Faye & Nori - Damsels in Distress

After putting their heads (and butts) together they made many attempts to disengage the line, both from in the water and above. They even tried cutting it with a plastic picnic dinner knife to no avail. Finally they hailed a passing vessel whose captain came to the rescue with a very sharp fishing knife that freed the rope.

Dale,Bob C, Al & John - Butt Where is Jim?

Shipwreck on a deserted island averted, the US Tidewater swiftly set sail into the sunset toward home.

Oktoberfest 2014

The Tradition "outlanders" celebrated the annual Oktoberfest on a picture perfect Friday night October 24th. The usual fare of grilled bratwurst and sauerkraut was on tap and every household brought an appetizer, salad or side. Fifty four neighbors attended the event and not a single one left hungry.

Starting with the appetizers

Betty Farley brought her fabulous chili releno appetizer and lucky for us, she has shared her recipe below.

Chili Rellenos
  • 1 can (10 oz) whole green chilies
  • 2 cups (8oz) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 cups (8 oz) shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup Bisquick mix
  • Season to taste
Split chilies, rinse and remove seeds. Dry on paper towels. Arrange chilies on bottom of an 11 X 7 X 1-1/2 inch baking dish. Top with the cheeses

In a bowl, beat eggs, add milk and Bisquick mix, blend well, Pour over the cheeses. Sprinkle with salt. Bake in 325 degree oven. For 50-55 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve with salsa (optional)

Betty Farley dishing out her Chili Releno

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By Suzanne Strasser
Our ladies represented themselves well at the July 4th tournament at the Tradition Golf Club. Maureen Lempert placed first in the Red Flight with team mates husband Paul, Craig Nelson, Dick Baughman. Second place was Sandy & Jim Pearson, Ed & Joan Sheldon.
In the White Flight Tradition ladies teams secured 2nd, 3rd and 4th place. 2nd Frank & Pat D’Amato, Barb & Tom Cardea , 3rd Harry & Joanne Stewart , Tom & Suzanne Strasser, 4th Donna & Dick Culver, Dick & Lucy Hajec.

Closest to the pins winners were: hole #2 Joan Sheldon, hole #5 Pat D’Amato , hole #12 Sandy Pearson, hole #15 Pat D’Amato.

The scores were very close which made the day a lot of fun.

Cardea's & D'Amato's

On 7/17, the Tradition Ladies league played one low net of a twosome. The winners were Pat D'Amato, Suzanne Strasser and Diane Hicks. The bright spot of the day was Pat D’Amato’s birdie on hole #2 which contributed to her first 79 in league play. What a fun day.

Maureen Lempert & Pat D'Amato

The 18 hole/ 9 hole mixer was held on 9/23 but due to rain we had to party inside the clubhouse. Thanks to the 9 hole ladies league for all their hard work. We had a great time just meeting other lady golfers and enjoying the day.
  The Tradition Golf course hosted its Labor Day Tournament on 8/31. Again our 18 hole ladies league players were high on the winners list securing 1st and 2nd place in 3 flights with their teams. The winners were: flight A 1st Harry - Joanne Stewart & Frank - Pat D’Amato, 2nd Dick -Donna Culver & Jim- Debbie Massie flight B 1st Dick- Carolyn Pacella & Bill – Diane Hicks, 2nd Tom – Barbara Cardea & Tom – Suzanne Strasser, flight C 1st Dick – Lucy Hajec & Robin Heath – D Ingram 2nd John – Judy Migas & Frank – Judy Gambeski . Winners of closest. to the pins for ladies were; hole # 2 Debbie Massie, hole # 5 Debbie Massie, hole # 12 Pat D’Amato, hole # 15 Judy Gambeski. The greens were lush and we enjoyed a great day for a fun event.

Tom Cardea, Pat D'Amato, Debbie Massie, Paul Lempert, Judy Gambeski & Vinny Esposito

On 10/9, the 18 hole ladies league played a skins game. Winners were; Joan Sheldon (12 skins), Betty Ruff (7 skins), Sally Russell ( 6 skins ) and Diane Hicks (9 skins ). The only chip in was made by Lucy Hajec on hole # 16.

Joan & Betty

In December we begin our new year with our new board… President, Joan Sheldon, Treasurer, Bobbie Fleiss and Secretary, Amy Monaghan. We are looking for a few volunteers for the Weekly Games Committee, signup in the golf room. We hope to have current and new members playing to make it a fun and stimulating 2015.
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By Mary Graef
Where did the summer go? The Nine-Hole Ladies League has been busy with many activities as well as golf. We had a Game Day on July 22nd; format was "Score Minus Putts". Winners were: Jeanette Renault with a 35, Jan Hayes 36, Sue Edone 37 and Donna Scott 40.

During our course maintenance, the group played at Litchfield Country Club twice during August and we also had our Birthday Lunch at the Pool House followed by the "Golf Trivia Game". The winners were: Ann MacDonald, Skippy Esposito, Clare Kelly and Mildred Culpepper.

August Game Day was a "Step Aside Scramble" with 4-member teams. First Place was awarded to Deana Smith, Sharon Valentine, Susan Edone and guest, Sylvia Peterson. Second Place, Mary Grace Robic, Jeanette Renault and Sue Guzlas.

In September, we planned a Golf Mixer with the 18-Hole Group but the weather did not cooperate. A beautiful lunch of Teriyaki glazed pork chops, rice, spinach/mandarin-orange salad and piña colada cake, mmmmmmmmm good, was enjoyed at the clubhouse. Prizes were awarded by ticket drawings. An "International Theme" enhanced the dining area with flags and map placemats. It was a nice get-together and everyone had fun even though we did not get to play golf.

  Two of our Ladies placed at the October 9th Interclub Event at Wachesaw Plantation. Of the ten participants from Tradition, Phyllis Confer won on the front nine and the back nine was won by Deana Smith. Each of them was in a foursome of mixed participants from the ten clubs represented. Our next Interclub Event and final one for 2014 will be at Indigo Creek on November 4th.

The 2015 slate of clubs and dates are:
  • February 17 - Founders Club (Prime Time Players)
  • March 17 - DeBordieu
  • June 1 - Litchfield Plantation
  • September 16 - Island Green
  • October - Wachesaw
  • November - Tradition Club

Maybe we will be able to play more golf this winter than we did last's hoping! Happy Holidays Everyone........

Ladies 9 and 18 Hole Mixer - September 23rd

Women of the Plantation by Kay Wright Nelson, Tradition Resident

“I really enjoyed your book. I’ve read a number of books by noted authors, including John Jakes, which dealt with the same subject matter of slavery, the Civil War, strong women, etc. You certainly held your own with those other authors.” -- Diane Deering, Arlington, Virginia

"You’ll love this book. I started reading it and couldn’t put it down. I’ve purchased five books so far. I want my kids to know the history of the Lowcountry, where they live. This would be a wonderful selection for a book club.” -- Robbie Sloan, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

The stories in Women of the Plantation took shape in Kay's mind during her three years of research about the local Gullah culture and the history of this area’s plantations. Set in the Civil War era, Kay weaves together the paths and plights of families from both the North and the South -- especially of the women who strive to change the course of history.

Kay Wright Nelson's innate storytelling ability finds a natural voice in historical fiction. She says, “The freedom of developing characters that can bring historic facts to life excites me.” She earned her degree in History, with an emphasis on Cultural Diversity, at Tarleton State University/Texas A & M University. As the daughter of Jim Wright, former representative and U.S. Speaker of the House (1987-1989), Kay has had a front row seat on America's politics, as well as its history. She hopes to write her father’s biography.

In a very different book by Kay, My Story of Pawleys Island told through art, she combines her colorful paintings and intuitive impressions of the Lowcountry. This whimsical, 28-page book makes a charming Lowcountry keepsake for residents and visitors alike.

To purchase books directly, please call Kay at 843-325-9451. Books purchased in quantities of three or more will be discounted. Her books are also available on

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By Jerry Mithen
About the Gold Tees: The Tradition Gold Tee Golf Association is composed of 99 great guys who play nine holes of golf from the gold tees on Wednesday afternoons. Players must have an established handicap and all handicaps are welcome. Our primary purpose is to have fun, enjoy good fellowship and improve our golfing skills. Membership includes invitations to all Gold Tee Dinners, special activities and parties held during the year. The opportunity to make friends and enjoy the company of other like minded men is a great way to get involved with the golf club and members. There are opportunities to get involved with the Gold Tee committees that make up the social climate of the Association.
Gold Tee Autumn Dinner October 21st: All meals are prepared by our Gold Tee chefs and are enjoyed by all members with cocktails and good food. This year our autumn dinner was on October 21st at the Tradition Pool House. John Melzer, John McLaughlin, Al Carline, and Don McDowell made a delicious pot roast dinner accompanied by appetizers of egg rolls and shrimp with John McLaughlin’s legendary cocktail sauce. Paul Hayes made an outstanding salad.

John Melzer & John McLaughlin

It was a farewell dinner in honor of Ernie Sementilli who will be moving to Austin Texas. Dale Guzlas and Paul Kelly added some humorous comments. President Vince Franco presented Ernie with a plaque as a token of our appreciation for all Ernie has done for the club over the years.

Member Spouse Partner Tournament: Our annual Tournament was on September 24th and was a great success. Over forty members and their spouses or partners played nine holes of golf and then enjoyed a meal catered by Hog Heaven. The overall winning foursome was Pat and Frank D’Amato and Barbara and Tom Cardea.
  Jerry Mithen got his second hole-in-one within a year on the 12th hole on August 20th.

Annual Tournament : The Tradition Gold Tee Golf Association held its Gold Tee Annual Tournament on September 17th at the Golf Club with 52 members participating. Jeff Sturm, Bill Kendall, Bob Keller, and David Philips were the Gold Tees Tournament Champions for 2014:

Gold Tee Boutique: The Gold Tee Boutique occasionally offers association members good deals on clothing. Dale Guzlas models the new 2014 Gold Tee Antigua golf shirts.

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By Harry & Joanne Stewart
In late September, Harry and Joanne Stewart celebrated a birthday and anniversary with a ten day trip titled
"Tastes and Sounds of the South"

The trip started in Nashville then on to Memphis, Natchez, Baton Rouge, and three days in New Orleans.

Joanne and Elvis were sighted in Nashville

Harry and Joanne are pictured at Elvis' home Graceland in Memphis.

A great time with great music and good food.
As quoted by the King: "thank you, thank you very much"

By Celise McLaughlin
I love it when a plan comes together and this year the McLaughlin Four checked yet another destination off the ever-growing bucket list.

Christi, Rob, Celise & John At Pike's Brewery
With passports in tow, we met on October 1st in a hotel near SEA TAC airport south of Seattle ready to begin our 10 day journey exploring the Pacific Northwest.

The first two days and final day of our trip was at Seattle's waterfront. What a fabulous city, we spent many hours at Pike's Market, visited the famous Pike Chowder restaurant for lunch, watched the lines outside the original Starbucks and took the Underground Tour to learn the amazing history of this very young city. It was here I had my first taste of Penn Cove mussels. I thought PEI was heaven. OMG. But, I cannot believe the natives ruin the dish with a spicy coconut curry sauce, I will take mine with white wine and butter please. Oh, and LOTs of bread.

From there we drove to Blaine, WA, a small seaside town on Birch Bay which was to be our home base for the following week. Christi, having grown up in a land-locked state, was enamored by the extreme tides we witnessed from our balcony. A banner across main street in Blaine boasts the sign "Where American Begins", but as a born and raised East Coaster, it was more like "Where America Ends".

During our week we took the skyrail to Vancouver, BC, climbed snow capped Mount Baker 10,000 feet (by car), stood under the Peace Arch, walked the village of White Rock, BC, on Semiahmoo Bay, maneuvered the scenic route on Chuckanut Bay and ferried from Anacortes to Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands.

John & Celise in British Columbia

Rob on Top of Mount Baker

John & Celise in San Juan Islands

We had ZERO rain. Can you believe it? I think the people of Seattle only tell us it rains all the time, so we don't move there. Hah!

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Saturday, November 8th - Georgetown Kitchen Tour
10am - 4pm
Nine (9) exquisite kitchens are featured
in the historic section of Georgetown
for the Benefit of Miss Ruby’s Kids
Cost $30 per person (in advance)
$35 at the door

The tour starts at the First Baptist Church
at 219 Cleland St., corner of Prince St.,
the ticket pickup headquarters from 9:30 a.m. to Noon.
Rain or Shine
Call Traci Butler at the Miss Ruby Kids office 436-7199 by Friday, Nov 7th
to charge your tickets on your credit card. (Visa/MC only)

By Joan Kreikemeier, former Tradition Resident

Miss Ruby’s Kids is a family literacy organization that begin serving at-risk toddlers and their families in 2003 with the Parent-Child Home Program – a home visitation program designed to help families overcome educational barriers so that their children can enter school ready to succeed.

From three part-time employees serving the first five families in 2003, it has grown to serve 60 children/families this school year. In January 2009, they piloted an Education Mentor Program at Waccamaw Elementary School. 10 mentors served 13 children that first year. The mentoring program and is now serving children in 11 Georgetown County schools.

It takes many people working together to succeed. Today there are four full time and two part time office staff as well as eight Home Visitors delivering the Parent-Child Home Program and supporting the organization. In addition, there are 150 volunteers who serve as mentors, Board members, committee members, and who volunteer at parent workshops and at fundraising events. In the spring of 2014, Miss Ruby’s Kids mentors were honored at three schools during the district-wide Volunteer of the Year ceremony.

If you are interested in volunteering for Miss Ruby’s Kids by serving on a committee, helping out at an event, or as a mentor, please call 843-436-7197 to discuss volunteer opportunities. To learn more about this organization, visit the website

Photos By Merry Cotton

On Saturday, September 13th, tables were set and ready to honor the Tradition Community Volunteers at the Tradition Resident's Clubhouse.

More than 50 of Tradition's Best attended the event sponsored by the Board of Directors and hosted by John and Barbara Bartha with the help of a few volunteers. They were treated to a Low Country Boil from "Get Carried Away" caterer, Cole Slaw from Hog Heaven and sheet cake from Walmart and beverages from Bi-Lo.

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By Kathy MacSorley

Fall is a busy season for the Beautification Foundation as we focus on our Annual Meeting every October. It’s a time for the Officers to update the members on activities and accomplishments during the year and express our thanks for their support with food and drinks at the Beach House.

This year, the LBF was honored to be presented with a commendation in “recognition of Exemplary Patriotism in the display of the Flag of the United States of America”. Nathan Kaminski, president of the Thomas Lynch chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, presented the certificate. I was also named on a separate commendation for my work in initiating the Flag Project that places 50 American Flags on the medians during 5 patriotic holidays a year. That was a surprise and a very meaningful recognition for me!

Kathy MacSorley Accepts Commendation for Flag Project

The real tribute is for the many individuals that help fund this effort. With their donation, an individual of their choice is placed on our web site honor roll and they receive a personalized card with name, branch of service, and when they served. Duplicates of those cards are displayed at our Annual Meeting each year. For more information visit the website

In other news, the shrubbery throughout the median is being trimmed at this time. The abundant rainfall this season has kept the grass green, and everything growing more than usual. The GSAT beds north of Sandy Island Road have been trimmed to open the view of the road. There will soon be plants installed at the Willbrook Rd intersection in four sites that are part of The Willbrook Exchange Renovation Project. And the damage done to the crape myrtles further down the road are beginning to recover.

By Bill McElroy, President
Litchfield By The Sea It has been an exciting time to be associated with Litchfield.

Winter flowers are being planted to provide a beautiful backdrop for the front fountain that has been refreshed with a good power washing. The brickwork on the guardhouse and the posts at the main entrance also received a facelift.

The landscape committee under Vic Figlar’s leadership has been hard at work with replacing dead or damaged plants and trees. Fences that were overgrown have had the vines covering up the chain links have been trimmed so as to take the weight off to prevent another fence failure similar to the one on our south perimeter this fall. New plantings will take place during the winter.
The Communications committee under the leadership of Bob Postiglione is studying ways to make our total communications package more efficient. Vince Franco, our webmaster, is looking for ways to improve the site. We are working to separate owner information from the general information. This will provide available and necessary information for visitors who need units to rent, Rules and regulations, covenants, and bylaws of LBTS for potential buyers of those properties as well as single family homes in our member associations is a pressing goal.

The Security committee under the direction of Jim Nicely is seeking ways to insure that everyone who enters the gates  are “authorized” and in step with our rules and regulations . All the roads that are the responsibility of LBTS have been placed under the jurisdiction of the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office to enforce all laws related to traffic. The most noticeable change is the improvement related to U-turns at the light that serves Hwy 17, LBTS seaside campus and Willbrook Blvd. There has been a dangerous situation during school arrival and departure time with families blocking our entrance and exit roads and the northbound lane of Hwy 17 between the light and the entrance gate in order to avoid the left turn going north on 17 onto Willbrook. Your safety will always be a top priority of this committee. Thanks to those who brought this to our attention.

The Christmas decorations will be improved this year due to efforts of that committee under the leadership of Nancy Hopkinson. Please enjoy your Holidays and always feel free to let us know your concerns or suggestions for better service.
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By Bill Renault, Secretary
Two of the hottest days this Summer made the Annual Member / Guest Tournament an endurance test for the players who competed for this prized championship. But, compete they did.

Players included guests from six states (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio and Georgia. Four father/son and one father/son-in-law teams competed.

With the field flighted and using 80 percent of handicaps, the format was the better ball of twosome match play. The winners of their flights were “A” flight, Patrick Tole and Brian Foye, “B” flight Jim Pearson and Mark Brehm, “C” flight Harry Stewart and Ed Glowacki, “D”flight John McLaughlin and Gary O’Dell.

The flight winners then competed in a “shoot out” elimination that began and ended quickly on the 377/362 yard 13th hole where Harry Stewart rolled in a 20 foot putt from just off the green. Foye and O’Dell both missed their putts surrendering the tournament to the Stewart and Glowacki team

Special thanks to tournament director Tom Strasser and his committee and Debbie Jackson and her kitchen staff for another well run event.
With the weather (rain) again affecting play, the Club Championship was reduced to two rounds. Eric Muller (past champion in 2009,10,and 12) defeated Dick Baughman on the second playoff hole. Both players had two round totals of 154. Dave Gould followed with 161, Craig Monaghan had 163.

The “net” portion of the tournament saw Al Britsch win over George Gableman on a match of cards with a two round total of 140. Vinnie Esposito and Ed Sheldon followed at 144 and Connie Gallagher at 145.

Looking forward, the annual “Steve Kronski” Memorial Shoot Out will be held on Sunday November 30th. Always a spectator favorite, this prized championship will pair players based on combined handicaps to equalize the field. Each team will be given a nickname and the pre- tournament betting is spirited.

December 1st and 8th will end our Men’s Club competitive year with the always fun “Ringer” Tournament where the best net 18 holes of the 36 played will determine who wins. Everyone has a chance !!

Finally, a special farewell to our friend Ernie Sementilli who along with his wife Jane is moving to Austin, Texas to be near their daughters and to give Jane the care she needs. Ernie has been a loyal Men’s Club member and a ”Quiet Gentleman”. He will be missed.
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By Al & Faye Britsch
We took a vacation to Germany in August which we thoroughly enjoyed. Visiting Germany was especially interesting for Al since his ancestors were from there. Al’s great grandfather was from the Darmstadt region about 50 kilometers south of Frankfort where the tour started and ended. We traveled for 11 days with Globus touring many of the cities in Germany.

Frankfort is the banking capital of Germany with about 125 banks. It is on the Main River which joins the Rhine. We took a short boat ride on the Rhine viewing numerous castles and vineyards. We also saw Lorelei, a mystical spot along the river.

We toured Cologne and saw the 515 foot tall twin towers of its gothic Cathedral. Al had been to Cologne on business years ago to attend trade shows. It has been one of the more industrialized cities in northern Germany. The Cathedral took over 600 years to complete.

A high speed (100 MPH plus) train took us from Cologne to Berlin where we stayed in a hotel located in the older center of the city referred to as the Mitte district. The Brandenburg Gate was the main entrance to Berlin from the west and was built by the Romans.

We saw the new Kaiser Wilhelm church in Berlin and the Holocaust Memorial for the Jewish victims of WW2. It spans a city block and is made of 2711 concrete blocks spaced throughout the area.

We also visited many of the other sites in Berlin including an Allied WW2 Museum.

We took an excursion to Potsdam and visited Fredrick the Great’s Palace named “SanSoucci”. He introduced potatoes to the people of Germany and advanced the country during his reign (1740 – 1786).

  We had a dinner at the Kafer restaurant on top of the Reichstag, the German Houses of Parliament. This building was rebuilt after the war to its original design. They’ve added a modern glass dome on top. We walked to the top of the dome.

We then traveled to Nuremberg, Leipzig and then to Munich. In Munich we saw the carillon in the tower of the New Town Hall in the center of town. At the Hofbrauhaus we drank liters of draft beer and listened to their band. We saw the area where they were setting up for the Oktoberfest in a few weeks.

We traveled south to Oberammergau where they have a famous Passion play every ten years, then to Neuschawnstein to tour King Ludwig II’s Castle which he built in 1869 – 1886. King Ludwig was the King of Bavaria (1864 – 1886). He only lived in it for approximately 40 days due to an untimely death. However, he lived in another castle in Linderhof which was beautifully designed and decorated too. Walt Disney copied the castle’s design for his Disney World parks. We walked onto a viewing bridge to take some pictures of his Neuschawnstein Castle.

We spent a night in the Black Forest and enjoyed their Black Forest Cake. Our last stop was in Heidelberg where we visited the ruins of a 13th Century castle and learned about their famous University.
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From Litchfield Books
Good Dog: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Loyalty
by David Dibenedetto
Good Dog offers memorable, beautifully written stories of dog ownership, companionship, friendship, and kinship. From the troublemakers who can’t be fenced in to the lifelong companions who won’t leave our sides, this poignant anthology showcases man’s best friend through all of his most endearing —and sometimes maddening—attributes. By turns inspirational and humorous (just like the dogs we love), Good Dog is a must-have collection for dog lovers everywhere.
Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth
The amazing power and truth of the Rapunzel fairy tale comes alive for the first time in this breathtaking tale of desire, black magic and the redemptive power of love. French novelist Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from the court of Versailles by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. At the convent, she is comforted by an old nun who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens...
Island of a Thousand Mirrors
by Nayomi Munaweera
Island of a Thousand Mirrors follows the fate of two families, one Tamil, one Sinhala as they straddle opposite sides of the long and brutal Sri Lankan civil war. Narrated by the eldest daughter of each family, the story explores how each woman negotiates war, migration, love, exile, and belonging. At its root, it s a story of a fragmented nation struggling to find its way to a new beginning.
First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen
by Charlie Lovett
Lovett weaves a brilliantly imagined mystery featuring one of English literature’s most popular and beloved authors: Jane Austen. Book lover and Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has recently taken a job at an antiquarian bookshop in London when two different customers request a copy of the same obscure book: the second edition of Little Book of Allegories by Richard Mansfield. Their queries draw Sophie into a mystery that will cast doubt on the true authorship of Pride and Prejudice—and ultimately threaten Sophie’s life.
This summer I went to visit my sister. She moved from the northeast about the same time I did, but instead of going south, she and her husband headed for the midwest. They bought a house amidst corn and soy fields on an old country road miles from anywhere with no cellular service. The closest town is about 15 miles away; hardly a metropolis but it does boast two grocery stores and a Wal-Mart. It may suffice, however, not a one had a decent selection of wine. Without Wine or Cellular, I was pretty much at a loss.

I coordinated my visit with the Iowa State Fair as it is supposed to be one of the largest in the country. I got up close and personal with some of the biggest swine I have ever seen. It also was the same time as the Knoxville Sprint Car Nationals Race which was huge in this area. I had never heard of or seen a sprint car, but with all that racket at the speedway and the thousands of people camped out in town, I was happy to be staying in the corn field.

On the bright side, every household throughout town was holding a yard sale. I think we hit every one of them. I have never been a yard sale enthusiast, but I have to admit, I came across some absolute treasures. One woman on a side street was a fellow scrapper/ stamper and she was parting ways with hundreds of stamps (purging her stash). I didn't have a lot of room in my suitcase, but I bought as many as I thought I could squeeze in. I also found a pair of scissors for a quarter that would work great for cutting adhesive.

With that little Midwest experience under my belt, I started looking at yard sales locally. One sunny Saturday a couple of weeks ago, my friend Barbara and I headed up to Carolina Forest to hit a few sales then onto Conway where I scored a $10 bread machine. Last week I visited a garage sale at a home on Tyson Road and picked up a $2 dry erase board for my workshop.

My goal is to someday find a vintage manual typewriter, but until I do, I'll be happy hunting treasure.

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last updated 2/17/2015 by Celise McLaughlin