Letters to the Editor

  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Ashley Riverfest

Dear Editor:

I would like to thank the Town of Summerville, the Oakbrook Civic Association and especially Summerville Town Councilman Bob Jackson for the First Annual Ashley Riverfest. The event was held in concert with Historic Dorchester State Park where a Revolutionary War encampment was staged.

It showed the diversity of the Ashley River’s history with Native American dancers, our historic plantations and various conservation groups. There were also opportunities to paddle the Ashley River. While this was the first Riverfest there are certain to be more. American Rivers, a nationwide river advocacy group, is beginning to establish an Ashley River Blue Trail. A Blue Trail is a dedicated portion of a river that enjoys clean water safeguards and is a destination for fishing, boating and other recreation.

Just as hiking trails are designed to help people explore the land, Blue Trails help people discover rivers. Blue Trails provide a fun, exciting way to get kids outdoors and connect communities like ours to our beautiful landscapes and historic past. They are also economic drivers benefiting local businesses and quality of life.

Thank you to all who participated in and attended the Oakbrook Ashley Riverfest. Let this be the beginning of a reconnection to our community’s founding on the banks of the Ashley River.

Howard Bridgman

Ashley Scenic River Advisory Council


Meals on Wheels grateful to Exchange Club

Dear Editor:

Meals on Wheels of Summerville Inc. is very grateful to The Exchange Club of Charleston for the recent grant received for the purchase of new computer equipment.

On April 24 over $800,000 was distributed to 94 Lowcountry charitable organizations. These funds were the proceeds from the Coastal Carolina Fair held in the fall of 2013.The fair is run by the Exchange Club of Charleston members, with many months of planning and hard work involved.

Each weekday, Meals on Wheels of Summerville delivers hot, home-cooked noon meals to about 170 recipients who cannot prepare good food for themselves. The program was begun in 1982 and receives no government funds. It is community sponsored by donations from individuals, churches, civic organizations, some grants and Board of Director fundraisers.

For more information or to donate or volunteer, call 873-8224. I strongly encourage people to attend the Coastal Carolina Fair next fall. In doing so, aside from wonderful family fun, you’ll be supporting the Exchange Club of Charleston in their generous assistance to many worthy charitable organizations in the Lowcountry.

Mary Ann Bridgman


Thanks, Doc

Dear Editor:

Please allow me through our hometown newspaper to thank Dr. Kenneth Sharpe of Retina Consultants of Charleston/Ladson office for his excellent eye care of my husband Harold George Jr.

Harold and I both had not known anyone in our family or circle of friends who had suffered a detached retina, so it came as a shock to us when he bumped his head pretty hard last spring resulting in his eye retina becoming detached. From that day on our lives changed, and we both now have a keener sense of appreciation of sight, others with eye impairments, and of course our Great Physician Jesus himself, working through doctors like Kenneth Sharpe, who allow HIM to use their hands and knowledge to bring about our healing, in HIS perfect timing.

Harold’s eye health is still a work in progress and other doctors have and will continue to see him through to full recovery, but in this part of the process of healing Dr. Sharpe deserves our thanks and deep appreciation for his hard work , dedication and big heart that comes from God .

Thank you, Dr. Sharpe , we will never forget your kindness, patience , compassion , and devotion to seeing Harold uplifted and made to feel like he was your favorite patient.

Sue George


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