Letters, September 13, 2013
Georgetown September 11th Remembrance
On Wednesday, September 11, 2013 fire fighters, fraternal groups, veterans, military and other patriots gathered at the Georgetown end of the Waccamaw Bridges on U.S. Highway 17 to remember those lost in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. Patriots lined both sides of Route 17 holding small and large U.S. flags.
At the head of the group was an Honor Guard from Assembly 3273 of the Knights of Columbus led by Color Commander Joseph Gabriel. They stood for two hours in the heat dressed in their ceremonial uniforms, capes and feathered hats. Knights of Columbus members from Georgetown - Pawleys Island Council 128 were also present.
Numerous Georgetown Lions Club members were also present. Among the distinguished Lions Club members was Jerry Thomas, a Vietnam veteran and American Legion member. Thomas wore his Lions club tee shirt and a Vietnam veterans ballcap.
The day had very special meaning for Louise Walters, who served at Ground Zero in New York City with the Salvation Army. Walters proudly was wearing her Salvation Army ID card during the ceremony. A large number of Georgetown Elks Club members were also in attendance.
Representing the U, S. Coast Guard at the ceremony were BM1 Kyle Rice and BM3 David Browne, both of the nearby Georgetown Coast Guard Station. They wore their blue combat utility uniforms. Among distinguished veterans at the ceremony, in addition to Jerry Thomas, were Georgetown VFW Commander Richard Hathaway and David Redick of the Low Country Veterans. Greg Bennett, Adjutant of Andrews American Legion Post 69 was in attendance. Also present was Lynne Sherlund-Dupuis of Andrews.
Giving special meaning to the September 11th Remembrance were our fire fighters who raised a memorial arch flag across Route 17 from an extended ladder truck and a bucket truck. Georgetown City Fire Department Battalion Chief Bobby Pack led Tower 17, which extended its bucket ladder, and Engine Company 110 at the ceremony. On the other side of Route 17 the Georgetown County Fire-EMS Department deployed a Ladder Company to complete the memorial arch.
Firefighter-EMT Adam Wimbash proudly stood at attention, with helmet over his heart, when sirens sounded at the exact times the hijacked planes struck the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, as did everyone in attendance. Also present was Firefighter Stamper, who is the public relations officer for the Georgetown City Fire Department and Chief Joseph Tanner.
Many car and truck drivers blew vehicle horns and waved as they saw the flags and the memorial arch. It was a day to remember.
I am writing this letter trying to educate some of the people out there that would like to be a bee keeper. I became a bee keeper last June of 2012. I thought that I would get me some bees to help pollinate my fruit trees . I have approximately 20 peach trees, three pear trees, one apple and one fig tree.
I went and talk to several people that had some bees and I thought that I would get just one hive, but I was told that I needed at lest two hives. Two would work better than one. It would help keep the robbers away better.
So with the info that I had, I go and order a beginner’s kit. A bee suit, a smoker, two boxes and forty frames . A top lid and a bottom broad. In other words just enough to get me started in the bee business .Now I am ready for my bees. So I order two hives.
After I got the bees I go and put them in the box just like the book said “First lessons in bee keeping” by Keiths Delaplane. What a great book! Let me tell you just some of the things that I learned in just one year of being a bee keeper.
There is an old saying a swarm of bees in May is worth a ton of hay. A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon. A swarm of bees in July aren’t worth a fly.
So I had to feed them what we call sugar water. You mix sugar with hot water because the bees don’t have any honey to live on. After talking to some of the bee keepers I was mixing it on a 50 to one. Then I was told that was not sweet enough. So I went to whatever I mix it in I would fill it up with sugar than I would put hot water in it and would stir until the sugar would dissolve. I had to feed then all winter just to keep them alive.
Then I found out about a bee club that met on the third Thursday of the month. They tell you what to do to keep the bees healthy, and what is going on with the bees each month, and what new products are new, and boy did I learn. This bee club really has helped me out. Let me share some more with you.
What do you think is the number one killer of bees are? Maybe it is the small beetles or maybe wax moths, or Verro mites, just to name a few that will attack and kill the honey bees.
Many of you may have heard on the news where the loss of the bees was from insecticide, but the number one killer according to the bee meeting at the Clemson University last month was starvation, what can we do to help feed the bees?
While we drive down the road we all have seen the sign that reads “DON"T MOW BEFORE JULY”, right? Think of the bees working the flowers and the bee hitting the car, or the paper company cutting trees and planting Pine Tree instead of the Oak, Red Maple, Tulip Poplar.
We protect the wet lands, but what about what grows in and on the wet lands, we want to have a groomed yard but look closely what is on the grass. I saw a man mowing grass, there was white clover, bees were working the clover.
See, bees work grass also. When we plant shrubs, plant something for the bees. Plant gall berry, Red maple, dandelions, blackberry bushes, yellow or white sweet clover and Dutch clover, just to name a few.
Think of what will the bees work all year. When one plant stops blooming have something to take its place.
Recently my family’s safety was endangered by the dangerous driving of a deputy with the Georgetown County Sheriff’s department. This incident made me stop and think about something that I have never given much thought.
Why do we as a society allow our lives to be put at risk just because someone has a “need for assistance?” Why do we allow some irresponsible law enforcement officers to get away with risking our lives on the road just because they are supposedly traveling to another person in need of assistance? (We know that every call is a not a matter of life and death and every law enforcement officer speeding past us is not responding to a call.)
Is the life of a family going out to dinner worth less than the “need” of someone that has called law enforcement for assistance? I don’t think so. I do not believe the life (or need) of someone requesting assistance warrants irresponsibly risking someone else’s life.
A Georgetown County Sheriff’s Deputy passed my family doing in excess of 75 mph (in a 45 mph zone), in the center/turn lane, without siren or blue lights, at around 3:00 in the afternoon, on Highway 17 in front of the Hammock Shops on a typical crowded Saturday afternoon in late July.
This irresponsible law enforcement officer risked my family’s life, his life, and everyone else’s that was unlucky enough to be in the vicinity of the missile disguised as Georgetown County Sheriff patrol car #3320. (License plate number CG66231) And why did he do this? Because, according to the deputy, he was “responding to a call.”
Oh, well when you put it that way it makes perfect sense.
I believe it is past time that we make our roads safer for everyone by telling our law enforcement that while we appreciate your willingness to respond to our calls for assistance, we would really appreciate it if you would not endanger your life and those of us on the road in your attempt to provide us with fast service.
Responding to “an emergency call” does not grant you the right to risk life. It is neither wise nor honorable but rather illogical and immoral. And it must stop before another life is so foolishly risked.
Please slow down and save a life.
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