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The Columbia Star o SC Society SEPTEMBER 25. 2009 - 11 Conservation Vi)ters holds Green Tie Luncheon Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) is a uniquely political and environmental organization. We educate candidates and the voters who elect them. Vote by vote, we are trans- forming South Carolina's political land- scape by holding politicians account- able for protecting clean water and air, abundant wildlife, and farms and forests, and promoting energy efficien- cy and homegrown energy pioduction. Dr. Harry Shealy Chairman CVSC Board of Directors Contributed by CVSC Over 300 people, including 20 state legisla- tors, three gubernatorial candidates, and former Governor Richard W. Riley, attended the first annual Green Tie Lunch- eon, an awards banquet hosted by Conservation Voters of South Carolina. The luncheon honored Senate and House con- servation leaders in the General Assembly. Hon- orees included Senators John Courson (R-Rich- mond) and Phil Leventis (D-Sumter) and Repre- sentatives Bill Herbkers- man (R-Beaufort) and James Smith (D-Rich- land). Two special awards were also given, the Life- time Conservation Lead- ership Award to former Senator John Drum- mond, and the Conserva- tion Advocacy Award to former State Representa- tive Harriet Keyserling. The Conservation Advo- cacy Award will be named in Keyseding's honor: In her comments to attendees, CVSC Execu- tive Director Ann Timber- lake stated, "We are gath- ered here today not only to acknowledge past con- tributions by our conser- vation champions but to encourage new leader- ship at the State House. There is a new urgency in South Carolina as we confront the challenges of climate change and creating a clean energy future." CVSC Board Chair Dr. Harry Shealy, a biolo- gy professor at USC Aiken, noted, "The deci- sions we make now will not only impact the out- doors but our public health. We need to bal- ance economic develop- ment with ensuring clean air, clean water, and healthy, sustainable com- munities. A clean envi- ronment is the best way to attract the right kinds of businesses to South Carolina." Indeed, the lunch- eon attracted dozens of financial sponsors from South Carolina's growing clean energy economy, including Agri-Tech Pro- ducers, Argand Energy Solutions, Southern Ener- gy Consulting, and Half-Moon Outfitters. Both Senate hon- orees, Courson and Lev- entis, have championed the Conservation Bank, urged action to reduce carbon emissions, and promoted clean energy incentives. They have also waged the battle against hazardous waste and their support was instru- mental in upholding the Atlantic Compact to end South Carolina's role as the nation's nuclear waste dump. Both Senators Ann S, Timberlake, executive director of CVSC Sen. lohn Courson (1) and Sen. Phil Leventis, honorees at the Green Tie Luncheon. Former state representative Harriet Keyserling have also pledged to help bring more accountability to the Department of Health and Environmen- tal Control. Senator Leventis led the successful campaign in the 1990s to allow local communities to enact protective hog farming ordinances. Senator Cour- son also hosts "Conversa- tions with Conservation- ists," the annual unveiling for the Senate of the con- servation community's legislative priorities. For leadership in the House, the conservation community looks to Rep- resentatives Bill Herbkers- man and James Smith to promote and protect environmental bills. Rep. Smith has had a 100% on all three Conservation Voters Scorecards. Rep. Herbkersman arrived at the State House in 2003, and he has steadily improved his scores and hit 100% on the 2008 Scorecard. When the House Agriculture Committee was considering undoing the Atlantic Compact, Rep. Herbkersman was one of the few members who testified on behalf of his constituents who are downstream from the Barnwell waste dump. As an eco-developer and owner of Marina Front Development, Rep. Her- bkersman aims to create affordable housing and redevelop undesirable Dr. Harry Shealy, chairman of the 2009 CVSC Board of Directors Hugh Weathers, commissioner of agriculture The Honorable Richard Riley Photos by Jim Covington areas. He has also proven to be a true champion for his community in the debate over annexation and regulatory takings. Rep. Smith helped launch the Conservation Bank, and both he and Rep. Herbkersman have fought to protect its fund- ing. Rep. Smith recently sponsored a bill that will protect South Carolina's native turtles from export, and he also fought to increase the solar tax credit limit. He is currently working on a bill to establish an aggressive state renew- able energy standard. Conservation Voters also honored retired Sen. John Drummond at the luncheon. Since 1965 when he "went to work" at the State House, as he often says, Sen. Drum- mond has been a stead- fast leader for land pro- tection funding. His life- long interest in promot- ing outdoor ethics and stewardship led him to champion the Conserva- tion Bank, the Palmetto Trail and funding for the Department of Natural Resources. The recipient of the Conservation Advocacy Award, Harriet Keyser. ling, served in the Housd from 1977-1993. During that time she helped cre ate and pass several billsl including the South car3 olina Energy Conserva- tion and Efficiency Act of 1992, the Southeastern Interstate Low-Level Waste Compact, the Energy Tax Credit Bill, and the Prohibition of Nuclear Waste from For- eign Countries Act. From 1979 to 1982, Keyserling served on the Congressional Advisory Panel on Nuclear Waste Disposal. As chair of the Joint' Legislative ComlTd't- tee on Energy, she pushed for a long-range policy for energy plan- ning and succeeded in establishing the state's first Energy Office. She currently serves on sever- al boards including Con- servation Voters of South Carolina. Where is Forest Drive Church? Conlributed by NorthStar Christian Center NorthStar Christian Center (formerly Forest Drive Church) recently relo- cated from Forest Drive to Longtown Road. The grand opening is Sunday, October 4. The pastor is Brian Thomas. The church has been on Forest Drive since 1946 and has been a "less than traditional" Baptist Congre- gation since 1974. Thomas said, "The church is a fully integrated congregation that needed much more land than we had in order to do all that God had in store for us. The new area better reflected our congregational make up." The church has strong Southern Baptist roots - although we are a spirit filled congregation and have been since 1974. Brian Thomas' father, Glenn Anderson, pas- toted the church from 1974--1999. Brian Thomas had been his associate for many years and moved into the senior pastor position when he retired in 1999. The church is a very diverse congregation. The church pur- chased 41 acres in an area that better represents the demographics in a greater way than where we were before. NorthStar Child Development Center will open in the fall. Plans are being made to develop a recreation min- istry complete with baseball and soccer fields, basketball leagues etc. A Christian School will open in the future. The heart of the church is for outreach into the community and we are busy finding ways to bless the community The members believe it's their job to point the way to Jesus. Their prayer is that NorthStar Christian Center shows our city and state that Sunday in the South does not have to be the most seg- regated time of the week if God is in the mix and people are willing to love each other as God loves and allow God into our hearts and truly make us one. NorthStar Christian Center 711 Longtown Road P.O. Box 290099 Columbia, SC 29229 803-736-9250 Sistercare needs you at Songbird Car6 Contributed by Sistercare Sistercare, the entity that advocates for abused and neglected children in the Midlands, is experienc- ing a phenomenal increase this year in comparison with year to date figures from last year. From July 2008 to Iuly 2009--Sistercare has had to turn away 50% more women and children. The organization has experi- enced a 46% increase in the number of calls to the hotline. It is providing services to 20% more women and children. Sist ercare's largest fundraiser is October 1, the 7th Annual Songbird Car6 Musical Event To Benefit Victims of Domestic Vio- lence Thursday. Each year Sistercare provides services to more than 5,000 victims of domestic violence in the Midlands, and you are needed to continue the important work of caring for the most vulnerable in our community. On Thursday, Octo- ber 1 nationally acclaimed recording artists Mark Bryan of Hootie & the Blowfish and Ken Block and Andrew Copeland of Sister Hazel are joining forces for the Songbird Caf6 jam session to benefit Sistercare. The event will be held at Leaside. 100 East Exchange Boulevard, Co- lumbia. Advance tickets are $100 per person and include heavy hors d'oeu- vres, beer and wine. Doors open at 7 pm, and the performance begins at 8 pm. Songbird Caf6 is modeled after Nashville's famous Bluebird Caf6 where songwriters perform before a small audience in an acoustic, jam-session format. For tickets call Sis- tercare at 803.926.0505 or visit The Songbird Caf6 is sponsored by the Lexing- ton Medical Center, Blue- Cross BlueShield of SC, Southern Way Catering, and Hampton Hill Athletic Club. Sistercare is a local United Way partner agency serving victims in Rich- land, Lexington, Kershaw, Fairfield and Newberry counties. Visit ? Petal P shers Garden CI tb Meets Contributed by the Petal Pushers Garden Club The September meeting of the Petal Pushers Garden Club was held at the historic Sweet Bay Homestead, the country home of Nancy Reamer. This estate was once part )f the Plantation, and the Re family has developed extensive gardens to the original house sine the early 1930s. Today, it maintained by Nancy who a master gardener. Co-hostesses were Nt Frye and Drucy Siokos served delicious refresh Shirley Smith, president, conducted the business session. The new yearbooks received many com- pliments and the committegwas thanked. There were two visitors: Leese Smith and JUdy Glenn. The next meeting will be at the home of Margaret Glenn October 15. Exciting 7 week cheerleadin program for youth ages 5-14. Make friends and have fun while learning the fundamentals of CHEERLEADING. Registration and classes start 9126/09. Registration & class times are the same. Ages 5 & 6:12:10-12:50 pm .Ages 7-9:1-1:40 pm Ages 10-14:1:50 - 2:30 pm Northwest Family YMCA YMCA of Columbia 1501 Kennerly Road Irmo, SC 29063 Call (843)206-1639 or email