Colleton River’s Friends of Habitat build a home for one of our own

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Colleton River Club helped Colombia native achieve the American dream on Hilton Head.

Pedro Bermudez, a part of Colleton River’s maintenance department team, us buying a Habitat for Humanity home. The wall-raising celebration just took place, and during the long process to get to this point, he’s already completed most of the 400 hours of “sweat equity” Habitat requires.

By no coincidence, this is the 11th home to be sponsored by Colleton River Members through its Friends of Habitat program. Over the years, Colleton River Members have donated approximately $750,000 to Habitat for Humanity.

When Pedro was asked what it mean to him to have a home his eyes well with tears. “Everything” he says, “Everything.”

Read full Island Packet feature – http://colletonriverclub.mfblogs.com/pedro-article/

 

Kent’s Corner – February 16

Renew & Regrow

As previously discussed in the January 12th edition of Kent’s Korner, “Frost Bitten”, we urged our residents to resist the temptation of immediately cutting back the damaged foliage of many of our most reliable tropical plants. Now that we are past the most severe threat of cold, you should plan to remove the damaged plant material to encourage new growth. Avoid cutting into live tissue or the crown of these plants and simply remove the obviously damaged foliage. With normal weather patterns, many of these plants will resume growth and produce new shoots by early to mid-March.

Shrubs response to increased light, fertility and adequate water

In addition to this normal garden remediation work, take notice of shrubs such as viburnum, wax myrtle, and ligustrum that have been planted as privacy screens or foundation plantings and may have outgrown their usefulness. Oftentimes, these plants overtake the house or become so top heavy that they shade out their own lower canopies resulting in a shrub that is sparse and has a mushroom-like appearance. When these shrubs reach this point, it is time to take an aggressive stance and perform rejuvenation pruning to control this unruly growth habit. Mid to late February is the best time of the year to perform this work, before these plants flush out with new spring growth. While this may appear like a radical approach, it is a very beneficial process for many older plants. Aggressively cut back the old wood to correct the plants architecture, remove crossing branches, and diseased or damaged shoots. The resulting exposure to light produces healthy new growth that can be trained back to encourage a dense and vigorous plant. Clean old mulch, pine straw, and/or leaves away from the crown of the plant, maintain adequate soil moisture, and apply a balanced slow release fertilizer on these shrubs to enjoy many more years of success from your landscape.

Kents Korner – February 9th

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Protect & Preserve

Among the many communities in the Lowcountry, Colleton River has few rivals. The elegant way the community blends with its environment creates a tranquil feeling that offers our members a unique experience. Part of the mission of the Agronomy Department is to protect, preserve, and enhance the natural environment that is Colleton River. To this end, we continually strive to promote the natural aspects of our community.

 

Three weeks ago, Kent’s Korner addressed the importance the eastern blue bird plays as a predator of insects in the garden. We are happy to report that this beneficial friend of our community has thirty-five new spec homes to choose from entering their spring courting season. Like good neighbors, numerous Colleton River members have already volunteered to help monitor these prospective new families as part of a passionate group of birders at Colleton.  Anyone still interested in supporting these efforts can contact the Agronomy Department by email at karenb@colletonriverclub.com to be added to the team.

Another successful & fulfilling Operation Santa!

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As we continue our celebration of the holidays, we can only say what a wonderful 2017 Operation Santa we’ve had.  Donations are drawing close to $55,000 contributed by the largest number of Colleton donors ever.  All the presents have now been delivered to 950 of our neighbors in need by over 150 Colleton River volunteers.   Wrapping Day is just a happy memory of all the beautiful clothes and fun toys we provided.   Many of you have shared so many happy memories while wrapping and baking cookies of your own holiday traditions.

For this blogger, I have been so fortunate to participate in my 16th Operation Santa Claus.  There have been many happy memories, but the one that occurred at the Bluffton Boys & Girls Club last evening brought it all home to me as to why we do what we do.  It’s about a Bluffton Teen who kept on thanking us.  It started when we delivered the home baked cookies from our Colleton ladies.  She kept on saying how appreciative she was for all these beautiful cookies you’all had baked just for the teens.  She artfully displayed the cookies for her fellow Teen Club members’ enjoyment with such great care.  Later I saw her all cuddled up in the hoodie Operation Santa provided as a present to each teen.  As the party came to a close, we had some pizza and cookies remaining and invited the teens to take some home for their siblings.  This young lady was again so happy as we later learned she planned to share your generosity with her 9 foster brothers and sisters.  We often hear that what we do may be the only holiday celebration these teens receive.  For all of us, what we provided seemed rather small, but for this Bluffton teen it made such a difference. 

Kents Corner – December 2017

The golf courses are entering a period of seasonal low growth and dormancy. Under these conditions, turf recovery is slow, and we must take extra care to avoid unnecessary injury.  Accordingly, we ask that players continue to scatter traffic patterns, keep carts a minimum of fifteen yards from the greens, avoid driving through the centipede roughs, and consistently repair ball marks.

Freshly made ball marks are easier to repair than pitch marks that remain unattended overnight. When repairing a ball mark, it is best to avoid lifting or prying up on the indention. Insert a ball mark repair tool or tee at the edge of the indention and heal the mark by lightly pressing down and toward the center of the damaged area. Make several successive nudges toward the direction of the incoming shot, and then tap the area down with the heel of your putter. Thank you for demonstrating proper golf etiquette as we eagerly await the arrival of spring and more favorable weather conditions. 

Another great wedding testimonial!

Gianna Littlehale

Wedding Date: Oct. 14, 2017

When your daughter comes to you the day after her wedding and says, “That was the best day of my life,” you know that you chose the perfect venue!

Choosing the “perfect” wedding venue is no easy task. Our choices were endless. With almost all of our guests coming from out of town, we considered places from NY to Colorado. But in the end, the bride and groom decided on Colleton River.

With its breathtaking views, its warm and welcoming low country atmosphere, its world class golf courses, its professional and friendly staff, its superbly talented chef, its magnificent sunsets, Colleton River truly is the “perfect” wedding venue. Our guests, most of whom traveled from far away, were blown away by all of it, and many of them told us it was the best wedding they’d ever attended. What more can you possibly ask for?

If we had to do it all over again, we wouldn’t change a thing. Why mess with perfection?!

Lifelong Learning Group Hosts Speaker, David Lauderdale

LLG Member, Maxine Melcher knew that Island Packet Senior Editor and local raconteur, David Lauderdale would bring-to-life the local hero, Robert Smalls. On November 17, at the Nicklaus Club, he spoke before 70 Colleton members and did not disappoint.

Following Maxine’s introduction, Mr. Lauderdale demurred that while he is not a ‘real historian’, he has long admired the remarkable life of Robert Smalls – a Beaufort resident who was born into slavery in 1839 and lived to serve five terms in Congress. Lauderdale explained that Smalls life story is a part of the Era of Reconstruction that is being reexamined and reinterpreted by the National Park Service. Towns such as Beaufort are ideal historical sites for improving public understanding of the complex, poorly understood and still hotly contested period.


Mr. Smalls is most famous for the audacious act of courage on May 13, 1862 when he expertly piloted the Confederate gunboat, The Planter, past five blockade checkpoints and sailed the boat, his crew and his family to freedom. Lauderdale recounted that this event ‘went viral 1862-style’, making headlines in major US newspapers. Smalls was rewarded $1,500 and he used a portion of the sum to purchase the home in which he was born from the family of his former owner, Henry Mckee who was likely his father.