Folly Flashback — October 2019

Folly Flashback — October 2019

Folly’s First Firetrucks Folly Beach got its first fire truck, an International Harvester, in 1941. In this picture, local Folly women show off the new vehicle. (L-R: Unknown, Marion Smith, Helen Barbery, Maida Dudley). Thirty-three years later, on ‘Kids Day’ in...

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Salt Marsh Diary — October 2019

Salt Marsh Diary — October 2019

Riding Out the Storm This time of year, I constantly monitor the National Hurricane Center website for Atlantic storm activity. I watched Hurricane Dorian form east of the Bahamas, then grow into a monster cyclone almost overnight. It came ashore on Elbow Cay as a...

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Outstanding in his Field — October 2019

Reducing Moisture Hello Friends, after some of my recent adventures dealing with plantings around properties I thought I would take a moment to address a very common problem, “excess moisture.” If you’ve ever dealt with termite damage, rotten siding, molds, etc.,...

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Folly Fishing Report — October 2019

Folly Fishing Report — October 2019

Don’t Winterize That Boat, Get Out on the Water! Fall has arrived with cooler weather and shorter days. But don’t put your boat away just yet because we’re about to have the best fishing of the year! Fishermen can continue to find success with live bait but artificial...

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Folly Flashback — September 2019

Folly Flashback — September 2019

Hugo's Power These two images show houses along East Arctic Avenue, looking west toward Center Street from 10th Street East. The first was taken on September 21, 1989, the day before Hugo made landfall. The second is on September 23.  (Courtesy of Bill Perry and Betty...

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Salt Marsh Diaries — September 2019

Salt Marsh Diaries — September 2019

Shifting Shadows of Fall Cooler than expected air met the dogs and me at the back door this morning. Apparently, a cold front passed last night. I sat on the back steps and watched the dogs smell new scents from last night’s activity. This maritime forest of a...

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Outstanding In His Field — September 2019

Get Off My Lawn The American Lawn. Our homegrown “cash crop.” Not so much that we sell it for cash but that we spend our hard earned money to have and maintain it. We’ve been handed down this desire for lawns through the ages from the nobility who would maintain large...

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Folly Fishing Report — September 2019

Folly Fishing Report — September 2019

Golden Months of Fall Cooler temperatures and less people on the water create the perfect fishing scenario The perfect storm that makes for awesome fishing in the fall is about to begin. The combination of lower water temperatures, fewer fishermen on the water and...

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Folly Flashback  — August 2019

Folly Flashback  — August 2019

Sharks on the Edge Originally coined as a marketing slogan to promote Oceansports Surf Shop, “The Edge of America” carries many connotations. Over the years, both real and perceived dangers occasionally threaten this somewhat isolated community at the terminus of a...

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Salt Marsh Diaries — August 2019

Salt Marsh Diaries — August 2019

The Magic of August Many Augusts ago, a friend and I sat sweltering on a breezeless porch staring out across a waveless ocean. He broke a long silence and proclaimed that August was “magical.” The word “magical” came out as a Spicoli-like smirking, stoned whisper ......

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Outstanding in his Field — August 2019

Working Towards Wisdom As human beings we spend a lot of time developing personal attributes. Many may try to improve their Strength by lifting weights. Some may try to improve their Intelligence by furthering their education. Others may work on their art or trade so...

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