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info@islandpacket.comJuly 1, 2012 

From staff reports

The Sun City Veterans' Association commemorated Flag Day June 14. As part of this patriotic event, veterans properly disposed of worn out flags with the burning of the ceremonial flag and the sounding of TAPS.

Many Sun City residents turned out to watch the ceremony and others contributed to the observance by providing old and worn American flags for the "Jack Young Flag Day Event." This year's ceremony was named for Young, a former World War II prisoner of war who helped found the Sun City Veterans Association. Young died in 2009 but his wife Claire continues to manage the flag program in Sun City Hilton Head.

Participants in the ceremony included the Sun City Honor Guard, color guards from the Bluffton High School JROTC and Hilton Head Civil Air Patrol units, guest speaker Bluffton Police Chief Col. David McAllister, JROTC Battalion Commander Devin Oliver, and Elizabeth Gabbey of Bluffton, who sang the national anthem. The Veterans' Association's Commander, Tom Burke, gave the welcome address. Larry Della Vecchia gave the invocation.

Abby Bird of Alphadog Training Academy is now offering free dog-swimming training and play on Friday afternoons and evenings in water locations on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton, Okatie and Ridgeland. Dogs will learn to swim, retrieve, safely get out of a pool and romp with other dogs in the water.


Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers to build a home in Bluffton and donate time in the ReStore. Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian organization that builds houses for needy families. The houses are funded by local donors, built by volunteers and sold at no profit and no interest to partner families. The mortgage payments made by homeowners are used to build more houses.

Details: 843-757-5864,

The Coastal Discovery Museum and the Heritage Library are now offering tours of Fort Mitchel on Hilton Head Island. Guided tours are now offered at 10 a.m. Fridays. The tour covers the origin, construction and operation of the works and describes the life of the garrison during the Union occupation of Hilton Head and surrounding islands of the Lowcountry during the Civil War.

Tours take slightly less than one hour. Guides are from the all-volunteer staff of the Heritage Library. Reservations are required. Tickets are $12 and $7 for children under 12. No children under 6 are allowed.

Details:, 843-689-6767

The Knights of Columbus Councils in the Lowcountry will present a patriotic rosary service at 4 p.m. July 1 at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church, 45 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. A rosary will be conducted along with inspirational readings and patriotic songs. Flags will be blessed at the event.

The event is being presented as part of the Conference of Catholic Bishops' "Fortnight of Freedom," being held through July 4.

Details: 843-224-1948

Memory Matters will present Brain Boosters 101, an eight-week course beginning July 10. The session will include topics such as what is normal aging and when you need to see a doctor; the importance of knowing whether you are right or left brain dominant; do's and don'ts for protecting your brain; how to use your senses to improve your memory; relaxation techniques; and nutrition. The cost is $120.

Details: 843-843-6688,

A three-day walking and running event showcasing the Lowcountry's natural beauty, the second annual LoCo Motion returns to Beaufort County Sept. 28-30. The event will take place in Shipyard Plantation, on Callawassie Island and in Palmetto Dunes. It raises money for local and regional breast cancer screening, research and treatment programs. Sponsored by Carolina Cups and Beaufort Memorial Hospital. Details:

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