Friend's death a reminder to live life to the fullest

thestoresc@gmail.comNovember 6, 2013 

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  • Makes: 6 servings

    7 tbsp all-purpose flour

    5 tbsp brown sugar

    1/3 cup old-fashion oatmeal

    1/2 teaspoon baking powder

    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

    1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

    3 tbsp cold butter

    4 cups fresh blueberries

    1 tbsp fresh lemon juice



    Preheat oven to 350 with rack in center position. Grease 8x8 baking pan, dust with flour. Toss blueberries with lemon juice in baking pan. Mix 1 1/2 tbsp of flour and 1 tbsp sugar and toss with berries. Mix oatmeal, baking powder, cinnamon and remaining 5 tbsp flour and 4 tbsp sugar. Chop 3 tbsp almonds, stir into dry ingredients. Add cold butter in pieces and mix with fingers until crumbly. Drop over blueberries with lemon juice. Bake until bubbly about 45-50 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining almonds. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

The Church of the Cross was packed last week with family and friends celebrating the life and times of Jerry Reeves, who recently passed away. Jerry and his beloved wife, Mary, were devoted to each other, to their family and to helping make Bluffton a better place to live for many.

Jerry's 14 grandchildren stood during the service to give their much loved "Pop" a charming salute. He would have been so terribly proud of them, as were we all.

Among Jerry's many accomplishments is one that stands out to me: The foresight to provide the many people who work in his Resort Services business a safe haven for their children. The Children's Center he established provides a wonderful atmosphere in which infants and young children can flourish. Jerry was before his time with the idea. Now many businesses around the world have childcare on site so those who work there can do so without worry.

Jerry helped make Bluffton a better place for us all. A great legacy has been left. The French have a saying "Profite de la vie" -- Live life to the fullest. Thank you, Jerry, for the many wonderful things you did for Bluffton.

  • The Dubois Park Pavilion is open for business. I know because we christened it at my granddaughter Patterson's third birthday not long ago. The shrimp boat playground was decorated in a pirate motif because Patterson wanted to be a pirate princess.

  • Patterson's other grandparents, Steve and Ann Anthony, came dressed as pirates too. Steve was the spitting image of that scary old Captain Hook complete with a hook hand There were many little pirates running around yelling "heave ho me hardies" and "you walk the plank next," all having a great time. The birthday cake and pirate cupcakes were fantastic, courtesy of Ronnie's Bakery. The icing was so delicious I am trying to figure out how it was made. Lori made a pirate's treasure chest full of gold coins and other treasures that the children all got to share as a take home treat.

    There is a new historic marker telling about the burning of Bluffton during the War Between the States. Lots of history took place on the site.

    The pavilion is beautiful. It is designed in Bluffton style and will provide a place for all to gather. It features a catering kitchen and, praise the squirrels and birds, public restrooms, which are so needed for visitors.

    So if you would like to use the pavilion for a party this is a great spot for birthdays and reunions. Call the town for more information.

  • Southern Arbor Day is Dec. 6. It would be so wonderful for all of us to plant native trees that have been banished from our landscapes by golf courses, subdivisions and lawnmowers.

  • The Garden Club of South Carolina has announced a statewide project, "Historic Trees for Historic Places." The goal is to identify historic trees across the state, plant historic trees in historic places and to celebrate their existence. For more information, go to www.gardenclubofsc.org. Your children will benefit from the planting of these important trees and can help you with the project.

    Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.

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