A couple months ago, Walt Dembiec needed a walker, and had given up his occasional 9 holes of golf because it was too exhausting. The 74-year-old, diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2000, wasn't exercising at all. His quality of life was not great. But thanks to the MMA-style training Dembiec recently took up at Rip Tide MMA in Bluffton, the walker is gone and, in many ways, Walt is a new man.
Josh Mitelman jmitelman@islandpacket.com

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Charlie Wetmore is a friend to many of us in Bluffton. He served on Bluffton Town Council and was a big part of helping shape important decisions in our town. Charlie now makes his home in Savannah, but frequently visits Bluffton for his job as an executive with Epperson Heating and Air Conditioning Company. He stops by to visit and chat when he finds a free minute or two.