Bluffton's charm has worked its spell on many people. Now, however, it has become apparent that the spell has also been worked on many four-legged critters.
The recent discovery of a tribe of feral cats at Peppers Porch has brought back many memories. Colonies of feral cats have always been around Bluffton.
Home Depot is home to several longtime feline residents that have been lovingly tended to by the wonderful Miss Mary. The cat named Depot, the longest resident at the big-box store, made headlines recently. It seems after 12 or so years of making his home in the garden section, he was to be ousted. It was determined both he and the others had become a nuisance, and the manager wanted them removed.
After many emails and letters against the idea, it was decided to let them stay. I have been to the garden shop many times and found Depot totally oblivious to everyone except Miss Mary.
There used to be 15 or so cats that lived near and around The Store. They would wander through yards looking for a bite to eat. When night came, they would go into Luke's house next door to sleep. You could never get close to them or touch them -- they certainly were not friendly. One day a neighbor decided enough was enough and called animal control, and the cats were relocated.
We have four cats of our own. Snicket, found as a kitten in the bushes at Jim 'N Nicks; Cricket, rescued in Hardeeville; Mouse, found on our doorstep on a rainy night; and Smokey, abandoned by a neighbor who moved. All of them have been fixed, which should be done for all animals.
Feral cats are not something to trifle with. They can suffer from many diseases and reproduce very quickly. I am sure the cats at Peppers Porch will be treated with compassion and will have a much better life at their new home.
- Are you being served? The answer will be yes if you attend POLS for BJVIM from 6 to 8 p.m. May 16 at The Pine House for a cocktail buffet to benefit Bluffton-Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine. There, you will be served by many of the wonderful elected officials you voted for -- including Lisa Sulka, Bill Herbkersman, Weston Newton, Tabor Vaux, Tom Davis and Bronco Bostick. Caterer Ed Wyman will serve up delicious edibles, Geist Ussery will arrange the flowers and do the fluffing up, and a jazz trio will have you tapping your toes. Tickets are $50. Don't miss your chance to mingle with some of Bluffton's finest eccentrics. The Pine House is at 95 Boundary St. in Old Town Bluffton.
- If you love bird-watching and getting up early in the morning, the Coastal Discovery Museum has a treat for you. Join experienced bird-watchers from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. today and May 14 at Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is home to many different species of birds. The event is for people 12 and older. It costs $12. Reservations are required. Call 843-689-6767, ext. 223.
- New research at Ohio State University has found that when you get angry at your spouse, you should eat a candy bar. The researchers studied 107 married couples for three weeks and found that when they are hungry, tempers flare. They used voodoo dolls that the couples were to stick pins in when they felt anger. The hungrier they were, the more pins they stuck in the dolls. When the couples ate a candy bar, their blood sugar levels rose and anger subsided.
Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.