Beaufort News

Gazette Thank You Letters for Feb. 7

For tree grinding

Keep Beaufort County Beautiful would like to thank all those involved in successfully grinding 3,100 Christmas trees this season.

We would like to thank Michael Murphy of Preservation Tree Care, a division of Bartlett Tree Experts, for providing equipment and manpower to four of the grinding sites. Michael has volunteered his staff, equipment and time for more than 15 years for this event.

We are also grateful to Paul Trask Jr., Merritt and Steve Patterson, the town of Port Royal, the Town of Hilton Head Island, the Family Tree Christmas Tree Farm, the city of Beaufort and Beaufort County for volunteering site-space for many years.

The project would not have been successful without the work of volunteers like Laura Lee Rose and Charlie Williams, who endured frigid weather. Others included members of the Rotary Club of the Lowcountry, the Beaufort High School Interact Club, and 11 of our military families from the Beaufort Naval Hospital.

Bartlett Tree Experts of Hilton Head helped for the first time at the Coligny Beach parking lot. Beaufort County Public Works employees worked to grind trees and restore sites, clearing them of artificial trees, decorations, wreaths and plastic bags.

The media did a great job getting the word out to the public and we very much appreciate the good work of our local newspapers, radio and television outlets. Once again, this collective effort helped to save county tax dollars, landfill space and our environment.

Here's to a happy, clean, safe and beautiful Beaufort County.

Veronica C. Miller

Keep Beaufort County Beautiful coordinator


For special care

Arriving at Beaufort Memorial Hospital on Christmas Eve with a left foot injury with a staph infection, I prayed for the strength to lift up every one of my caregivers and to let them know how much they are appreciated and loved.

I was given the ability to focus on each individual and share with them.

Even greater was the gift I received from some 298 visits to my room from the fifth-floor staff and medical team. Not once did a doctor, nurse, certified nursing assistant, or even Sweet Rose and Marcell Ford leave my room without saying, "Let us know what we can do to help."

I just wanted to thank my Lord first for the strength to love my fellow man and honor Beaufort Memorial's team for the love of service and care they showed my family. I have so many people to thank, I don't know where to start. It will be done one by one.

Steven Ned Brown


For scholarships

On behalf of the Technical College of the Lowcountry Foundation and the students we serve, I want to thank the Sun City-Okatie Lions Club for its recent generous contribution to the foundation's scholarship fund.

The gift assists the foundation in supporting TCL's vision of being the premier academic institution -- visionary, vibrant and valued -- engaged in leading the region to economic prosperity by providing innovative workforce solutions.

The foundation's key mission is providing scholarships to deserving students, such as Trent Smith, a nursing student and recipient of the Jay E. D'Meza Memorial Scholarship provided by the Sun City-Okatie Lions Club.

This year, with the support of such organizations as the Sun City-Okatie Lions Club, TCL is able to provide an affordable, accessible and quality education to a record number of students. Doors have been opened. Lives have been changed.

Annually, TCL serves about 10,000 credit and continuing education students. The college's commitment to hands-on learning in a highly technical setting is why TCL's success is real and inspiring.

Thanks to the Sun City-Okatie Lions Club for supporting TCL and its students.

Dianne K. Garnett

Executive director

Technical College of the Lowcountry Foundation