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Chapin Mayor’s Message

Chapin, SC -

Did you know this is National Garden Week? We are grateful to the members of our Chapin Garden Club for promoting the love of gardening in our community and supporting projects like maintaining the Chamber House grounds and planting trees. And we thank them for placing an attractive bouquet of flowers at Town Hall as part of this annual recognition of Garden Week.

Our staff at Town Hall recently completed some first aid training, that included CPR and using an Automated Emergency Defibrillator, more commonly known as an AED, in case of a cardiac episode at Town Hall. Of course, all of our police officers are experienced in first aid and each has an AED in their patrol vehicles. We have installed an AED in the lobby next to the police offices so in the event that someone collapsed or experienced a heart attack while at Town Hall, we would be able to improve the outcome of such an episode by being able to provide a response while waiting on EMS crews to arrive. I am proud to say that almost every town hall employee went through the AED training.

I want to extend a hearty congratulations to Major General (Ret.) Steve Siegfried on his induction last week into the Fort Jackson Hall of Fame! He certainly had an outstanding career in the US Army that spanned more than 35 years, including two tours of duty in Vietnam and numerous Distinguished Service medals. He was a former Commander at Fort Jackson in the 90s, served as Acting Inspector General of the Army and was South Carolina’s first Director of Homeland Security. He is also Vice Chair of the SC Honor Flight. Steve and his wife Maggie attend Chapin United Methodist Church and are active in a number of Chapin organizations, including Chapin We Care Center and the In Loving Memory Support Group. We are certainly #ChapinProud of the General and glad he calls Chapin home!

Last week I attended the grand re-opening of Chapin Liquor’s new store next to the Publix in Chapin Crossing. The Chamber held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday afternoon, and it was a pleasure to congratulate owners Bill Rudis and Jaime Bohnke on this new store. They have done a marvelous job capturing some of Chapin’s history through a collage of photos that surrounds the interior of the store. It’s a must-see for history buffs and Chapin citizens alike.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Downtown Farmer’s Market this past Saturday and hope you are coming out to support these local growers and artisans. Chef Sheila Veach whipped up some awesome treats on the grill, from vegetables and breads to organic chicken, brats and hot dogs from Bower Farms. There were several new vendors like Sweet Relief Bakery, West Ridge Farms, Belle Vie Home and Pappy D’s Peanuts, and Terry Cotney with the Freedom and Hope Foundation sold out of his cooked Boston butts, with the proceeds helping support programs for our wounded warriors. And Curt London entertained us (AGAIN) with his acoustic guitar and memorable songs. If you haven’t checked the market out yet, please mark your calendars for July 1 to come out between 8:30 – 11 am, before you head out for the July 4th festivities hosted by our friends at Lake Murray Country.

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